"If American churches had pooled their money and decided to use it exclusively to help the poor and downtrodden, the government would never have had to get involved.
The joke is, Jesus ordered his followers to do just this. It’s a basic tenant at the core of Biblical Christianity.
But building grand churches and administrative structures to impress a god who directly told us he is not impressed by either was deemed more important than spreading his universal love of all humankind throughout the world.
We had a choice: willingly tithe 10% of our income and use it to fix the world, or abandon that and be forced to pay upwards of 30% of our income so the government can use a fraction of it to fix the world (and give the rest of it away to people they really like). We chose the second option.
There is of course a third alternative: clutch all your wealth to your chest and let the poor die of starvation and disease. But since even non-human apes are socially advanced enough to avoid that, it really shouldn’t be an option."
The Virgin Prince.
I think I like this person.