I almost never post comments on blogs or sites like Relevant, but after reading the first page of comments on “‘Shoot’ Christians Say,” I feel the need to offer encouragement. Your article was a well-written attempt to add depth to shallow conversation. I was disappointed to see that many responded by refusing to engage past a surface-level judgment. “This doesn’t make sense” and “I’m not getting it” are, in my estimation, evidence of intellectual laziness and latent arrogance (of which I too am guilty). Sadly, I found this to be common even among my colleagues training for vocational ministry at an evangelical seminary; too often I heard students express various forms of the plea, “Just tell us what we are supposed to think.”
Thank you for your article. Thank you for not giving an easy, clear answer. The very comments your article evoked show that your assessment is accurate.
Thank you so much for this comment, Gary. I’m glad that you understood what I was trying to get at here. I think that you’re definitely right: there is this thing in us that naturally wants other people to tell us what to think. Or at least offer a solution. A 6-step program to get faith under control. This is the sort of thing that makes me insane, and I guess I thought that more people felt that way too. Alas… 🙂
Anyway, what I really am trying to say is THANK YOU for this kind, thoughtful note. I know you say you hardly ever do this commenting thing, but you should. You’re great at it!
I have to agree with Gary on this! I could not stop reading your article. Allthough I live in Scandinavia, it’s pretty much the same over here. In our churches we have taken away the mystery of God and faith. We are not allowed to ask the kind of questions that does not have a quick and easy answer. And “buliding a culutre” has become the new excuse to “demand” everyone to act and behave the same way, not giving people the chance to explore and find out stuff for themself.
This is maybe a little bit on the side of what you were talking about in your article…
All I’m trying to say is: “YOU GO GIRL!”
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a “you go girl!” Love it!
Honestly though, thanks for the kind words, Anders. I love what you said about “not giving people the chance to explore.” God is so big and wide and full of mystery; it seems like when the exploration stops and the theology begins to calcify into cliche, that’s when we get in trouble.
Thanks so much for reading!
Thank you so much for sharing your life through this blog. I am encouraged by all of your thoughts and experiences because I am really able to relate to them. All I want to say is THANK YOU! I hope to read more of your articles.
Thanks Rachel. So glad you found your way here. 🙂
Hi Addie! I loved browsing through your blog. The authenticity and insightfulness are refreshing…I can relate to many of your thoughts and ponderings. Your boys are precious! My children are older now and each stage of their lives have been an awesome new part of the journey. Drink in every new day! I look forward to more of your writing (I followed through RSS feed). Blessings!
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