(Photo taken my moi, thank you very much.)
No doubt most of you remember the "I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" video from a few months back. Most people thought it created a false dichotomy, since Christianity technically is a religion. But I think the video did make a point, because whenever I read about Jesus, and then look at the Church, I think, "What the fuck happened??????"
And the funny part is a lot of the people who claim to "hate religion but love Jesus" eventually end up embracing all the negative aspects of organized religion: dogmatism, hierarchy, patriarchy, fundamentalism, condescending holier-than-thou attitudes, etc.
I've been seeing this a lot lately. For example, there's this one blogger I know (whose name I won't say) whose blog seems to be leaning more towards fundamentalism every day. She used to be very open on her blog about her brokenness and shortcomings. Yet nowadays her blog seems to have an "I'm right, you're wrong, get used to it" vibe. It reminds me way too much of Amanda's family, so I had to stop reading her blog.
Maybe instead of organized religion, we need unorganized religion. We need a religion where . . .
. . . we can be open about our shortcomings and failures.
. . . we can be honest about our doubts. confusion, and, yes, anger towards God without having to put on a facade.
. . . love is God's primordial nature, and not just one of God's many aspects.
. . . there is no "us vs. them." There's only "us," period.
. . . our beliefs have enough room to evolve
What do you think? Is unorganized religion the answer?