Friday, November 11, 2005
My prayer for our time
"What the hell is religion all about? Is it really of any value to you? Do you really want us squinting at these old books; listening to these generally annoying men who interpret the books; praying to you or your sales representatives about everything from elections to winning poker hands; shutting down our brains; spending time to convince each other that our religion must be better than others; imagining all kinds of dreamy after-death fantasies?"
I'd like to know. If you are there - perhaps you could bless us all with forgetting about you (and religion) for a while. We really do need some common sense and some peace - I'm not sure your approach is working.
Your prayer sounds like a letter I wrote to Jesus a few months ago. I've come to accept the fact that God is good, but a large part of his/her corporate representation sucks. Why would anyone (anyone not featherplucking crazy) want to make friends with a God who looks and acts like Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell?
One thing I've really come to appreciate about Jesus is that he spent a fair amount of time laying the wood to the religious leaders of his time. I really wish that Jesus would show up about now with whip in hand and cleanse the temple of those who name his name but reject his teachings and his heart.
In my letter to Jesus, I wanted to resign from Christianity. I think that it is entirely possible for a person to reject the cultural expression of Christianity and still have a relationship with God. In fact, it may be quite necessary to reject the cultural expression of Christianity in order to have a meaningful relationship with God.
Just a few scattered thoughts.
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