Matthew 25:14-18These are the opening few verses of the Parable of the Talents. They end with the master returning to find that some took and invested his money in order to get more, while others buried it or sat on it out of fear that they would lose it. This is a complex, and frankly troubling parable to read before modern ears, but it offers a core truth; disciples are commanded to invest and use the resources given to us, regardless of fears or worries about the future. I believe this is relevant to the proposal before Epworth this weekend at the Church Conference on Sunday, February 26. Here are the questions I have already asked myself as the dreams of such a proposal have slowly become a reality;
- Isn't it a lot to spend on a driveway, a place to erect a church sign, and 60 new parking spaces?
- Should we wait for some better alternative proposal?
- What happens if we don't spend the money we already have on hand for this project, particularly the funds from the Hamp Stevens merger?