I was watching a documentary on PBS yesterday on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). Mormons have some out there beliefs, one of which being that they're the only true church. You could almost hear in the narrators voice his own thoughts about some of their strange beliefs and practices, but what the documentary presented as one of their most radical characteristics is what they expect of their members.
"Unlike most conservative Christian groups, Mormons expect their members to contribute at least as much as they take." Then the documentary listed these high expectations - tithing and serving.
Where have we gone wrong as Christian churches that those two commitments seem radical? To their credit, the Mormon church has refused to cater to the consumeristic mindset to which most Christian churches have totally sold out.
The Mormon church has some incredibly extra-biblical beliefs and practices, but with this expectation they are right on.