- Posted April 10, 2009 by
Mount Morris, Michigan
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Religion… Big Business?
I am a born again Christian and I have a very dear and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. My problem is how religion has been allowed to become a huge money making business. I am not knocking all churches or all ministries. There are many organizations in the world doing a wonderful job teaching God’s Word and saving souls.
I am speaking of those organizations that are structured in a way in which the church “business” is handed down through the family like a chain grocery store. I'm speaking of those churches who hold several services a day and collect thousands of dollars from its members. But if a member is in danger of losing their home or can’t pay a Consumers bill, they point the member to local shelter. These church leaders are having their homes paid off or new ones built. Their children are going to the best colleges and so on. It is atrocious.
I’ve heard some people say that they could not “afford” to go to church. In some services you can be asked for money for the “building fund,” “usher board,” “Pastor Send-a-ways,” and more, all in the same day. What has any of this got to do with spreading the “Good News,” of Christ. That He died on the cross so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. That all we have to do to be saved is believe that He did die and rise again, repent, and turn away from our sinning ways.
It has been made to easy to start a church business. There used to be a time where Pastors or Ministers were “chosen” by a move of God to be a Pastor. Now they are opening churches on every corner like liquor stores. These churches are also building apartment complexes, running car lots, real estate businesses and more, under their non-profit status. They use their members as unpaid staff and call it “doing your part in forwarding the Kingdom.” Some have even adapted the term “Ministries.”
They are so busy making money that their members are ignored and their family units are dying by the wayside. There is a lot of divorce and discord. People are attending these churches sometimes only to pick up men or women, or for some, both. No wonder people are confused about where to go to worship, it has almost become a spiritual safety issue.
Just remember this, it’s not the building that is important, it is the relationship between you and your God. My God is in me and I carry Him everywhere I go and I worship Him when and where I so please.
What’s your take on religion as a big money making business?
*I took this picture 8/15/08 in Durand, Michigan.