“Why people feel they need to leave an offering at every body of water and monument is beyond me.”
I like that. I found that to be an interesting question, full of all sorts of implications.
Obviously this little church building has long since ceased to have a congregation of believers in it, yet the offering plate is still there and the money still continues to come in. Why do people feel the need to continue to leave an offering when they step into a church building? How peculiar.
Though most likely this money was simply thrown there by tourists, much like some people throw coins into a fountain or pool of water, that is not the first thing I thought of when I saw this picture. I didn’t see it as a “wishing well” full of the coins of the superstitious. No, I was reminded of something much more sinister.
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” (Mt.27:3-6; NIV)
Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons "Ghost Town Offering"