Turns out we blogswarmers have been indicted as the perpetrators of the Hit Job on Easter. Memo to Bob Ellis: what's happening to you as you watch your hit counter today? It's called a woody. And thanks for shutting out all outside commenters to your blog. Shows you're a coward for Christ. I'll be praying for ya.
Lots of people are posting this weekend. People I've never heard of before. It's delightful.
I'm going to start putting up links at the blogswarm site asap. They won't be in any order except I'll always add new ones to the top of the list. I want people to browse and really, celebrate the wide variety of bloggers and how they approach this issue.
I wanted to blog a little today about a common accusation made against Christians like me, that I'm what's called a "Cafeteria Christian." It is what it sounds like: apparently there's this food pyramid called church doctrine, and if you don't take the whole thing in your mouth, well, you are just letting Jesus and the Church down, big time. Oh. And you'll probably go to hell.
Lemme give you a specific for instance from my own family: my kids are asking about Easter this week, and the oldest asked me why Jesus came back after he died. My answer, which would probably have the distinction of making both James Dobson AND Richard Dawkins gag, was this:
"He came back to show us that God loves us, and we don't have to worry about what happens after we die."
I mentioned this to Mr. Blue Gal (what they call a cradle-Episcopalian), and he laughed, rolled his eyes and said, "Wow! That's a pretty liberal interpretation of the Atonement!"
Hey. Blue Gal says, tough titties. The world is such a scary place, particularly now. Bees are abandoning their hives. God, that sounds like another poem, doesn't it? We are losing our planet. We are losing it. (I am losing it. Sorry.)
And one thing that happens, when humans get afraid, is they get insular. They look for an island of safety. For many, that means a limited, limited view of God and the universe. For others, it means locking up "the enemy" without a trial and without looking back. Invade and "fix" another country. Go shopping. Sale on flat-screen TVs. "You owe it to yourself." Spring into spring.
Oh. Sorry. Religion: "The Bible tells me so" is safe. Don't veer from it. Don't trust your own logic. Worship this book, it will keep you safe. I mean, sure, the Pope hates cafeteria style religion, that's his job. But for the rest of us, I just don't think we can go on anymore adopting dogma for the sake of dogma, whether it's from a church, a political party, or even "What Not To Wear". We've got to evolve, people.
Sorry this is already such a rambling post. My heart is full. The dialogue with Northstate Science, for instance. I can't get over, I just can't GET OVER, that what's happened with this blogswarm is that lefty-Christians and lefty everybody else?
We are finally talking to each other.