Selling Fireworks to Support the Church: Are Gun Sales Next?


“David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.” 2 Samuel 6:5 (and fireworks?)

Why do churches think it is okay to sell something for fund raising that has all the potential in the world of doing someone harm? Granted, the fireworks sold by churches are usually may not be as powerful as some that are available in the open market; but an explosive is an explosive. Even lighting them can cause injury.

This incident happened on July 3, 2010:

(AP) ISLIP TERRACE, N.Y. — Police say a man lighting fireworks has blown off his arm at a party on New York’s Long Island. Suffolk County police say the 36-year-old man’s friends and relatives retrieved his severed left arm and packed it into a cooler after the blast Saturday. Police say doctors at a hospital are trying to reattach the limb. Police believe the man leaned over a mortar tube containing fireworks to ignite it outside a home in Islip  Terrace around 5:45 p.m. He apparently didn’t or couldn’t get out of the way before the explosive went off.

I asked a pastor of a church the reason his church sells these wares instead of something less dangerous. He told me that “Aunt Millie’s brownies don’t go boom; and people are more willing to lay out more dollars for fireworks than they would for cupcakes.”

Don’t get me wrong–I enjoy a firework display at a park or river setting. I’m always amazed of the synchronization of the sparkling and dazzling  displays produced by these pyrotechnics. Yet, every year, local and state authorities put more restrictions on the use and sale of these explosive items. Why? Because they have the possibility of hurting people to which again I ask the question again; why do churches participate in this type of  fund raising?

I know– brownies don’t go boom.

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