The Black Church has always been the forefront institution relative to Black culture, success, and of course Civil Rights. Just about every Black politician in times past was either a minister or a church member. Faith has always played a key role in African/or shall I say multi-cultural/Black people lives. I say multi-cultural because the facts remain "most" of us i.e. Blacks in America have Native American, French, Irish, or some other European bloodline percentage mixed within our African DNA. I guess that's why Black/African Americans are so creative?
It was our faith and creativity that took us through the dark ages of SLAVERY and JIM CROW. The Black church has come a long way. We're now building 30 - 40 million dollar sanctuaries. The question remains, would Jesus build a multi-million dollar worship center knowing his people are in chronic poverty?
I still don't understand why wont Pastors' take half the money and build a church, use the other half to invest in franchise businesses? Why not take 15 million dollars and buy a couple of McDonald's, NAPA Auto Parts, GNC Stores, etc., so your members could have jobs? When Jesus told Peter to feed my sheep, feed my lamb (John 21:15-17) he was talking more then spiritual, he was talking physical as well (Acts 4:32).
Can the Black Church pull the Black Community out of POVERTY? Of course! The problem is we rather build BIG BOX churches in the ghetto then build businesses.