Things I Think
The show centers around a large family that has chosen to live “off the grid” in wilds of Alaska and focuses on how the family depends on each other in these primitive conditions and the deep faith the family has in each other and in God.
The “reality” that has been exposed is that the family doesn’t live out in the bush, they go out there only for filming the show.
The harsher “reality’ is that it is alleged that the family is actually a traveling band of con artists led by the patriarch of the clan.
The show is a fraudulent facade of Christian family values behind which seems to be all manner of sin and wickedness.
Trey loved this show, and I loved that he loved it, because of the values it promoted.
I spent a good portion of the weekend explaining to him that it was all a lie.
Unfortunately, the situation is a picture of so much we see in American corporate Christianity…a facade of virtue with much corruption behind the holy front.
I’m so very tired of explaining to believers the lies…
2. The lesson that Trey learned was never to trust what people appear to be…my hope is that he applies mistrust judiciously, but he won’t. I can’t blame him.
3. This is why the church should guard it’s reputation, not with covering up corruption, but by exposing it and dealing with it honestly. So many who now claim to be against the church were once devoted members of it and we drove them off by ignoring them when they were wounded among us.
4. When I write a story, my name is on it. Its cost me dearly. If you want to attack me or what I’ve written have the integrity to put your name on it. Attacking the messenger might be effective, but it’s hardly Christian.
5. One of the interesting developments in the scandal I spoke of in #1 is that the responses have fallen in line with the ones we get here. One group wants them tarred and feathered, one group refuses to believe a word of the charges despite the documentation, and that group attacks the reporters with virulence. The Christian response is a third option that is rarely used, even in the church. The charges are heard, they are fairly investigated, and the accused is offered the option of repentance with the promise of restoration. Victims are to be heard and protected, not attacked and discarded. The goal is family restoration, for the whole family. So far, in my experience, that is nothing but a holy theory, rarely practiced.
6. In a family, you can safely admit your failures. In a corporation, that will get you fired. Which does your church look like?
7. I left conservative politics because I felt it lacked compassion. I’m unable to embrace liberal politics because it lacks intelligence. If you can’t tell that there’s a difference between male and female and really believe that there aren’t groups that really want to kill you, you can’t be trusted with governing people and protecting them from evil.
8. I’ll say it again. Denying the existence of evil doesn’t change the reality that it exists.
9. Free Saeed
10. I’m wondering if the sign of the times we’re missing is that “the love of many will grow cold”. I’m having a hard time keeping the fire burning myself…