I sorta took a dive off the shallow end with my previous posts (yesterday). It felt good to write those things (in a twisted way). I tapped into my inner – inner what? – and let it go.
I wasn’t just simply trying my hand at satire, though that is how I packaged it. I was feelin’ it.
Here’s what I kinda realized last week: This, or something like it, is the face of Christianity in the world today.
I didn’t say the face of Jesus; I said the face of Christianity. There are lots of non-Christians looking at the faith from the outside, and the kinds of things I posted are SOME of the kinds of things they see. (There are lots of insiders looking in the mirror and suddenly finding their “voice” in this stuff too.)
I in no way think my words represent all Christians, but certainly the Bumper sticker kind. The flag waving kind.
The face of Christianity also looks like unrepentant pedophile or rapist clergy, serial philandering pastors, greedy popstars and more.
Even those Christians who resist this stuff must grow like wheat with tares of this sort in the midst.
I’m not writing just now about all the dynamics of growth, discipline, patience and all that. Good stuff to consider, but rather it dawned on my that my care for the homeless goes shunned, and I have been shunned with it, as I present it to people LIKE THIS.
How do you reason with a “Jesus loving” I…Q voter about love?
I doubt very much you do. Reasoning is for philosophers and scientists. No bad thing, but a waste of time in a lot of other arenas.
I think I have been wasting my time at church.
You can reason all day long with a pastor about loving the homeless, but if he is more interested in your wife’s breasts and worried that his liaison with the deacon’s daughter is going to be discovered, you really aren’t going to get very far.