“Religion Doesn’t Want Me”

Written by Ann Burns

February 8, 2023

When the Villains are Beautiful

After headline upon headline, I finally decided it’s time to comment on the Grammys. 

Yes, Sam Smith and Kim Petras are making headlines for…

1. Their satanic ritual 


2. For being  two white males to win a grammy. It’s considered legendary only because they imagine they’re not white males, but female and “non-binary.”

But what I find more interesting is that in Kim Petras’ speech, he commented on religion.  

He claimed he’d always been drawn to religion, but “religion never wanted him.”  And so, fine, here he is doing his own “unholy” thing. 

This attitude is by no means new, or even very sympathetic, and we should be very reticent to make him into a hero for this jargon. 

First, religion — the virtue of religion— means to render to God what is due. If we possess this virtue we are going to conform ourselves wholly to the will of God. 

Meanwhile, Petras demands the opposite.  Petras demands that God accept his false reality, which of course, is impossible. 

It is reminiscent of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, “Here we may reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell; Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.”  

Satan was the first to state “I will not serve.” 

And why? Because of ego. He’d rather reign in Hell and worship himself, than serve God.  This is precisely the attitude permeating our “my-truth” consumed culture.  A culture that is so adrift and empty that people identify as literary nothing in order to find themselves and find love.  

But the truth is: 

Religion does want Petras; God calls Petras to sainthood.  God wants Petras — Loves Petras.  

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” — Jeremiah 1:5

He calls Petras to a life of virtue, and in order to do so, it must be a life of honesty and humility, not one of ego. 

It reminds me of the Gospel story regarding the Rich Man who goes to Jesus asking what he must do to enter the Kingdom of God; Christ tells him “to go and sell his belongings.” Matthew 19:21 The man, however, is not ready to give up his possessions, and so he walks away from Jesus. 

God doesn’t turn His back on us.  We turn our backs on Him. 

God loves all of us into existence and desires to share His Divine life with us.  He constantly seeks us out in love, asking that we deny ourselves and follow Him. 

All we have to do is say “yes.” 

God does want you.  He loves you.  He has always loved you. 


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