Some folks are ‘turned off’ by church. I don’t get upset at them, I get turned off by some churches myself. Ministers themselves are in a position to be super crooks or a wonderful inspiration to the people they are serving (Most preachers I know fall into the latter group, great guys (although I do have acquaintances in both categories )).
(This is the last church dad pastored and the church I met my sweetheart in, I didn’t mind church when I sat with her!)
As most folks know I was raised in a parsonage, my dad was a preacher. Up until I was 16/17 and left home, I was in church a minimum of three times a week, many times 5 times a week, sometimes 8. I am sure it never hurt me, but as I got older I am not sure that the number of times you attend church a week, makes you a better person. It is hard to find in scripture for the number of times a person is expected or required to attend church.
My daddy said you should be in church if possible every time the doors are open. Methinks that was a personal opinion, he never gave scripture for it.
Now since I am older, and driving at night is really not very smart, usually we attend once a week. Most of the time it is in different churches, and several denominations. I quit judging folks a long time ago, . I attend now, mainly because my Sherry appreciates me going to protect her.
I cannot understand what is said, and even if the words are on a screen, I can’t follow along. So, the Kindle is my escape. I do like to read the Bible. I love the stories and the intrigue of the Old Testament. Many times I will read the area of the Bible the minister puts on the screen. If I get lost, I may read ‘Bleak House’ (would you believe I have been trying to finish that book for over a year?) I might even read Treasure Island or Uncle Tom’s Cabin..
I have a friend I met on the net from Ireland, Nick Park, who writes very well. I sometimes read his books. His life is interesting his books hold my attention.
Since I cannot hear/understand the music, it doesn’t bother me unless it is SOOO LOUD even I cannot think, then I am a little miserable. We attended a church few weeks ago that the music was so loud it vibrated the seat I was sitting in. I am at a loss for the reason.
MONEY, that is another problem. Some churches have over extended so far that they must continually pressure the attendees to give more. If a church owes too much it cannot help the homeless, poor, the lost, the prisoners, the widows and down trodden the way they should. To me that is the main thrusts of a church.
Thanks for listening to this diatribe.
Learn something ever day. If nothing else watch an animal or insect, there are times they will amaze you!
This is a super guy I met in Wisconsin, showing me how his dad taught him to put a frog to sleep!
Interesting! Does that top one look like it has leather skin?