You know that times are rough financially when . . .

I. When banks are foreclosing on churches. According to an article I read in the Wall Street Journal this week, churches are the next wave of foreclosures. Not only were individual homeowners and commercial businesses buying property with creative financing, so were churches. What has also hurt churches’ bottom line has been members who stopped tithing because members have lost their jobs. The WSJ article mentions a couple of churches that were in fact foreclosed. Sad.

II. And, when state and local government can’t offer to bury the dead. Budgets are tight and burials are expensive, according to another WSJ article. It’s cheaper to have someone cremated (though some religions prohibit cremations such as Judaism and Islam).

Morality and money. Apparently when times are rough financially, money prevails.


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