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A Florida Church Wants to Build the North Pole

Jerod Clark

Nbierma
June 5, 2009

you can't serve two masters, Santa and the Savior. Filed under 'Perverse Syncretism.'

Rick
June 5, 2009

And people wonder why some folks have trouble with tithing to American churches.

Bethanykj
June 5, 2009

I agree with you and Joshua Cody. Seems to be buying into a consumer, fluffy view of a holiday that has little to do with the kind of faith that really sustains people in difficult situations. Why not just send kids to already-existing disneyland, if they are looking for secular escapism?

Mgeertsma
June 5, 2009

The fact that they're building this theme park for terminally ill children just masks the ridiculousness of it. It's great that they have a heart for reaching out to these children and their families, but this is a terrible way to go about doing it. <br><br>It also reeks of being an attention-grabbing stunt. I'm sure there are plenty of families in their own community that could be greatly served by that $12 million--it just wouldn't make the national news. If they really want to "make the world a better place," couldn't they do so in a quieter, more meaningful way?

Melanie
June 5, 2009

are you sure you didn't read this on the onion?

Leanne
June 5, 2009

I've had to hit the backspace key TWO times already because what I WANT to say could in no way be considered "salt and light". This is nothing more than another bad idea covered in "christ"; something too many Christian nonprofits and churches are guilty of.<br><br>However, what I would suggest is that this church focus on raising 12 million dollars to fund research and healthcare for terminally ill children or build a house for parents ala the Ronald McDonald house where the families can gather to celebrate TOGETHER the reason for the season.<br><br>Better yet, SURVEY the needs of these children and their families to find out what they most want/need. Develop a business plan. Forecast impact and reach. Create measurement methods. Be accountable.<br><br>If this church is dead set on Santa, rent a suit and go visit the kids in the hospital.<br><br>Good grief!

David Ker
June 5, 2009

It's idiotic. Not to minimize the tragedy of terminally ill children in the US but millions of children worldwide die every year from simple lack of clean water and sanitation.

Goodegg
June 6, 2009

This is ridiculous. Wow. I don't even know what to say. I for a long time have been a student of chruch history. This makes me wonder what the many men and women of the who suffered and where martyred for the faith would think. We are in a sad state in our church in America. We as a church have been seduced.

Matt
June 8, 2009

I love the idea of trying to bring a little ray of joy into the lives of the terminally ill and their families, but this really does seem to be to be the wrong way to go about it. And for $12 million? I think we have have lost touch with reality when we want to spend $12 million on something like this when it could go so much further in helping around the world (food, clothing, shelter, water).

Sandra25
June 8, 2009

I despise this idea! And I can identify with Leanne--I must use measured and careful speech here (perhaps it's already too late for that ...). I wonder if the church has thought through the myriad implications. For example, terminally ill children have specific and significant medical needs. Is the church going to provide a well-equipped medical facility in case of a medical emergency? What if a child needs his or her port flushed? What if it's time for blood to be drawn or chemo to be administered? If they don't watch out, they'll only have enough of that 12 mil left to buy a plastic tree and a few twinkle lights! Boy, this drives me crazy! Is this effort to have any mission or evangelical purpose whatsoever? If so, how do they expect to fit the gospel in among Santa, his reindeers, and the North Pole? Move over Baby Jesus! Make room for Rudolph! For crying out loud ...

Sistersharonblcl
June 8, 2009

I think that christmas is suppose to be every day when you wake up that my thought but people veiw things differently. I think that christmas is a beatiful time of year and i understand that they want to do it for a child that does't have long to live or at lease they think that the child is going to die been their in those shoe shoe of being scare of not seeing tommorrow come but thay always want to spend money on things that not so much as important and will not even take care of their own church member i take things like this to heart because when i need help god had to send other people to help me out but the very church that i tithe in every sunday never was their for me no prayer no nothing i had to go their to make my self notice for some one to pray over me but was truly notice whwn i was paying tithes and offeringbe that as it may be sometimes i think that they are above god and we serve a god of decent and order do this sound or look like order i'll let you guy's be the judge of this amen.

Sistersharonblcl
June 9, 2009

This is a false cause first of all it's no such thing as santa although some of us do not want to take the dream away from children. i always told my children mommie clause and daddy clause there nothing in the bible that describes that it is a santa. although we don't want to crash our children dreams but i say this christmas is everyday when we wake up i would like to see them spending more monie in a cure for the children diseases to save their lives so that they can be more healthy instead of worrying so much about how their christmas will be like. I say this the things that the church should do they do not do it but if they worry about helping they own as much as they worry about building a north pole they will be on the ball.

Jim Hunt
July 7, 2009

I must admit the comments I have read here turn my stomach. I guess I am amazed at the shallowness of people who call themselves "Christians" and are so quick to offer their opinion and cast their two cents worth toward things they don't know about.<br><br>A quick phone call to the church behind this was amazing and I can say that they are not funding it through or undermining church giving (as if you are that concerned with it) Although the church is the starting group it really is taking the form of a wish granting organization (and based upon statistics there are not enough to grant the wishes of terminally ill children) and for those of you on the blog board that were so concerned this has been over two years in development and there are research and focus groups that have been done. Again it became clear to me that the article in the Sentinel didn't cover it completely.<br><br>However, if you take the time to look deeper you can find out what is going on, yet...most think they are deep as they tap their keyboards unleashing every thought in their head<br><br>And this will be a place where families can come any time during the year and celebrate the real reason for the season...in a place where they will find hope, help, and resources for the entire family in a way that very few wish granting organizations will offer...<br><br>

MP
October 8, 2009

If you want to listen to what was said at the unveiling of this idea or our church, visit this page.<br><br><a href="http://www.touchandchange.com/artman/publish/article_1580.shtml" rel="nofollow">http://www.touchandchange.com/...</a>

Ashferd
November 3, 2009

i think that is the sweetest most loving thing for a family with a terminally ill child! These families may lose their child before Christmas comes around this year, and for them to have this memory of a weekend of "Christmas" would be something to cherish forever. I think this is a wonderful use of the money, and if God has called this church to build this, no amount of criticism or disagreeing people will stand in their way. What God wills to happen WILL happen.

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