I got home from school today and had received in the mail a fancy little paper booklet. It was professional looking yet casual. On the cover it read “Overcome: Brighter Days are Ahead”
Turning the page there is more hip design; a drawn picture of a car whose nose is stuck in a snow drift and an invitation to “Overcome…the ‘Barrier’ ” followed by a series of questions:
- “What is it that’s holding me back?”
- “Is there a nagging feeling that you just can’t overcome? It’s like your wheels are turning, but the reality is – it feels like you’re not going anywhere. You may be stressed. Frustrated with yourself. And crabby.
- “Is there Hope?”
On the next page we are urged to “Overcome…the ‘Mirror:’ This is not who I was supposed to be.”
- Did you once have high hopes about how you were going to turn out? The career. The marriage. The body. Your outlook on life. You see your reflection staring back and wonder, “What Happened to Me?”
- “Is this really me?”
Also, I guess, we are supposed to overcome “The Comparison”
- I’ve gotta have MORE and do MORE.”
- Where did that feeling of contentment go? The desire to matter, to leave your mark. Now, it’s not enough. You want more. The house isn’t big enough. The car isn’t nice enough. Other people seem to be living the dream…
- “Why Can’t I?”
Well if I or you are suffering from such upper-middle-class maladies and live in the Twin Cities you can “Overcome whatever it is that holds you back in life” at one of Three convenient locations where you are all going to hear the same rock-star message from “Mr. Important” who, having invested massive amounts of money, is able to transmit his message live to video screens at whatever other two locations do not have him.
Apparently “Bible Based” churches are excused from such blatant christ-less/gospel-less pointless dribble. But what rubs me raw is that it’s the same that get all heated up on Mainline churches “abandoning the Gospel” – what with they gays and all. I’m so glad that “Bible Based” churches have no problems with not preaching the Gospel.
No thanks EagleBrook in three convenient locations. I’ve already got a McDonalds a block away where I can have my children cared for in a tub of balls without being told that my experience there is “Bible Based.” The healing of my existential problems for being amongst the richest in the world with time to burn on my self image and self pity will have to wait until you add a fourth convenient location half a block away from my house.