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Private Jets and Pastors. I get celibacy and poverty. But I do not begrudge opulence. Or do I?

Updated on October 22, 2014

Silver Wings flying towards a sunset

There are always folks that get more than they need.
There are always folks that get more than they need.

Some cargo needs special handling.

I wrote a hub just yesterday about our need to exercise judgment and that no doing so is a whacko way to think. Then today I read and answered a question on “should pastors have private jets?’ Oh my the general condemnation of such a thing was quite impressive. Good to see others exercising their judgment. I just wish it was not a “Rush to Judgment”. No pastor was named. No proof was claimed.

I can tell you that my first cruise in a private jet was very cool, back around 91. It took off from Puebla Mx, and service a huge village called Cholula (where to active volcano is) It is the village that has 365 Catholic churches with many built on pyramids. I never found out the exact scoop on that jet. But I tell you I was a guest of a extremely important Bishop of the Catholic Church. He was comfortable and seemed like he owned the thing, though I know he could have. The food was all freshly flown down from the states. The leather seats and carpet were way above my paygrade. I had the impression the whole thing was financed through the church, by rich people.

Can you imagine having a Eucharist at 30k ft in a private jet with almost a private Bishop. Did I mention the Coffee and Mexican pastries were delicious and almost opulent.

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Is not the beauty of nature finery enough?

The splendor around us cannot be matched by man made stuff.
The splendor around us cannot be matched by man made stuff. | Source

There is bad, but sometimes there is good.

Well I guess I might is well let the cat out of the bag. I was working in Mexico and in spare time able to teach CPR/first aid through a church program. This brought me to the notice of the Bishop. Who then offered me a ride on the private jet back to San Diego. Not because I was a good Christian, not because I am handsome. But because I was big and strong and knew first aid.

You see the other passengers needed to be picked up and moved about. You see the other passengers were extremely sick and injured children on their way to San Diego’s children’s hospital. Maybe the doctors gave the jet to the church. You see every time that fancy private jet took to the skies, either help was brought to some in need. Or some in need were brought to help. Some day I will have a private jet, and I will make sure that whenever it can it carries a “pastor”.

Life is not always how it looks at first impressions. Having a lot by and in itself is not a bad thing by we are stewards. The more we have the more we must share that in order to be good stewards. The farmer with a large herd must work harder than the farmer with a small herd. The farmer with a large field must spend more time sewing before he can reap the harvest.

I say be opulent in the simple things and you shall have abundance.

Just playing with a child is one of the greatest riches of our time here on earth.
Just playing with a child is one of the greatest riches of our time here on earth. | Source

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ms. Dora, I do not think the question was about utilitarian jets either. Between you and me, I think it was about very sick individuals who definitely should no be followed.

      Thanks for coming by and being you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Eric, Good Hub! I answered the question on pastors and jets, and I mentioned that people like you who give real help are usually volunteers, not jet owners. There are denominations which own private jets for mercy missions, and we know that the question did not allude to them. Anyway, I'm glad that you enjoyed your private jet ride. You deserved it, and thanks for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Christopher, Thank you. hihihihi, I was pleased how it worked out. I better be careful or I will get puffed up.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you rcrumple, I cannot imagine preaching to a congregation larger than being able to look each member in the eye. My older children and I left a congregation over a building drive, with asking for money in the sermon. It is hard for me to judge properly the motivations.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I liked that one particularly, Eric as it started off giving one impression and then surprised and shamed with the true story before the end.

      A right little gem of a hub.

      Thank you.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric - Church's are money makers in the non profit business world. There's one by me that wasn't happy enough with its multimillion dollar complex. They just purchased an empty enclosed shopping center for millions of dollars, too. And, instead of keeping it, they're tearing it down to put up their own monstrosity. Somewhere along the way, God's being used as a money maker instead of his primary purpose. Of course, that's the way of man. Sad, but true.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my but I would love to have the option;-)

      Actually it is not in me. My wife would stomp and slap and demand that it not be so. Somehow we took a turn, we laugh and hug and cry tears of joy, over Love but only see things as distractions and worldly responsibility.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      We are to know the Word for ourselves and not get our ears tickled. When a pastor gets loosey goosey with the Word, we should be able to recognize it. I can tell you are nothing like that Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Can you even imagine listening to a pastor like that.

      I wonder what God's plan is in such people. I often wonder if their's is a sad fate which they must follow in order to bring in the souls that they do.

      I could not lead that life, I do not think. But I only serve a few hundred.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      Eric I know for a fact that at least several pastors have jets. One with a jet has a Rolls Royce and a couple of other luxury cars. One tells his congregation, on television, that they need to give more to show their faith.