Friday, January 21, 2011

"Is My Use of Money Tracts Sinful?"

"I work a second job at a large retail discount store and use that opportunity as one of my times to hand out tracts and witness. I keep the Million Dollar tracts sticking out of my back pocket, ready to hand out. This also brings some people to tell me I need to be careful because they could have grabbed the money sticking out of my back pocket with out my knowledge.

"My question is: Am I sinning by enticing people to covet or even steal the "money" sticking out of my pocket." ~ Tom, Delaware

Great question, Tom.

While I think, in the end, it is a matter of conscience; I don't believe you are sinning by carrying money tracts in your pocket, in such a way that others can see them--no more than driving a nice car makes you responsible for tempting someone to steal it.

However, if your goal is to have people see the tracts in order to initiate opportunities to hand them out, I would suggest carrying them in a front shirt pocket, as opposed to a back pants pocket. There are a couple of reasons for this.

The first reason is safety. You should always exercise care and caution when carrying anything that resembles money in such a way that others can see. A would-be thief or robber will not stop to ask you if the money is real before they take it from you--possibly by force. Having the money tracts in your back pocket puts you at a disadvantage since the would-be thief or robber will likely approach you from behind to take what they think is real money.

The second reason is tactical. By carrying the tracts in a front shirt pocket, it allows you to see who is looking at the money in your pocket. As your walking through the store or anywhere else, it's very easy to discern when someone is staring at your shirt pocket. You might find that you give out more tracts this way.

When I carry tracts in this manner and I notice someone looking at the bills in my pocket, I will smile and say to the person, "Oh. Here ya go. This one's for you. Don't spend it all in one place." Invariably, once the person realizes that the money is not real (which is almost instantaneously) most people get a kick out of it and gladly accept the tract.

Initially, Tom, I said the issue was a matter of conscience. If you feel that you might be causing someone to stumble by causing them to covet or contemplate stealing from you, then don't carry money tracts exposed anywhere on your person. To do otherwise would be to sin (James 4:17).