What most people don't realize is that...
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the prisoners
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed,
and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Have you ever wondered why Wall Street is called the "Temple of Commerce." Or why banks have a reverent hush about them? Or why old downtown banks and Wall Street brokerage houses have the appearance of temples? It's quite simple: Commerce and her profit-making is a religion. Commerce even has her own god and goddess: Hermes and Minerva.
There's a church in Detroit that today -- February 23 -- is celebrating "Black Wealth" in their worship service. In fact, the celebration goes on all day. If you want to learn how to become wealthy, it will only cost you $28.00. And if you get hungry, there's the "Soul Food Fair" to tide you over, for a cost. Yes, I am singling out one church, but there are many, many more who are just the same. Many who have melded the Temple of God with the Temple of Commerce.
This particular church, labels themselves as "The Called Out Church." This church -- as do so many -- needs to be "called out," to be reminded that whom they purport to worship -- Jesus Christ -- did not espouse Capitalism, and that a theology that melds Christianity and Capitalism is heretical.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to everyone as they had need ... enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily... (Acts 2:44 - 47). And this went part and parcel with their understand of being Christian (Acts 2:42). In melding Christianity with Capitalism we have lost both Christianity and the one whom we claim to honor.
NOTE: I call Jesus a "socialist" to make a point. In reality, Jesus was a "God-follow," and that replaced all political persuasions.
*That's "socialist" with a small "s," as a way of living. "Capitalism" as a religion requires a capital "C."
© Frank A. Mills 2020
Drawing: This drawing appears online, but it seems that almost each appearance is a slightly different version. I am still trying to hunt down the artist of the original.