Of God and Dogs and Dollars

According to the Religion News Network, donations to American churches totaled $124.52 billion in 2018. This reflected a 1.5% decline from the previous year (3.9% when adjusted for inflation).

Sam Christmas 2019Last year Americans spent $75.38 billion on their pets. The report from the American Pet Products Association stated the amount increased 3.8% from 2018 (fortune.com).

Ponder these figures for a few moments.

Money spent in the United States on dogs, cats, parrots, gerbils and other assorted critters totaled 60% of the donations to churches, synagogues, mosques, and other assorted religions.

60%.

I love my dog, Sam, who epitomizes unconditional love. I have often pointed out that “God” spelled backwards is “dog.”

BUT.

60%.

Average United Methodists give less than 2.5% of their annual income to the church.

Maybe it’s time we made giving to God our pet project.

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