I believe many Christians would actually like to join a cult and don’t recognize it. Some people might contend that Christianity is actually just a huge cult. I think that is a discussion for another day. What I mean is many Christians can spot lunacy in some of the practices of notable cults and criticize them, but they would whole-heartedly embrace them if they were applied to their local church. They would not even have to change or disguise them. I experienced that first hand.
I visited a church once and attended an adult Sunday school class. The discussion that day was about the struggles with David Koresh and his Texas Cult. One lady seems so bewildered that people in the cult could not see the truth. She asked, “How could they close off the outside world? How could they blindly follow the cult leadership and not pay any attention to the world around them?” She continued to explain she thought is was child abuse to brainwash the children in the cult.
I returned to that church when I was in town a couple months later. I attended the same class and almost the exact same members were present. The topic at hand was about teenagers. The discussion was instigated by a car accident involving a local teen. Apparently, a teenage boy wrecked his car while drinking and driving. He was injured and so were 2 teenage girls.
The teacher of the class was upset and saddened because the driver was a member of the church and had attended regularly until he was 16 years old. The teacher asked what could be learned from the wreck. He also asked how it could have been prevented. What could the church do to keep it from happening again? What could the Sunday school class do?
The same lady that had made the comments about Koresh spoke up. He she spoke of her two teen age daughters. She was scared of all the temptations at hand. She worried that the girls weren’t as spiritual as they were when they were young. She dreaded the thought that they could get into a similar situation or worse.
After some discussion, she expressed what she thought would be a good solution. She felt the church should provide a way for parents to keep kids from 5 or 6 years old until 21years old out of the world. They should let parents gather and home school at the church. Parents should keep the kids at home or doing church activities. “We need to protect them from the world. We should work as a group within the church to keep our kids holy and not let the influences of our city pull them away from God. We should not allow our kids to mix with the world until they are 21 and we are sure they are ready to witness without temptation!” She proclaimed.
WOW! I could not help but think she was advocating the exact behavior she bashed just weeks before. She was fine with brainwashing and imprisoning her kids but not with other parents doing the same to their own kids somewhere else. It was totally fine if her church did it. It seemed like the old joke “The best form of government is a dictatorship… as long as I am the dictator.” Cult practices are fine if we run the cult.
The saddest part of this story is I really do believe the lady was not only sincere, but she was trying to do what was best for her kids. She wasn’t on a power trip. She did not “Want” to control them. I think she felt is was a necessity. Having control and manipulating them was just part of the greater good. That could all stop when they got old enough.
I believe she would have joined a cult if she met the right leader. I do not doubt that had the circumstances been right she would have followed Koresh, the very guy she despised.
I see so many areas now where Christians are blinded. There are so many things that are only accepted because it is the church. There are things people would not even consider if they pertained to any other area of their lives.