This article was written as an answer to the following article of CNN:
The question of the CNN article was: why do white Americans less attend religious services today?
Indeed, there are two divine mandates (institutions): work and marriage. God requires man to produce children and goods.
I praise everybody who works, and who is married. Fine! That is the basis of human life.
However, I see a small danger.
One could assume working and being married would be all about Christianity. Such one is in danger to make an idol out of work and marriage. One making an idol out of work and marriage is a Philistine or square. Work and marriage are good in itself, but nobody likes Philistines, because of their idolatry.
The problem of today is that the secular (profane, godless) authorities try to breed human robots (people with a certain secular behaviour pattern). The authorities want human beings which are totally focused on work and to a less extent on marriage. Thus, they want to breed Philistines. Philistines are easy to handle and produce a big tax revenue.
Well educated or not; at Church, people want to meet Christian brothers and sisters, but they don’t want to meet nasty Philistines there. A Church consisting of Philistines will lose their members in the course of time because only a few people want to stay in a nasty wormhole.
What makes a Christian?
Of course, a Christian also works and marries, but he makes no idol out of these things. A Christian doesn’t adore an idol but Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Churches were always inclined to adopt themselves to the world and worldly values like these: he has a good workplace, he has a beautiful wife; thus he is good (blessed). Blessed are the Philistines! Of course, such churches are no real churches but temples of idolatry.
In the real Church, there should be the following people: people, having (or developing) a Jesus-like character. Everybody adoring Jesus will get changed into a human being which is totally opposed to a Philistine.
The character of a loveable man adoring Jesus we can find in the start of the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5: 1-12):
And seeing the multitudes, he (Jesus; R. B.) went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
We need pastors and bishops being model Christians. A pastor should keep connection to reality (outside the Church-world) by doing an ordinary job beside his ministry (carpenter, nurse, tailor, teacher, gardener or anything else). Pastors living according to the Sermon of the Mount within the real world (of work) would be very credible. They could preach with authority.
The big proplem of the Churches today is that the Church leaders live in a kind of subculture (they meet solely people having something to do with the Church) and have lost touch to the real world. At Sunday, they preach how to behave in everyday life, but they live in a world where they themselves are not challenged by any brutal workmates or bosses or customers or pupils or so.
Pastors and bishops depending too much on the donations of their church members are in danger to preach a Philistine gospel. They may calculate like this: the richer my congregation, the richer I am.
Hence, it is high time to establish a new system. Pastors should never fully retire from a worldly job. They may do a somewhat easier job with limited effort of time in order to spare time for their divine ministry.
Note: Pastors preaching the Philistine gospel make a big mistake. They cause a contest between their church members: who has the best job, who has the most beautiful wife? This leads to selfishness and isolation of the single church member. This is the opposite of the real Church which Jesus founded.
Furthermore, true Christians in the true Church having no idotic contest could found cooperations (they could found small companies or schools, etc.). In this way they would become independent from the godless rulers of this world, which want to make them slaves or human robots.
Now, things have come full circle: when you preach the true gospel, you help your church members even materially.