There are tons of news stories pouring in everyday about what’s happening with religion, faith and spirituality all across the world. One of the most delicate, heated and often cloudy discussions taking place in our world deals with how much the sanctity of churches and the religions practiced within them are forsaken in mainstream media, music and entertainment. For some reason, that doesn’t stop people dead in their tracks for a moment to get to the root of the issues at hand.
In Catholicism, much scrutiny has gone awry when it comes to sex scandals. In the black church, money hungry pastors and shady spiritual leaders are growing richer while more and more of the sheep in their flocks are being turned away for coming to service with real issues that need real prayer from the real people in the pews. It’s time more of us concern ourselves with making changes in our own lives before we try to change someone else’s habits or behavior patterns.
The church (whether you consider yourself a Buddhists, Muslim, Christian or you believe in the principles found in the mystic form of Judaism or its school of thought in the Kabbalah) is supposed to be the one place where sins are acknowledged, admitted and ultimately corrected through some sort of spiritual connection that is in place to turn us away from our wicked ways. Instead, it has become the place that maintains a certain bondage by controlling, manipulating and brainwashing the general public of believers. Instead, the church has quickly become the place where sins are hidden or camouflaged, and in some cases, where enemies are made.
Click on the link to find out what the Pope recently said during an interview concerning the state of the church and its greatest enemy. After reading the story and checking out the Pope’s quotes, come back and tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Are we guilty of adding to the drama in our local churches and the kingdom’s community all across the world? Have you seen activity in your church that reflects the acceptance of purification and the act of learning to ask for and yield to forgiveness? Do you agree that forgiveness cannot be a substitute or replacement for justice? Tell us below how this report appeals to you and your involvement with the church regardless of your denomination. What solutions do you propose to assist in resolving these types of issues?