If our United Presbyterian Church is to pay retired ministers a pension that will enable them to live decently; if it is to maintain its position by helping to finance churches in thousands of new community centers all over this country; and if it is to do its fair share in missions and in education—then the corporate church could spend at least twice as much money as it now receives.
Why does our church receive so little money for these purposes? It is generally conceded that there is more wealth represented in our denomination than there is in any other; and yet there are 26 denominations whose benevolences per communicant greatly exceed ours. In fact, one of these, a tenth our size, receives more money for benevolences than we do. Of course, these denominations are much smaller than ours; yet are we to be excused for not raising our share simply because we have more people to deal with?
In order to find an answer to these questions, I have had discussions with many men in business and in the professions who are dedicated Christian members of our church. Many of these men could afford to give far more than they do. Most of them give liberally to charity, moderately to their local churches, and nothing at all to the corporate church. A few will give when we demonstrate the needs; but on the part of the majority there is strong opposition to much of what the corporate church is doing. These members cannot understand how our corporate church could tolerate such statements and pronouncements on social issues as they have seen in the press. They feel that the corporate church should not go into politics, that it has no mandate to meddle in secular affairs. They know that the National Council of Churches is composed of representatives ...1
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