Pulpit Races

This is the second “Fighting Dragons” Post that I missed! I hope that as you read, you enjoy it. I hope that it helps you.Stay tuned for the official post for today! It will be up in about two hours. 🙂

Life is not meant to be awful.

The other day I was perusing Facebook in some downtime from the move + the other festivities that have taken place over the last few weeks and I saw a new resident of Elko asking about going to churches. She was wondering what churches believed what and where she should go to get her fill. In the comments I saw a handful of people talking back and forth about what churches that they attend and how they like them, I heard a bit of smack talk from the non-religious crowd, which you’ll get anywhere, then I heard a few people talk about one church in particular and said it was “the best church”

Now, I think the church my family goes to is the best one, but I learn and listen differently than most people do. The comment and thought process reminded me of a talk that my mother and her best friend used to have when I was younger about different materials making up the pulpits. It was a big sarcastic joke that I can’t remember all of but in essence it was a comparison to different denominations.

That being said, with all religious groups there are things that are okay just as there are things that aren’t, not every church is equal, and I especially can’t stand when they stand up to preach hate from their podium. That’s the difficult thing about being a religious person today. The world around us expects us all to behave and to think a certain way, and by and large religious people can’t be a part of that. More than just Christianity, as well. Many faiths don’t support these ideas that have become so prevalent in the world around us. The whole concept of religion and faith is difficult to talk about without diving neck deep into theology and scripture, but in layman’s terms my faith revolves around the rules God made for us. Some things are encouraged, others are forbidden, a few are required. Getting into the specifics of it wouldn’t make much difference over the course of this blog post so I will save it for one in which I have more time to write them all down in.

The big thing I wanted to address today was the concept of superiority.

In most cases, religious groups believe the way that they do because their faith is the only one that they believe will secure them a seat in the afterlife. That creates this idea of superiority within the ranks of the church/organization. That superiority creates a division in the people around them. Which leads to those religious people dancing and praising in their halls with only themselves. Certain groups have made it a point to reach out to non-believers and draw them in with fun services and cool ideals, but (personal experience here) some of those people have grown accustomed to their shells, making it hard for them to open up. This can lead to complications that ends with people either being removed from the organization or people leaving of their own free will, generally with the idea in mind that they want to stay away from religion forever.

I’ve seen people who take their faith too far in the wrong direction and terrify passersby.

I have seen people turn their nose to those in need because “God will take care of it.” (Side note, that whole idea about God doing things? That starts with you. He fully well has the power to do so, but it’s important for you to work on it too. Good deeds start within yourself.)

What I’m trying to say here is that I’ve seen a lot of ego coming out of religious groups lately. Which upsets me, because ego has no place in religion. Religion should be a platform used for love and passion, not ego and aggression. So, to all of my church-goers that read regularly, please watch yourself and your friends. It doesn’t matter if your pulpit is made of wood or plastic, what matters is that you are loving people the way you’ve been instructed to do. I can’t tell you that you faith is right or wrong. I have no proof that you would believe, I can only speak for myself. Which leads me to my non-religious readers. Make sure that you watch us religious folk. Especially if you don’t understand a faith. Ask questions, make sure they are being loving. It’s important that we keep that in mind at all times. Your pulpit might just be Mother Nature, but all of us have a duty whether you believe in God or not, we were put here in the very least to love and to be loved.

Never lose sight of that, if you do, it doesn’t matter what your pulpit is made out of. You can’t truly speak for it if you don’t know what you’re speaking for.

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