Getting Free Food-and Getting Religion

The place where I often get food in the morning is a church.

When I don’t have any money I go there at 630 in the morning and have a cup or two of coffee in a little styrofoam cup. Then at 7 am, there’s music. It’s usually guitar music and it’s very good. Then around 715 the preaching starts.

I can tell, the preachers hate it when we interrupt their well-planned speeches. Sometimes that’s understandable.

Some of the interrupters are simply showing off their vast bible knowledge. There are numerous homeless guys around here that study the bible all day, every day. To me, that’s just another form of escape, like doing drugs. They get into some pretty obscure stuff. I don’t have time for it anymore. I don’t want to be free-sleeping forever.

But others, are asking genuine questions. Their souls are crying out for answers even if they are annoying sometimes. The bible appears to many of us to be very contradictory. We are trying to make sense of it.

I try to believe in the bible but it’s getting harder and harder for me.

I can’t remember if I told you guys this one but this one pastor shared a testimonial about how his life changed because he “accepted Jesus”. He mentioned too, that after making a trip on faith, without a dime to his name, god gave him a truck, a place to live and an income of 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER MONTH. Ummmmmm.

He says he loves us. I say, if he really loves the homeless, he should teach them how to make money so they won’t be homeless anymore.

What do you guys think?

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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7 Responses to Getting Free Food-and Getting Religion

  1. Lynn says:

    I would say that the pastor is missing the point completely. I don’t think any respectable Christian would join believing in Jesus with material gain.

    Find yourself a church with a well educated theologian leading the service, where questions and learning are encouraged.

  2. Ryu says:

    Sort of.

    If he does that, the homeless don’t need him anymore. When everything’s going well, people tend to leave Jesus and the church. His power is derived from the poverty of others.

  3. Sherri says:

    I totally agree!

  4. Lesley says:

    If the 60k is important, Jesus is not in the equation

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Yah, not sure why he told a bunch of homeless people that? Kinda insensitive if you ask me.

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