Pull in to a pharmacy. What is the main purpose of a pharmacy?
The main purpose of a pharmacy is to dispense drugs with the aim of healing, right? Things to make you better when you're sick, right?
You get sick...you go to the doctor...he diagnoses you, writes ya a prescription and first thing you do then is you go to the pharmacy to get your medication to help you get better. Right?
But...walk down another aisle. What will you find offered to you?
Beer/liquor (depending on the state)
All things that promote (to some degree)...illness.
So, you go there...for healing...and are offered things that help you get sick...
And, the things that make you better can sometimes be hindered by the use of the other things that are offered for you there. (like some drugs are negatively effected by drinking sodas or alcohol while on the drug.)
I believe the pharmacy is not the only thing to fall victim to this cycle.
Pull in to a Church. What is their main purpose?
They offer support groups for all kinds of things.
They offer hope for the lonely and hurting.
They tell you you are loved and you're never alone.
They tell you there is hope!
They tell you that God forgives freely without punishing you and that you don't have to do anything to receive this forgiveness!
They tell you that it's all about your heart toward God and that He sees your heart (the why of what you do) and that the mistakes you make don't "matter" to Him because even your good works are "like a filthy rag".
They tell you God is available to you 24/7 and that you are to take everything to Him!
Then, you walk down another "aisle" and you find the very things that make you "sick."
You can go to just about any church in the country and attend Sunday School classes that teach you things that lead you or people in your family to end up feeling lonely, hurting, unloved, hopeless, unforgivable, obsessed with proving themselves through works, and like God is so disappointed to them that He won't have anything to do with them.
These are things offered at the church that, like the candy, beer, and cigarettes at the pharmacy, will interfere with the real medicine (love of Jesus) from being able to heal you...and instead lead you into anxiety, depression, and all sorts of relationship issues.
Churches...are basically out there very spiritually...tearing individuals and families apart...then opening their doors to offer healing for those torn apart people.
It's a ridiculous cycle that needs to stop.
But, my fear is that "the frogs have been so long in the hot water they don't know they're being boiled alive" so nothing will change until something totally earth shattering happens.
(Most Christians have bought into all the doctrines and teachings that are destroying us all so much so that even if they can agree that certain things are wrong, they believe those things so strongly they can't give them up.)
“They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace.
When I searched pharmacy pics for this post...I found this and it seemed to fit me... ;)