Every other week or so I get an Email from an organization called the American Center for Law and Justice. I was originally interested in this group because they had a show on a Christian radio station, which was designed to help callers with legal advice. Jay Sekulow was the host.
Now I get these Emails that detail what Mr. Sekulow is doing nationally to try and subvert the liberal agenda in one form or another. The language is always fatalistic, as in if we don’t succeed, the rights of Christians will vaporize. It is always followed with a statement like this.
This is why we need your help today. We are already hard at work, but the preparation for a Supreme Court case of this magnitude is complicated and involves extensive research and several moot courts between now and November 30th. It is also extremely expensive.
I guess legal work at the highest levels is expensive. I wonder how expensive it truly is, however. Now comes this.
But there is another side to Jay Sekulow, one that, until now, has been obscured from the public. It is the Jay Sekulow who, through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle — complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
So I guess he doesn’t need my money all that bad. I was to understand that this was a Christian organization fighting for righteous causes, but I have to wonder about the motivations of a man who asks for money from common people while living in apparent opulence.
While I am not against people living this way from money that they have earned by producing something valuable for sale to the public, all his money is coming from donations that people have made for the purpose of a cause that he has outlined.
Since this is a Christian organization, and as a Christian I have a moral duty to say something (Matt. 18), I’ll say this: Mr. Sekulow, I don’t think that you are representing the faith well, and I encourage you to evaluate your own faith and lifestyle and ask yourself if Christ would approve.