If you "gots the money" you can put in ornate stained glass windows, statues of religious figures, and paintings. In older churches, the congregation was often illiterate and unable to read the bible stories, so these stories were illustrated in the artwork so that every time the parishoners came to the church, they would remember what story went with that painting or glass window. Today, the congregation is usually able to read their bibles (they just don't read ALL of it), so less of the story-telling art is needed. And, you will still notice, there are always tons of pictures and stuff in the sunday school classrooms where there are preschoolers who can't read yet. Same principle.
at 4:04 PM on May. 4, 2010