Last Friday’s post entitled Calling Simple Simple generated a couple of questions that I thought I’d answer here, along with another bit of info that might be helpful.
Esther commented “Can I ask what started that train of thought?
Ok, more specifically, most church media sites on the internet. In trolling through (and even writing for) some of these sites, I’m noticing that they’re offering less and less content about God and more and more about how we feel about God. It’s almost as if how we feel about God has become god itself.
Humanity is naturally narcissistic. Christianity can’t afford to be, but it seems that’s where we’re spending our strength, in never-ending conversations about how we feel. I was driving down the highway and just began taking those thoughts to their logical extremes – what is really simple and what is really complex. Then I sat down at the keyboard and barfed those thoughts out.
Zoecarnate (a pseudonym, I’m hoping) commented “But what if God and faith are complex? Is that possible? By faith being complex, I don’t mean it being malleable like silly putty and picking up whatever from the daily newspaper – but I hope it is as mysterious and nuanced as our God (whom we’re called to be like) and real life.”
To a degree, I suppose it is possible that both God and faith can be complex, although in all honesty, we make God much simpler and faith much more complex than either really are, and we do it because it buys us wiggle room.
I’m actually a student of nuance – not formally, no Masters in Nuance or anything – but in watching people color and shadow their stories, perspectives and mores, and in the nuancing of their faith, they rarely engage in it for any reason other than to justify questionable or sinful behavior. I’m including myself in this vast generalization.
To fight for a simple faith is to bring all the fringe issues into alignment on the safe side of righteousness. Faith becomes less about “can I _______ and be a Christian” and more about “how much can I give away, give up, or let go in the pursuit of knowing God.”
An unnecessarily complex faith is almost always about finding the lowest common denominator of holiness.
And the third bit of information – totally unsolicited and at no extra cost – is this:
I have shut off the masking on my domain name, meaning even though you’re typing in randybohlender.com, it will redirect you to the actual wordpress site, enabling you to click on a headline and get to the permalink that allows you to link to a specific post.
Before, no matter where you navigated, it stayed as randybohlender.com and any link you posted back to that would send you to the top of the site.
Did anyone understand that? Anyone?
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