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       Let’s consider “steeple envy.”

Did you ever consider the possibility that a number of pastors and/or church leaders suffer from “steeple envy”? You know, “mine is bigger than yours” sort of thing.

How many USAmerican church building programs are sourced in steeple envy? I’m not a betting pastor, but I would be willing to bet that a number of insecure pastors have to prove their significance (potence) by ‘capital campaign viagra.’ They must have the biggest steeple (read church campus) in the city. What a silly waste!

I know it’s usually couched in “we need to reach more people” or “this is to the ‘glory of God’” or “people need a nice place to worship,” etc. But I wonder how often “God’s glory” is a verbal smoke screen for many pastors’ need for personal grandiosity?

Hey, I could be wrong. Yet, I floated this thought before some friends in our area of the U.S. of A. and they said that it really, really exists. Steeple envy exists.

What do you think?