Personal response to The Lottery: is this kosher?

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Is This Kosher? In today’s society there are many things that we accept as the standard. These standards have formed over generations and are past from one to the next. They become part of our everyday lives; so common that we don’t even think about them. However, my generation is becoming one that asks “why?” Why is it that we must conform to these societal traditions? The answer we receive from the elder generation is always “Because that’s the way it has always been done.” I say that is no excuse. The fact is that at some point in history someone made a change and it was accepted by enough people that it became the normal. This is particularly true in today’s average Christian church. I would like to parallel the outdated tradition of the black box lottery in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery to what we know as today’s Christian faith. In The Lottery we are presented with a tradition that the community has blindly followed it for so long that it has lost it meaning. No one in the town remembers how it started or why they still do it. This fact alone reminds me Continue...


In short, the average Christian does not know what they believe, what the doctrine of their church states or why. I do not claim to have any answers to the problems of the church or of society. In my personal studies of theology I have discovered a trend in which every major split of the Christian faith has been because one side realized that the other had no biblical foundation in an area of teaching. For many believers, we show up every Sunday and some Wednesdays, sing a few songs, hear a sermon, sing another song or recite a prayer, and go home the same as when we entered. of how most denominations do not even know how they got their start or what differs them from other denominations. As a result of the argument, either the smaller faction leaves the larger or the larger either killed or excommunicates the smaller. A prime example of this is the tale of Martin Luther. Unless teachings are rooted in a proper interpretation of the Word of God, it is meaningless. The problem may be pride; it may be ignorance. As a consequence of his boldness of faith, though they could never truly prove him wrong, the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated Martin Luther. For many years he argued with his superiors and even was put through a formal inquisition. From false prophets to Sunday school teachers, believers throughout time have been fed the heresies of personal opinions rather than having the one truth found in God's Word instilled into their hearts and minds. The Word of God is the most powerful tool of faith and knowledge we have today. It seems to me that this ignorant monotony is the reason that Christians are blindsided by temptation and lack the faith to resist the evils that the carnal world throws at us.