A large community church in Plano, TX (suburban Dallas) hired a helicopter to drop Easter Eggs in a stunt that crashed as church money burned.
The failed Easter event left all Christians and churches looking idiotic in the eyes of people who think all Christians and churches fall a few thousand miles short of being legitimate.
The fact that a church that is part of the (very imperfect) body of Christ (look up 1 Corinthians 12: 12-28) would spend church money and resources on such an expensive event in the first place is embarrassing to me and many others who are Christians.
Let’s break down the story a bit as reported in The Dallas Morning News:
Tossing Easter eggs from a helicopter sounds like a nice, fun, family-friendly event, until news about it goes viral and your staff can’t control a 10,000-person crowd.
LifePoint Church in Plano planned to drop Easter eggs Saturday from a helicopter into a field next to the church.
“When we thought about a fun Easter event for the community, we thought tossing Easter eggs from a helicopter seemed like a good idea. We didn’t expect our event to go viral across blogs, event websites, Facebook,” the church said in a prepared statement Sunday.
However, controlling the egg-loving crowd, which the church estimated at 10,000 people, proved too much, and no eggs were delivered.
The use of the chopper and related costs had to be a huge sum that could have been better spent doing something so much more (as the late-night TV star and devout Christian Steve Colbert would say) “Christian-y.”
Such as, maybe having a traditional Easter Egg hunt and spending all that extra money on something like, say, needy kids to have Easter Baskets and maybe a meal as a bonus treat.
Something more Christian-y like that actually does service to God and the have-nots among us–the needy folk that a church has a primary duty to provide for.
Apparently this Plano church has money to burn, and burns it on stuff like helicopters for ludicrous stunts that in no way measure up to good stewardship of church money and resources.
But according to the full story, this kind of spectacle was not the first of its kind. You can read the whole story here and see that such helicopter drops have been held by churches before.
This one just happened to get out of control.
Picture me with my head spinning like chopper rudders.