Back in high school, I began to drift away from the beliefs of my parents, my siblings, my friends, and community. It made no sense to me there might be some old white dude in a bathrobe and sandals, waving a shepherd’s crook around flinging people into Hell forever because they never got dunked in water.

The Christians I knew back then were dying out. The church was changing. There was a time you sat with your family in a hard wood pew in a dimly lit wooden church, and listened to a preacher talk for an hour, if you were lucky. Being a kid didn’t get you out of it. There wasn’t a separate place for children. Infants were held by their mothers; little kids were forced to be still and quiet.

The people in the church did things for the community and nothing was ever said about it. No one ever mentioned the fact that three or four members of the church got together and went over to someone’s house and cleaned up their yard because of sickness or poor health. People donated food because they could. Christianity didn’t need a presentation because it was a lifestyle.

Today’s churches don’t resonate with people because it’s more of a commercial than a message. There are huge television screens, microphones, piped in music, soundtracks, and all of this costs a lot of money. Churches are businesses now. There’s a contract to sign, autopay, direct deposit, and money is a big concern.

Churches have nurseries, ball fields, gyms, carpet, full kitchens, security systems, professionally designed websites, their own email domains, and it’s more of a social club than a spiritual journey.

Atheism is getting easier. Leaving the church isn’t what it once was. Now, it’s like walking away from a bar, or a restaurant. The depth of spirituality of Christians is as superficial as the strip mall buildings they’re housed in. There’s no bond of generations of families who sat in the same pews three generations ago. Convenience of parking, how pretty the lawn is, and how big the building is, yeah, that’s what the Christians are these days.

There are multi-millionaires running billion dollar industries that call themselves Christians, and there are millions of people following this in the name of a man who told people to sell their belongings and give the money to the poor.

I never truly believed. I never accepted the idea of a god of any sort, not even when Christians were good people, conscious of their beliefs at all times, and the driving force in every community. Oh yeah, the judgmental and racist churches that littered the south were a problem for many of us, but overall, I miss the Christians, those who were good people.

Christianity, if it is not dead, is on the brink of extinction. Greed, the love of political power, the raw and ugly commercialism of Christian holidays, and the idea that presentation trumps faith and service is killing the church my grandparents knew.

I always hoped to see the day religion died in America. I just never expected to be this sad about it, and I never thought for a minute it would look this goddam ugly.

Take Care,

Mike

3 thoughts on “The Death of Christianity

  1. Hello from the UK

    Thank you very much for this post. Your comment ‘it’s more of a social club than a spiritual journey.’ says it all. I can’t say my following of Jesus Christ has been easy, but then he make it clear it always would be a hard road, a narrow way.

    But that He would always be there leading, guiding as it were. I think Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrims Progress’ is very good if you haven’t read it. John Bunyan spent many years in prison for telling the truth.

    As regards the things Jesus said, well He said lots of things. He did tell a rich young ruler to sell all he had because he loved his wealth more than God and perhaps his neighbour as a consequence. He ‘possessed his possessions’ as someone said, or maybe that should be possessive about his possessions.

    And the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, and too many so-called Christians love money for some reason.

    All what you say about the church seems to be true of so many churches around the world. Even in the UK I see some of it, or at least individual leaders saying in effect look at me or what I have done rather than saying look at Jesus Christ.

    I only really properly woke up myself to everything last year at 60 years of age, despite following Christ since my teens. But better late than never.

    As regards hoping to see religion dying I would agree; the formal stupid regimented religion that is, or the ridiculous vestments and silly hats etc. Indeed, I wrote a page on the Church of England, It might amuse you so I attach a link.

    https://alphaandomegacloud.wordpress.com/c-is-for-church-of-england-or-completely-euseless/

    As regards missing the Christians, they do exist if you look for them. So does the heavenly Father and His Son Jesus. They are never far away, and may be closer to you than you think.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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    1. Hi Michael, I’ve always thought the Brits were a little less money hungry than the Americans, but Capitalism demands competition. It’s hard for the rest of the world to resist the power, and the evil of money. Thanks for stopping by, I shall stop by your writing now!

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  2. It was alway a social club because there were no other diversions besides alcohol. Want to play mens softball after supper? Church league. Want your kid to learn how to swim? Church organized lessons for the kids in town. Want to get together with the ladies in the afternoon to gossip? Church group sewing stuff for missionaries, perfect. That’s the way small towns in New England worked. They were pretty much good people, maybe because if you did something frowned upon you were out of diversions except for two TV stations and alcohol.
    Mike does this mean I’m not getting a Christmas present this year.

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