The U.S. Supreme Court has launched an entitlement program for corporations. They are now considered individuals, and individuals with faith. Makes me wonder, if corporations go bankrupt, will they dream?
Will the Court soon assert that corporations have a soul, and cannot be aborted from the moment they are conceived?
If corporations have a soul, they have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do before the Supremer Court of the Heavenly Realms. BP, how dare you foul the Gulf coastline? GM, what took you so long on that recall? Walmart, kudos for your environmental policies, but why not share your huge profits by paying your employees better wages and benefits? Hobby Lobby, why do you impose your personal interpretation of your religion on your employees? Well, you get the idea. Supply the name and sin of your most offending corporation.
Of course, churches are corporations too. And too many times they have sold their souls to the highest bidder: those who can pay for that new building, those who withhold funds if the church doesn’t toe their particular line, or those who threaten to leave if the church is too prophetic or inclusive.
I can imagine corporate evangelists who offer businesses “come-to-Jesus” moments, exhorting them to repent of their evil ways. C’mon down the aisle while we sing a couple of additional verses of our final hymn:
Just as I am, without one plea, but that we make more mo-neyFor our stockholders and our bonuses,And super PACs we fund, we fund.
Maybe it’s time for corporations to live on free will donations, issue quarterly statements of confession, and be given penances serving the poor.
Jesus was once asked by a corporation, “What must I do to be saved?”
“Go and sell what you have, and give to the poor.”
And the corporation went away sorrowful, for it had many acquisitions.
There will be no corporations in heaven. No churches either.
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