Religion: You’re doing it wrong

Over the past several years, I have went through quite a cycle in my life with regard to religion. Even while attending church off and on, I have never been able to successfully drown out the nagging questions I have always had about anything to do with faith and its practices. But it has only been over the past couple of years that I have developed such a distaste for religion that overcoming those questions has transitioned from unlikely to nearly impossible.

It has gotten to the point where I view religion as my enemy. The loudest opponents to equality and rights for the LGBT community in America typically consider themselves to be conservative Christians (the liberal Christian is a rare bird, indeed). Most days, after a glance at the news, I spend much of my time feeling helpless and angry.

I get angry when I hear that American Christians and their Republican counterparts are funding and fanning the flames of homophobia in Uganda – where things have gotten so bad that the average Ugandan believes lesbians should be raped and gay men should be killed.

I get angry when I hear that Josh Duggar has molested multiple girls much younger than himself (including his sisters), yet his mother made robocalls last year to tell everyone to vote down a non-discrimination act for transgendered people, wherein she said men would dress as women to get into women’s restrooms to molest little girls.

I get angry when someone I have never met comes on this blog and posts a comment saying I will be “anally raped by the Devil himself in hell,” and then threatens to kill me.

I get angry when the Vatican says Ireland’s recent vote for marriage equality was a “defeat for humanity.” One would think they would direct their outrage at child-touching priests instead of consenting adults who simply want to get married.

I get angry when Christians habitually discriminate against anyone that doesn’t fit their narrow, bigoted view, and then scream about religious oppression when they get called out on it.

So, when I stop to get gas and the store is playing contemporary Christian music over the loudspeakers, I roll my eyes. When I see parking lots full of church attendees, I feel nothing but contempt. When I hear someone ask for prayer over the most mundane thing possible, I cringe. I don’t hear or see genuine faith in action; I see weak minds and pettiness. I don’t see unconditional love or people helping the poor; I see people who are most likely spending their time and money to work against the very things I want out of life. I see enemies of equality and freedom, and enemies of myself.

There are good Christians and there are bad ones, but even the good Christians I know are usually perfectly content to be ignorant of anything outside their bubble-shaped world. For example, I recently had someone ask me why certain gay men like to dress as women, but as I tried to explain drag queens, they became overwhelmed and said they didn’t want to hear about it. If you don’t want to know, then don’t ask.

The more time goes by, the more I find myself agreeing with the old quote, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 11 years and three fabulous felines.

4 thoughts on “Religion: You’re doing it wrong”

  1. Brian, once again you give voice to the ache in my heart. Thank you for honestly expressing your pain. I have difficulty answering the question, “Why won’t you go to church anymore?” People don’t understand how I could walk away from religion after 30 years “in the ministry”.
    It’s not a brief answer and the people asking usually aren’t really interested in the answer anyway. Your post gives voice to the ache in my heart.

    JimT

    1. Jim,

      It hurts me to realize what you have been going through over the past year or so, and I would be very interested in hearing your story. I hope I get the chance to ask the question in person one day.

  2. I know I’ve commented before on this matter, and once more, I apologize for my fellow Christian’s actions. I, as a Christian, understand the frustration of hypocritical Christians. And while I do not necessarily support the actions of the gay community, I do not discriminate against them, nor hate them. In fact, I have several friends who in fact are gay. Please don’t give up hope on all Christians, for they are not all like that. And if you have any questions about Christianity, I would be very happy to answer them.

    1. Julia,

      Thanks for your kind words. I know there are still some genuine Christians out there. Jim (in the comment above yours) is testament to that – whether he attends church or not. ;)

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