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Friday, February 13, 2004

Losing my religion

On my way to work there are a couple of those "independent" evangelical churches. And like most of them, they have a sign outside up which they post various saying that always emphasize the works and love of God over those of Man. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But the whole ridiculous tizzy over Janet Jackson's breast apparently gave someone a massive stroke at one of these churches and cut off the oxygen to their brain. This is the sign currently outside the building:


POLLUTED SCREENS ARE A BIGGER CONCERN THAN POLLUTED STREAMS


Yow. This is disturbing for two reasons. First, this person is more concerned over something that they have direct control over than something they have no control over. All they have to do is change the channel on the TV, or turn it off, and they never have to risk seeing a televised naked breast again. But they have no control over MBTE or mercury runoff entering their drinking water. Plus, they don't have to watch TV. But the last time I checked, you need water to live.


The second reason is even more disturbing. This is a church. God's house. I would assume the pastor believes that God should come first in our lives. Well, the last time I checked, most Christians believe that God created the Earth. Whether we believe he just did it outright or through the big bang and evolution is irrelevant. God created the world for us. And this pastor is telling us that the ruination of God's gift to us is SECONDARY to a television show! Are you kidding? Do you really believe that a man-made TV show takes precedence over God?


This is the problem in religion today. Political beliefs (anti-gay, conservative TV policy) has become part of the message being preached to people. The result is that the works of God are taking a backseat to the works of Man within the church itself. And that is not a good thing.

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