Originally posted by sasquatch672
Del. Kirksey. Sorry if I've missed anybody else. You guys - I like reading your posts. We seem to share the view that religion and God are supposed to make smooth life's choppy waters, and don't use it as a hammer to beat people ...[text shortened]... t in the Catholic church. Maybe you guys have some advice for me.
Well Sas, I'm currently looking for a Church where if you are seen there it is NOT a foregone conclusion that you are a republican. Don't get me wrong I can and do spend lots of time with conservatives but I'm leery of any institution that attracts only one political party and seems not to care about the other. You would be amazed how difficult a search this has proven to be.
I have found plenty of churches that attract a more liberal flock but they are often way over the top. There is a Church in Portland, Oregon that you should try called Imago Dei (sp?). I love it there, very good people from all walks of life and political persuasions yet still very much grounded in biblical tradition. So far, I have been unable to find an acceptable replacement church here in Washington DC.
The fact is, for many of us, Christians are just not our crowd, even though we are Christians ourselves. Honestly, the top five most annoying people I have ever met, I met at church. These are not the sort of encounters that make you want to hurry back to church. It is for this reason that I often refer to myself as a "Christian fearing Christian".
I'm not trying to discourage you, but I have found organized Christianity to be less than stellar when it comes to encouraging my relationship with God. Worse still in regards to encouraging my relationship with other Christians. Having said that, let me stress that i have met many very wonderful people that happened to be Christian in all corners of my life. On the golf course, in the store, at work etc etc. Basically, there are lots of excellent Christians and very few excellent churches. This is why I believe excellent Christians like Kirk, Luciferhammer (sp?), Coletti, Del. and others need to stop tolerating sub par churches.
On a happier note...I have said many times and will say again that there is nothing wrong with Christianity that cannot be fixed by what is right with Christianity; but we need Christians to stop tolerating and start fixing.
(Please note the above quote was stolen from Bill Clinton when he said "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America."😉