Screwing for Virginity

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

My beautiful wife Christine and I on our wedding day. Posted by Hello


  • At 11:28 PM, July 25, 2004, Blogger Megan said…

    I appreciate your conclusion on evangelism. I came to a similar one this weekend in a different manner.

    There is a section of downtown Kansas City that is modeled quite accurately after the downtown area of most Spanish Cities. It was a place I visited many times when I was in elementary school, however depite my appreciation for the feeling of the setting I never understood its significance. I fell in love with the district, someone's masterpiece, all over again this weekend.
    A U.S. architect successfully built a haven in a classic midwest metropolis by mimicking a culture with different values. In observing, one could see that the majority of people take advantage of spending time in Kansas City's plaza to slow down and spend the evenings simply walking the streets without agenda or taking hours over a cup of coffee during sunset.

    Most scenes, people and backdrop, varied from what one would see in Spain only as much as U.S. midwesterners wear a uniform denim compared to the sophisticated black that has become the Europeans' distinguished stand by. Well, alright, the clothes and one other thing was different too- the man on the corner with a picture of Jesus being crucified waving over his head attached to a stick that he leaned on while waving flyers in peoples' faces.

  • At 12:01 AM, July 26, 2004, Blogger Megan said…

    All that previous comment to set up for my conclusion. (technical difficulties!!) Why do people today find it so important to wave "their story" as the only right one in people's face? Do they think this is really an effective way to winning people over? How could they have come to that conclusion if they do?
    I discussed this with my parents as we passed the guy who was protesting nothing in particular and everything at the same time by interrupting such a peaceful, enjoyable and enjoyed scene with an obscure reference to death with little explanation. (on his sign at least)

    Through conversation we guessed that he, like many had personalized the gospel in such a way that telling "his gospel story" was more important than telling the Bible's gospel story. When someone's view of the worth of Christianity becomes more about a person or about a church or about a certain program or mission, than about God, I think its bound to go astray. I also think its sad it happens so often.

    In Genesis, I noticed alot of things(for lack of a better generalization) that got bigger than God. It looked different in Genesis, than it does today in the U.S. It looks different in my church than it does in my heart. It looked different in Spain (where the youth have enough freedom that kids drink themselves into oblivion in the streets) than it did in Kansas City.

    Along with a respect for where one stands with others as a vital part of presenting love to them, I think a humble posture in front of God and the story as He wrote it and intends it to be shared is important.

    This situation also tied alot of cultural things together for me. Right now they are all tied together so tightly I can't make much of them. I will perhaps write more in reference to this guy once I have that all sorted out.

  • At 12:38 PM, July 31, 2004, Blogger Dey said…

    I'm an atheist. =) Therefore I don't know much about the Bible and such, etc.

  • At 3:25 PM, July 31, 2004, Blogger Buddy said…

    That doesn't necessarily follow. I'm a Christian, yet I know quite a bit about ancient Greek mythology and am acquainted with the tenets of Buddhism and Taoism. Even if you do not believe in the story of Genesis, it is nevertheless a powerful story and a fascinating myth.

  • At 2:11 PM, August 08, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's amazing to me the way my thoughts have formed since graduating from a Christian university. I can't believe the way that I have been blinded by the "church" and believed things that should never have been thoughts in my mind. I was brought up baptist and was taught that everything was a bunch of rules. Never was I allowed to be me and form my own opinions. This university taught me that Christians are the most hypicritical, judemental, two-faced people on the face of this earth. I know we're all sinners and I can claim that I sin with the best of them. My struggle is why would I ever want to claim the title "Christian"? Why not just claim "a saved one"? Does it really make that big of a difference? I understand that "they will know we are Christians by our love", but why not "they will know that we are saved by God's grace by our love? Except, the funny thing is Chrisitans show no love, only to themselves and to those that aren't considered different or "one of the guys."


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