Wednesday, January 03, 2007

WOULD JESUS THROW McDONALDS OUT OF THE TEMPLE?

As noted in a news story from Canada about their southern neighbors:

"The faith and family market has attracted the attention of some of America's largest corporations.

Coca Cola Co., Daimler Chrysler AG and McDonalds Corp. are among the giant U.S. corporations that have begun tapping into the Christian market, largely through the "mega-church" phenomenon sweeping largely through the southern states.

Coca-Cola and McDonalds have given away free samples at the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. Target Co. won praise from the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn for donating 2,000 backpacks to children in a low-income housing project.

GM's Chevrolet division has just sponsored evangelical singer Michael W. Smith's recent tour, while Chrysler ponied up for Patti La Belle's recent gospel tour that included her Dec. 2 concert at Jericho City of Praise in Maryland. GM also made donations to a cancer cause for parishioners at the Maryland church who test drove their cars."

The Republican Party has already conscripted much of the evangelical community, with mega-churches at the forefront, for political purposes. Now, in the wake of success on the political front come America's biggest corporations, seeking entrance into holy places. Altruism? Not a chance. It is all about $$$.

Would Jesus throw McDonalds out of the Temple?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the better question: Would Jesus take the donations (money) from mega companies and use it to further the gospel?

To which I would say, yes.

PBill said...

You're finally onto something worthwhile...

Corporate sponsorship of Christian singers? Big deal, that's all entertainment anyway.

Giving samples in church? My church accepts donations of supplies for VBS etc regularly. I have no prob with that. No sales pitches, though.