Have you noticed that religion is run like a product these days? They give us what we want to hear. They give a future that is bright and cheery. There usually is only one tenet that one must believe. This belief is repeated over and over, usually associated with every favorable outcome. Usually nothing negative is mentioned in these sermons. Everything is simple and happy. We come out of the sermon feeling good about our future and ourselves.
When we have something that makes us feel good about ourselves, we want to share it with others. When more people attend, there are more contributions. It is a win/win situation for everyone. But do these inspirational generic sermons really help us? Do they make us understand our purpose, our relationship with others, and our relationship with God?
Sometimes when we are offered two choices, one easy and the other difficult, we tend to choose the easy path. The easy path may not lead to God. Something to ponder!