I worry about people that believe something so blindly that they're willing to pray to a salt stain. It's both remarkable and sad to me. Remarkable that there is such devotion to something. I suppose I have to respect that 8000 people were willing to risk a dangerous freeway underpass to get some comfort for their lives. Think about: Having your entire way of life validated by a leaking water pipe. That's remarkable, that human beings can learn that their entire existence - the existiance of billions of peoople (cuz them other religions are wrong) - is perfect.
What's really sad is the following:
(NIV)Psalm 97:7 All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols— worship him, all you gods! (context)
(NIV)Numbers 33: drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places. (context)
You know, the 2nd commandment (as stated in Exodus 20). I know this particular image wasn't made by man (well, it is necessarily but that's semantics) but it's funny how quickly people will latch onto something like this when they're not supposed to. I'm pretty sure that those commandments are still written in stone somewhere....
I have to be honest, though, I'm more sad that people have lives such that they can even contemplate a pilgrimage to an underpass, probably better that Sea World, let me tell you. Religiosity is the strangest thing to me.
Now, I'm spiritual. I am in NO WAY a religious person. I even contend that my beliefs are, indeed, wacky at times and I am even baffled that I have them. Most of the time I can barely pin down what exactly I do believe beyond that strange, all-pervasive "knowing" that the scientist in me has tried to gun down with a blunderbuss. But, my spirituality is self restoring. What sort of religion creates zomibies that have teir faith restored in gutter rot?
Think of it? Millions of people subscriv=be t scripture that beats them down week after week such that their only reminder that their lives are blessed is something like this. It's frightening that people give so much time over to these things that make them hate themselves or other people so bitterly. I have a Lutheran friend that is chronically depressed because his religion says he's going to hell for the things he likes - gothic culture, music and kissing women out of wedlock. He hates himself so much it's sickening. And whats worse is that I've seen him write music for a 3 hour play in a day and then open with it that night... he didn't know piano that day either.
Why would you stay with a religion that you don't agree with??? Why the hell is that good for you?
Before I get to frustrated let me say this: The Freeway Fresco was vandalized. A man wrote "Big Lie" over it in shoe polish. He was arrested for defacing public property and the city painted over it.
This has just given many people a reason to hate, and it too shall fuel their faith.
That's just not right.
I'd have referenced Isaiah 42:8.