A family in Boca Raton just spent $155,000 on cloning their dog. Yep, a Yellow Lab that now costs the same as. . .
48 wells / latrines put in by LifeWater Canada
22,142 Mosquito Nets through Orphan Relief and Rescue
31,000 bowls/spoon sets for children in Haiti
4,558 children sponsored for a full year with HopeChest
4,189 children sent to school for a year in Uganda
15,500 children fed by AHOPE in Ethiopia
As much as this simply astounds me, I really don't want to stand in judgment of this family in particular but what does this say about our nation? Possibly, in this family's finances $155,000 is the same waste of money (percentage wise) as our Christmas splurge, Vacation Budget or something similiar. I have personally grieved over what I spent on our last dog. . .crying out to the Lord, "I didn't know, I'm sorry". Lord, change our hearts. Let us live in awareness of those around us and their needs. Let us use our money as a sacrifice to you for YOUR work.
Our giving statement at church reads, "Because we believe all that we have is a gift from God, we choose to make our giving an act of worship". May that be true of the Church in this day and age.