---Alice Abrams

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Question of the Day

Why do those of us who happen to believe in God make other people uncomfortable? There is a very well-deserved, respected blogger who believes that "god," (lower case "g") be it a he/she, only provides a crutch. Why do people want to belittle those of faith?

I know this is nothing new, but it seems that it has become the avant garde thing to do. Let's just discredit those pesky people of faith and maybe they'll leave us alone. If the liberals in this country keep demanding for equality for all, why does that exclude me? I know all about Michael Dawkins and have read some of his book - not the new one. This is the new age of atheism. Fine, I don't really care if you feel the need to boast about not needing religion in your life (I prefer to call it faith), but, as so many liberals believe, they know so much better than "the people of the book."

I will be the first to say that the scurrulous TV preachers, sham/scam artists, and the ones with goofy pink hairdos; the Roman Catholic priests who preyed on the innocent; the preacher who cried through crocodile tears, "I have sinned!," after being caught with a prostitute; the LDS polygimists; have all brought shame on "organized religion." They're people with clay feet, who although they act as if they're perfect, they're far from it. All of us have had encounters with charlatans.

But have you ever sat in a service where people were in prayer for an ill member, or praying for a family who have lost a loved one? Have you ever spent time at the bedside of an elderly woman, reading to her from her favorite book of Psalms? Have you ever gathered with a group and prayed for someone who had just lost a child? Or a job? Or is praying for the cessation of addictions? Is that a crutch?

I believe in classic faith, not one in which we are the most important thing in the universe, but faith in one who is stronger than I.

I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i have had my problems with organized religion over the years too but faith is faith wherever you find it.

hugs, bee

Sandee said...

I've found the liberals to be the most bigoted lot of them all. You have to believe in everything they believe in or you are branded a racist or uneducated. Not very opened minded if you ask me.

Have a terrific day sweetie. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

katherine. said...

It is nothing new.

In just about all of my work situations I have been just about the only person of faith at my level.

I don't proselytize or preach. But there might be a scripture on my desk or KLOVE streaming from my computer. People know I go to church...most know which one.

People feel the need to say, "I don't use religion" and I always smile and nod. I get people wanting to debate evolution v creation v intelligent design. ALL the time. But I studied Biology and have read Darwin.

For every charlatan and criminal there are 100 faithful who are truly doing the work of God. When people challenge me with the Bakers and Jones I point them to places like

Being strong in your faith means you get challenged everyday.

I'm good with that.

Traveling Bells said...

My faith keeps me strong and gets me through each day, no matter what the day brings. I know Who is in charge of my life. Like Katherine,I'm good with that. Big hugs, honey...

Jeni said...

I hesitate to comment here on this -probably should be quiet I suppose but to be honest, I too get a little tired of the the accusations that get put out about liberals -of which I usually fall on that side of the fence. Why? Because I think of myself as a person of faith; I am a member of a church, raised my children as members too and now my grandchildren. No, we -my children and I are far from being perfect especially with our church membership and activity but we do go when we can, more importantly though, we do participate in various church activities to benefit the church as well as our community and we DO believe, I think, in the same God as the conservative faction addresses in prayer too. I feel like I am being slammed for my beliefs too much of the time, just as you say you feel that is happening to you. I don't think I am a terrible person for my beliefs -religious or sociological or even economic. A cousin of mine even went so far as to tell me I have "Called God a liar" because I believe in Gay Rights -same as I believe I am entitled to fair treatment, same as others are entitled to fair treatment regardless of race, ethnicity,religion, gender or sexuality. All of us -regardless -are still God's children and you know, that also includes people who are not of the Christian faith too. We don't hold only place in God's eyes -all are welcome, or are supposed to be. One of my favorite hymns I learned as a child was "Red and Yellow, Black and White, All are precious in his sight" and I always believed that meant to cover all other aspects as well too.
If I offend the conservatives here with my response, I apologize. However, I don't feel there is a need to label liberals -tarring all of us in essence with the same brush -as being Satan personified.