I recently made a posting on my Facebook Page after being on a feed with Pastors and other various “religious” people. The feed I participated in for a moment really disturbed me, as it ended up getting very ugly for a religious conversation. Here is the posting I made on my page afterwards:
“Note To Self (My 1 a.m. can’t sleep because I’m GRUMPY thought):
“Stay off of Religious Folks and Pastor’s Facebook Pages. Nothing good comes from being on them, as they all seem to be in competition with each other to prove who is more “religious”, who knows the word of God and can interpret it better, who’s house is cleaner, and who is better than who; which then turns into everyone looking like hypocritical, snobbish, know-it-all, rude, uneducated, unfriendly, asshats who only care about making others feel bad in order to promote their own self-worth and self-esteem.”
SHEESH! No wonder I stopped going to church and just study the Bible at home on my own! Did it ever occur to any of these people that:
This is why we have so many different denominations of Christianity, different Religions, and various Cults popping up everywhere??? (Because people think they know the Bible better and they can have a bigger better church) Or that maybe it’s why many people have stopped going to church at all and morals are being lost in this country? Or why some folks don’t believe in God at all?? (Because man keeps screwing the Bible up with their own agendas and attitudes)
MYLANTA!!! People have got to get it together and stop being so RUDE with their HOLIER THAN THOU attitudes!!! That is not the way to draw others to following God’s word or the Bible!
I have always been a very Spiritual person with Christian views and ideology, as I was raised in and grew up in the Church; BUT when “man” puts their own spin, attitude, and agenda on Religion it makes it very hard to want to attend a Church and be apart of a Congregation these days. People have become very snobbish, rude, and condescending when it comes to Religion! Often Hardcore Religious people come off as being very judgemental, holier than thou, and very arrogant when dealing with others. I think everyone is intelligent enough to know that no one is perfect but when you portray yourself to be by putting others down solely based on your personal religious views wouldn’t that be a bit hypocritical and against the teachings of the religion you claim to know and follow?
I was raised and grew up in the church thus, I have always been a very spiritual person with strong Christian ideology. Therefore when man puts their own attitude, interpretation and agenda on religion it makes it very hard to want to attend a church and be a part of a congregation these days. There is an attitude among some of the people who attend church regularly and feel “holier than thou”. They come across as being very snobbish, rude and condescending when discussing religion! These “self-sanctimonious” persons are very judgemental, and arrogant in dealings with others. I believe that everyone is intelligent enough to know that not one is perfect and especially when if you call yourself a Christian. So when you portray yourself to be ‘perfect’ by attitude and putting others down based solely upon your personal religious viewpoint, isn’t that a bit hypocritical and blasphemous in regards to the teachings of the Holy Bible that they claim to know and follow so much more diligently and expertly than anyone else?
Because social media is so one-dimensional, meaning it’s difficult at times to detect a person’s tone and infliction on a statement, people at times type statements that can be misinterpreted very easily through a computer screen. Television shows such as Preachers of LA glamorizes being a pastor in ways that are not typical of what is regarded as “Christian-like” behavior. Shows like that are also contributing to the promotion of mediocrity in our society as well as the downfall of religion, it doesn’t help the religious sector when priests, pastors and other ecclesiastic figures are being caught having adulterous relationships, out-of-wedlock children, molestation, theft from the church, and other various crimes that are not Christian behaviour.
It also doesn’t help any when you can walk into a Church and see the income levels of a Congregation from the front to the back! That doesn’t make one feel very welcomed either! Some folks know what I’m talking about here! I mean big hats and fancy designer clothes in the front, Target and Walmart attire towards the middle, and Thrift Store and Hand-Me-Downs in the back! Another example would be when the Pastor has more gold in his mouth, on his fingers and around his neck, than the cross and drive a Lexus, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, or other expensive vehicle all paid for via their congregation and tides.
Religion was NOT established for people to utilize as a tool to promote themselves and their ego’s, make themselves feel better by stepping on others, or get rich! If you are a religious person you know that the purpose of the 10 Commandments was to serve as a moral guide for living, build good relationships with each other based on love and mutual respect, and to love, honor and obey God. So how exactly does a Christian fighting another Christian play into to the Bible and it’s teachings? How does acting more superior and proving who is more religious accomplish any of the Lords lessons? Shouldn’t you be making sure your own house is perfectly clean before you go and try to clean someone else’s?
The Pew Research Center has done research on religion and the trends going on with people in the United States as far as being religious goes in their lives called the Religion & Public Life Project. Their studies show a rise in the American public that doesn’t identify with any particular religion and the various reasons why people choose not to affiliate with a church . Gallop did their own poll and found that less than 20% of Americans attend church regularly. And ChurchLeaders.com also ran a story called 7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America echoing some of the same results.
If you have the inclination to actually ask people yourselves, you will find out that the answers as to why they don’t are similar. Some will say they just don’t have time, some will say they just don’t believe in organized religion, some will say they don’t have the money, and others will say that they don’t believe in religion or God at all. In the end when you break it all down you will find the underlying cause though. They feel uncomfortable, they don’t want to be judged, and they don’t feel like they are worthy enough to be there due to the bad attitudes put on full display by church members and comments that people claiming to be Christian make.
So I ask you:
Don’t you think we should put a better face on the Christian Religion in our country if we are to gain any ground here? I do believe the old saying ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar’ would apply here! I mean really? Would Jesus have a front pew seat, big hat, a fancy car, gold accessories, a mansion, and a bad “push more people away” attitude?
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