Can the Pope Make Religion Relevant In The 21st Century?


I see lots of people who go to church every Sunday and I also see many people who think organized religion is evil and the cause of most every war.

Religion is one of those things people are never supposed to talk about. Yet, here I am, opening it up to a full and complete debate.

I see many who go to church on Sundays, listen to sermons, then feel good about themselves for having gone and listened. I see many people who cherry pick from the Bible to decide their beliefs. Divorce is ok, gay marriage a deal breaker. Worse yet, I see many preachers like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and many others preach hatred and discrimination against those they don’t approve. This is for gay people, divorce, adultery, working on Sunday, etc, they can all live with. Gays? That crosses their line. Falwell said at the time the 9/11 attacks were due to gays being out of control.

Helping the poor and needy? Never. Looking out for others? Why?

Then, out of nowhere comes the new Pope Francis with shocking statements to those had given up on any modernity in religion. Be more inclusive? Stop focusing on greed and self gratification and focus on the needy? End war? Treat people equally? Encourage all to participate? Foreign words in the United States.

Now, today, the Pope and Vatican are saying to accept gays. To accept divorce. This in itself is a revolutionary stance to take. When just yesterday the so-called religious man Mike Huckabee said ‘people should stiffen their spine and be more anti gay.’ This man is disgusting, promoting hatred, basically condoning violence. Why is he given a platform to listen to his ignorant opinions?

Is the Pope turning his back on Church Doctrine or is he adapting it for a new world? He is adapting it for a new world. People no longer want to discriminate against others. The Pope is spreading the word of inclusiveness and community. Greed is not good. Help others when you can. Treat everyone with the same respect you want to be treated with. Don’t objectify the rich and successful and shame those in poverty. And, certainly, don’t go to church on Sundays to make yourself feel better.

The world is changing and it’s nice to see a world leader like the Pope embracing the change to invite new people into his following. Long life and good health is my wish for him. My wish for everyone else? Open your minds and learn from him.


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