Wowww, that is really interesting. There are some churches that make me uncomfortable because they are so money-focused. In one sense, the worker is worth his wages and Pastors do work, but at the same time, one of the churches from my home dropped like 15K on a church sign that isn’t really even in a high visibility area to try to “market better”. :/ My thing is, is it really the church’s job to “market”?
I heard ALL about the end times/rapture growing up (and don’t believe it in the same sense as my baptist peers). I am 21 now so I grew up in the late 90s/2000s when True Love Waits and Silver Ring Thing were popular. I knew some preppers, some people who thought the “rapture” would be any second, people who believed the anti-Christ was Obama, etc. Weird stuff.
Did you ever hear the “Jesus is my boyfriend” music? >.< The conform thing reminds me of that. I don’t listen to Christian music except for a few songs (I’m a hymn person) because it is all kind of, well, erotic sounding in some senses. Just another way Christianity is feminized in a way these days.
Not conforming, I’ve found, is often a good thing. ;)