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A pastor approached one of the wealthiest members of his congregation about making a pledge to the church. The man informed the pastor that he already had too many financial obligations. He asked the pastor if he knew that the man’s father was about to have his farm foreclosed, and that his mother needed surgery. The pastor said that he had not known these things.

The wealthy man then asked if the pastor knew that his brother had been badly injured in an automobile accident and needed reconstructive surgery, and that his brother in law was going to prison unless he was able to come up with the money to make up a shortage in his accounts by next Tuesday. The embarrassed pastor didn’t know what to say and admitted that he hadn’t known about any of these tragic circumstances.

The pastor apologized for taking up the time of this wealthy man, and started to leave. But the wealthy man hadn’t finished, he had something else he wanted to say to the pastor.

He said, “Now, Pastor, if I’m not going to give a single dime to my family in their times of need, what makes you think I’m going to give any money to the church.”

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