Organized religion. I have not heard a phrase said with more disdain lately than this one. And disdain is turning to hatred for some. But why? How could something based on the love of God become so distorted?
I recently watched the movie Kingdom of Heaven. It’s all about the crusades to reclaim Jerusalem for God. Such a good flick. But something kept bothering me. The crusaders continuously justified use of military action by saying “God wills it”. The more I heard it, the more my stomach churned. I would equate it to the modern day political misuse of “God bless America” at the end of every speech. Why? What’s the point? Do we really want God to bless America or are we just trying to get people to think we’re religious in order to get more votes?
So it occurred to me as I watched the movie come to a close that religion is just man’s abuse of God to gain wealth and power. Look throughout history and that thread runs continuous. The crusades were as appalling as today’s gross misuse of offerings given so we can build bigger and better buildings while people around the world go without clean water. Whatever happened to compassion and love?
The best part of the movie for me was Orlando Bloom’s speech to the masses inside the castle as they awaited the onslaught from the Muslim army. He told them that they do not fight for the kingdom of Jerusalem but for the people inside it.
Wouldn’t it be great to see churches abandon their man-made kingdom of Religion and fight for the people who need it the most?