I woke up late. Its Sunday. Simply one of seven days during a week. How many people go to church or some type of place of worship for a religion on Sunday?
I copied this from a quick Google on the internet:
“According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans “say” they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends.Oct 14, 2013″
Hmm. I guess I’m part of a majority and no longer a minority.
I used to go to church religiously.
Its a waste of time. Really. I only went because it was what you were “supposed” to do. I went for the singing. When you get down to the brass tacks, yeah, I went for the singing. It was pretty fun. After the singing it all went downhill. That’s when the brainwashing begins and you are pretty much stuck there if you don’t want to draw attention to you walking out.
I also took part in small Bible study groups. Its when all these women get together and try to outdo the other on living a superior life or Bible type knowledge. Oh, and don’t get me started on the grandiose prayer time. That’s when you really find out who can talk the most in the most sanctimonious way. I used to sit in awe of how there would be discussions to simply promote how good another was or how fulfilled their life was, or how much better they were than you. I once began wondering, “Wouldn’t it be funny if they all just stood up and started telling the truth about how sucky it is they didn’t have a date, and how they hate the neighbor’s dog, and how much they wish they were like someone else with more money.” It was instead, the pageant of perfection and one-up-manship. It became difficult to tell people I really didn’t know that I loved them and hoped they had a blessed day or week. I really didn’t care. I’d leave and never see them or hear from them again until those hour long meetings once a week or every other week. They were nothing to me. They were less familiar than the cool guy at the 7-11 I chatted with every day on the way to work, or the nice lady at Braums when I bought some eggs and milk. (Okay, I rarely went to either of these places, but I had to make something up. I actually go to Kroger like every day because I only shop for my dinner the day I cook and I don’t like to store food. I’m like a European in that way. I actually chat with the folks at Kroger more often.)
I know this is painting me in a very poor light. I’m actually a super friendly person. I talk to everyone when I’m in the mood to talk. Some days, I just want to be left alone and those days I talk to no one. But, its my choice to be friendly or not. I don’t push a persona button to be liked any more. Its not because I’ve become a “I don’t give a fuck anymore,” person. I know I typed that before. But, I meant that in way of the world moving as it will, and I really can’t do anything about it. I just don’t give a fuck about the powers that be any more. They have always ruined it for normal folks like me. I studied history and it was almost my major, I loved it so much, but one thing I know from history – it really does repeat itself. The world is run by the rich and powerful (our sitting elderly billionaire president is case-in-point).
What I’m saying is, I love, love, love my closest peeps. These are the ones I love and care about: my kids, my future grandkids, my doggy kids, all animals that don’t eat me, and friends. Everyone else I don’t know. If I see you in a burning building I will probably consider if I die for you who will take care of my kids, and then walk away. I’m not a superhero or paid for hero.
Anyhoo, I’m going off the original plan for this post. Actually, no, I’m not. Wait. Let me think. Yes, I went off the original post.
Please let me know in the comments if you are part of the minority who go to church. I’m thinking of starting a church for a tax break, but I need more info on statistics. I’ve seen its a pretty good way to make money. (Psst, Google the richest pastors in America.)