Why Religion and Tradition SUCK!
I realize that my title for this post isn’t the most professional of titles. However, after much debate with myself, it’s the best way to put what I want to say. Read on.
Once when I was invited as a guest to play at a local church, I showed up early to set my gear up. This church was very different than the church culture I was accustomed to.
In fact, when I walked in with my stuff, the lady and man standing at the door gave me a look over and said “Are you sure it’s THIS church that you’re supposed to be playing at? I’m not kidding, I can’t make this stuff up.
Anyways, with no help from anyone, not even a point in the right direction or a sound guy to help, I started placing my stuff on the stage. It was quite awkward, especially after the way I was so politely “greeted” when I walked in.
I was going through culture shock. At my church, we treat our guests like royalty compared to this. Well, not even compared to this; we just absolutely love and serve our guests. Which is the way it should be.
After a minute of guessing where I should be setting my stuff, a man walked up to me and said, and I quote “I’m going to warn you because you probably don’t know, but NO ONE is allowed to walk behind the podium except the pastor! I’m going to be nice about it, but other people won’t be nice about it.”
And there you have it. Welcome to Nazi Christian church everybody! I mean, Geez! Have you guys ever heard of such absurdity? This was a first for me. I really felt like a welcomed guest after that. They might as well just put up barbwire and warning signs. Not to mention that the stage was only about 10 feet across, so anywhere you go is pretty much behind the podium. Don’t ask me how I always end up in these churches.
The question I want to ask is this. How do people feel when they come into your church? Are they treated like family, or are they just getting in the way of your Sunday tradition?
As you can see from my story, it’s entirely possible for someone to be in a church 10 minutes down the road from their house, and feel alone and rejected. It’s something that sadly happens all the time. If this is how I (someone who’s been in church their entire life) felt, I can’t imagine a lost, broken, person seeking something more in life, coming into a place like this.
This is why people don’t go to church; because they don’t feel accepted! They don’t know our “rules” of what to wear and what they can and can’t do. My honest opinion is that (and please don’t offended) these rules are dumb. They only get in the way and make it harder for people to receive the love that Jesus died for us to have.
Religion and tradition make a mockery of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It says that what Jesus did for us isn’t enough. We have to create man-made rules and regulations as well. It can be hard for people who have grown up with religious tradition, but I want to encourage you to put that stuff behind you and share love with others, no matter what they wear, do, or say.
I spent the rest of the evening going down the stairs of the stage, walking across the floor, and then going back up the stairs on the other side to get across the stage. It was absurd. And like most people that visit churches like this, I never went back. There is so much more I can say about this subject, but I’d rather let you guys talk about it.
How do you feel about religion and tradition? You now know how I feel. Leave your comment below.