Archive for June 2, 2009

The economy sucks. People need prayer. And the government claims “Church and State” as a rally cry until they go hoarse.

And now, that lovely troika has parked itself right in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Moses UnemployedOf course, this issue will probably have to take the nickel tour and pray for a little notice, but hey, it’s making news because “We, the people” are finally making a big stink about pastors taking an unemployment check in the name of the Lawd.

Earlier this year, a survey by the National Association of Church Business Administration showed that 32 percent of responding U.S. churches had economy-related difficulties, up from 14 percent in August. Twenty percent said they had laid off staff.

So, there are a slew of church workers who surrendered to their call of the ministry and now surrendering for sacking groceries. Why? No unemployment. Again, why? No reason.

Said “separation” leaves folk pink sliped and penniless from churches, mosques and even synagogues because these religious institution don’t pay taxes, and because of that premise, they can’t fall at the mercy of the state.

What’s funny is legally these unfortunate, indentured servants for the Gospel may have a gripe and, at least, church secretaries may have an out.

According to the Church Law & Tax Report, New York law exempts from unemployment compensation coverage “a lay member elected or appointed to an office . . . and engaged in religious functions” and “a person employed at a place of religious worship . . . for the performance of duties of a religious nature.”

But here’s a salient thought: Why rely on the law and the government for these benefits in times of a storm?

If God’s children are supposed to be part of the same family, how is that those nepotism rights of passage don’t pass over when the father of the congregation gives them the boot?

Where’s the love, man?

Is the economy so bad that God’s generals have to pull ranks in times of difficulty and claim to have the salary of a private? Typical. And regretful.

Perhaps those upstanding, hopeful citizens of the New Jerusalem would be interested to know scriptures do not only apply to them. Take 1 Chronicles 16:21-23 NKJV:

He permitted no man to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

If I’m wrong, God will help each one of them find a job. But if I am right, I would hate to see what these leaders have to pay in the long run.