Usher: Deak, I been told that the church is supposed to be separated from state and I don’t have a problem with that. But how come all them humans run the church like a business?
Deacon: They are raised and taught in a “command and conquer” society where rigid guidelines and hierarchy are the norm. (Unlike how the church was actually established around a decentralized model with not titles, no bosses and no hierarchy.)
Usher: So that’s why the pastor is the CEO, the assistant is the aggressive VP with the pedigree pursuing the career path and the sheep are mere afterthoughts?
Deacon: You go it! They simply see church as a vocation and nothing more. Once they find a place where they can attain control, they must build up their congregation so they can store away their retirements and 401Ks and all that crap. The sheep are the ones who fund it all, but nothing more.
Usher: So where is God in all this? Don’t they know that the “command and conquer” model is subject to strife, infighting and easily overthrown or divided?
Deacon: That doesn’t really matter to them. In fact, it plays right into their hand. It’s because they are in it mostly for the money. (If you took away their money, they’d leave.) When things get rough, they simply pacify the sheep with programs (crumbs) and they use the sheep money to fund it all. Kind of interesting, eh? In the days of the Apache, the government couldn’t tame the Apache because they were decentralized. Killing them was actually making them multiply. They had no chiefs and no hierarchy, they operated in circles of influence. Destroy one circle, and two more would crop up. They were a nemesis even into the 20th century after most of the other tribes had been conquered.
Usher: How did the government finally conquer them?
Deacon: Funny you should ask. They gave the spiritual leaders (who operated just like al qaeda cell group leaders), the Nant’ans – cattle. With this brought prestige and a pecking order and voila! In just a few years, the Apaches were tamed and living out their lives in reservations with cows and booze!
Usher: Kind of like dumb Christians going to church every Sunday and doing just what the pastor wants in exchange for babysitting, donuts and coffee? And all at the expense of the sheep?
Deacon: Most people would say your depiction is a little harsh, but you get the picture….
Usher: Wow, don’t the sheep know that if they simply stop going, all of the corruption will stop? They don’t need these greedy blokes to pacify them and lull them into a false sense of security. And if they sat and did the math and realized that all that “tithe” is just funding the 401K and paying for the home of some money-grubbing pastor, why won’t they walk away?
Deacon: The oldest and largest companies in the world are insurance companies. They sell peace-of-mind and nothing more. Sheep are dumb and they will pay anything for someone to tell them everything is “gonna be all right”.