Faith Crisis

Our latest census shows a massive decline
in people nominating their denomination
have noticed that many avoid such labels

Their actual faith has not declined
just their allegiance to an institution
triggered no doubt by many things

The calculated denial of ongoing abuse
the pressure to tithe and much more
ensures they hesitate to step through a door

They tell me it depends on the preacher
or which one is closest to home
who has the friendliest congregation

All these impact on regular attendance
for power and wealth are losing their influence
Spirituality was abandoned by too many

And maybe this is the way we should vote
not tied to a party that doesn’t perform
but selecting those who actually work for us

Look beyond their rants and banal promises
check their ability to make real change
if we are becoming wiser about our faith

We need to perpetuate this with our vote
for law makers who promote power for people
not laundering others slush funds

Or cutting taxes to benefit their mates
but someone with the guts to make a stand
for what is right in our world today

Who will stop the wars, tax companies and wealth
give the poor liveable benefits and access to health
Question closely to make a stand that really counts

 

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31 Comments

  1. add in the Royal Comm, and inappropriate people in leadership and bam. I resonated with the second stanza in particular. Institution is dying – thankfully – hopefully community will grow.

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        1. yes while ever they are governed by narrow-mindedness, greed and power they will remain irrelevant … they have a choice or I imagine they will eventually expire … so many new one off ‘churches’ are springing up here, no connection to the large institutions and people flock there ..

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  2. This is a global concern Kate…and unless we all understand and take action…the same issue will prevail…one has to make a stand..speak up..and be firm..one has to learn to fight and be heard..

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  3. You’re right that the loss of faith extends beyond organised religion and into politics. But it’s difficult to know who to trust these days. It seems promises are made and broken as a matter of course.

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    1. and this is exactly why so many are wary of it .. many preferring to do their own prayers in their own home .. which again results in loss of community and connection, so sad 😦

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  4. Yes, excellent! I agree with what you are saying here, Kate. And “Simon” expressed it well, too!

    Your 4th stanza makes me think…I’ve heard those reasons for going to a church, but I think unless it’s all about God, it’s not going to last. Many people choose to worship in a building based on their comfort or likes, but people can gather together sitting outside on a concrete benches and be content/joyful, if their reason for going is to worship God. Just some thoughts from my pea-brain.

    There you go! Getting me to think again! 😉 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. achieved my goal then .. I wrote an article about an outdoor ‘church’ that had hewn logs for seats and grand views out .. felt much closer than being inside a building to be honest 🙂

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