I found this video of local press coverage for the car give away on YouTube. Pastor David Trotter (blog) has been kind enough to post it. Trotter words are enthusiastic, he believes in what his is doing. Check out what he has to say. I think he's whacked. Here is why.
The rational of giving an extravagant gift meant to emulate the gift God gave of his son to humanity (Trotters rational), smacks of crass commercialism, and worst of all, it sounds like a lie. Like something made up to explain why a pastor would try to entice people into his church by giving away a car.
I support a business doing whatever is required to build its base. A church is a business. They are opening a new "campus". If giving away a few toys helps build the asset base of the church by pulling in more members, then they have accomplished their mission. However, they should at least be honest about their intentions.
If I were a member, I would not be happy donating a car to some random Joe when the Hawaiian Gardens neighborhood the Church serves is desperately poor, and hungry too. Perhaps a donation to the Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank would be more appropriate. I know, a car sounds so much more... Hip? But we are talking about needs versus wants. I want a car. I need a meal. At Easter, which seem more appropriate? A Church with true generosity of spirit helps those who are in need. (IMHO)