I’ve tried, several times in my life, to follow a more– drastic version of Christianity.
I’m just too lazy to be a fundamentalist (either liberal or conservative), and I’m reminded of that fact when I read articles like this one. There are just so many *rules* to follow, and too many things to worry about all day (OMG, is my chest covered enough that I’m not a temptation to others, and exposed enough to show I’m not ashamed of being female? Was that television show blasphemous for showing demons, or misogynistic ’cause the demon was totally going to sacrifice a woman? Is my desire for a doughnut shaped like a voodoo doll a sin of gluttony, a sin of overcomsumption of the earth’s resources, encouragement of witchcraft, insensitive to Vauduan practitioners, or just plain coveting my cubicle-neighbor’s breakfast?)
[Dangit. Now I really want a doughnut.]
Sometimes, though, it would be very, very nice to have All The Answers™. Although, as I read more and more on what draws people into fundamentalist groups on both sides of the fence, the most common thing that draws people into these groups is the people are nice to them. They invite them to meetings. They share food. They invite them to come back.
They listen to their hopes, fears, and dreams, and then give people a goal greater than their individual selves to strive for.
Is that what’s missing in these big, empty churches?