I am bothered by … toxic, cheap charity that never really helps the oppressed. I am bothered by … a painfully natural church representing an untamed and supernatural God. I am bothered by … trivial answers to complex problems. I am bothered by … shallow christianity that never leads to true discipleship. I am bothered by … having to choose between charismatic excess or play-it-safe spiritual dryness. I am bothered by … politicians hijacking the words of Jesus. I am bothered by … christian belief that never translates into christian experience.
By request, this is an excerpt I read from my journal last weekend. Read it like I wrote it, unedited. Everybody has their native sin – something that seems to be part of who they are. Add to that a culture of self-worship, sliding standards, and personal happiness as the ultimate pursuit and we have a perfect recipe for cultural […]
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but we have (at least) seven children. Recently, my three-year-old daughter wanted a piece of the action with one of the big-kid games called Connect Four. It was the end of a long day and I really didn’t feel like teaching her to play the game, so I tried to let her win as quickly as possible. When she refused to cooperate I took matters into my own hands, and strategically connected four of my own chips. Game over. “Oh no, Daddy. The game’s not over till we fill up the whole thing.” Reluctantly, I submitted, as we dropped a chip in every single square. What felt like an hour later, her face lit up as she looked into my eyes and said, “Now that was a good game, Daddy!” How exactly was that a good game? “Because I was with you.” My heart melted. The purpose of the game was to be with daddy. Yeah, that really was a good game. The way you know if something is good is if it fulfills its intended purpose. That’s why I don’t get angry with my tennis shoes when they don’t drive nails into the wall. That’s why gay internet phenom Antoine Dodson still eats Chick-fil-A. (Youtube it.) And that’s why my little girl was thrilled to play the longest game of Connect Four in human history. So how do you know if a human is good? […]
It’s the morning after the Chick-fil-A drama and I’m still chewing. I remember the day I was sitting next to an incredibly nice gay guy, enjoying a really good conversation when he dropped the ultimate conversation-killer. “What do you do for a living?” I hate that question. I hate that question because people can’t help but size you up when […]