Faith Project #2

Faith Project #2

            Hey all this is Maty Almost.  The one who dreamed up this idea. Kinda funny that mine is the second one.  Well I am a Christian, it hasn’t always been that way.  I was going to church from a young age. At 15 I got into punk rock with Bad Religion, Crass, Subhumans and Peni.  I was LDS at that time.  As I got more into punk I began having conflicts with people in that church. Including a near fist fight with a member of the Bishoprick.  Not all Mormons are bad, there were a lot of rotten apples in that ward.  Still having a belief though I was living the cliché of drugs, booze and colored hair, I found a local Evangelical church to attend.  The worship music had a punk vibe to it and my friend’s girl had talked us into going.  I went for about 2 or 3 years.  I was getting increasingly upset that I could people were talking trash on my appearance and visibly being wasted. Way to help someone who’s hurting.  The final straw came at a Sunday service when the main pastor said that 9/11 occurred due to the existence of Gays in this country. I walked out and never went back.  I walked away from God for a bit after that.  In later years I’ve learned that the dogmatic sociopaths are the problem as they are not truly living or teaching the way of Jesus Christ.  At any rate I was wavering between Agnostic and Atheist for a number of years. Then I got into Zen Buddhism for about 3 years in my 20’s. Even went Vegetarian.  These days I’m a Christian who has a problem with most organized churches as they seem to treat beliefs as a band aid instead of a ground to stand.  For me my faith works into punk as both are about believing in something bigger that yourself, standing your ground despite society and doing right by others.  My nick name in my old scene is Fish which has a lot of reasons. Including having worked with Food Not Bombs and local churches at feedings. Maybe one day I’ll feed 5000 people with my own 2 hands.

– Maty Almost

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