So, I was watching Poker on TV (It's usually not something that I watch, but my dad had it on in the living room, and was too lazy to move . . .), and I saw a match between a regular poker player and a priest. The poker player was playing for some charity (I forgot what it was specifically) and the priest was playing to build a church.
This got me thinking. Besides the inherent debate-ability of a priest playing poker, I thought that it was very selfish for this priest to play to build a church. Why? There are so many other, much more helpful, (and let's face it: real) charities that he could have played for. Feeding starving children, housing the homeless, giving money for better education, helping to fund programs that give clean water to poorer countries, rebuilding the rain forest, etc.
So these are my questions:
Is the building of a church more important than other charities? Why? If you were faced with feeding a starving child or demolishing a handful of churches, which would you do? What is the most important charity? If you had a million dollars to donate to any charity/charities, which one(s) would you donate to?