Wow, it's not like me to talk about anything "serious" on this blog, but I've been thinking alot lately about the differences between the people I know in the UK, and the people I know here. I think it's safe to say that I know more religious people here than I've ever met in my life........and that's not an exaggeration.
Just about everybody I know goes to church, their kids are actively involved in church youth groups and Sunday School and many of my friends often quote the Bible on Facebook, and others have a biblical quote as their signature in emails. I'm not afraid to admit that it was abit disconcerting when we first moved here - it's SO different to the life I had before (yes, I lived next door to the Padre, but apart from his family and one over the road.............not a sausage) that I wasn't really sure what to make of it - how crazy is that!
It was only after I was invited to join a bible study group, and the girl who had asked didn't decide I wasn't worthy of talking to after I declined that I realised it really doesn't matter!!! We all breathe, we all want to have fun and enjoy ourselves, we all want health for our friends and families...........who cares if everyone but us (and the Aussie family, so we're not alone!) goes to church.
BUT.................I have a couple of friends (much older than me) who are EXTREMELY religious (A friend told me recently that they could be described as "religionist" = whereby they are against anyone not of the Christian faith - I love this word!) and I have so far been able to avoid talking about my views with them. I know on certain subjects we couldn't be further apart in where we stand yet I don't want to get into it with them as it would potentially lead to some unpleasantness and I don't want this. It led me to think though - why is it seemingly ok for them to proclaim their views and tell stories loud and proud, yet I am keeping quiet..........there has been more than one occasion where I've wanted to tell them what I think (after all, they tell me often enough) but haven't.
Anyway, that's it. Just some musings from me....................oh, the other thing I've noticed is that anyone in the public eye HAS to be of faith.....politicians, rock stars, athletes etc. It almost seems the kiss of death if anyone wanting to get anywhere in this country doesn't go to church or talk about their faith. It just doesn't happen in the UK the way it does here...................and finally - if I feel abit conflicted about dealing with certain people over this subject, is it any wonder that religion is the main cause of most conflicts and wars around the world and throughout time?