Christian comedian John Crist believes that pastors are not responsible for the consumerist mindset present in churches, evidenced by the over-the-top theatrics some megachurches display, a shift in his previous opinion on the subject.
In a video posted to his Facebook page Sunday, Crist explained that viewers often send him clips showing their churches doing excessive things, such as a helicopter fly-over with a candy drop for kids and a church that had transformed their stage to resemble a NCAA tournament court.
"I think I want to change my stance," Crist said.
"You know why all these churches do all these things?" he asked, "for us."
He continued that he does not blame the pastors for doing these things, as they are the largest churches in the United States.
"We've obviously created the demand," he explained.
"You know why your church spent your tithe money to get a photo booth? Because everyone at the church took a photo in front of it," he said.