The Church and the Gym
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I'm sure I'm going to catch some flack from people for the statements I'm about to make, but if you step back and look at it from my point of view you may just agree with me. I liken the church and people that attend church to the gym and people that go to the gym. How does this correlate at all? Allow me to share my thoughts on this analogy. There are the “Feel Good/Obligation People”, even though it's tedious and boring they do it to fulfill an obligation and feel better. Then there are the “Look at Me People”, they do it because they are awesome and everybody should know it. Lastly at least for this discussion, since there are many other alternatives to these three generalizations, there are the “True Believer People” those that live it love it and get great benefits from it and are willing to share that knowledge.
“The Feel Good/Obligation People” are people that go to church, not because they have deep faith, or that they are learning something from the experience, they are going because it makes them feel good and other people see them going. So it's a quick fix/ego boost/social status kind of thing for them. Yes some people “True Believer People” go because they are actually getting something from the sermon and they have a deep abiding faith and they live it, they walk the walk and talk the talk. Their faith isn't something they do once a week and on holidays, it is apart of who they are and what they do. They do it to better themselves and the lives of those around them. If you want to know about this persons faith all you have to do is ask them and they will share their thoughts and beliefs with you, without shoving it down your throat. Of course there are those that go to far and carry around their faith as if it were a weapon to smite people with. These “Look at Me People” do it in a way that makes others think wow look how awesome this guy is (Under their breath they are thinking what a jackass). These look at me types can say and do no wrong in their own or their followers eyes. For the most part though, people are “The Feel Good/Obligation People” people that go to church, because they are suppose to even though it's a tedious hour of obligation one must suffer through to get to the rest of the week. Live like hell all week, don't follow any scripture or doctrine, treat yourself and others the same as before. Thoughts about God and faith only come into play when life is hard, things aren't going their way or they want something. Hey at least they went to church and they feel good right, they did their obligation for one hour.
Now we can take those same types of people and bring it to the gym going people. “The Feel Good/Obligation People” go to the gym, do the same old thing, hop on the tread mill at a comfortable rate for an hr or less, lift some weights talk to some friends and acquaintances and go home thus fulfilling their obligation. They feel good because they went to the gym. They didn't get any real benefit from it, they're not anymore fit then they were before hand but people saw them going to the gym and hey "They feel better for it". The only time they really think about it is when they notice they have gained some weight or their Dr. said hey you have this or that and you better start doing something about it. Then of course their are the “Look at Me People” that thump you over the head with how fit they are and how wonderful it is because they can bench press x amount of weight "look at me, my way is the best way aren't I wonderful" Then there are the “True Believers” who are dedicated to being fit, they live it and do it not because they have to, but because it is a part of who they are. They do it to be the best that they can be and they are willing to share their knowledge.
So where do you fit in? Of course there are many other “types” to fall into. Like Religion/faith and churches there are many different types of gyms and exercise disciplines. Some people don't care, nor believe either way you slice it. I tend more towards an alternative, though I am Christian I believe that I don't have to go to church to commune with God. I get a lot more out of my faith by reading the Bible, fellowship with like minded people and being in touch with his creation. This, is also my mentality towards fitness. I don't feel the need to go to the gym to stay in great shape, and doing it with like minded people or on my own outside surrounded by Gods creation is what works best for me. My faith and my fitness are so much a part me. I don't do it because I feel obligated or to be seen doing it, I don't care if you "Look at Me" because I'll be doing it whether you are watching or not. It's not for my ego and I don't just do it to feel better about myself once in awhile, though that is a fringe benefit of what I do. This is how I live, it's who I am.