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Churches or Businesses?

Churches of all denominations across America like to advertise on street signs using catchy phrases. “You are God’s stimilus plan”, “You are the star in God’s movie”, “God receives knee mail” and so on. It makes me wonder: are these temples of god or just businesses advertising their products?

If god is great and the churches are “sacred” ground, why would these churches need to attract followers, like a car dealership tries to attract customers? Is the answer that more members means more revenue? Aren’t we mixing money with religion here? Aren’t the members going to go anyway if they have religious beliefs? Or because they like this pastor more than that pastor?

Nowhere in the world have churches become businesses as in the USA. It is a social club for the poor, the lonely and the lost. People feel comforted, even if they are praying to no one and getting nothing in return. The ads promise what is impossible and talk superstition. Soon we will see: “20% off sale: come to our church and get a good deal from God.” God can do everything, and he likes some people more than others, right?


February 28, 2009 - Posted by | Grievances, Religion


  1. Hello! I am a newbie to your blog-(randomly came across it)- but have “subscribed” to it and have been reading your posts for the past month. I have lived in Brazil for a couple of years and always find it fun to read about a Brazilian’s point-of-view who lives in the US. As it seems we have similar religious (or non-religious at that) views, I really liked this post. It just makes me laugh or roll my eyes every time I see a church sign like the ones you posted. Absolutely ridiculous! Glad I’m not the only one thinking those things you wrote about.

    Comment by Timm | March 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks Timm! Your perspective having lived in Brazil is valid too. I would say nowadays I am more American than Brazilian, but sometimes I feel like a biracial son if a black parent and a white parent: neither black nor white. There are certain things in Brazil that are just better than here, and things there that ate hard for me to get used to again.

      Comment by Grace Farrell | March 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. As a parent of a son who spent 10 mos in Brazil, I am dismayed at your country to not do the right thing and release Sean to his biological parent. While our son Joe spent ten mos there we housed an exchange student here, bridging the cultural gap between the USA and Brazil.I had a positive opinion of Brazil, but no longer. I would never send another child to your country with the judicial system so biased and unfair. What is keeping you from doing the honorable thing and releasing Sean?

    Comment by HOLLY | March 28, 2009 | Reply

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