Makomed's Weblog

Why do you go to church?

Posted on: June 12, 2009

A good friend of mine asked me today, “Why do you go to church?”

He wondered why since I am gay, and that I live on my own and have no religious obligations. I started to wax poetic about the scientific benefits of belonging to a group with similar faith, but I stopped myself since I knew that didn’t apply to me. I abhor religious politics–from either side.

When I was a kid, I thought church was a tortuous ordeal that was inflicted upon me, like some kind of disease or mandatory paperwork. Then I recalled the times in my life when I had sunk, deep down, into a disparaging pit of life’s dankest and most dreadful times. I remembered the betrayals, the failures, the absolute nightmares that befell me and tattered my hopes and dreams.

I told him about some of those times and how it helped to have something to cling to. Something that was more than human that somehow let me retain a tiny speck of dignity. I told him that as long as I am vulnerable to life’s disparities and Man’s fickle nature (this includes family & friends), then I would always seek God as an asylum.

When I was going through boot camp in the military, my bunkmate scoffed at me. He asked “Why in the hell do you go to church? You’re going to sin again, anyway.”

I replied back, “Why do you wash your underwear? You’re just gonna leave shit stains on it anyway.”

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