The gathering of knowledge is an addictive drug.
This makes most institutional church pastors drug pushers. They push the “this is how to live” and “this is how to feel good” sermons, and then promote studying, reading, and learning all the flippin time, which keeps you coming back for more. They want a return customer. If a person misses a few church sermons, and they are away from studying and reading, they will start to get the shakes. Withdrawal symptoms will set in. They will not have that spiritual drug of “Jesus” knowledge pumping through your veins.
This makes many “churchgoers” that I know (and I was one of them) knowledge drug addicts. The drug they are eating, drinking, and snorting keeps them on that spiritual high, which keeps their butts in the pews, their heads in the books, and them always looking for that next fix (or study). This makes people who are actually in need suffer more. Addicts will do all they can to get more of the drug, and do a lot less in actually helping others because there is no time for others… just themselves.
Well let’s take this one step further. If the pastor is a drug pusher, and the passive audience are the addicts, who runs the show?
The institution that runs the “church” could be compared to a modern-day oil or drug cartel. A drug cartel is a “criminal organization” developed with the primary purpose of promoting and controlling “drug trafficking” operations. So, if the drug of choice is all knowledge of Jesus, and not his actual Body, this would make the institutional church a knowledge cartel. We could say Knowledge Cartels (or institutional churches) are “organizations” developed with the primary purpose of promoting and controlling “knowledge” operations.
I will let you chew on that analogy for a while, but I am glad I am off the knowledge drug. My eyes and heart are clearer now, not clouded up with Christianese jargon. I now enjoy the simplicity of studying less and loving more. It was not an easy road, but it is a road I am glad I traveled.
What are your thoughts?