martha

Get ready. You’re about to get CHURCHED.

“Are you a Mary or a Martha?”

If you’re a churchie, you get this sermon on a yearly basis. If you’re a nasty heathen, let me give you the scripture reference. I’ll even use the **heathen’s version of the Bible:

Luke 10:38-42

As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”

I’ll tell you what *I* get out of that verse…. That Mary is a lazy b*tch! And Jesus said it’s ok to be lazy??… And, on that note, i think we all know MY answer to that famous question….

“Are you a Mary or a Martha?”

I’m like Martha on crack. Now, sometimes i enjoy what i’m doing so much that i don’t want anyone to help. I honestly do like being a hostess and tending to others…

….but, other times, i see myself doing exactly what Martha is accused of. I see myself stressing out and seeking pity for allllllll this work i’m taking on. When you look at it that way, taking on a greater workload is really just stupid. It’s a weird and perverse way to get attention. LOOK AT ME, I’M NOT GOING TO DEMAND YOUR ATTENTION, BUT I’M GOING TO FORCE YOU ALL INTO THINKING ABOUT ME AS I TWIRL AROUND YOU IN FITS OF HURRIED FRENZY.

As i was waking up on Sunday morning, i turned on the tv and caught the tail end of a sermon on this very subject. Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church was preaching. If you’re ever in the Charlotte area and flipping channels on a Sunday morning and see a kinda douchy looking young guy with spikey hair and designer shirts who talks out of the side of his mouth, you should stop and give it a listen. It took me hearing him speak a few times before i began to see a genuine side to this guy, but there is certainly some good stuff under all that hair gel and charisma. He said something that really struck home with me…

“You’re all worried about your turkey and your ham and everything you’ve posted on pinterest…”

HAHA. true… except for that turkey and ham part. In conclusion: STOP BEING MARY ON CRACK.

And, once again on the topic of heathens, Christopher Hitchens lost his battle with cancer yesterday. The book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything has been sitting at my bedside for about 2 years now, but i never made it past the first couple of chapters. Partly because i’m a lazy reader, and partly because it is tough for me to hear about people who base part of their disbelief in God on their personal experiences within the religious community.

What a sad picture religion has painted for itself.

 

**Please note that the heathen version of the Bible is “The Message”… but, having spent most of my life among Southern Baptists, i know that the only REAL Bible was prompted by King James… who spent a great deal of his life studying witchcraft until he learned some witches were plotting against him. That’s when he started joining in burning them. As one should. Obviously.

 

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3 responses

  1. I was brought up in a semi-religious family. A branch of the Lutheran faith that is pretty grim, strict, and definitely fire and brimstone.

    I’m also gay and have had some experiences with self-professed Christians where they either insinuated or said straight out that I was less than, that I’m a sinner because of who I love, that I’m an abomination (Yes, I was told flat out that I was an abomination). And I got over it. So-called Christians who are forthright and blunt? They are extremely easy to deal with.

    The ones that are more difficult to deal with are the ones who say that they are in no position to judge, only God does that. Usually the people who say this to me are the ones who don’t want to look their friend in the eyes and tell them that loving someone of the same gender is a sin. They cop out and simply don’t deal with it. That person is difficult to deal with. All based on their RELIGIOUS beliefs.

    BUT.

    My being an Atheist has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the fact that I’m an observant, critical, intelligent person who choses not to believe in the really interesting story that is the bible. It doesn’t really have anything to do with my own experience with religion or the people who claim they are Christians and then deal with fellow humans so atrociously and ignorantly. I’m an atheist because I don’t believe in ‘big G’ God. I could give the reasons why, but I have not learned the ability to do so wihtout sounding like an asshole, or belittling something that so many of my friends hold so dear. If you believe in ‘big G’ God, rock on. If you don’t, rock on.

    I know your intention, Carrie, in mentioning people’s non-belief in God because of personal experiences was to make the point that organized religion has failed many people.

    But my point is that if someone is an atheist it could very well be because of many other logical reasons other than bad experiences. When I hear “oh, so and so doesn’t believe in God because their childhood church was bad, or they were treated bad by Christians,” it worries me that people aren’t taking their views seriously (let’s face it, I’m talking about me). Take my words at face value when I say, I don’t believe in big G God because of reasons separate from my past Christian experiences.

    1. I guess my belief is that we can’t entirely segregate our perception of religion from our personal experiences. And, while the grand formula we call logic may be the biggest influence for most atheists, that pattern of thinking doesn’t necessarily stand alone. When i say that most atheists i know have had a bad experience with the church that may have influenced their belief, i should also add that someone like myself can’t help but explain our faith in part by talking about the GOOD experience we’ve had with the religious community. But certainly my experiences weren’t ALL good, as i’m sure yours weren’t ALL bad, so i suppose we just concentrate on the memories that affirm our overall feeling. However, when i begin reading a book that is about the overall influence of religion on society and the first few chapters involve the young author and some bitchy nuns…. well, i can’t help but observe that those experiences reaffirmed his belief. It’s always tough for me to take some atheists seriously when, every time religion is brought up, their instinct is to tell the story of their terrible experience. If the belief stands alone and isn’t influenced by that, why is it always the first thing they share? Is it just an easier way to explain their beliefs to a christian? Are evangelicals more “sympathetic” (i.e. leave you alone) when you share the bad experiences? I personally just starting sighing heavily and rolling my eyes. 🙂 You’re right that atheism is a seperate issue from disliking the church (just as believing in God is not the same as supporting the current religious climate), but i would also say that the line gets fuzzy for many and i think it’s a shame that christianity has left such a poor taste in everyone’s mouth. And i’m not just talking about catholic priests.

      1. Yep and yep. We’re on the same page here. I like that both of our beliefs are concrete, and that we can articulate them. AND we’re still friends. And you’re pretty. You’re a pretty Christian. And so Raven.

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