Friday, August 26, 2005

Church Signs I'd Like to See

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Thanks to Marie at Disarranging Mine for finding, and sharing with her readers a fun church sign creation site.

Imagine church signs like those Which I've created to the left!

Visit Marie's most excellent blog posting for a link to this amusing site. You can make your own church signs.

Now to get serious

I've seen so much good accomplished in the name of God, but it also is true that there's some unseemly aspects of organized religion. I've always wished people in the "religion business" would be a bit more honest with themselves.

Institutions are made up of imperfect people, and it's scary when imperfect people start acting as if they have been given some mandate from a higher source to act as an earthly authority.

This isn't to say that people don't need God, or that organized religion isn't a positive part of society, but I have personally experienced many times over several decades situations in which those appearing to be most dedicated let the trees interfere with their view of the forest.

I just don't feel despite their dedication, or perhaps because of it, that they "get it". The message seems lost upon them.

So great is this problem, I suspect that it has run many of the best, and brightest people away from organized religion, and has drawn some of the worst types to its ranks.

I feel Jesus had a big problem with the Temple Priest of his own day, and he understands exactly what I'm alluding to here.

Like any other group certain types of personalities tend to want to lead groups, and other types want to join them.

Woody Allen said it best, I think, when he stated, "I wouldn't want to belong to any group that would have me as its member."

Humorous, but turned inside out with sarcasm it does say more about people's need to affiliate with others than we'd like to admit. We're all needy, even the loners out there.

And what we are willing do to "belong" is often at great sacrafice to our sense of individualism, and dignity.

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