Recently a certain religion began taking a poll of its members to determine what their church's beliefs will be in the future. I must admit polling for religious direction is quite a novel idea. Your religion will always be popular. You guarantee large audiences, and your collections will runneth over. Carving the tenets of your religion in stone or even writing them in Ink, should be avoided all costs. I do not disparage religion. Merely the trend toward changing standards to suit one's life style rather than the reverse.
One drawback to making yourself the higher power develops when providing guidance with changing standards. Church leaders could call Gallup poll weekly for direction. Better yet, keep their twitter account open at all times. They could stay current with the sins of their worshipers and this social medium would hold treasure troves of sermon topics. A side benefit of changing standards is you hold your audience. They must return regularly to find out how to be righteous for the next week. More likely, they will return to hear which of their neighbors sinned unknowingly. Varying religious tenets provides interesting fodder on Facebook, during exercise sessions, in the beauty shops, and oh the poor wireless. Churches would not need drums and tambourines to be popular. What, one may ask, about God's Word. That is irrelevant if it is not popular.an
Some religions already, and many more clamor to stay in step, provide us examples of right by the loudest media. Our country possesses a much more prominent example of standards by social media. Our Congress, our Presidency, and our Supreme Court are shining examples of nebulous standards. Each occupant of these hallowed halls must lick their finger to locate the winds of popularity and thus, their standards. That old piece of paper, I think it was called the Constitution, cannot compare with weekly polls, entertainers (including most media outlets), and Internet chatter.
Can't you imagine how much fun they are having in the halls of these modern religions and legal institutions? "Hey, as long as we tell them what is currently popular. They will not get rid of us." "I need to feel more powerful." "Yeah, and I need a little more constituents' money." "Get Good Morning America to run with it, or I can work that into a new religious decree." "Oh, we must present it with great emotion to make it relevant." Want to be re-elected, take a poll for your latest beliefs. Democracies do belong to the populace, but ours is a representative government. We elect a knowledgeable fellow citizen of integrity to make informed decisions for the benefit of our country, even when unpopular.
America, we get what we pay for (yes, it ends in a preposition).
a Diana resident and former New Diana ISD superintendent, is an occasional contributor to the Longview Journal Saturday Forum. These articles are his submissions.