Most readers in their 60′s and older have had experiences like mine. I recall as a boy overhearing my Grandfather, a native of Sweden, telling my mother, “The Bibles today are not like the Bible I grew up with.”
Doing field work on the farm was considered a violation of the, “Keep the Sabbath Holy” commandment. Virtually all stores were closed on Sunday as well.
Divorce was considered a religious issue. It still is in the Catholic church. The church I grew up in, as well as the huge Methodist denomination, considered alcohol a sin. In my chruch, use of the standard “Deck of cards”, ballroom dancing and swearing were all sins. Parts of Protestantism opposed interracial marriage.
Movies were very suspicious in my church. When the one channel of television arrived, church members did not know if it was sin or not. Our young preacher we had bought one and everyone else rushed to the TV store.
As time went on, the church resisted approval of these behaviors, but eventually moved on. It turned out the sin label had been arbitrary and negotiable.
We see this same pattern playing out before our eyes today. Historically, few Protestant or Catholic branches approved of gays, gay pastors or gay marriage. As these became more acceptable, Christian groups resisted. Predictably, they are capitulating.
The practice of capitulating on sin has saved the faith from disappearing. It seems like capitulation could happen sooner and not hurt a thing.
Local readers, Freethinkers Potluck is this Sunday, March 17. Come, chat and eat.