Too Many Black Churches Preach the Gospel of Greed

 

Eddie S. Glaude

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies in the department of religion at Princeton University and the chairman of the Center for African-American Studies.

By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

New York Times – Originally posted June 25, 2014


I once wrote that the black church was dead. It was a deliberate provocation. I wanted to spark a conversation about the role of black churches in light of contemporary challenges, particularly the crisis of American capitalism.

Black pastors preaching the need for prosperity lock us in gilded cages forged by competition and selfishness, sealing our fates.

Inequality is deepening in our country. People are working harder for less, and unemployment is high. Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” confirmed what we already felt, that we have entered a second Gilded Age in which the divide between the wealthiest and the rest of us makes the Grand Canyon look like a Georgia creekbed.

These developments have taken shape within a broader economic philosophy that has displaced the idea of the public good with the notion that we should all be engaged in the pursuit of self-interest. The result has been the privatization of social misery and a cultural mean-spiritedness that sanctions selfishness and greed. Read the full story – NY Times