Last night at a dinner party and one of the topics which got a lot of attention was the Bush fires and Floods.
There was comment at the lack of financial support seen from religious bodies. Salvo's excepted.
One of the girls is employed by a church here and her job is to take care of donations. She contributed to the discussion saying how absolutely amazed she is on a weekly basis at the amounts of donations both anonymous and known amounting to many hundereds of 1000s. It basically never stops.
When quizzed as to what seems to happen to these millions over time the only thing she could see is that it was (in the vast majority) spent on church infrastructure and expansion. Investment particularly in property which was/is a high priority with Aged Care facilities being top of the agenda.
The general feeling was at this party that religion has become self serving, with no attempt to "Act like a charity" which after all thats how they are taxed.
You certainly hear of things like XYZ company donating its $$s and time to various needy situations large and small but I have to admit Ive NEVER heard of a Church or the like for running a worthy cause.
You hear and see wonderful foundations like the "Glen MC Grath foundation"
really making a difference.
The only thing I have seen from a religion view point are self serving---join the faith--type advertorials.
Come to think of it I've never heard of one case where a church has stepped up to the plate.
With so many worth causes around you'd think they would have an agenda which went beyond their own expansion!