A few conversations from the minister to the wife and friends has me wondering why religion feels so heavy in this part of the world?
It is suffocating and hard to free yourself from it. It lays heavy burdens on people and doesn’t lift a finger to help. Or at least it feels that way to me.
My wife mentioned the word ‘repressed’ and I countered with ‘oppressed’ and maybe the word ‘depressed’ could be all added into the mix.
Walking home from Tate’s Avenue to my part of Lisburn I counted something like 19 different Protestant churches of different denominations.
In Lisburn itself there is something like 106 different churches (probably more and I don’t think that includes chapels).
Yet…….well I can’t do words to what is wrong.
The atmosphere doesn’t seem right in proportion to the number of church goers and places of worship. Is that fair to say?
It is hard to talk about this stuff as it’s home for many people. They love it here.
As for church or a church, how do you even begin to talk about church and not come all over self righteous and bitter?
It’s a variation on the old line of ‘everytime you point the finger three more point back at you’. As so we go around and around in the same old structures doing what we do and have always done and will probably always do.