I find the differences interesting between living in the US and New Zealand.
A recent article in the NZ Newspaper read:
It seems more common for the NZ newspapers to scrutinize over bigwigs' spendings like where the Prime Minister spends his vacation, what flight seats government officials sit in, etc.
This might simply be the fact that i read the paper over here, because i know there was a public criticism of owners flying their personal jets to meetings during this economic crisis, but i guess i kinda smirk in amusement at titles like this one above and think:
I think i would've probably heard more a US report of admiration of how rich this guy was, the hard work he has put in, and the wonderings of how others of us could be that way rather than a feel of tyranny about the man's salary. Otherwise, i am not sure it would've even made news as a big deal, since it seems the big guys are obviously just going to get paid more.
I haven't dived into the article, but yes, this man get paid A LOT! More than i can imagine anyone ever needing...
But i guess i can see both points of view: I feel like the easy Christian argument is often "accumulating wealth=bad and living economically=good" but i am not sure it is that simple.
I feel like i could state almost if not as good of a biblical case for accumulating wealth that is spent wisely and generously as i could for living sparingly without ever accumulating much.
As for me, i guess i have just assumed i will never have to deal with the problem of too much wealth as a pastor, honestly.
As for this guy, this may be a case of total greed or not, i don't know how the man personally spends that money.
i just found it to be a great springboard to discuss the tension i feel living between these 2 cultures.