Everyone is a saint on Sundays
On Monday, a charismatic and beloved pastor steals money from the church’s coffers. On Tuesday, standing at a podium speaking about the importance of family values, a politician quotes bible verses as he hides his adulterous ways. On Wednesday, a young man bothered by issues relating to race, sexual orientation and the general plight faced by marginalized groups uses the bible to disguise his prejudices against the less fortunate as he hurls condemnation at those he sees as less adequate and less deserving. On Thursday, your christian friend who can do no wrong and feels more devoted to God than you wags his finger at you in judgement as he tries to tell you how you should believe and express you faith. On Friday, drunk and belligerent, a college student partakes in her promiscuous ways with no remorse. And on Saturday, hungover but coherent, she disrespects and shames her parents as she dismisses their warnings about the dangers she exposed herself to the night before. But yet on Sunday we're all saints; we use prayer, confession or any other tool that lifts our guilt and the hypocrisy of the week before; not haunted by the contradictions of the six days before that holy day, we kneel before church alters and pulpits professing our faith and adherence to the scripture. Indeed, everyone is a saint on Sundays.
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