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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The good side of the crisis

We all know the US is suffering a pretty nasty crisis that has left many without homes, right? Well, since a church is God's house, not even the almighty has been able to come out victorious from this one. Some days ago, I saw this sign on what used to be a church:

Rejoice my brethren, for this is not the only one:

Church Foreclosures Surge, Seen as 'Next Wave' in Crisis

Since 2008, nearly 200 religious facilities have been foreclosed on by banks, up from eight during the previous two years and virtually none in the decade before that, according to real-estate services firm CoStar Group, Inc. Analysts and bankers say hundreds of additional churches face financial struggles so severe they could face foreclosure or bankruptcy in the near future.

Now, is it wrong to be happy that these churches are getting close? Consider that, from a biblical prospective, "for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." So, is there really a need for fancy buildings, cool lights and impressing sound systems? I didn't think so. And from a rational prospective, well, the less churches there are, the less influence there is on people, especially children, to be subjected to a nonsensical set of rules based on ancient customs that have few to nothing to contribute nowadays. More opportunity for business and more tax revenue. We need that.

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