Did you go to church this morning? If so, did you get a shiny new toy for your efforts? Congregants at Christian Life Church in Lexington, Oklahoma might. Anyone who attends the church's Easter services today will automatically be entered to win prizes like 32-inch flat screen TVs and $50 gift cards.
Christian Life isn't the only megachurch luring people in the door with the promise of gifts. Long Hollow, a Tennessee Baptist Church that boasts five locations and 31 Easter services, is handing out $5 Starbucks gift cards to anyone attending for the first time today. While new visitors are there, they can enjoy "Life in Color," an Easter service inspired by a OneRepublic song.
ACF Church in Eagle River, Alaska, is hoping to bring people in with a Walking Dead-themed Easter celebration. "Our church tends to attract a younger crowd of singles and families with small children," Ross Montgomery, the church's "visual storyteller," told The Daily Beast. "We see using The Walking Dead for Easter as a way to break down some barriers for people who may have a bland taste in their mouth from church or have been hurt in the past."
As any good Christian knows, if there were three things Jesus stood for in his time, they were consumer electronics, overpriced coffee, and television shows about zombies.