I spoke with my sister over the phone, earlier today. She was bitter and angry about the small splinter denomination church our family has been attending. She's declared that she won't be going back.
She isn't welcome. Nor is my mother (though she is too stubborn to permit that to drive her away, assuming she can see it in the first place) nor my mother's youngest sister. I'm not sure why, unless it's the fact that all of them are on disability,* but the fact remains.
Case in point: one of the "ministers" shuts them up or corrects them any time they try to participate in the Sunday school classes. Only them. No one else. It's obvious enough that everyone can see it, but there's only one person that cares, sorta, and she won't say anything for fear of being similarly ostracized.
They also pray, loudly and in public, for God to open the eyes of all the sinners surrounding them, and to pour His blessings down upon them, the only ones who aren't sinners (although, if I recall correctly, excess pride is a sin, as is gossip--i.e., bearing false witness and spreading rumors).
Somehow, these idiots see what they're doing as perfectly okay. They're either incapable of seeing the parallels, or they don't think it counts for them.
If I recall my bible correctly (and with a near-eidetic memory for anything I read, I'm pretty sure I do), Christ disapproved of that crowd. Disapproved immensely, and compared them unfavorably to the working-class man who asked God's mercy on himself, a sinner.
Why is it that church-going Sunday Christians are unable to apply the lessons they study to their own behavior? And why is it that so many of them use religion as a club with which to beat up those they wish to ostracize?
*The ironic thing is that one of the other ministers and his wife make their living off of his disability check, and they're seen as living in godly poverty.
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