Monday, May 16, 2005

Chill People?!

Today, I read a blog (and I'm not telling you which one because it might only serve to continue the debate and that's not my point) where a writer did a beautiful piece which the faith community then took apart piece by piece, analyzing and overanalyzing it to its carcass was clean. Reading through the comments was like the old Saturday Night Live piece on Point/Counterpoint. I kept waiting for an entry that began, "Jane, you ignorant slut!" (For those of you too young to know the reference, my apologies.)

Next, I was doing a bit of research and discovered a continuing debate on the work of another nameless (for the point of this rant I'm removing all distractions such as details!) practical saint. Seems his openness and genuine concern for others is questionable . . . at least by narrow-minded, so-called-renown voices of the church who make it their business to tell everyone what the parameters of belief are.

I cringe at the growing level of my cheese factor, but c'mon, people, "Can't we all just get along?"

Why is it so important for me to feel more important by telling you how wrong you are?

Having said that, I add myself to the Culture of Argument and acknowledge that I do not practice what I am currently preaching!

I'd delete this but humility suggests that I should offer myself up for my own rebuke.

So there . . .

I'm off to chill.

2 comments:

beholdhowfree said...

2 things you said that invoke a lot of thought in me:
"narrow-minded, so-called-renown voices of the church who make it their business to tell everyone what the parameters of belief are."
AND
"Why is it so important for me to feel more important by telling you how wrong you are?"

My inner fundy says "You are way off the deep end here," but my inner-emergent says "Amen, dude!"

I guess I'll let the two of them duke it out in my head - I'll let you know who wins!

Jean said...

Brilliant! It's funny, as I savor my way through Blue Like Jazz, I feel the same quandry. Excitement that the author has hit so close to my heart and then a bit of bitterness that "They" just don't get Christianity. And by "they" I mean other Christians, not those who haven't met God yet. Then I feel like I am "them" because I judge them too. Being imperfect can be hard! Thank God we have each other.

And by the way, the Dan Akroyd voice is lingering in my head and making me giggle!