(Originally posted on MySpace 30 Aug. 2009)
So I'm at a wedding yesterday (a christian wedding at a church) and one of the members of the church says to me, "Only if people would put half the effort into serving the Lord as they put into preparing a wedding". To which I commented back, "If they'd just put half the effort into serving each other the world would be alot better". To which he replied, "Well, that's part of serving the Lord, serving each other". I then politely excused myself and walked away. I didn't want to get into a theological debat with one of the many crazy people at me nieces' wedding.
As I was leaving the room I was thinking about his comments. 'Serving each other is part of serving the Lord. ' I can help other people fine myself or with the help of other people. I don't need the Lord or any type of religion to do it. Any organization or group of people, secular or religious, can help people. You don't need some dogmatic guy in the sky to do it. No imaginary being who really doesn't do anything. And if you want to talk about faith, we're better off having faith in each other because we're the only ones who can pull us out of any problems that arise.
If you can't help out your fellow man or woman withour your religion, what does that say about you as a person? Are you really that weak or unable to do things without it? Do you absolutely need the crutch of religion to get through life? Because that's what religion is, it's a crutch. Just like drugs or alcohol are for some people, they can't get through life or even thier day, without it. It's a sign of weakness. The drug addict needs his drugs everyday because he's to weak to quit and face life on his own as a real person. The alcoholic needs his drink for the same reason. The religious person can't find answers themselves, or even think for themselves without their religion. They need it as an excuse to be able to do everything in life.
I like to think that I'm alot stronger than that. I have a strong will and a strong sense of moral obligation. Moral obligation not from some religious text but from knowing that what goes around, comes around. I know somebody needs help, I help them because someday I may need help. But the main thing is, it's just the right thing to do. Any sensible person can see that you don't need religion to tell you that.
Are you week and need a crutch to get through life? Not me. Just as my legs are strong and I can walk on my own without a crutch, my will is strong and I can get through life without one. Of course every now and then in life everyone needs help. That's when we rely on each other.