American Culture Worship[Willian Zinsser - On Writing Well]
And so we develop -
AN AMERICAN TROUBLE IN THE CHURCH
We do not pursue the fruits of righteousness, because they cannot be given a dollar value. We neglect the harvest, because it does not have a dollar value. We hold the church exempt because we don't want to be given an honest evaluation. And so, generation after more-cautious [or controlling] generation, church loses it place in believers lives and becomes a receding American value.