Today’s churches are just shops in a shopping mall.
Today’s priests and pastors are the shopkeepers.
A shopkeeper smiled at me today. But he only wanted my money.
A pastor smiled at me the other day. Because he only wanted my money.
Shops are never built nor conducted with me – the individual – in mind: they are built to service a crowd, a community. No crowd – not enough profit.
Neither are churches ever built or conducted with me in mind.
Today I met a friend by chance inside a small shop. What thanks is due to the shopkeeper? Why – none at all.
In the same way, today’s churches are just another roof under which one might perhaps meet a genuine friend. But don’t count on it.
Shops often use free samples to drum up business. So too do churches.
Never spend your money on what you can get for free somewhere else.
Shops use clever banner advertising to help you part with your money. Banner Ads trick you into feeling that spending in this shop is a good thing. Such advertising is underhanded and dishonest to a degree: but we accept it as ‘part of the advertising game’. Besides: shoppers can always choose to keep their wallets firmly inside their pockets.
Churches use clever banner advertising to coerce you to part with your money. Banner Ads trick you into thinking you ‘change the world’, ‘reach the world’, ‘send out missionaries’, ‘feed the hungry’ – etc etc etc – by spending to pay the pastor’s salary. Such advertising is always underhanded and dishonest. But shoppers can always keep their wallets firmly inside their pockets.
Instead of wasting more time inside a church: go take a walk in a park: where the birdsong is sweeter than hypocrisy; and the honest labour of insects put the con-men to shame.
Outside of church I can believe in God again. Inside church God is welcome in name only: and that in vain.