Who Knew There Was a Good Use for Jesus Money?

You’d have to go to church to make this work, but it would be *so* worth it:

(via Reddit)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/billyup Jesse Jones

    Oh reddit. LoL

  • Robster

    Can jesus supply us with a version in Australian dollars? We’d happily flood houses of fraud with them. Dirty, but effective.

  • Drakk

    (Doesn’t get context)

    Why is the face of the note distorted in the middle?

    • OverlappingMagisteria

      My guess is so that it doesn’t look real enough to get them in trouble for counterfeiting. As mentioned in another comment, folding the bill in half does make it look real enough at first to be picked up by someone.

    • Dave

      It’s meant to be folded in half.  Then no matter what side falls face-up when “dropped” on the ground, it looks like a folded $10 bill.  This also keeps it from looking too much like a counterfeit bill.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it.

    • 69ingchipmunks

      I think it’s a lesson in hypocrisy: that notice says that Jesus is more important than money, but the churches ask for money at every service.

      • Anonymous

        Do they really?  The greedy buggers.  I’m glad that I don’t go to church now that I know that they charge for admission.

        • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

          Some churches, like the LDS church, will even go so far as to go over your financials and tell you how much they expect to receive.  If you don’t give that amount, you face expulsion from the church.

          Such tactics are largely responsible for funding the Prop 8 campaign.

  • Anonymous

    This was a funny post. Well worth highlighting here.

    I know it’s a joke, but I would like to have seen a crumbling church rather than a burning church. (harder to find/visualize maybe). At least the text reads “Watch it all crumble to the ground.”

    “Oh Jesus money, is there anything you can’t do?”

  • Parse

    To explain: 
    Jesus Money is a way that a few evangelical assholes use to ‘spread the good word’.  One side is printed with enough of a bill – five or ten dollars, typically – so that if you only see half, you think it’s actually a real bill.  The other side is printed with a religious tract.

    The purpose of this ‘money’ is for use in tipping, typically in restaurants, in place of an actual tip.  The thinking is that their server will see the ‘$10′, and be amazed at the overly large tip.  Amazed at the generosity, they flip it over, read the tract, and realize that the message of Jesus is better than being able to pay their bills.

    The thinking behind the image is that, if Jesus Money is good enough to use to pay tips for  servers, taxi drivers, hotel staffs, or whoever, it should be an acceptable tithe.

    Very few Christians actually use Jesus Money, but most servers will have a story or two of being given these instead of an actual tip.

    • OverlappingMagisteria

      They’re also left lying around where people can find a “lost” bill. Not as devious as substituting them for a tip, though I’m not sure which method is more common.

      I’ve also seen fake million dollar bills with tracts on the back. I suspect they aren’t picked up as often since they’re obviously fake.

      • Drakk

        Perhaps you might collect them to clean up dog mess in a park.

    • Kathy Strawn

      This is true.  I knew someone who worked as a waitress in the Bible belt.  She received some of this Jesus money instead of a tip.  She chased the person down and read them the riot act.  Funny story actually.

      • 59 norris

        Good for her.  Everyone should know that waitresses and waiters need tips; it’s how they make a living.

  • TiltedHorizon

    So where can I get ‘Jesus Money’. I really don’t want to sit through a mass and a heaping serving of the “we are worthless without god” sermon. However, I’d love to leave some worthless high denomination JC currency in their collection plates.

    • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

      It shouldn’t be hard to make your own.  All you need is a scanner, some image editing program, and a printer.  I’ll let you figure out the rest.  Just be sure to make it look different enough than real money so you don’t end up in prison for counterfitting.

  • http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/burtlikko/ Burt Likko

    Killjoy alert: I think the third picture is unnecessary. A burning church is not something to celebrate even if you are secular. Lots of churches burn because of arson and hate crimes; we seculars ought not to even raise the possibility that we approve of that sort of thing.

    It’s enough of a joke (and a good one) to put “Jesus money” in the collection plate.

    • http://www.fantasticastoria.blogspot.com Chana Messinger

      Agreed! Thanks for pointing it out.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    Funny. Though it wouldn’t have an effect on church finances. It’s not replacing the people who actually tithe, so the church is still getting the same amount of real money… plus some annoying fake money.

  • Alexis

    I’ve been to public events in Pittsburgh such as fireworks displays where godbots were handing out similar moneys. They had it and move on before you have time to question what is going on. One reason for distortion is to comply with anti-counterfeiting laws. Not that temporal laws really matter when dealing with the kingdom of heaven, but jail time can really cramp a persons style.

    • Alexis

      “They had it and move on” = They hand it to you and move on…

  • Rich Wilson

    I have a collection of these, all with Ray Comfort’s “Are you a good person” test, which focuses on three of the ten commandments, while completely ignoring the rest.

    Proud to say I’m a lying thieving adulterer.  On, and a Sabbath worker to boot.

  • Grumble F Kitty

    I agree with Burt Likko. This is not appropriate. It doesn’t even make sense. How does bringing down the church financially translate to the building on fire? It looks like an atheist leader condoning the burning of churches. Not the direction I envision our movment heading.

  • 59 norris

    Perhaps this pic would have better served the purpose…

    http://www.history.army.mil/images/artphoto/pripos/wwi/church.jpg

  • DrEdwinWNorth

    I say, go to one of those restaraunts that i sowned by jesus freaks (I know you have one in your town) order a huge expensive dinner..leave teh correct amount for the bill and tip on the table and leave….


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