Random thoughts for the Weekend

John-Calvin2

Just a few though…

1. So basically I’m a bigot if I think ridding the world of the “Confederate Flag” is a bad idea. And I’m also a bigot if I wholeheartedly disagree with what is now the law of the land on same-sex marriage.

Got it.

2. It is amazing to me that so many “Christian artists” are veiling their faith in obscure lyrics that could be about anything. But Leon Bridges, the young soul artist is singing explicitly about his faith.

3. I am not afraid of the law of the land. But I am even less afraid of being associated with the “religious right.” That will happen anyway. There are worse fates.

4. Every time someone complains about Calvin’s Geneva, I reflexively want to pick up The Institutes.

5. Redefining words affords no one any dignity.

3 thoughts on “Random thoughts for the Weekend

  1. Gregg June 27, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I have been struggling with #1 the last couple of days. How can we show love to those we disagree with if they believe we are being unloving and are filled with hate simply because we do not agree with them. Heck of a definition of love to try to live up to.

    • dswoager June 27, 2015 / 12:44 pm

      I think that a lot of this stems from us being associated with institutions. When we fall into the trap of speaking for a religious or political group… or let the same speak for us, love often gets lost in translation.

      Social media often times seems to encourage us to take stands on issues that lack any of the nuance that would be involved in relating to an actual person.

      We seem to have a number of different forces in play that would like to transform us into a constellation of opinions rather than fully fleshed out human beings. We need to resist this impulse. I think that when we do so, we will be able to allow love to creep back in.

  2. mattbredmond June 27, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Let me make something clear, I’ve no affection for the confederate flag. Zero. Also, I have no affection for the Civil War. I have no heroes from it.

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