A fellow blogger and friend, Randy Morgan, posted an article today about the Efficacy of the Sinner’s Prayer. I hope you will take a moment to go and read his post and then come back to see what he has inspired me to write here.
I was listening to a podcast the other day. The speaker was an affluent and influential authority on how to become a billionaire. Many in the audience were already billionaires as well, but there were those who were present who had not yet made the big time. They were bankrupt and desperately needed someone to help them take the correct steps toward financial wholeness.
The speaker spoke for about 45 minutes on the merits of being affluent, the desperation of being bankrupt, and gave examples of how others had been able to overcome their financial woes. He was a master of mixing emotion and charisma into an intriguing story that was hard to ignore. The denouement of his presentation was so matter of fact that none in the audience who were not already billionaires could ignore the fact that they had to do something to change the situation. Shoot.. even some of the billionaires were ready to sign on again for becoming billionaires following such an exciting oration.
But this is where the podcast got weird. At the moment when the bankrupt should be excited about the treasure to come, the speaker asked all those present to bow their heads and close their eyes. I am not sure what was being hidden but I continued to listen anyway.
He then instructed those that were bankrupt to make a decision to overcome their situation by repeating after him. I may not get the words exactly right, but I believe they went something like this:
“Oh benevolent One, I have no money for I am bankrupt. Please fill my coffers full and make me solvent. Thank you for making me a billionaire.”
I couldn’t see what happened as I was listening to a podcast, but I imagined that dollar bills were falling from the sky and into the wallets of these needy people. I could just imagine how excited they were about this sudden change of their predicament. Really, who could blame them if they were to start whooping and hollering right there where they sat. They had been delivered from their plight!!
But, something more odd happened at this point. The speaker told everyone to keep their heads bowed and eyes closed but asked the new billionaires to look at him so that he could acknowledge them without embarrassing them. Embarrassing them?
How could these people be embarrassed? They just became billionaires!! They just received freedom from their financial woes!! They had become like the rest of the billionaires who sat around them with their eyes closed and heads bowed.
What did they have to be embarrassed about?
Had they been juked? Had the money not really fallen and filled their coffers? Were they just making believe that they were now billionaires?
The podcast ended there. And I was left wondering what happened to all those people who were embarrassed to become billionaires.