Known Johnson

February 21, 2007

McChurch

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:40 pm

While I’m in a ranting mood, let me get this off my chest: if you’re going to bother going to church, at least commit. If you’re going to be a God-fearing church-goer, you should have to put it down that you’re a Lutheran, a Catholic, whatever. I’m glad to see these “megachurches” are uniting people of different races, but I don’t like the idea that people are going to, basically, concerts every week rather than going to a small local church. The little church down the street where the clergy knew your name is no longer something people crave – they just want these giant, impersonal, generic, non-denominational conglomerations because, I think, people are growing more and more distant from having anything that affects them personally. At a small church, the clergy knows you – and you’ll see them in your grocery store and they’ll recognize you back. In these giant churches, it’s like any rock concert – the churchgoers all recognize the pastor, but he’ll never know anyone there beyond the money they leave in the collection boxes. And, in this way, it makes it less of a burden to just go on about your daily life without really worrying about that friendly pastor finding you doing/saying/being something less than Christianly. With megachurch behind you, you’re just another unknown face in a giant crowd of unknown faces.

This is not to say I’m some religious zealot. I’m not. I don’t go to church. But I do think that when you want to do something you do it right and you do it with conviction. If you want to be a Christian, be one and commit to one of the many variations available. Our forefathers fought for this right to have all of these options, don’t let that fade away into one big generic goulash of Christianity. Hell, be a Quaker, or Amish! Now that’s different, that’s conviction!

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