Monday, November 16, 2009


Knowing Things

Under the title "No Wonder We Christian Get A Bad Rap..." MMI linked to a reprint of an email exchange between a resident and neighborhood association. It begins with a beef about a gargoyle:
The display you have set up on the outer section of your lot has us a bit concerned as the statue appears to be a type of Pagan worshipping symbol, unlike the other lawn decorations in our neighborhood. Shirley Whitley, a neighbor of yours says that this is a Satanic being and that you may be involved in the Occult.
Of course the object is a gargoyle, though not being put to its traditional use as a waterspout, which has Christian roots in its legend and is often found on churches.

What amazes me about this exchange is people's absolute willingness to step out in ignorance, and further to declare that about which they are ignorant ungodly - and with such certitude! It seems to me that humility is a defining characteristic of a Christian. one would think that such humility entails knowing what we know, and what we do not know, and acting accordingly.

The problem, of course, is we claim to own our faith when in fact our faith is to own us. We use faith in Christ as a tool to meet our ends rather than allow ourselves to be shaped by it.

Maybe a good place to start is an inventory of what we do not know. How much do we claim as a tenant of our faith, when in fact we are using our faith to argue for our taste? Write it down - I dare you.

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