The Debate on Churches and Collective Poverty: An Empirical Deflection

Churches often have their excesses, but data shows churches collectively spend more money on social welfare and care of the community than almost any institutions: civic, political, or social. They are just a convenient and familiar target for those who want to do criticism without analysis. The biggest source of poverty is not churches, but the massive spending pattern of the community itself which is on disposable goods without savings or investment and this is being done by individuals and institutions outside of the church. People don’t want to change their patterns of behavior or humble their individual desires and wills for the good of the collective and so they externalize responsibility. What is stunning is not the amount of money churches have, but the amount of money the community has outside of churches and just wastes and/or gives away to external parties for nonsense like drugs, alcohol, skin whitening creams, hair products, guns, cars, fake jewelry and the list goes on and on, all pushed by the materialistic Eurocentric culture that wants us to be consumers rather than entrepreneurs.

Institutions will reflect ultimately the people. Thus if the cultural character of the people has been manipulated to focus on materialism and garnering wealth, power, and status in the world of oppression, one would expect churches or any other edifice rising up and among the people to reflect those same dysfunctional and negative tendencies.

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