For far too many of us the image of being religious is the above. This picture was taken on a busy Saturday night in Times Square NYC recently. Too many look at religion as some grim-faced old man telling us that we need to quit having any fun and get ready for the wrath of God. They didn’t take this old guy seriously anymore than take most current religious establishments seriously.
In some ways religion has earned this moniker. Too many spend too much time worrying about God’s wrath rather than focusing on his love. Too many worry about the afterlife than they do living out God’s command to be our brother’s keeper. Too many young people are just turned off by the religion of past generations. They think their lives here on earth are what matter. In some ways I agree with them but in other ways not. As is typical of many things moderation is the best choice. A little of everything on your plate gives you the most fruitful life.
The guy in the image above and so many like him are doing more harm than good by showing an image of God that is primarily man-made and for the most part disgusting. If God so loved the world why would he condemn most of us to an eternal agony as this grumpy old man preaches?