Wednesday, March 17, 2010

man in the mirror

I thought I'd be using my spring break to catch up on a some blogging. Unfortunately, my mind is also on spring break, so I've only been able to produce a few streams of consciousness. Here are a few and maybe, especially if one of you inspires me, I'll develop some in the near future.

  1. Christians have really screwed sex up. Really. It doesn't work to tell young people that "sex is wonderful" and then follow up that statement with years of negative reinforcement. I heard this guy on Christian radio (I'm a closet listener) who was hosting a live call-in show. He was going full-throttle until someone asked an honest and serious question about sex. The host's tone completely changed. He couldn't evens say the word. Maybe if we weren't so polite and prudish and could talk about it openly and honestly, we wouldn't see sex being screwed up by generation after generation of Christians and it would finally be something sacred. Just a thought.
  2. John Eldridge's Wild at Heart is a very strange piece of work. Talk about a stream of consciousness. It goes on for hundreds of pages and says almost nothing except that I'm a failure as a man, maybe even gay, because I like to be clean and odor-free, enjoy strawberry margaritas, watch HGTV, own a miniature poodle - a FEMALE miniature poodle, and enjoy hour-long massages at places that have mini waterfalls and soothing music and give you water from a big, clear bowl that has cucumber slices floating around in it.
  3. God's favorite sport is baseball. God's least favorite is football. One day I'll write a theology of baseball, but it's still way down the road.
  4. God's favorite time signature is 6/8. His least favorite is any where the numbers, added together, equal more than 15.
  5. Treating retail customer service employees kindly and warmly is a manifestation of grace in our lives. And not just when they're warm and kind to us. All the time. Teaching elementary school is very hard, but the customer service jobs I've worked have been the hardest. Those people need lots of grace.
  6. I am sick of people asking my wife and I when we're going to have children. It's none of their business. Next time someone brings this up, I'm going to change the subject to their last intrusive medical exam. Even worse is when someone gets on to you about how it's wrong to limit the number of offspring you produce. The audacity!
  7. News flash to my Southern Baptist friends: there is biblical support for paedobaptism. It's fine if you don't agree, but kindly stop referring to adult immersion as "Scriptural baptism."
  8. 2 Chronicles 7:14 has nothing to do with the moral condition of the United States.
There were going to be ten, but I think I'll save the last one for later.


tonyjschroeder said...

1. Agreed.
2. I should start looking up this Campolo guy.
3. WTF?
4. Write this! if you need any help I'll support it.
5. Not sure where I stand on the music thing. As long as the guy playing drums doesn't crash on every other downbeat I'm cool.
6. I was raised to believe that I am no better than any other and therefore should give everyone I meet equal respect. This includes the cashier, bus boy, and CEO.
7. BTW my son is now one year old...when are you going to have kids? I think some people ask because their kids need friends and others ask because they don't know what to say. It's like asking what's your major in college.
8. Honestly, I had to look up paedobaptism. It didn't even occur to me that this was an issue.
9. Again I had to look it up. But last time I read this, it was in a class on the historical Bible. Which to me reads as the 12 tribes getting their land back and the time frame we're talking about about 1000 BC/BCE. I get the point though. If you are a good Jew (or Christian I suppose...really just a good person who listens to God) then things will go well for you. If not well...God will walk away. And in my opinion that is hell. God walking away. So I agree nothing to do with moral America.

jaigner said...

Tony, thanks for your comments.

3. Check out "Wild at Heart" on Amazon for more info.
6. Anyone who has ever worked at the Villa Park Outback should agree with us.
7. Thanks for the point of view from a parental perspective, which of course I don't have. Both of those things are probably true. I know a number of people though who seem to want to see everyone live just like them. If they're not, there's something wrong with their worldview. Just what I've found in my situation. Additionally, I know of a few people who desperately want to have kids, but can't. It can be quite hurtful for some of them. Happy birthday to your son, by the way.
8. It's a big deal for Southern Baptists because it's their major point of diversion from most of orthodox, evangelical Christianity. It makes them feel good to talk about.