Posted by Lorren on April 23, 2010
When I saw this article about a church-sponsored event where parishioners test drive cars, I immediately thought about Jesus overturning the money changer’s tables at the temple.
Evidently, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church teamed up with General Motors and the GM Minority Dealers Association to allow churchgoers to test drive cars. Supposedly this was GM’s attempt to support “minority causes”.
Yeah… that’s what churchgoers need right now… someone to tempt them into going into debt in order to buy a car that they can’t afford. In case Pastor Charles Adams hasn’t heard, the economy isn’t doing so well… especially in Detroit, where the event was held.
I don’t have a problem with new cars; however, I do have a problem with trying to get people to buy something that they can’t afford. I especially have a problem with the church trying to get people to buy things that they can’t afford. These people obviously weren’t all paying cash for their cars; they had staff on hand to show people how to get loans.
What the church should be doing is holding a Dave Ramsey class. He would teach those people how to hang on to their beaters for as long as they kept chugging along… in the meantime, they could start saving up for their next car.
Last summer we went through a difficult financial time. We were late paying our car payment and we thought we were going to lose it. That was scary. I couldn’t sleep because I thought we’d lose our car. We eventually caught up, but I don’t want to go through that, and I wouldn’t want those people to go through that because they were pressured to buy a car at their church.