The money brought into the temple . . . was paid to the workers, who used it to repair the temple. They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty» (2 Kings 12:13—15).
Every junior has heard the story of how the boy king Joash raised money for repairing the temple in Jerusalem. He instructed Jehoiada the priest to take a big chest, bore a hole in its lid, and place it by the altar where everyone would see it.
Especially interesting was the fact that the king and officials asked for no record of how the workers used that money, because everyone involved «acted with complete honesty.»
I remember watching my father count money—lots of money. He was secretary-treasurer of the New York Conference and during camp meeting each year made sure all collected offerings arrived safely at the local bank. Even today, in my mind I can still see him surrounded by piles of cash in his little cabin office, counting, counting, counting.
Some people might be tempted to pocket a few bucks for themselves. I mean, who would know? But my dad considered every penny, dime, quarter, and dollar sacred money, just like the coins found in Joash’s temple chest.
Dad knew that stealing money from the church was just like stealing from your own family. To be more exact, it would be like robbing yourself.
How many of you would consider sneaking up to your room, tiptoeing across the floor, slipping open your dresser drawer, and, after looking one way and then another, make off with five dollars of your own money? Ridiculous! Family doesn’t steal from family.