What Did Jesus Have To Say About The Money Changers?

, , | Friendly | October 21, 2019

(I’m helping collect offering plates at my church. I notice that the plate at one of my assigned sections has stopped midway down an aisle, while the rest are moving normally through the church. I walk over to see what the issue is. I spot a woman digging through the cash already in the plate and pulling bills out. Everyone else in her aisle is staring at her.)

Me: “Ma’am, can I help you with something?”

(She drops the cash back into the plate.)

Woman #1: “I was just, um… yeah. Here you go.”

(She passes it down quickly. I collect it and head towards the counting room. As I pass the back row…)

Woman #2: “Hey! HEY! You!” *snaps her fingers and gestures me over*

Me: “Yes?”

Woman #2: “Give me that. I need to break a $10.”

(She reaches for the plate. I step out of her reach.)

Me: “No.”

Woman #2: “Why not?”

Me: “The offering plate is not for making change.”

Woman #2: “But I need smaller bills!”

(She makes another grab for the plate. Before I can stop myself, the following flies out of my mouth…)

Me: “No! This is a church, not a bank!”

(She stares at me, mouth open.)

Woman #2: “FINE! I thought church people were supposed to be polite!”

(I booked it out of the sanctuary and to the counting area before she had a chance to reply further. Seriously, people. Have some respect and don’t go picking out of the offering plate!)

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