First Baptist Church in Appalachia
by, 11-Oct-2011 at 05:48 (492 Views)
I was visiting my sisters in college, mainly because one was going to get baptized at the local FBC. I was happy for her decision, and so my spirits were up when I got there, also since I finally got to see my sisters for the first time in months. We meet up with them at my older sister's apartment (the one getting baptized), and we go to the church from there.
So I guess a little background info is necessary here. The older sister (I'll just name her Bobbette for convenience) is a very devout Christian, but maybe a little too devout. She has had some stupid ideas that stem from her wanting to be the best Christian that she can be, including quitting college. I honestly have absolutely no idea what her reasoning is for this, and I can usually be good at forming some logical reasoning to almost anything. But not this.
Fast forward through the baptism to the service. I'm listening to the pastor with careful ears, just to try and get a feel for the ideas that another Baptist church presents (perspective, if you will). I start noticing a pattern: the preacher keeps implying that God and Jesus is the best thing that one can do for themselves. This isn't a bad thing, and is probably a well-taught lesson in Baptist churches. But this guy...this guy is making others believe that Jesus is literally the only thing they need. Screw money, screw jobs, screw living a successful life. If you have Jesus, none of this matters.
And it was at that instant that I knew just where those fucking ideas were coming from. It made me so angry every single time that preacher insisted that Jesus is the only thing you need in life. That is NOT the only thing you need in life! You need money, you need a job, and you need a successful life! You can't survive if you think Jesus is going to sustain all your needs! I can see where this is going for Bobbette: she will quit college, move into our house, eventually get kicked out for not supporting with a job, and she will be out on the streets. All because that fucking imbecile of a preacher told her that it's the best way to live. She will eventually lose her faith, too. It kills me to say this, because what is one to do when the one thing that is meant to make your life better makes it much worse?
Bobbette has no idea what she is getting herself into. We try to tell her that this is not good at all, but all she hears is a lack of faith in God. The best thing to do for her is to move her out of that church, or to just tell her how it is, without holding back. I'm very tempted to do so because she is coming back this week for fall break.
Some people (mainly atheists) claim that religion is just a method of brainwash. I never knew how it could get that bad in an individual, but now I know. Firsthand.
I pray that she gets better...