Many churches have gotten extremely rich over the years. They get some of this from donations, and not having to pay taxes, but mostly by adding corporate sponsorship and consumerism to their religious services. They sell advertising space and soda and sneakers, all to support the faith. Sure, your personal Lord and Savior said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, but he never saw a gigantic church with six jumbotron screens and a Starbucks kiosk located conveniently at the entrance.
Did we mention the water slide?
The common term for these religious institutions is “McChurches”, and they can be found throughout the South and Midwest. But unlike chocolate and peanut butter, these aren’t two great tastes that go great together. Overwhelming conspicuous consumption and spirituality make for an uneven fit, at least if you’re trying to follow your religion’s actual tenets. This is apparently quite easy to forget, though, when you’re speaking in front of a massive animatronic Jesus and wearing a ten thousand dollar suit with glowing sequined crosses on it.