I was listening to an evening show on BBC radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/ while I drove home yesterday evening. For those of you who are not familiar with BBC Radio 4 it is a show that discusses culture; literature, music, art. The station is very informative and is great company on long journeys when you want something to keep you engaged and alert on a journey. Anyway the discussion was about the role of religion in society; they had a Christian, a Jew and an agnostic discussing their beliefs, why they have chosen to live the way they do and what they think of the other faiths. The main point from the discussion was that religion offers no certainty – no one seems to know exactly what God or gods can do and for the Christian and the Jew that was part of their faith: to believe in a sovereign God whom humans cannot fully comprehend. However for the agnostic this very same reason was why they were agnostic and simply believed in a set of values and not a deity because they wanted to know who exactly the deity was and why certain things in the world happened.
I listened to the discussion and was intrigued that no matter what the beliefs all wanted a sense of security. Despite their differences of opinion the group agreed that religion has kept an essential part of society alive that is dying everywhere else and that is intimacy. The church especially was praised because of its ability to unite people from all works of life and the social foundation of Sunday service. Church is an extended family and just like a family there will be fall outs, disagreements and odd things happening. What family do you know where that is not the case. However if in the right church, it is a place for people to feel welcome, be encouraged and be around like minded people.
Some of you have given up things for lent but have not attended a Sunday service or bible study in years.
If you’ve never been…try it.