The Methodist Church of England is suggesting its members give up more than just chocolate for Lent this year. This credit-card-sized cutout is available for download online and wraps around your plastic. That way, when you reach for the AmEx to make that impulse buy in the days leading up to Easter (or whenever, I suppose), you can think twice.

Interesting how more faith groups are addressing personal finances as issues of Christian ethics these days. Whether it be how we celebrate the holidays, the wealth gap between the rich and poor, or the “Buy Less, Live More” campaign by the Methodists.

Makes me think there might be a connection between following Jesus and what we do with our money.



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Daniel Gray on January 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    That’s a cool card, Steve.

    I’m not sure that my church has done a lot on money and contentment lately. I wish they would, but it’s nice to know other churches are saying something.


  2. Posted by deadprez22 on January 26, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Some might say that following Jesus equates to giving up your money. A thought provoking move by the Methodist church for sure.


  3. Posted by Brendan on January 26, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I wonder if the church would really say ‘buy less, live more’ to their parishioners if they offered to pay some monetary offering from their credit cards to the church or to its ministers…?


  4. I think there’s definitely a connection between how we spend our money and our connection to God. God doesn’t love us more if we have a $5000 t.v. – but I bet he’d love us a teensy bit more if we took that $5000 and donated it to people who really need it.

    Great post – good to know that somebody is trying to do something about all the conspicuous consumption that goes on every day in this world.


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