Seekers or Snackers?

Peter Ustinov died at 82 (foto). The ever witty Ustinov was asked what his tombstone should read and replied, “keep off the grass.”

There’s no question religion and spirituality are in vogue. A Vatican official raised questions about John Kerry’s un-catholic beliefs. The Bush campaign is complaining about Kerry’s Bible quoting they say is derogatory of their efforts on behalf of the poor.

USA Today notes the number of “religious titles” among best sellers, including the 12th in the Left Behind series, which is about to be released. One evangelical is quoted as saying this indicates the is “spiritual yearning” in the air and is another confirmation of our search for meaning.

I’m aware of the stats saying 82% of Americans are on a spiritual quest, but after all these years wouldn’t some of them find something? If 82% are on a quest that would include a lot of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians who say they have found the answer! One guy calls Americans “spiritual snackers” not seekers. Book sales are a commercial indication not a spiritual barometer. Marketing not the search for meaning can explain a lot. What kind of people buy 12 books at twenty dollars to learn that Jesus returns in the end, when you can buy one book (The Bible) for twenty dollars and find out the same thing? We live in a society that buys books titled “rescuing the emotional lives of overweight children” instead of helping the kid exercise and eat properly.

If there is a spiritual journey, how is it reaching the 18-24 year old men who have left TV for games and pornography? According to a new Comcast study more than 70 percent of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month,

Until our society moves beyond superficial treatment of spiritual life we will remain seekers not pilgrims and the truth will not set us free.

Remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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