Monday, December 10, 2007

From the "Jesus loves US way more than He loves You" files...

It's really hard not to feel that five atheists feeding people in the soup kitchen have more Christmas spirit (and "Christian love') than these folks. Once more, they really don't get it, do they?

Mega church spends $1 million on Christmas Pagent
Commercialization of Christ? Church Puts On Lavish Production
First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale Spent More Than $1 Million on Its Pageant

A Florida megachurch has garnered national attention with its annual Christmas pageant. The First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale's production is filled with extensive pyrotechnics, live stock and a bevy of actors.

"We're having to compete against many theatrical things around the country, whether it's MTV or the Rockettes or any show you might see on Broadway," said the Rev. Mike Jefferies of the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale. "We have made a conscious decision to pull out all the stops."The play rivals some Las Vegas-style productions, and Broadway producers choreographed the show.In fact, more than 600 actors dance through the aisles during the play.

The church's pageant is a lot more extravagant than the more traditional productions many have become accustomed to, where bed sheets act as shepherd costumes and tinfoil serves as an angel's halo.

According to the church's senior pastor and show's executive producer, Larry Thompson, the production pales in comparison to the actual events."I really believe it is such a great story. I'm sure we couldn't actually compete with what really happened 2,000 years ago," he said on "Good Morning America Weekend Edition" today.

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