Now Boarding on Platform 5.342 ...
... and I hope this doesn't turn into a train wreck.
That said ...
Anyone here who has quit going to church/never started going for reasons such as hypocrisy, total lack of concern with the welfare of neighbors, etc.?
I have had the scariest year in my life so far (also the most faith-building), and I have watched church people spend hundreds of dollars to fly halfway around the world to build churches/schools/houses instead of helping at-home neighbors pay rent/utility bills/buy groceries.
I have heard sermons on faith-with-charity/good works/sharing, and not seen any evidence of sharing on a local basis. It seems that people find it less scary to send money/bottled water/diapers to strangers far away, than to people they actually see every day.
Now it is stewardship/pledge-drive season and the churches are wanting money. But what do they do with it? They are cutting back on assistance programs.
I used to think that if/when I got through this I would have a testimony worthy of a tent revival.
Now I'm no longer sure I would give it even if asked. Who would care?
And all these runs and walks to raise money. Walk to prevent suicide. Why not just pay your neighbor's heat bill one month, or buy them a bag of groceries?
I have seen firsthand how God provides, and how human beings don't.
Wading in carefully here...
First of all, I want you to know that I was raised by pagans, so I came to Christ on my own.
I could say the same things you are saying about 'religious' people, about people who rescue dogs, cats or horses. There are PEOPLE who need saving, and having their light bill paid. Why rescue a dog? Now that statement, here, is surely flameworthy. I think a lot of the fund raisers are marketing ploys. I do believe in keeping charity local, but I will say that today, when I discovered SK's thread about the oldies, I was at church, playing secretary, filling and sealing my two shoeboxes for the Franklin Graham children's Christmas ministry, I think it is Operation Christmas Child. I live in a really low income neighborhood. My church, and the Catholic Church up the street, and I think a Methodist church provide all the labor, and we are the only food pantry in the entire city with a volunteer staff. We also provide most of the food.
They are very careful about who can receive it. And no you do not have to attend church, but they keep records so they don't go to all the different pantries. There is plenty to see and do that is good in a church, but if you look for the bad, you will always find it.
I am going to veer off slightly with a bit of a rant.
Well spotted, I just tried to pm you, but was blocked by an ad.:mad: It will NOT go away. I also seem to not be able to report this to mods.:sigh:
Rant over. I am in Independence Mo, non denominational church. We have been hit by copper thieves twice last year. It made the news last night,as the thieves have become extremely bold. We had to put our heating/cooling on the roof. Cost was $5,000. We don't have money like that. Today when I was there, a woman rang the door bell, as sadly, we have to leave the door locked. She lives across the street, and came in and handed me $51 for the church. I thanked her, and put it in an envelope, and put it thru the slot in finances. She probably saw the news story. The upshot, and I didn't see it, but our insurance was cancelled. Our pastor, is so young, I think I have blouses older than he is, but he is committed. We try to reach people, but as far a paying bills, we have to be careful that people are doing right with what they have. Are they smokers? no money for gas company but money for cigs? Sorry, no can do. We are told to be good stewards of our money. But i am not looking for medals. I could do a lot better than I do. I could live a more spartan life, and I should, but being off work for so long, I have really come to depend on computer and tv as my sad life.
Don't look at what churches are doing wrong, unless you have no faults. There are plenty of things wrong in all of them, mine included. But we are forgiven.