I rarely go to church anymore. I separated myself from organized religion a long time ago, but every now and then a friend will ask me to join them on a Saturday or Sunday morning for worship…and I usually go.
I have attended almost every type of church that exists, from Coptic Christian to Southern Baptist..from Roman Catholic to Anglican. I have attended Mennonite services, Mormon services and even a few Lutheran services (yes, George is Lutheran…he IS German after all!).
I have attended both Mosques and Synagogues. I even attended a Druze service once while in Israel.
I think there are important lessons to be learned from each.
I have only once before walked out of a service…and that was when the preacher (back in 1969) was speaking about the “inherent differences between humans and Africans”. That, to me, was beyond the pale….and I said so..out loud… right before I left.
It has taken me almost 50 years to walk out of another church after being totally disgusted and ASHAMED of Christians. And, yes, I told them so before I left. LOUDLY.
The preacher started off well, the music was pretty, the prayers were well-thought and on target…then the sermon began.
“WE all, as Good Christians, need to stand behind our President as he is battered by the far-left. The people he supports should automatically receive our support. And yes, that includes the gentleman from Alabama who is being flayed alive by the far-left fake media. An accusation is not TRUTH.”
And that did it for me.
I stood….which gained everyone’s attention…the pastor motioned me to sit. I stood and stared at him until he turned red.
Then I said “YOU, Sir, are no follower of Christ! Jesus would never have approved of a sexual predator, and he would NOT approve of the words you just spoke. Jesus would NOT approve of a man that brags about sexually assaulting women, nor would he approve of a man who constantly lies. YOU should be ashamed of yourself! I am ashamed FOR you!”.
And I walked out.
And I wasn’t alone. Several women walked out after me.