is today a new form of Idol worship that
exists in Churches and institutions of
Faith. It is the worship of Capitalism
as an almost sacred thing. We have been
told that Capitalism is God's way of bringing
prosperity and health to all peoples of
faith. The shopping mall is becoming the
new house of worship and Churches, particularly
the "megachurch," are looking
more and more like the mall, with food
courts, small stores, and coffee bars
in the front lobby. The new form of liturgy
is use of the ATM machine, where one can
get anything he or she needs simply by
putting their wish into the machine through
their card. The new icons of this "Faith"
are billboards and advertising. We are
told that the "Gospel" of Global
Capitalism can bring prosperity to all,
when in reality it is destroying local
economies and leading humanity down the
path to a race to the bottom.
the pulpit, we are told that private property
is God's gift to all through the Corporations.
That the only way to ensure that everyone
gets what they need is to support the
right of Corporations and individuals
to have "runaway" profits and
to trust that they will use their profits
to help those they deem as "worthy"
poor. We are told that the "American
Dream" can be had by anyone who tries
hard enough and God will bless them if
they do. One need only look at the growth
of reality shows and game shows to see
how the corporate media is still trying
to get the American people to hold out
hope that they can be the next American
Idol, or get their dream house or win
the money they need to prosper.
idea is not new however. Jesus himself
was tempted with power, money, and wealth
in his temptation in the wilderness. He
was told to just bow down to greed, mammon,
the devil, Capital, and then he would
truly be the "Messiah." Jesus
refused this because he recognized that
this would only benefit him and that everyone
else would be subservient. So instead
he lived his life identifying with the
struggle of the poor, and calls us to
do the same. He calls us to take our cue
and leadership from this class of the
poor, to recognize that this growing new
class is where his heart is, and that
it is not with "the Captains of Industry"
who function as the new priests of this
idolatrous religion of Capitalism.
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