Megachurch Millionaires. What happened to caring for the poor and unfortunate?
PZ Myers posts on Senator Charles Grassley’s investigation into megachurches. One profiled Bishop, Eddie Long who pastors a megachurch in Lithonia, Georgia, has an annual salary nearing $1,000,000, owns a lavish mansion, and drives a $350,000 Bentley. Long defends his luxurious lifestyle by insisting “I pastor a multimillion dollar congregation. You’ve got to put me on a different scale then the little black preacher sitting over there that’s supposed to be just getting by because the people are suffering.” Wow. For someone who is supposed to be a high representative of Christ, he’s acting pretty un-Christian-like by living in the greatest luxury while billions languish. And why not a throw a little racism in there while you’re at it, huh? Oh, sorry, it’s not racism because Long is black.
I’m not a Christian and am by no means a Christian scholar, but the fact that many of the highest religious leaders are living like this while many in the masses are living in despair, and the fact that they are enabled to live like this by their thousands or millions of followers seems to say something. Within the masses of the faithful, there is a subsection of so-called fundamentalists. Why are the fundamentalists allowing these leaders to live such lavish lives? And why are so many fundamentalist leaders living these lives? If these people were truly fundamentalists, this situation would not be happening. No fundamentalist would live in luxury or allow another fundamentalist to do so without scorning them as if they were a homosexual.
Some atheists say that in a way, they have more respect for the fundamentalist because the fundamentalist is more honest in their reading of the scripture. But are they? They judge, contrary to judge not lest thee be judged. Many seem perfectly willing to allow others to languish even if they are living beyond their means.
Why are the so-called fundamentalists the way they are?