CBN, that’s the Christian Broadcasting Network, wants your tithing success stories. In other words, if you tithed and then reaped financial blessings they want to show you off as an example of obeying God’s command to give (and subsequently get). They did not, however, ask for any failure stories–where you tithed and lost your house, job, retirement funds, etc. Seems a little one-sided if you ask me?
In particular, they appear to be asking for stories about when you gave to the CBN ministry by tying this into a thank you note for donating (which is odd because I’ve never donated). Possibly I’m being too cynical in my interpretation of this marketing, but any CBN giving stories could work as a promotion to encourage more giving to their ministry which is similar to playing the lottery. The more times you give, the more chances you have of returned blessings. Christian economics is wonderful.
[Text from CBN Email]
Thank you for your consistent giving to the ministry of CBN! You are a vital part of our efforts to change lives all around the world for the glory of God. We appreciate you!
Have you experienced financial success, stability, and even wealth by faithfully giving your tithes and offerings? Have you experienced the blessings of God in your life by obeying His instructions on giving? If so, we would like to hear your story! Your story could appear on The 700 Club and be a life-changing encouragement to others who would benefit from this truth.
The seriousness of our national economic state continues for many Americans. For some, it’s a struggle to keep food on the table and pay bills. Yet, in the midst of these challenging times, there are people who are not only experiencing stability in their finances, they are experiencing a great abundance as well. Their secret is found in God’s principles of giving.
Please send your testimony along with your name, address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-265-0793.
We look forward to hearing from you! God bless you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Have you seen this? Probably by now, it’s featured on YouTube.
From what Mos Def said, the tube itself is not the painful part, it’s the feeding. It feels like your brain is being seared.
Per ABC News, Obama has been called out on this by a protester and basically used political speech to sidestep with the end result of nothing being done. Of course, when I turn to CNN all I get is the Zimmerman trial (important but not continuous coverage) so American media is feeble as usual on exploring this topic (though I would hope the nightly news editorial shows would debate it).
Apparently 45 of the Gitmo protesters are on a hunger strike that started this year as many are being held “indefinitely” without trial or feel their rights are being violated according to the Geneva Convention. Hunger strikes in general at Guantanamo Bay go back to 2005 where there were more participants if you read the history on Wikipedia. I would suspect that this “form of torture” would reduce participation in any hunger strike.
The question becomes, what does Obama do? Either he has starving inmates/dead inmates or he tortures them with force feeding to keep them alive. And the prisoners involved may certainly deserve to be locked up as terrorists, however, they are due a trial. And should it be their decision to protest with a hunger strike and not be force fed? The United States is either going to get blamed either way; for their starvation protest or torturing them. I’m not sure we should be force feeding them at all; it seems to me to be a basic human right to protest in this manner (regardless of whether your protest is valid or not). No easy answers, but I can’t see this as being anything but torture.
And for those who say Mos Def is overacting, I would be happy to see someone else undergo the procedure.