“President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion. During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, Obama specifically referred to his own Christian faith, pointing out that he recognized the importance speaking out about the issue as president.” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/12/obama-churches-should-focus-more-on-poverty-instead-of-abortion-and-gay-marriage/
Why bother to prevent the 38% of abortions that are for black women when you can be assisting the fraction of the 2% who are even remotely interested in same sex marriage. Most of the 126 transfer of wealth programs of the federal and state governments were originally patterned after programs begun and maintained by churches. It was the government that then set up regulations that snarled and strangled the work. Christians started the schools, colleges, hospitals, orphanages, homes for the poor and indigent, even the penitentiaries (for the penitent)--even the Peace Corps was patterned after what the Quakers, Brethren and Mennonites set up after WWII. He not only doesn't know the past, he doesn't know the present. The Catholic church is the largest social service agency in the U.S.—the only organization large enough and powerful enough to actually challenge the federal government and its heavy handed ways. Increasingly, churches are accepting government money for everything from food pantries to chastity programming in the schools. That’s a pact with the devil.
"The number of Christians dropped by almost 8 percentage points in seven years to 71 percent, and the trend holds across race, gender, education, and geographic dimensions, though Christianity still dominates American religious identity at 70 percent." (Newsmax) Hmmm. I wonder what else has been going on the last 7 years--1) a leader who promises the government is your hope for change, and 2) followers who would rather play cyber-community with their phones than have real community within a church.
And look what the Methodists are doing instead of taking care of the poor or preaching the gospel. I'm not picking on Methodists, really, because this is pretty much the platform of all the main line Board of Directors/General Synod/ Big pooh bahs, who use the culture created by TV and Hollywood as their Gospel.
"The world’s lone Jewish state must be singled out for punitive divestment campaigns, while we should at the same time promote economic investment in North Korea, whose government has done absolutely nothing in the area of human rights worthy of specific criticism. And we should take our broad support for sex outside of marriage one step further by advocating to legalize prostitution.
This was the moral vision offered by our United Methodist Church’s apportionment-funded D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) at its Spring 2015 board of directors meeting."http://juicyecumenism.com/2015/05/11/methodist-lobby-divest-from-israel-invest-in-north-korea-legalize-prostitution/