This is a photo from the 2010 Chicago Gay Pride Parade. I know its old but it still makes me feel good. I have seen so many articles and postings about Christians bashing on gay people saying they are going to burn in hell for their sins. Usually my first thought is that, wow, these people suck. How can you judge someone without even knowing how they live their life. I have several gay friends who are in my life, and I went to a lesbian wedding over the summer (which was one of the best weddings I have been to). I am a heterosexual man, and yes I get uncomfortable when I see two guys kiss but that does not mean I look down on them for it. They are just as good of a person as I am, and I know they have more kindness and love in their heart than they know what to do with.
It shouldn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, or bi. If you’re a good person then you deserve every right to be happy and live the life you want. Who are we to say otherwise?
How does that song go again? “Jesus loves me this i know, for the bible tells me so.” I remember singing that song at Sunday school and thinking to my self, where does the bible say “And Jesus said to Alec, I love you!” I understand that this is only a children’s song, and of course the bible does not directly say that Jesus loved Alec.
What happens when someone reads a book that was written thousands of years ago and tries to take exact phrases or sayings from it and relate it to present day situations. Now I am not saying that nothing in the bible can be used for today, but there are people out there who take what the bible says very literally. An acquaintance of mine who I will leave anonymous is a conservative republican who is very passionate about his beliefs. I remember an argument that he brought up one time where he referenced a bible quote that said “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” He believed that the 3000 year old bible was clearly saying that liberals were the “fool to the left” and the conservatives were the “wise to the right.” The terms left and right weren’t even used in politics till the 1700’s.
seriously? I almost turned around because I didn’t even know what to say to that. One of the reasons I don’t get involved with organized religion is because of people like him. If people read the bible and close off their minds to everything else around them then they have no possibility for growth or development. We should read between the lines rather than what is written on the page word for word. What do you think? Are people taking the bible to seriously, does that push you away from religion?
Do you ever feel that you are forced to do things without even realizing it? Well this is how I feel about my religion. I grew up in a small town, the type of town where everyone knows everyone else. The majority of people in my hometown practice Christianity. You are constantly watched by many, as well as judged. Because so many are Christian, a family is judged based upon their attendance in church: if your family attends church, they are considered a “good family.” How ridiculous is that!?!
This whole thing started with my grandma. My grandmother forced my father and his siblings to attend church every weekend. Even if my dad had to work the late shift at the local gas station, he was required to go and if not, then my grandma would have some sort of personal punishment towards him. It is sad, but she still controls her children this way. She asks each weekend who was in church and if they did not go, she makes a mental note of it.
Unfortunately, this “trait” got passed down to my father. And now my brother and I are the ones being pushed to go to church. And my grandma is checking to make sure as well. If we do not attend, my dad gets angry and states, “well don’t ask to do any special activity for the week then…” So I am being punished and feeling guilty for letting God down as well as my family. Now in college, I realize how screwed up that actually is! Why should I be forced to attend church if I pray and thank God everyday for what I have? What is so important about church? If you have faith then why do I need to show up to prove to others my own beliefs? I once heard that if you do not want to do something, then God does not want you to do it.
What do you think? Should we be forced attend church? What is the importance of church?