Monday, February 20, 2006

When Church Gets In The Way

"You see, I avoided religious people most of my life. Maybe it had something to do with having a father who was Protestant and a mother who was Catholic in a [place]where the line between the two was, quite literally, a battle line. Where the line between church and state was… well, a little blurry, and hard to see.

"I remember how my mother would bring us to chapel on Sundays… and my father used to wait outside. One of the things that I picked up from my father and my mother was the sense that religion often gets in the way of God.

"For me, at least, it got in the way. Seeing what religious people, in the name of God, did to my native land… and in this country, seeing God’s second-hand car salesmen on the cable TV channels, offering indulgences for cash… in fact, all over the world, seeing the self-righteousness roll down like a mighty stream from certain corners of the religious establishment…
I must confess, I changed the channel. I wanted my MTV.

Even though I was a believer.

Perhaps because I was a believer."

The above quote is from here. Like it or not, he is the voice of several generations. Mine included. Thoughts?

10 Comments:

At 4:20 PM, Blogger melody said...

This sounds like my grandparents! My grandmother was Catholic, and my grandfather a Baptist. So, they compromised and went to neither. I am thankful that God had it in His plan for a willing and caring neighbor to take my father(as a young boy) to church with her and to lead him to Christ! Because of her willingness to listen to God--she changed my family tree! I can't remember a time when the doors of our church weren't open that my family wasn't there! Because of that, I accepted Christ as my Savior--and now both of my children are Christians also! However, I wasted many years "playing church" and it is my heart's passion to teach my children what it means to have a relationship with Jesus!!
Melody

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger tom cottar said...

I know what you mean.

Now that I'm a youth pastor, I look back and realize how much we didn't 'get it' when we were in youth group (remember Ed Haag? YAK?). I'm praying that it's helping me to see it in my students now and be more patient with them.

What do you remember most about being in youth group?

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger melody said...

I can say that I loved going to church to be with my friends! I would say about 90% of my friends were in that youth group. It gave me a sense of belonging that I didn't always feel at Sterling! I remember many events, your breaking your leg at the Harvest carnival, seeing the movie about the Rapture, I think it was called "A Thief in the Night." I loved going to Pizza Hut and Mr. Ghatti's for pizza (Remember the night I got pulled over for not having my headlights on??) I remember having some pretty lame Sunday School teachers--I guess I shouldn't be negative!! I remember Faye Haag saying that she asked Ed who he loved more her or God--he said God. I remember people like Beth--now my sister-in-law, Rebecca, Karen, Brian Roy, and Marty Murr, Kay Lynn.
I remember being crushed when Jim Hastings left, and they wouldn't tell us why!! I guess I cherish the love and acceptance of our youth group!! We are without a youth pastor at our church right now, and Kayla, my 12 year old, is now in the youth group. I am praying that God will send a Godly man that has a passion for youth to our church!!

Melody

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger James said...

yeah dude, i read this and was blown away. bono never ceases to amaze me. but here's something that i thought of: justice and equality needs to happen. we as christians are seeking after that with the purpose of the gospel behind us. social activists are doing it as though that were the biggest goal to be accomplished. lately i have been getting excited when i see things like what Bono does, or what Chris Martin does, or what Damien Rice does. and rightly so i think. its nice to see good, right things happening in the world. but say we move further along with the AIDS aide. start solving world hunger. now we have fat healthy people going to hell. so all this to say what my thought was... as christians, i think it'd be a good idea for us to help keep each other in check on why we do certain things. we don't do them just bc its the right thing to do, but bc we are concerned with the souls of the people we are trying to help. lets keep after justice and equality with the mindset of "I am showing the love of Christ to these people" and let the Spirit have free reign in our lives to move in the hearts of the people we help.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger tom cottar said...

yeah, jimmy-jim-james,
Fat people going to Hell. No doubt. I think we need to be careful about jumping on the bandwagon simply because they are 'good things'--our mission has never changed: preach Christ to our generation. In his Rolling STone interview, Bono also said 'the best thing you can do for you generation is to betray it.'

I'm voting Bono for pres in '08...

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger scott m said...

Ummm Tom? There is that pesky Constitutional requirement that the president be a native (not even naturalized) US citizen ....

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger tom cottar said...

Yeah, I'm still looking for a way around that one...

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger melody said...

Remember that one could become a Jew if he were circumcised!! What should we do to make him and American citizen????

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger James said...

BONO IN '08

we can get an ammendment together to change that pesky rule. naturalized citizen... psh.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Jimmie W. Kersh said...

I know Bono could be a politician, but why here? Ireland needs great politicains as much as anyone else. I have been a U2 fan since their Boy album. But Bono needs to stay in the frey of betraying his generation instead of becoming what is wrong with his generation.

 

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