Not sure where to head with this post. A couple of things have been pre-occupying my mind lately. 1) There is no one good, seriously. Have you looked around lately and at your own life? Holiness doesn’t come from what you do or don’t do. Holiness is a God thing that only He can do for you. It is a continual state of remembering your place in this world. When you recognize how much God loves you and wants you to live life abundantly then you will turn from your stupidity and tell others not to be stupid because God has better plans for them than what they can imagine. I am a failure in this regards, but I will not be one of those that judges only other people. I use an even stricter judgment on myself because I am “in the know”.
2) American Christianity appears to be dead. I know, your church is great, it is doing amazing things for God, yadda, yadda, yadda. If this is the case, why are more and more Christians abandoning the church for reasons such as: lack of discipline in the body, can’t tell the church from the unchurched, the messages are soft, no accountability, feeling isolated even within the body of Christ, don’t fit in? American churches have become a social club. This is not unity of the body. Let’s face reality. Islam and Latter Day Saints (Mormons) are gaining adherents over and above Christianity because they offer discipline, a set way of life and thinking, and accountability through social norms. What does Christianity offer? Donuts, coffee, feel good songs, sermons that are typically one of two things – over the head of the audience or watered down doctrine that is easy to walk away from and still feel good about yourself.
3) In no way do I believe Christianity is dead. Individuals are pushing through their struggles all the time. Each of my friends in some way is struggling with their faith and they are becoming stronger. But their church is not a part of helping them in their struggle, mainly because it doesn’t have time and people dedicated to individual mentoring. If anything their church is a part of the problem. Maybe I am cynical or something.
4) America is dead. There is no America any longer culturally, and it started dying very soon after the Constitution was adopted. There used to be this term called assimilation that was used to describe how people adopted the American way after they came here verses the culture they grew up with. Circa 1980s this word became taboo and was viewed as being extremely insensitive and intolerant to other cultures. Because assimilation has gone by the wayside America has died. It is no longer a melting pot, but numerous separate dishes being prepared and there will be a winner at some point that we all have to assimilate to. I am not sure why the liberal pluralist won out on this battleground, but it has lead to our death. If you want to keep YOUR culture intact with its laws, torts, and social norms then you should have stayed in the country you came from or made your way to a country that was setup to your liking. For those unfamiliar with the Sharia law then check out this quick post from an interview with a Muslim lawyer. And please hear me out, assimilation still occurs often, but we no longer see it as mandatory for fear that we might appear intolerant for expecting someone to act, think, speak, dress, behave like we do (whether right or left wing).
Here is some of my reasoning for the above statements. This mainly deals with us being counter culture to any existing church that we have come across. My wife and I have a different philosophy on parenting than most people, and I am talking probably in the high 90 percent range. We will not put our children in nursery or daycare anywhere. We are not true “attachment parents”, but we simply do not trust anyone else to train, discipline, and be sensitive to our children as we are. If you do not know us intimately then you will not watch our children. I want your response to my child to be, “What would Keith or Heather do?”. If you do not think like this then you cannot and will not watch my children. I do not care what you think about this parenting philosophy. For Christian men, if you have not told me whether you struggle with sexual immorality or not then you definitely will not watch my kids, even if we trust your wife. If you are a male, then you have a stance on pornography, masturbation, looking down the blouse of clerk at a retail store or business where you visit, etc… I want to know your stance, why you are that way, and what your history is. Churches are not setup for either of these situations: family friendly where the kids stay with the parents, and open honesty with the guy standing next to you who is supposed to believe and act the same way that you do. It ain’t happening.
Other reasoning: park watching. Go to your local park where there is water and playgrounds. Sit around and just people watch. We went to enjoy a nice picnic together we saw the following: 1) someone left a 6″ knife by the playground, 2) teenage lust in action, 3) a guy trying to sell a puppy throughout this large park and then leaving in a car where the lady was mad (I saw this as needing money for something and the guy looked crazy), 4) several Islamic women in their head gear and long burkas and then eventually a nuclear Islamic family where the husband dresses Western and the daugthers were too because they hadn’t hit the age for dawning their coverings, but the mother was decked out even more so than the other three ladies, 5) lots of women baring their cleavage and showing as much leg as possible, 6) us gorging ourselves on food and drink that are horrible to the body while isolating ourselves from building relationships with any of the people we saw for the purpose of sharing the abundant life message of the gospel.
Enough for now. This post probably doesn’t make sense because it took three individual sittings to get it knocked out but it is what it is and that is all that it is.