Passing through late night rabbit-ear television can either frustrate you or entertain you, making you feel like a complete waste of life. Passing through the six (yes, six) "Christian" stations, there was a "Christian stand-up comedian". Now yes, Christian media is about 95% unbearable, but being the gluten for punishment that I am I decided to watch this abomination unfold before my eyes.
There were numerous "OH HEHE HE IS TALKING ABOUT PASTORS HEHEHE" jokes. Then he started talking about how people often say "I like my church because of the music", which means the preaching sucks, and vice versa. Then he says (in a mocking voice) "And you know those people that say 'I like my church because I can dress how I want to dress, and be who I want to be', well you're not in a church, you're in a bar!" ...and the crowd bursts into laughter.
The part that really bothered me about that incredibly unfunny joke was that the last part. Now, I've been to a few bars in my lifetime, and it's really true. Going into a bar you are (usually) immediately greeted by someone who actually wants to know you, and have a conversation with you. Why? Who knows, but dadgummit, they are the friendliest people you can meet.
Hearing the audience in the show react the way they did to his unfunny joke really got under my skin. An audience of dead Christians laughing at the awkwardness of how uncomfortable they make non-believers. Good for you, you just shoved someone right out the doors. It's you people who are to blame for the hundreds of years of this traditional bull thats molded modern "christianity" into what it is today. A faith that you lack the knowledge of that you pour your time into for no reason, yet feel like you're too good to talk to the outside world. Good job guys, I applaud you for your boldness.
You know what? Maybe if these people who think the jokes were so funny would actually get the people in the bars into their church, it wouldn't be so uncomfortable. The people from the bar would act the same way at your church as they would when you enter their bar, greeting and getting to know you. But oh, no, you need the awkward ***"HEY MY NAMES SO-AND-SO I PROBABLY WONT REMEMBER YOU'RE NAME" greeter, you guys are too good for making someone feel welcome, you need the comfort of feeling superior to the guy who's going to hell.
So, why am I blogging this? Who knows. It just amazes me the ignorance of modern day Christians. Yes, I fail miserably at my walk with my Father, but God knows I will at least try to fix a problem I've caused if someone calls me out on it. I pray that people will wake up. I know not everyone will, but maybe one person will just start a chain reaction and finally break this superiority complex that people tend to have.
***Yes that happened to me, and that exact comment made me never visit the church again.