I just don't see the point in taking a post that was meant to be positive and sympathetic to the victims and turn it into a negative. If you don't believe in prayer, then don't pray. But don't tell others they are wrong for doing it.I grew up in the south going to church. I've seen it all. The church I "grew up" in saw many forms and hardships from pastors getting addicted to drugs, youth leaders/deacons cheating on their wives, etc. People want to believe in something and I get that, but from my experience its for all the wrong reasons, so maybe I'm jaded. The most judgemental/nasty/spiteful/name it people I've seen in my life have been weekly church goers. I agree with FL_CTIs' statement. It really is the equivalent of typing 'amen' on facebook and you'll come into money within the next 3 days. I'm sure there are a lot of great churches/organizations that do a lot of good, but why so many? You can drive down a lot of streets in the south and within a 1-2 block radius see 5+ churches. If so many of these people want to do so much good, why don't they combine their efforts like a religious kickstarter/gofundme? I bet if you took away that tax exempt status, many of those 'wonderful' people would suddenly disappear.
Also, since we're on the topic and this is more towards the ever popular gibson: what did the controllers do at FLL to deserve extra prayers and congrats? I highly doubt they repelled from the tower call of duty style and stopped the shooter. Why not praise the first responders who actually assisted/stopped the conflict?
I need more whiskey for this..
I understand what you're saying about people doing things for the wrong reasons because I know plenty of self-righteous "Christians" myself who go to church every Sunday but are the most judgmental, nasty people the other 6 days of the week. And it irks me the same as you. But those people don't represent all Christians or all churches. I don't even go to church myself but I don't feel the need to bash on them. Just like all other groups and organizations, there are good and bad ones.
Also, I see nothing wrong with there being so many churches. It makes them more accessible to everyone. Though their central message is the same, there are subtle differences in interpretations or styles of preaching. One church might just be a better "fit" for you than the one down the street. A person may like the way one preacher carries his message (soft-spoken) over the one who yells passionately lol. Some of us prefer a smaller, more intimate church rather than a mega-church where nobody actually knows each other. But for the record, many churches DO combine efforts. I know the church that I used to go to often joined forces with 5 other churches in town to help with causes.