I am not Christian
. I am not a member of any religion
faith in or belief
or a god as a requirement
continued placement in that religion. Thus, I have been in a Christian
only once in my life, when I was sixteen, for about five
It came as quite a shock
to me, being that I never
had a reason
ask, that churches were not open
twenty-four hours a day
. I would
never have guessed it.
Perhaps I've just been raised by television, or maybe I'm just
looking at the wrong churches, or there have been too many acts of
vandalism, or attacks on the clergy. Or, maybe, I'm just an idiot,
but I can't bring myself to see any reason to lock the doors of the
house of God.
I know that religion can mean a lot to people, and that prayer can
lift the spirits, though I don't believe it myself. Some people, even,
want a sense of drama in their lives, and nothing gets that more than
a three a.m. trip to the church to pray for strength or guidance
on an issue.
So why? Why do they lock the doors? Why do I live in an age where
God gives you a busy signal?
Why did this end up so whiny?