Does praying to God work ... except for when the bank is after you? Maybe the banks have gotten so powerful that even God is afraid to meddle with them!
There has been a rash of stories lately about church foreclosures. Today it's the First Family Church in Overland Park, Kansas that's facing a $14 million overdue mortgage. DeKalb County Georgia may lose their oldest African-American church. Churches everywhere are being foreclosed at record rates.
Even Faux News, always ready to distort the news and make churches look saintly, published a major story, Dramatic Rise In Church Foreclosures Nationwide.
I joke about prayer, but this isn't about prayer or faith. It's just economics. Churches are run by people, and those people made the very same mistakes in financing their churches that they made with their own homes. They borrowed beyond their means, they counted on an ever-growing economy, and they counted on "keeping their jobs." Or in the case of churches, they counted on their members keeping their jobs and keeping up their Sunday contributions.
The economy caught churches just like it caught everyone else. In places like Arizona, Nevada and Riverside County, California, foreclosures are at record highs, and property values have dropped to well under half their peak values. Unemployment is rampant. It's no surprise that this has "trickled down" to the churches that are part of these same communities.
I may be flippant about the effectiveness of prayer when it comes to banks, but I sympathize with those whose churches have been lost during this recession. And as I always say, the best approach is to fix things yourself. God isn't going to pay the mortgage, even if it's His house that's being foreclosed!