I wasn't sure where to post this, but here goes.
I had the most bizarre experience yesterday. I agreed to attend church with my parents at their church. I grew up going there and it's not for me, but they have evolved over the years, so I attend there on ocassion because it makes my parents happy, (Christmas, Father/Mother's Day,etc.)
This was a special Patriotic Day service and everyone was to dress accordingly. I bought a special red blouse and flag pins for my parents. The singing was nice. They started with the National Anthem and followed with special songs about America. That was great. Then the preacher started preaching and it went down hill. It was all politics and about how God wanted this country to be. He knew all the details. He didn't seem to understand the distinction between church and state.
He said liberals were devils and he wanted to kill Lady GaGa. I'm not a fan of hers, but I don't think it's Christian like to kill people for their political views. It went on and on about how horrible the government is and how God is going to get those people who don't agree with his agenda. Basically to arrest gays. I think he was on the far right side of the Tea Party. The only American forefathers he quoted were George Washington and Ronald Reagan.
I wanted to get up and leave, but didn't want to make a scene. I feel like I let myself down for not standing up for what I believe, but it really didn't allow for that. My parents have attended that church for over 40 years. I know my mom doesn't believe that way, but she tolerates it.
I have decided that I am not returning for any reason, save a wedding or funeral. I hope my parents understand that you don't condemn people, because you disagree with them politically. They knew how it went for me, without me saying a word. It was odd to leave church and feel so disgusted. Normally, when I leave church I feel so good inside.