God and Mammon
Armstrong Williams | 5/10/2012, 3:30 p.m.
Churches are tax-exempt; it would be very unwise of them to risk losing that status. So many simply aim to maintain the status quo. Like the politicians who let us down year after year, many do what they have to do to remain popular rather than do what is right. You can almost use the same terminology: Chasing an elusive, illusory "permanent majority," they pander, they appease, they make promises that they know they cannot keep.
Is it any wonder then that the nonreligious are the fastest growing religious group in our country today? The church cannot be an effective witness in the world if it is not united or if it is not obviously different from the secular world in which it, like a mustard seed in the dirt, grows and lives organically.
I do not write this with any mean-spiritedness, but with concern, faith and hope that American Christians will give effective witness to the Lord Jesus Christ so that not only may our fleeting temporal lives be less painful and more pleasant, but that our eternal souls might behold Him in sweet, eternal adoration. Amen.
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