I have quoted from Mike’s blog more than once here at tt.us. So often, he nails it.
Mr. Stearns argues that evangelicals were often so focused on sexual morality and a personal relationship with God that they ignored the needy. He writes laceratingly about a Church that had the wealth to build great sanctuaries but lacked the will to build schools, hospitals, and clinics.
via Waving or Drowning?.
I loathe the use of religion to aggregate wealth and power by marginalizing and then persecuting those who aren’t a “member of the club.” The more noble path is to contribute good to the world by helping, with no strings attached, those in need.