Blogging on choices
There is a web site that I frequent that has a weekly question posted to all comers.
It is “What did you do today instead of attending the ******** Church?”
You can fill in the blanks as to what church it is that you did not attend.
Some of the most interesting answers are also some of the most mundane.
“Coffee in bed.”
“Watch hockey game.”
“Fly to Vegas.”
“Take dog to park.”
“Listen to jazz.”
“Go to film work shop.”
“Eat Dim Sum.”
“Clean up the trash on the local beach.”
“Do the laundry.”
“Hold a backyard bar-b-que.”
These are actual people telling us how they spent Sunday morning, and most of these activities have been outlawed by various churches in the world.
The Jewish tradition tells us that the Sabbath should remain a day of prayer, and no work can be performed. There goes the clean garage, laundry, and food shopping.
The Baptists used to be against dancing and music, so of course all that jazz listening is out.
Eating pizza with any beef product is taboo for Hindu’s but I see that they have introduced a hamburger made with lamb at one of the big fast food chains, so India joins the first world in enjoying bad food, and will suffer along with the rest of us.
All of these activities are arrived at by individuals making a free choice in how they want to spend their time. Is there a choice between getting dressed up in a rush, pumping acid into their stomachs at the fear of arriving late for services, and kicking back for a hot cup of coffee and the Sunday paper on the deck?
Some have this choice and take it. Others keep on going to the building with rows of hard seats, and bloviating men up in front, who exhort each member to do more, pray more, pay more and obey all the strictures concerning food, (don’t eat meat on Friday) dress,(keep your face covered when in public) thinking, ( don’t look at the Internet) and simply being.
The ones who took the exit find that they have a raise in pay, more time than they knew was available, and lowered blood pressure.
We wonder if the trend is universal, and find that it is. There are less involved youth, and many church organizations are losing members and clergy. The message just does not seem to resonate if people do not live in fear of things that they cannot see. With education, all things are possible, even freedom from making bad choices.
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Blogging on choices