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Is it Christian to name a building after yourself?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Chris Van Allsburg, a former Grand Haven resident who is a copious blogger of Christian theology, tackles that question in his "Giving in Secret: Should Christians Name Buildings After Themselves?" post.

"Let's say your local church is expanding its buildings due to numerical growth of its members," he wrote. "Some people in your church want to know that if they give over a certain amount, will there be the possibility of having a building or wing named after themselves. Matthew 6:2-3 comes to your mind, however, when you first heard about this: 'Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret.'"

Van Allsburg says the world doesn't mind people you name structures after themselves.

"But human pride loves worship and adoration, so we name buildings and all sorts of things after ourselves, including ministries," he continues. "... My question is, in the context of giving, does the ethic of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount have anything to say about naming buildings after ourselves, or anyone else, for that matter? Is it impious and prideful to do so? Or, is it no big deal?"

To read what Van Allsburg concludes, CLICK HERE.

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