April 23rd, 2008
Riding into work this morning I couldn't help but notice that it was just a b-e-autiful morning. The air was crisp, the sky was super clear and it was just a "Wow" morning. The Koolau's was so pristine that I could actually see the valley's cutting edge and practically count the number of pine trees lining the ridge.
Ho, was like chicken skin...or was it the cold air rushing through my jacket. In any case I caught myself thanking God. I'm not heavily religious but I do believe in a higher power. My parents are Presbyterian and I consider them more religious than the average Joe because of their involvement with their church, my brother is a born again Christian - what the heck am I? Uh, a believer.
I believe there are God's. Yes, plural. Because everyone has their own beliefs and practices related to those beliefs. Who are we to say which one is the "almighty"? My parents forced me to attend church ever since I was small but once I grew into "independence" I never looked back. Till today they still ask if I want to go but I tell them, "why do I have to go to say that I believe in God?" I try to live by the good word most of the time - c'mon, we ain't angels all the time - and fear his name and prescence, thank him for all things good, question him when things go bad (you all know you do the same when things aren't going your way). So why do I have to go to church just to say that I believe?
Then you got the chuches who seem to run it like a business instead of a place of worship. Some of these "churches" are just gi-normous and look like institutions instead of churches. Then it seems like anyone can run a church as long as you have a pastor/minister/priest and a location: schools, office buildings etc.
Shouldn't just believing in your heart and living right count enough? For those of you who attend church - any church or temple - can you honestly say that you act the same way in worship than you do outside of the safe haven? Granted you try, but does it really happen outside in the real world 24/7? If all the people that attended church acted the same way they do in church the world would be a heckuva better place than it is now because there would be more good acts than bad.
Does the terms "act your Sunday best" or "Sunday suit" come into mind? Why is it only on one day you have to be good or dress your best? It's almost...dare I say...fake? Don't get me wrong, it's all about respect to the higher power but shouldn't that carry over the rest of the six days?
Oh boy, I think I'm going get some flak on this one so let 'er rip but please be civil.
fyi - I do believe in God, I pray (mostly for things to turn out right), I praise God when things are good, when things go wrong I blame science (go fi'gah)...and I would never be caught dead without my Cross.
SHOUT OUT: Congratulations to Lava 2 Travel for taking the Couch Potato Basketball League Spring Season championships this past Sunday! A valiant effort by Yada Yada fell short but none the less L2T was the better team. Congratulations!