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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Are Churches Losing Relevancy?


A letter to the editor that appeared in our local paper asked whether or not churches are relevant in today's social/political landscape. You can read the letter here and I offer my response below:

By Marlon Bartram
I'm sure religion and church still play very important roles in lives of many people on an individual level, but as a force in society I would have to say it has indeed lost relevance. A perfect example can be found in their non-response to the issue of abortion.

There’s a story that has become known as “Sing a Little Louder” in which pro life activist Penny Lea tells of what an old man tearfully told her after a pro life presentation she gave some years ago. The man lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust and attended a small church situated near a set of railroad tracks.

After the extermination of the Jews began, the tracks behind the church were used to transport loads of moaning, screaming Jewish people to their horrific destiny. Church members, disturbed by the sounds coming from the train but unsure of how to react, learned that if they just sang a little louder the disturbing cries would be drowned out, and their consciences eased.

Today, church leaders avoid speaking about abortion so that no one sitting in the pews donating dollars is disturbed or offended. Their bands play loud praise and worship music and much singing and clapping ensues.

Meanwhile just a few blocks away, tiny unborn babies and the deceived women who carry them meet their own horrific destiny. In a few brief moments of suction-powered violence, babies are dismembered to death and women are sentenced to live forever with the fact that their own child has been lost.

Only a small handful of our 99 churches dare to get involved and speak out against the taking of innocent human life in our community. The rest turn a blind eye, refusing to acknowledge the tragedy in our midst. It seems they would rather just sing a little louder.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marlon,
Im not sure how to put this delicately, so i will not attempt to. You sound like an idiot. It is undereducated, self empowered "activists" like yourself that hide behind religion to spew your hate garbage to the rest of the world, you are the one creating the problems. Are you seriously comparing jewish persecution by the nazis to abortion? Give me a break. Have you picked up a book or read a newspaper in the past 50 years? Women have the right to choose, there are many circumstances that lead up to pregnancy, rape being an example. Bringing children
into the world with un equipped parents will only add to the influx in overcrowded schools. Neglected uneducated children with more school closures, downturned economy, no jobs, people living in tents to survive. Perhaps you are well equipped with ur religion facade to take in all of these struggling children and their parents who can barely afford to feed themselves. You sound like a moron, im sure u are one of the "activists" that spews ur uneducated hate slander in front of kgh. Take a look in the mirror, we are all laughing at you. Find a worthy cause and stop hiding behind a fake religion to justify your hatred and immense lack of knowledge.

January 2, 2011 at 4:05 AM  
Blogger SoCon07 said...

To your obvious oblivion, your post sheds even further light on the comparison (not to mention identifies you as having to rely on personal attacks for lack of a logical response). One of the Nazi's most popular excuses for needing a "final solution" was that Jews were overcrowding the country (you claim schools are overcrowded here - in reality they are closing down one after another due to lack of students), they were taking all the jobs, ruining the economy. Hmmm, where I have heard that before... Oh ya! your post. Except this time its the "unwanted" instead of the Jews who are causing all the problems. Isn't that right?

February 4, 2011 at 1:31 AM  

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