Archive for June, 2009

Church = Conformity + Authority

June 17, 2009

One of the things that bothered me most about when I used to go to church, aside from all the hypocrisy (people that don’t really show that much love towards others, “fake” people, if you know what I mean) was the way sermons were typically laid out.

The way it usually went at our church (I wish I could tell you but it might give me away; it was basically your standard evangelical scenario) was that the pastor, or sometimes a guest speaker, would just plow through their spiel. Often times, I’d have questions, and I know others would, too, but the sermon would end, the pastor or guest speaker would (of course) entertain everyone’s pleasantries, and 15 minutes or less – if anything – is usually what was allotted for questioning.

I realize many churches have programs to deal with this sort of thing, but I don’t know… there’s no reason a church couldn’t have a pastor, yet still lean towards a more interactive type of sermon. The people with questions need to be able to speak their minds, and if they can’t, their belief is all the more unfounded.

I’ve heard distasteful jokes in church before, too. If anyone should be avoiding stereotyping, it’s Christians, right?