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Friday, September 8, 2006

Actually—No, I Too May NOT BE a Presbyterian

Once in a while, I drive past the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church which has had a message on its lawn sign for quite some time, and it wasn’t until today that I realized that the message bugged me:

You too may be a Presbyterian.

I what!? Okay, first of all, let’s not even get into any opinion over denominations. That’s not the point of this entry. I’m also quite content in the mentality that it doesn’t matter if you got sprinkled or if you got dunked—if you don’t know Jesus, you just got wet.

So, let’s just replace this church’s denomination with any of your choice. It really doesn’t matter. What bugged me was the suggestion that a person is predisposed—maybe even destined—for a particular set of beliefs.

Bzzzzzz! Wrong answer. Your spirituality is your choice. Even if that choice is to not be spiritual. No one on the planet may or may not be a particular denomination. Denominations are not labels meant to describe a type of person. They are nothing more than an organized group of people who have chosen to believe something.

By the way, I also realize that there are some cultures in other parts of the world where people may not have the choice of religion. Clearly, as an American, that’s the only clear frame of reference I possess. But I do believe that even people in those cultures that aren’t as developed as ones that allow free choice of religion deserve to have that choice.

» Posted by ALBj at 10:19 PM (ET)
Category: Musings

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