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I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
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I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
I've been a percussionist for a traditional church service for almost 3 years now. I get paid 75 dollars a Sunday for 2 hours of playing, which may seem like a nice deal to you, but after a while I assure you it's draining to hear the same old bullshit every week. I have gotten very, very good at pretending to be a Christian. I play my best and arrive on time, but I don't think I can do this anymore. It's just too much of a burden. I've lost respect for myself and feel like a hypocrite. But this Christmas Eve rehearsal tonight tipped me over the scale.

The traditional service I usually play is made up mostly of old people. Not a lot of kids. Old folks I can handle as they've already done their damage. It's the brainwashing of children that I really have an issue with. Tonight we ran the entire set for tomorrow night's service, and part of it is apparently a book reading to children who will sit in front of the stage. The reader went on and on with this bullshit about the entire world rejoicing when Jesus was born, and making the kids respond to questions, further cementing the twisted superstitions. I was so angry my knuckles were white. After the rehearsal I was forced to be part of a prayer circle, which lasted about 10 minutes. I almost punched someone I was seething so hard.

I can no longer work under these conditions. After Christmas I'm considering quitting altogether and sleeping in on Sunday instead. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
(December 24, 2014 at 2:08 am)AtheistChurchEmployee Wrote: I've been a percussionist for a traditional church service for almost 3 years now. I get paid 75 dollars a Sunday for 2 hours of playing, which may seem like a nice deal to you, but after a while I assure you it's draining to hear the same old bullshit every week. I have gotten very, very good at pretending to be a Christian. I play my best and arrive on time, but I don't think I can do this anymore. It's just too much of a burden. I've lost respect for myself and feel like a hypocrite. But this Christmas Eve rehearsal tonight tipped me over the scale.

The traditional service I usually play is made up mostly of old people. Not a lot of kids. Old folks I can handle as they've already done their damage. It's the brainwashing of children that I really have an issue with. Tonight we ran the entire set for tomorrow night's service, and part of it is apparently a book reading to children who will sit in front of the stage. The reader went on and on with this bullshit about the entire world rejoicing when Jesus was born, and making the kids respond to questions, further cementing the twisted superstitions. I was so angry my knuckles were white. After the rehearsal I was forced to be part of a prayer circle, which lasted about 10 minutes. I almost punched someone I was seething so hard.

I can no longer work under these conditions. After Christmas I'm considering quitting altogether and sleeping in on Sunday instead. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

right in the middle of the sermon play the batman theme and quit then find a better job.
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Dyres, baby, that's the best idea you've had. I love it Heart
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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
Hi ACE, nice to meet you Smile

I'm right there with you, indoctrination of children is absolutely sick and needs to stop. I applaud you for standing up and doing what is right.

I think getting another job is a great idea.
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(December 24, 2014 at 2:50 am)Losty Wrote: Dyres, baby, that's the best idea you've had. I love it Heart

I'm glad you loved it.
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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
(December 24, 2014 at 2:08 am)AtheistChurchEmployee Wrote: I've been a percussionist for a traditional church service for almost 3 years now. I get paid 75 dollars a Sunday for 2 hours of playing, which may seem like a nice deal to you, but after a while I assure you it's draining to hear the same old bullshit every week. I have gotten very, very good at pretending to be a Christian. I play my best and arrive on time, but I don't think I can do this anymore. It's just too much of a burden. I've lost respect for myself and feel like a hypocrite. But this Christmas Eve rehearsal tonight tipped me over the scale.

The traditional service I usually play is made up mostly of old people. Not a lot of kids. Old folks I can handle as they've already done their damage. It's the brainwashing of children that I really have an issue with. Tonight we ran the entire set for tomorrow night's service, and part of it is apparently a book reading to children who will sit in front of the stage. The reader went on and on with this bullshit about the entire world rejoicing when Jesus was born, and making the kids respond to questions, further cementing the twisted superstitions. I was so angry my knuckles were white. After the rehearsal I was forced to be part of a prayer circle, which lasted about 10 minutes. I almost punched someone I was seething so hard.

I can no longer work under these conditions. After Christmas I'm considering quitting altogether and sleeping in on Sunday instead. Has anyone else had a similar experience?


After Christmas? Shit, call in sick.

I'm a musician myself, and I know the lure of a good paying gig, but really, if your heart ain't in it, it shows.

As Pa Thump would say, shit or get off'n the pot.

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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
Doubt is normal. One of Jesus' disciples is called doubting Thomas. Walk in the light you have.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
If you have agreed to play the christmas service then play it. After that tell them that you can't give them your services anymore. If you have made a promise to play, you should fulfill that obligation. But when you can now put honorably, by all means do so.
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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
He actually does a disservice to all involved by being there. I changed my mind on this I think he should do an exit stage right as gracefully as possible.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
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RE: I work for a church and I can't stand it any more.
(December 24, 2014 at 7:30 am)strawdawg Wrote: He actually does a disservice to all involved by being there. I changed my mind on this I think he should do an exit stage right as gracefully as possible.

Maybe, but if you're hired as a musician, it's kind of just professionalism to play if it has been prearranged with the organizers, no?
The fool hath said in his heart, There is a God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Psalm 14, KJV revised edition

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