Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Australian Story-Hillsong

Last night I watched an absolutely fascinating episode of Australian Story-based on the lives of Brian and Bobbie Houston-senior pastor's of Australia's largest church-Hillsong.

They talked a lot about money, as that seems to be a pretty big focus point for people both within and outside the church. They again re-iterated their 'its good to have more so you can give more' stance which I've heard a few times, which I have no doubt they're genuine about. I still have issues with his big fancy house and bondi apartment, but who am I to question how he spends his money.

Maybe him having that big house is no more extravagant than me having a half-decent car in terms of the proportion of our money spent? I have enough of an issue with the status symbol that my 2000 model Ford is, let alone a Harley Davidson, so I really think I'd struggle to be living that lifestyle.

I don't know what the situation is with how much he gets paid or whatever, so I'm not gonna try and pretend I do, but there's just this thought in the back of my mind that God wouldn't put him in such a position of leadership if he didn't have any intergrity. Of course that raises the whole question of who puts people in leadership in churches, what part God plays in the whole thing, what part God plays in church growth etc.

It ws an interesting little story, and if anybody around here wants to borrow it-just let me know.

More discussion going on over at Signposts

9 comments:

Grant Shipp said...

Diggs would love to see it, if you could pass it my way that would be great!

Digger said...

Yeah no worries mate, will do.

Jarrod said...

yep diggsy, wouldnt mind a look. Also, on the car thing, its not as if you spent $15,000 on that car. i get your point tho. But how far do we take this line of thinking? As Christians with a passion for social justice are we called to live on rice and bread and ride a push bike to get around? Perhaps there is a line between what is acceptable and what is merely an unnecessary luxury. Or perhaps it has something to do with our attitude. Who knows...

¿johnman¿ said...

the story is also on the abc wesite.

Digger said...

Grant's the man to see now Jarrod, he's got it.

Yeah I know hey, I mean how far do you take some of those ideas about living amongst the poor, rejecting a lifestyle of too much money etc.

I love the story of a dude, I'm pretty sure its the guy who started the Waiters Union-an organisation up in QLD kinda like UNOH, read the Gospels, took them seriously and sold everything he had and lived amongst the poor and street people of Brisbane. It wasn't until he went to bible college that he learnt yiu could get out of that by saying the stories were metaphors...

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