Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cirque de Soleil - Easter Edition

Easter turned out well, meal and all... Five people (not including Mark and I) turned up, and there was plenty to go around (and plenty leftover). Everyone loved the food. Everyone loved the apartment, loved the dogs. We played yard games and watched silly internet videos. (Oh, the age of the 'net! lol) It was great!

The strangest part of my day was the church service we attended that morning. Mark's buddy, Wakefield, invited us to this place called "The Rock." I've never been to a mega-church before, so I didn't know what to expect. I certainly didn't expect the Cirque de Soleil.

Seriously. These guys had a full choir, two electric guitars, a 13+ piece drum set, a grand piano, a 15 piece string orchestra, a troupe of ballerinas, and three acrobats. Oh, and The Joker.

I am not kidding. You think I'm kidding? Watch the show they put on in the middle of the service:


It was a cool performance, don't get me wrong. And the music was all well-performed. But I am not religious to begin with, and this church certainly didn't help my faith. It was a sideshow. A circus. The whole thing left me kind of snide and bewildered.

I don't mean to offend those of you with faith - it's not so much the religion itself that bothers me, it's the hypocrisy.

You see, this was a church that called itself a "do something" church, and was preaching about donating money and time and whatnot to bettering the city of San Diego. At one point, they showed this guilt-inducing video of all the homeless people that hang around (there are A LOT). It's fine to preach the "do something" message (and I've been told that their outreach program is the largest in the city), but it makes me a little sick to look around and see all the expensive instruments and lighting and camera equipment... How much could that money have done for the homeless?

I'm not a saint. I'm not selfless - not by a long shot - but... I dunno. It makes me think of that Bible story about the beggar woman who gave her last two coins to the tithe. Didn't Jesus praise her more than the rich men who only gave a small portion of their wealth? It's because she didn't hold back, because she gave all that she had.

Looking around that church gave me the impression that, while they thought helping the homeless was well and good, the production was the most important thing. God, did they spend a lot of money on the production. They certainly were not giving local outreach all they had. Think of how much more they could do if they were!

Like I said before, there was talent there. It all looked very nice. But I won't go back. As an agnostic, it's a waste of my time.

I might as well just go to the circus instead.


  1. Glad things went well! I found myself thinking of your food this week. It all sounded amazing. :D
    That sounds so weird. . . I am religious. . . but man, that just sounds weird. I don't know how I'd handle that. Rock bands and weird stuff at church. It just doesn't work if you ask me.

  2. Okay, watched the performace.

    What. The hell.

    We used to go to a mega-church-type-thing out east, but I've never seen anything like that during a service. An orchestra, sure. A rock band, maybe, if it were a night service. But that?

    You crazy Californians. :P

    P.S. The whole ugly mask analogy kind of pissed me off.

  3. I've seen plenty of rock bands at church, and I've seen violins and dramatic performances... but acrobats?

    Wow. Never at church.

    And yeah, the ugly mask kind of got to me too. Not only is it incredibly over-used, it's really insulting.

    I suppose I can't talk, though, since I was careful to don my ugly mask before I went to service that morning - I wanted to make sure everyone knew I'm an accursed nonbeliever. lol

  4. I'm glad you wrote this. I am a Christian, and you didn't offend me. Well said. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work in the month of May, Laura