Found this editorial cartoon in the paper today which gives a window onto how the church is viewed:
Regardless of how fair you feel the critique is, it does suggest, to me at least, a different kind of message from heaven one might want to keep an ear open for. Something along these lines:
Now, how's that again O Loving One? I ask a handful of people to manage your money and use the edifice they already have to live a glorious life of joy and generosity that clearly has your name written all over it? Then we plead for others to join us with their big bucks to live lives of simplicity and service, to show we're not faking it, and to demonstrate that your beneficence is not a ponzi scheme? Say, this sounds pretty good!