Because Winning Wars Takes Organization

I could sit here and bore you in nauseating detail about why the Church is necessary, and why it is vital to the salvation of all mankind. I could fill my dissertation with footnotes, and quotes from sources old and new. But really, that would be a colossal waste of your time and mine.

A few high-placed people have questioned the legitimacy of organized religion of late. Are they right? Or are they wrong? Look at this picture  and get a clue. Wars aren’t won by individuals on their own. They are won by individuals united in a common purpose and with a unifying mission. To get to this point, where these troops have crossed the “line of departure,” as you see here, thousands of hours and millions of lives have been at work together to bring the fight to a foe.

Is organized religion necessary? Not when you are at peace. But when you remember that we are at war, and have been since the beginning, the question is moot. As someone I met recently would say, “Think well on’t.”

Semper Fidelis

  • Sandy

    Interesting viewpoint. I know Anne's current path, as well as Hitchens and a few others, have left you and many faithful feeling rather knocked about. I personally believe in the ability of people to wander off and back and etc, feeling God is in control of everything… that said, I also will fight very hard to argue that faiths and religions need to remain. They need to exist both as cultural storehouses and home of symbol, but even more so as a place of sanctuary, a place for the wanderer who wants to come home. The whole cacophonous mess is necessary… because of the Return.And it is for this that we fight, regardless the faith home. Or, as someone famous once said somewhere, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  • Frank

    Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself. Galatians 6:1-3

  • Laura R.

    Great point, Frank. I hadn't thought about the similarity between a well-organized military operation and the work of the Church, but you're absolutely right that wars aren't won by individuals on their own. And it's not for nothing that the Church on earth is called the Church Militant!

  • Frank

    @Laura, Right! The picture is worth a thousand words.