The leaders and the clergy preach up peace
For profit; but they’re willing to preach war
For similar returns. Elites deplore
The sins of weaker, poorer breeds. They fleece
The sheep they should protect; and to increase
Returns, they welcome bribes, solicit more
Rich perquisites, prophetically roar
The message of the times, and grow obese.
When contradicted by the Word, they brook
No opposition. Counting fools and wise,
No longer bound by knowledge of the book
Each one does what is right in his own eyes.
The bottom line transcends the truth; and greed
Becomes the dominating clergy creed.
D.A. Carson, Holy Sonnets of the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994)