Not sure if this topic is more volatile than politics but I will take a poke at it anyway.
Had a conversation with a lady after a wedding the other day. I started by asking her if she knew what religion the minister who performed the ceremony was. (Wedding was held in a park so no church to clarify denomination). After some thought, she suggested Lutheran. As the use of the sign of the cross was used in addition to other actions I recall from my Catholic childhood I agreed with her and said.
“Lutherans are actually ex Catholics”. She acknowledged that although she had never heard it expressed that way before.
If one were to dig deeper one would find that all current religions are ex something or other.
I then asked her what her current religious affiliation was. She told me how she and her spouse had started attending a church with their granddaughter and eventually joined it, a Methodist church.
She told me of her husband’s enthusiastic participation in going to the Appalachian Mountains every summer with the youth group and working with the poor people there.
She closed by saying “Better to be an active Methodist than call yourself a Catholic and not go to church.” Good point.
Having known this lady and her husband for 50 some years, I know they are good people with good moral values. So this post should in no way be considered disparaging on them or their actions.
However, I often wonder why these Christian do gooders have to travel half way across the country or even half way around the world to help the impoverished? I believe everyone in this country lives within 25-50 miles of an impoverished local area.
Do you suppose this aid to the less fortunate is actually a cover up for the actual action of proselytizing?
With that thought in mind I will leave you with this quote.
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
- Truth or Traditions: Sabbath or SUN-day? (faithgracetorah.net)