I don't really go to church, and there are a few reasons why.
The main reason resonated with me when I went to the TEA Party meeting last Friday.
This is not to say I was met with animosity. Actually, I had a great time talking with very nice people who happen to be completely on the other side of the political spectrum.
It just reminded me of the people the TEA Party usually attract, and the reason many young people are turned away from religion: Christian conservatives, or fundamentalist Christians, if you will.
Certainly in the south (the only place I have lived so far), fundamentalists fill the church pews, and quite honestly, turn me off of church going. These are the people who take their religious views, skew them with conservative ideology, and come up with straight-lined, over reaching and outlandish claims about what God intended, when he allowed the United States to form.
Take, for example, immigration.
Christian conservative mantra teaches illegal immigrants are the scum of America. They come over here with the sole intention of taking our jobs, our healthcare and our money. Forget the fact they are the same poor, tired and huddled masses that our very own Statue of Liberty advertises for. If they aren't American, they don't get America.
The problem is this argument is in stark contrast to Leviticus 19:33-34 which says, "When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself…" It seems to me a sojourner might do well to come over and get a deal like Democrats are offering with a fast-track to citizenship that helps them contribute to the American economy.