I’ve mentioned here how fundamentalists have changed their minds about the sin of “working on Sundays” during my lifetime. With malls open on Sundays, it seems OK now.
Some would be surprised to learn the fundamentalist Protestant view on abortion was the opposite of the current view until rather recently. In a short period of time, conventional wisdom went from “the Bible says it’s fine” to “the Bible says it’s sin”.
As recently as the 1970′s, leading Christian magazines published articles supporting the right to abortion. Authors wrote the Bible’s reference to “life” referred to life after birth. Arguably the loudest conservative Christian voice, the Southern Baptist Convention, supported abortion.
The path toward reversal has been plotted by many scholars. Out sized personalities like Jerry Falwell helped the change. But, surely one of the forces in the change was the “root of all evil”, money.
For whatever reasons, two issues have helped fill collection plates. One is abortion, the other is gays. If both of these caused churches to lose money instead of make it, does anyone think they would be opposed today?
The sands of time have always changed conventional wisdom of “what the Bible means”. And, it makes sense these shifts continue.
Without financial support from people in the pews, there can be no church building or preacher standing behind the pulpit. The sermon preached on Sunday is written, ultimately, by those in the pews.