On my way to get a sub last night, I passed a Black storefront church. Here is a part of the sermon that I heard (as they had a microphone attached to speakers placed outdoors):My god is a wealthy god. He got a Chase bank. He got a Bank of America. He got a Washington Mutual. He got a Bank of America in the rooster’s mouth.
Sure, most of us have been at church at some point in our lives and heard sermons that don’t make a lick of sense. I haven’t had anything to do with church in many years, but I remember some ridiculous sermons many years ago and especially during early childhood/early adolescence when I was last forced to go to restrictive Apostolic churches.
But this? What in the hell was he talking about?
I don’t even care that I don’t understand the rooster reference. I’m terrified about the mention of major banks, by name.
Is his “god” a White supremacist capitalist patriarchal heterosexual able-bodied, cisgender White male in the 1% who runs/owns these banks? Why was the reference necessary to illustrate a “wealthy” god?
The rest of what I heard involved so…so many cash references. Naturally, I didn’t hear much more than this, as I was not attending this place, only passing by. Maybe there’s some context I missed by not hearing the whole sermon.
Prosperity gospel? Um yeah…no thanks.
one note on Prosperity Gospel.
I used to go to a prosperity gospel church in Maryland.
they taught that poverty is a sin and that God wants Christians to be rich.
one year, they had a challenge where they were telling people to give a gift to the church of $1,000 dollars.
i kid you not.
and you KNOW a lot of the ppl who were giving a G were struggling…..i highly doubt everybody in that church was ballin.
i mean these are ppl with families being told to give 1,000 to the church. on top of the tithe!
so on the sunday that ppl were to present their gifts, they had everybody line up…some ppl had a “gift for the pastor” on top of their $1,000 seed.
it really rubbed me the wrong way.
but what really got me was that one sunday, i was in church, and the pastor said,
"ain’t no sissies up in my church!"
a.-that’s a lie
b.-no. just no.Gradient Lair