I was driving today and passed a church that had the most truthful message I think I have ever seen. It read, “It’s about time for the separation of the church and hate”.
Just let that sink in for a second.
That’s some gospel right there. I have to admit that some of the most judgmental and hateful people I have met belong to a church and that includes my family. God says love everyone, right? But often times they don’t believe that applies to homosexuals, unwed mothers, those that have divorced, etc…not to mention those that belong to other religions.
Either God is love or he isn’t so don’t speak out of both sides of your mouth. Last I heard it was up to the Big Man to judge…lest ye be judged, am I right?
I really never will understand that whole mentality of “only we are right and you are wrong” in the religion world. I am not a smart man (try to not read that in a Forrest Gump voice) but I know that I don’t believe in organized religion. I grew up in the system and it just isn’t for me. I believe in a higher power/spirituality for sure but I have to say that if the Jesus of the Bible was around today he’d be flippin’ some tables at the church entrances. Let’s be honest, most anything left up to man is tainted at least and when man decided what books are to be included in the Bible they might just pick the ones that suit their needs. Either you believe in the whole Bible or you don’t. You can’t pick what you believe here and there. Shall we stone our daughters or trade them as cattle? Or is the Old Testament moot since Jesus sacrificed himself and rose from the dead (the veil in the temple being ripped from top to bottom meaning we can go directly to God rather than through an intermediary).
Talking about religion opens up a big ol’ can of worms and we could all go on debating forever. No matter what you believe I think it can come down to being a good human to our fellow humans. Kindness and understanding go a long way and we should reserve judgement in situations that we don’t understand. At the end of the day no matter what you believe it isn’t up to you anyhow.
The same rules you learned in kindergarten apply in real life. Treat others as you would want to be treated, no matter what.