No GodMore and more these days, religion plays less a part of our lives. Whether you’re Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or any other number of other world-wide beliefs, religion no longer plays an important part in the majority of people’s every-day life. We find time in our daily lives for all sorts of extra activities: ball games, rehearsals, sleep, socializing, work overtime, and even those little episodes that pop up unexpectedly for which we “just have to show up.” But for some reason, the majority of people seem to not be able to find those few hours of life per week to devote to the Creator (whatever Name you have for him). And barely anyone can discuss “God” in public, lest they feel shamed.

It was never more evident to me than it was for a recent major Christian holy day this year. The day on the Christian kalendar (no, that’s not a misspelling) when Christians believe Christ ascended into Heaven to be with the Father. It was “step two” so to speak of the redemption of mankind according to Christendom.

Yet there were so few people in attendance. A day that even the Amish shut down everything to observe, and there were so few sitting in the church worshipping.

What has happened to our belief system? What’s happened to our faith? And what’s happened to the establishments that are supposedly the ones which are to feed us spiritually when we need it most?

Many give more credence to their social lives than their religious lives. It’s just too tacky to think of the Creator Who gave us life and sustains it. It’s better to think and talk about where we were Friday night than to talk about something as unimportant as what we believe. This is what the majority of society has become. We still find time for those minuscule moments of existence. Einstein once said, “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” We seem to have forgotten.

We question the meaning of life – all of us, in some way or some how – especially at those times when stress and pain is high in our lives. Yet for some reason, outside of those stressful times, we just can’t find the time to ponder His existence in us. I continuously hear people say, “I worship in my own way,” which generally means they don’t. I continue to hear people murmur that the church has lost touch with reality, that it’s stuck in the dark ages. Yet I find that those churches that are particularly “stuck in the dark ages” are precisely those establishments that haven’t lost their faith, especially in times of crisis.

The time has come for us to revisit what is most important in life. It’s not the overtime; it’s not the parties; it’s not the games. These are all only parts of the Whole, and it’s the Whole we should remember.

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