Oh, how we are tired and boring.I'm going to say something, and then I want you to tell me whether or not you guys agree with it. Comments are okay, but full-fledged posts with fire and swearsies would be better. Ready? Here goes.
All of the specific things you hate about this life exist because of the failure of the Church.
Is this true or not? How can it be worded better in order to make it true? Or should I just flush it down the crapper and start over? I want to write volumes on this topic, but I'd like to have a real conversation about it before I even try. Maybe some examples are needed to get the ball rolling.
September 11th - Because of the Church's failure to find a way to co-exist peacefully with the faith of Islam (going back hundreds of years), we encouraged Muslim extremists to take out their frustration with our non-efforts by committing acts of violence.
AIDS in Africa - Because of the Church's stigma against AIDS in the 80s and 90s (it being a homosexual problem and all), we ignored an AIDS problem in Africa until it became the epidemic it is today.
Globalization/McWorld - Because the Church was so intent on defeating the problem of atheist Communism with the promise of democracy and the free market, we are now only beginning to question whether or not capitalism is even all that Biblical.
Genocide in Germany and Rwanda - Because the Church is famous for preaching a Gospel that props up those in power, it has failed on multiple occasions to stand up for the weak and powerless until much too late, while millions of lives have been lost.
Hunger/Poverty - Because the Church can't quite seem to grasp the entire teachings of Jesus, 800 million people still go to bed hungry every night.
Yes, the Church has done/is currently doing some amazing things. But when we've had 2,000 years to work on some of these things, don't you think we've had the potential (this side of the Second Advent) to do a bit better? Sure, sin still screws things up all over the globe every day. But when the Church fails to use its vast resources to combat sin, who is really to blame?
Or maybe I'm just being a giant ass. That happens from time to time. Let me know.