If it is Christian ....
It was not so long ago that churches actually left their doors open and people could come and go as they needed. Some would even have a freash pot of coffee brewing for those who like coffee, and even hot water with tea bags ready if coffee wasn't your thing. There was a jar or a can near by that asked for donations to help provide this simple cup of refreashment for others. You donated as you felt the need.
The church did not matter if you were of another faith as they accepted all in the door on a rainy or a snowy night. A little shelter from the storm. A warm blanket if needed, a pillow for your head, and a open pew to lay in. Mabe not the most comfortable, but a place to lay down.
People would make use of this kindness and give something back. Sometimes it was a wayward traveler lacking some cash ... they might clean the church a little, or stay over and do a few odd jobs to help upkeep the church. Others might just stop in and drop off some home baked goodies. It did not matter for it was the church and all was good.
Well thats how it should be and sadly it is not. Take what has happened do to the movie "The Da Vinci Code" (I AM NOT BLAMMING THE MOVIE AND AS A MATTER OF FACT I THOUGHT THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK WERE AWSOME, AND ENTERTAINING).
Da Vinci code fans wreck church window in Holy Grail hunt.
Until recently, the 14th century church was a place to enjoy some peace and contemplation.
But now things have radically changed for St Luke's Church in the village of Hodnet, Shropshire, with visitors lured by claims that it is linked to the Holy Grail mystery.
And some, it seems, will go to any lengths to discover the beautiful church's secrets - even if it means taking a hammer and chisel to the walls.
The Reverend Charmian Beech blamed a pair of 'Da Vinci Code-style' treasure hunters for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage as they searched for clues to help them find the Grail.
Stonework was chipped off in four areas inside her church as the offenders tried to remove blocks from the walls to see what is behind them, she said.
The chief suspects are two shadowy Italian men who visited the church that day.
Mrs Beech said: "They have taken a hammer and chisel and gouged great big bits of the stone wall.
"Any deliberate damage to a holy place is a serious offence so we are really upset.
"Normally we are delighted to receive so many interested visitors but we are now having to review our security measures and install a surveillance camera."
(SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN A CHURCH ... WHAT KIND OF A STATEMENT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT SOCIETY?)
The offenders who struck at St Luke's on August 11 climbed onto a window sill below the stained glass window, causing £800 damage to a nearby organ pipe in the process, before chipping away at the wall.
They then chiselled away at three other sections of wall in other parts of the church. It is estimated the total damage to the stonework will cost 'thousands' to repair.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Lichfield said: "The Da Vinci Code is fiction, and while it's a very exciting read it's wrong to use that as an excuse to vandalise a very ancient and important church."
A Police spokesman said: "We were informed that some stone blocks had been tampered with in the church and we are appealing for any witnesses,"
(THIS IS JUST SAD THAT THE VANDELISM OF A CHURCH WAS DONE. IT IS SAD AS IT SHOWS GREED AND SELF SERVING AROGANCE WITH LACK OF RESPECT FOR OTHERS. WHAT A SHAME.)