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  • “You're not your job. You are not your money. You're not your car. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You are the all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
    Tyler Durden from the film Fight Club

    Strange fare for a Sunday morning? Not really. When you think about it, Fight Club is a film about a spiritual leader on a mission to save humanity from itself. That the main character, played by both Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, is a paranoid schizophrenic is beside the point. Most of the people in history who made radical changes to religion were viewed as insane or mentally unstable. That doesn't mean they were wrong. It just means they were ahead of the curve.

    Jesus warned us that we could not serve mammon (Money) and God. He warned us that trying to serve both would leave us divided, unable to commit fully to either. Unable to commit to either means unwilling to take a stand, and that means you stand for nothing. You have no principles. You have no moral code. You are lukewarm. Neither hot or cold.

    Oh, I am sure there are New Age thinkers out there reading this and thinking to themselves that would be the road to enlightenment. These are the same folks who crowded around John Lennon as he sang Imagine, thinking what a wonderful world it would be if there were no governments, no religions, so possessions. Some folks call that Communism, others call it Utopian dreams. Me, I call it Chaos and Anarchy.

    Tyler Durden's world is a world where man gets back to the basics, a world where we all start over again. Tyler wants man to evolve, to rid himself of the chains of debt and consumerism. Tyler believes God does not like mankind, that God actually hates mankind.

    Why? Because man no longer looks to God for answers. Man ignores God in favor of society.

    Oh, they build their churches and they attend their services, they sing their songs and confess their sins. But do they let the spirit guide them? Do they witness with their lives, do they visit the prisoners, do they feed the homeless, do they go out in their community and help their brothers and sisters? Have they truly surrendered their lives to God?

    The growing number of homeless in our communities says otherwise. What begins as a gathering of believers quickly reverts to a mini community of people who want the same things and are willing to exclude others to achieve them. Within their structure, they quickly establish the hierarchies of power, form committees, and proceed to conform their church to the society they want to establish. They hire their ministers based on the ability to preach the word the way they want it interpreted, not the way it is.

    Sometimes, I think we would be better off following Tyler Durden's plan. Maybe God would start liking us again.

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