posted on Mar, 3 2010 @ 03:16 AM
S&F. I can't tell you how disgusted I get at what the church has become. I'm not religious by any stretch of the imagination, but at time I was. I
went to sunday school, youth group on wed nights, bible drill team, etc. My Father was born again and very devout baptist/missionary churchgoer.As I
got older I went to church less and less and then in my twenties stopped all together. When I was a teen, I had long hair, pierced ear, played guitar
in hard rock bands and every weekend would have to hear about how I was going to hell for having long hair, earrings, rock music and so forth. Fast
forward to now, every other church is some Mega-Church with all these thousand yard prozac stare parishoners jumping up and down while the house band
plays Christian Rock. The hypocrisy is what started me away from church. My father and aunt were also some of the few lucky ones to have gotten
scammed into buying one of those condos at the Jim and Tammy Fayes PTL amusement park and condo thing that ended up going under. But that didn't stop
them, no. They just kept giving more and more money to these guys. And when I tried to talk to my dad about how I felt he was being mislead into
giving his money to these charlatans, he would just give me some quote of the bible or make some comment about having faith. Like all these other
people, he thought that giving your money shows God just how much faith you have. Regardless of what is done with the money.
I remember seeing one of these televangelist couples, the one with the pink hair, and thinking to myself. These people have the gall to be asking for
donations and going on and on with all these prophecies like they alone had God's ear and were on his speed dial. And all the while, they are sitting
in these gold throne looking chairs on stage all decked out in gold and jewels, fake nails, big wigs, designer clothes, and all the congregation
eating out of their hands. I just can't believe that people are so easily manipulated into believing all this nonsense.
Here in my town there was one of these megachurches built a few years ago. It holds a few thousand people and I remember overhearing some folks
talking at a resteraunt about their new church and all the goodies they had in it. The TV monitors, the huge stage, sound system, offices, gym, dining
hall, the works. I remember wanting to go over and dump their biscuits and gravy over their heads. They were just so proud of their stadium sized
church and all their toys. Did they even think about how that money could've gone to help so many people instead of helping themselves. And all that
pride over a big church. Like that somehow made them more "Christiany. And of course they keep the money rolling in by putting on these big
productions. Like you're going to see Cirque De Soleil or something. Church isn't even about learning of Christ and having a personal relationship
with God anymore. It's a stage show. Speaking in tongues, running up and down the aisles, falling all over the stage when the pastor smacks you on
the head, and of course hearing all about how you're going to heaven and everyone else is gonna burn in hell. Yippee!
And when someone tries to point out the hypocrisy or how phony it all has become, well then they play the martyrs. "Oh we Christians are so
persecuted". It's just sickening anymore. I don't understand how we have become so blinded. It seems as though every aspect of our life has been
infiltrated by countless people all trying to con us out of our money but promising us better lives in return, yet life continues it's downward
spiral and these folks just keep giving up their hard earned cash.
Personally, I always thought church should be outdoors in the open, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and sit back in the open air, talk about God while
surrounded by the beauty of this planet that God created for us.
I believe in an eternal transcendent being who is the creator of all things...and he isn't short on pocket change