The Watch Dog response: Fabuloustastic article! Something that I feel need to be discussed abroad.
We have slipped the surly bonds of slavery and yet willingly wear the iron shackles of faith.
Slavery, an entrenched economic, social, and political system involving vast interests was driven by the appetite for maximum profit, no matter how inhumane the process.
Now, in our present society, has the black church adopted the plantation economic platform, becoming so focused on preaching a message of capitalism and individualized gain for the attainment of economic success and personal prosperity, that it has lost sight of its initial calling— serving as the voice for equality and justice and functioning as a service institution for spirituality, emotional support and social improvements? In effect, has it become the master, profiting from the work of its slaves, the congregation? (Source: Read more)
Note: This is an old article but worthy of discussion to me.