I lurk at a lot of the blogs of religious men and seldom comment. Most of them are older, and have led sheltered lives, insulated by their communities, their wealth, and their money against a lot of the stuff going down in the modern world. They don't want to talk about that - they want to talk about scripture and exhort their community to be not of this world and to take the high road in all things. I get that, they are like that in my church - to an extent. But they will call bullshit when they see it - even if in the mildest and politest terms. I think that straight talk is why we are seeing more people coming through the door and other churches are seeing less show up on Sunday.
I was watching an old boy on JewTube years and years ago. He was addressing the young men in his church because he was appalled (and rightfully so) about the surging divorce rates, and he was giving it to those young men with both barrels. They had to grow up! They had to man up! They had to take on responsibility and be leaders in the families! Why - if they did that, women would naturally defer to them as heads of their families and wouldn't be so troublesome -
A young fella stood up in the audience and interrupted. "But... Pastor - what am I supposed to do when my wife tells me she wants a divorce because she's not happy? And she can't tell my why she's unhappy?" The pastor stopped and reconsidered. "The point of my sermon, son, isn't to talk about women, it's to talk about you, the word of God, and walking the high road-"
Another young man stood up. "My ex wanted an open marriage where she could see other men. What am I supposed to do with that?" Another stood up and complained about his wife's approval of a son that dressed like a woman. Others were gearing up to speak when the Pastor angrily cleared his throat. "Again! We are NOT TALKING ABOUT THE WOMEN. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU. Please sit down so I may continue!"
The young man that had started it all remained standing, shook his head in disgust, turned on a heel ... and walked out. About a dozen other young men stood and did the same. Parents and people in the audience hissed in anger and dismay as the young men silently walked out. Had I been there, I would have made a nuisance of myself with loud applause - and would have joined them. For his part, the Pastor looked confused and unhappy and wondered what in hell had just happened. The comments stacked up with thousands and thousands of comments with parents shitting on the kids, the men shitting on the women, the women shitting on the men and others shitting on them all.
All we hear about is how there has to be a seperation of church and state. To me, if you throw God out of your politics and current events... it will have the same effect as throwing Him out of the schools. You'll get drugs, violence, promiscuity and perversion running unchecked. The church has cravenly bowed down to the Globohomo monster and to me it is just craven. Problems like this are their fuggin jobs. And it doesn't just fall to the clergymen, the rest of us should be right in it too. Sticking your head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge the problem is craven, and the men that would put on religous airs and lecture the rest of us about morality ... that is just sanctimony, and people can see it. When that pastor dumped on those young men, he let everyone down, from the kids, right on up to God himself.
At least that is how it looks to me. But whadda I know? There are children with a better grasp of the Bible and faith... although I am learning fast. These divisive issues should not be dividing us. They should be causing us to gather closer together.
I dunno. I see genuine, 24 carat evil walking the earth, and if we are to be Godly Christians, we should be confronting it rather than avoiding it and pretending to take the high road in doing so. Sitting on the sidelines and scolding everyone while specific, individual lunatics drag your families and communities to hell... that is not Godly conduct. That's sanctimony as far as I am concerned.
Sorry for the rant... but I call 'em as I see 'em. And I am tired of out-of-touch ass hats scolding everyone as they sit on their hands and do nothing.
As always, thanks for stopping by and listening to me vent.