I have been catching hell lately from many Christian friends and family members on Facebook. It all started when I started challenging bigotry, racism and my love for Rev. Wright. This was my general response to all of them.
Here is the problem. All data from the Census, and other sources, show that American wages have become stagnant, not keeping up with inflation. As the real wages of working Americans have gone down, it has put strains on charitable giving by regular folks, this included churches. As giving decreased, churches had to adapt to the new economic conditions, such as having double services, instead of building new churches. As wage stagnation continued, churches depended more, and more, on wealthy contributors. To maintain wealthy contributors, sermons slowly became more to their liking to keep contributions coming in. To make wealthy givers happy, churches have become more political, not seeing the economic or spiritual needs of working class people (meaning a type of thinking, not necessarily an actual economic condition). This condition of the churches has contributed to the polarization of religious and political beliefs, as it gets more difficult to find a church that has not been corrupted by politics. Forty years ago, political matters were considered outside of the workings of the church, for the most part. They were more interested in actually saving a soul, instead, they want to legislate salvation, using the money of the rich. I do not wish to offend anyone when I do not want to be apart of this perversion. If they do not want to change their ways, they should be taxed, just like any other business operation.