Perception is reality – I really dislike that statement since it excuses people from trying to understand things they don’t understand, but then that is just my perception (yes, the last phrase is a joke!).
God knows, an article in The Economist, shows us the magazine’s perception of the church community. Their perception is likely to be representative of many people. For background, churches are not required to file a form 990 with the IRS reporting their income, expenses, assets, and salaries of senior staff. The article says that the report from Sen. Grassley’s staff shows this lack of reporting:
“…highlights a serious regulatory failure at the heart of America’s charitable sector.”
The magazine seems to approve of increasing regulation and oversight of churches. The conclusion of the article says that Sen. Grassley is opening up a contentious issue and
“..his reward may be a much-needed burst of transparency. Let there be light! “
For us to be wise in running our churches and para-church ministries, we need to be attentive to the world around us. We should be aware the perception others have of the church world is: we are underregulated.