Monday, August 30, 2010

Are You Going To Church More But Enjoying it Less?

Has organized religion finally recognized that its product must be sold to the public much in the same way that soap is sold? Can the advertising industry revolutionize religion? You know like "Sunday School fights sin backwash!", or "Us church members would rather fight that switch!" or "The church for people who can't say grace before every meal!". I'm sure you've seen the ads on t.v. lately advertising some church somewhere that will give you feel good feelings and warm fuzzies.
But pure righteousness has a dynamic quality that tends to be infectious, like mononucleousis. There is nothing wrong with tasteful promotion, but we are likely to forget that there is an inherent promotional aspect in the purity of Christian living that is far superior to the superficial methods that we are fond of employing for its perpetuation. What say you?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Is There A Limit To Religious Tolerance?

In light of the current controversy over the building of a mosque near "ground zero" - the question has occurred to me - just how tolerant should we be towards religions? Religious freedom is guaranteed under our constitution - but what if a religion promotes or engages in something considered wrong. For example - what about some religions that require an animal sacrifice like a chicken or goat? Would this be considered animal cruelty? What about a religion that would not let you treat a seriously ill child? What say you?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

An age old question - first asked by Cain after he killed his brother Abel. God asked Cain where his brother Abel was and Cain answered "Am I my brother's keeper".
In hindsight it seems like a very flippant answer, something a petulant teenager might answer. But it is a legitimate question. What do you believe? Are we actually our brother's keeper? Or is it everyman for himself? What say you?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Have You Ever Broken Someone's Heart?

"Once, when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad ---
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that is very bad.

Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse."

(by Dorothy Parker 1926)

My question for you today is - Have you ever broken someone's heart?