Constructive Criticism: Christian Advertising
I write blog posts on the terrible ways (tracts, street preachers) Christians attempt to convince me that their religion is the best. It is easy to identify problems. It is less easy, though often more important, to identify better solution. So. What I would prefer to see Christians doing, instead of hanging out on streets yelling at people and/or passing out tracts, is something demonstrably real to benefit the community without preaching attached to it. There’s a lot they could simply because most Christian congregations own, tax-free, a large building with parking which is mostly unused most of the time. They could:
- Install solar panels, make the building completely self-sufficient and green, and sell the excess back to the grid.
- Provide the space at competitive rates for community events. There’s a Unitarian Universalist congregation near where I live that hosts concerts and dances on a regular basis. More religious groups should do this.
I was also thinking that maybe the churches could run a homeless shelter or provide affordable childcare (a much better way to encourage women to make babies than harassing folk at Planned Parenthood) but I am skeptical of the ability of Christians to run a homeless shelter that doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t require beneficiaries to be preached at, or their ability of providing childcare services with protection from sexual predators.
Any other ways to make the clusters of churches on every street corner more of a benefit to society?
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