“Wait! Aren’t we forgetting something?” A child’s voice pierced the silence.
Everyone stopped in their tracks and started looking around for its owner. A little girl climbed up onto the podium stage next to Dave.
“All night we’ve talked about cutting spending. But can’t we villagers contribute more? Isn’t that another choice we can vote on?” The little girl reached into her backpack and pulled out two child-sized tent poles. She gave them to Dave. “Here. It took me a while to save these, but you can have them for the Village. I know it’s not a lot, but my Mom and Dad taught me that what counts is whether or not my gift costs me something. And this really does.” Then she climbed back down to find her parents in the crowd.
A voice from the crowd rang out. “What about it, Dave? Is that a choice?” Dave looked down at the two small tent poles in his hand, then back up at the crowd. “Well, of course. But I know you all work very hard to contribute what you’ve been contributing, and others of you have habits that are, well, hard to break. But, yes, I suppose we should be putting that on the ballot for next week as well.”
And with that, our Stewardship Fable ends. But not quite. Our story is at the point where we all step into it to write the ending. It ends with the Tent Village Vote, and YOU are invited to play the part of a Tent Villager and cast a ballot.
Out on the patio is a ballot box and a stack of ballots. There are three choices on the ballot, and to cast your vote you must pick TWO of the three choices.
The three choices are:
1) Reduce non-salary spending
2) Reduce salary spending
3) Increase pledge giving, including my own personal pledge
Your vote sends a message to Prince of Peace leadership on what priorities you think should govern building of the 2020 Prince of Peace Budget.
The ballot box will be open for two Sundays, September 29th and October 6th. The election results will be posted on October 13th.
How does God value giving, when every giver has differing means and differing financial obligations? King David intended to make an offering to God, and Araunah offered to give David what he needed for the offering for free. But David refused, saying he would not offer to God that which cost him nothing. What does your annual pledge to Prince of Peace cost you?
But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing. – 2 Samuel 24:24