Each morning, while I stand on the platform waiting for my train to work, this man is smiling at me:
Once on the train, this smiling countenance welcomes me:
Neither of those books will tell you on their covers that the authors head mega-churches and are preachers of the “prosperity gospel”. Slate did a nice job of exposing some of the problems with that top guy’s theology. The bottom guy (based here in Atlanta) is under Congressional investigation because a Senator wanted to know why churches that but Rolls Royce automobiles should be tax exempt entities. And his name is not in any way ironic. Both of these books are bestsellers.
I was busy with being annoyed by these guys when a link to a web site for The Christ Corporation appeared in my inbox. At first glance, it appeared to be the logical progression for the prosperity gospel gravy train. Instead, it appears to be a poker-faced lampooning of the kinds of churches that these guys run. While checking out the site, I had that occasional feeling that lighting was going to come crashing through the window at any moment. But seriously, who are the sacrilegious here?
And of course, The Christ Corporation has a blog. It features tips for dressing for success (business casual conveys a saintly image) and some original scholarship on the nature of the Antichrist (it’s not who you think!).
And what’s with these guys’ hands? Who poses that way? This guy, while not a preacher, does the same thing…
It’s creeping me out! I guess that one guy at that success seminar at the Arena said that you gotta get those hands in the the picture – no matter how ridiculous you look.