I watched a video on ABCNEWS.com that completely fascinated me (http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7591648). A recent study by Professor Putnam of Harvard University shows that men and women of Generation X & Generation Y are leaving their religion because of the hard right political views.
I understand this completely. I am a believer in social issues: Health care, unemployment assistance, job location assistance and the like. Many folks in my generation are similar on these points of view. They don’t believe that there should be no social advocacy in America, something nearly all churches promote: Low taxes, no government assistance, every man for them selves, if you’ve lost your job or are poor, too bad-so sad you are on your own.
When I was at University, I tried nearly every church in the area, looking for a church that fit me. I had criteria. The people had to me nice. The church had to promote philanthropy and helping others. The pastor/priest/reverend had to be entertaining and eloquently deliver a message that I not only understood, but could apply to my life and how I live. The church had to be actively involved in helping the poor of the area, the homeless, the jobless or the sick.
I did not find an organized religion that I could identify with. I didn’t not set a rigid criteria, I figured if I could find a church that I agreed with 60% – 75% of, then I would stick with that church and become involved. I was willing to make concessions, I was willing to be flexible with my opinions, keep my mouth shut when necessary and most of all, enjoy the people and the camaraderie of being with other like minded people towards a common cause.
Professor Putnam indicated in his interview that this is a large pool of people that could be dipped into and advocated. He indicated that America may not lose their religion, but rather have religion evolve to organize these people into a group people in a church atmosphere that works for them.
I found the video fascinating. If you’ve a mind, click the link above and take a look at what the video has to say. You might find it fascinating, too.
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