ah sunday. lisa simpson was right in saying that immediately after church is the best time of week, as it is “the longest possible time before more church.” i enjoy savoring that feeling as i change from my white shirt into the most comfortable and ugly clothes i own.
today i get out of church. the boy is sick. but i can’t help wondering how i came to hate church so much. when i was a kid i didn’t mind it so much, but i suppose that’s because all my friends were there. i grew up in a ward with a good youth program, and pretty much all my friends grew up with me from deacon to priest.
these days i spend most of the time at church hiding from people, but i don’t find that very satisfying. it’s not very fun staying in the smelly nursery with the boy just to avoid our over-zealous bishop who is always sending someone or another to fellowship me. unrelated note, i think i made it onto the inactive list last week, as the missionaries showed up unexpectedly at 8:00 PM. i felt really bad about telling them to go home.
truth is, i haven’t minded church that much until the whole prop 8 nonsense. the weeks that led up to the election were pretty bad – the bishop and elder’s quorum president constantly hustling us to donate more and volunteer to gather signatures against gay marriage were bad.
but to me the aftermath was even worse. prop 8 taught members that it was OK to mix politics and church. and more and more i’ve seen republican policy seeping into sunday school and priesthood lessons.
i’m a life-long lefty, though my politics have become more and more liberterian recently, my social ideas are still pretty left leaning. it’s never made me feel uncomfortable in church knowing the vast majority of members hold different political ideals than me. but now it seems like the general consensus is that the lord has picked a horse in the political race – a republican horse. and that was an awful metaphor.
the result is that when i voice my political ideas to anyone from the church, the response is something to the effect of “the lord has spoken” or “is that really the right [righteous] side of the issue?”
as always, i’m not sure if this is a case of me being over sensitive, or if this is an actual phenomenon that is occurring in LDS church houses.
let me know what you think.