Things I Think
1. Last week I was “unfriended” by someone on Facebook that I considered a real friend, though we had never met. The reason? I had made a rather mild offhand comment about all the publicity surrounding the election of the new pope.
This person was kind enough to tell me they were leaving my page, so I responded with this story;
A few years ago I worked with an incredibly intelligent, sensitive woman at the bank.
Her beloved brother had died many years previously and the loss was never lessened by time.
Every week she would write a large check and mail it to Minneapolis where they had lived.
This check was written to a priest…so that he would pray a Mass for her brother who was supposedly still suffering in purgatory.
She did this until her own untimely death.
She had to pay for prayer so someone she loved could be released from an imaginary place…nothing I’ve ever said could be as cruel as that.
2. I was surprised to find however, to find that being unfriended by someone I had never met (but cared about and liked) packs quite the sting.
3. The less time I have to read, the less my thoughts are worth repeating. I haven’t had any time at all lately…
4. Rob Bell has come out in support of gay marriage. That didn’t surprise me.
5. I also noticed that the gay marriage issue has been reframed again as “marriage equality”. Brilliant choice of words that will help finish off traditional marriage as the societal norm in a slogan centered secular culture.
6. More from Bell; “I would say that the powerful, revolutionary thing about Jesus’ message is that he says, ‘What do you do with the people that aren’t like you? What do you do with the Other? What do you do with the person that’s hardest to love?’
Jesus does say those things…but that’s hardly more “revolutionary” than His declaration that God become man to die in place of sinners…and that there was only one way to receive the benefit of that sacrifice.
I would say that Bell is recreating God in his own image and worshipping an idol. That’s what I would say…
7. Some people in the church ration grace as if they paid for it themselves…and if they spend what they have it will result in personal loss.
8. Endurance is an under appreciated spiritual gift.
9. As I study the Scriptures I’ve yet to find a passage that speaks to the necessity of “growing your church”.
10. I’ve been mostly offline all week and the blog has flourished…thank you. This despite my critics who claim that the blog is dead because I risk allowing people to speak who may say something unpleasant or controversial.
You all are recreating a place where people can hopefully find both healing and edification through online interactions with the rest of the Body of Christ.
If we can do a little of both, it’s more than worth what it takes to keep it going.