No, this isn’t what happens when you serve chili in your church cafeteria! This is what one church is doing to attract a crowd into their church. A bunch of people have written stuff about this issue, so I thought I’d add my 2 cents into the mix. I don’t really see this as a big deal. While I wouldn’t do it personally, isn’t this just like having a bus ministry in the 70′s? Churches started bus ministries so those who didn’t have vehicles or couldn’t afford gas could still come to church. So I don’t see handing out gas vouchers as a new concept. Except here you don’t have to buy…the bus. This is just a new twist. So if you’re against it, are you against bus ministry? (By the way, we don’t have a bus ministry in case you’re wondering) I know this campaign isn’t really geared towards those that don’t have money for gas, but it does remove a potential excuse. I think if it works for them, great!
"It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice." (Philippians 1:15-18)