Monday, March 23, 2009

A Bit Salty

Wow. I just read through a comment war on one of the articles at World Magazine, and feel compelled to ask: why is it that Christians are the most uncharitable people on the planet, but only towards each other? Why are Calvinists assured that God can change anything but an Arminian's mind, postmillenialists depressed, and paedobaptists bad parents? And when we get into arguments with those who will stand shoulder to shoulder with us before God? We are shrill self-righteous little twits, running in circles throwing things at each other like two irresponsible paedo's kids unsupervised in a nursery.

Now that the vent session is over, why are we so tempted toward the faults we should be the farthest from? "When confronted with a flood, we grab fire extinguishers" as Lewis said (but I'm too lazy to find out where or the exact quote). When God said to let our speech be seasoned with salt, we seem to forget that there was a first half to the verse, forgo the shaker and go for the ten-pound Costco bag.

1 comment:

rebec said...

I see you're back in Full Blog Mode. Lewis had a lot to say on this topic--through Screwtape's mouth: "but for our ceaseless labour...the Church of England might have become a positive hotbed of charity and humility"--but I can't type the whole chapter here so you'll have to settle for this instead (not from Lewis!):

“I dreamt death came, the other night,
And heaven’s gate swung wide.
An angel with a halo bright
Ushered me inside.
And there, to my astonishment
Stood folks I’d judged and labeled
As quite unfit, of little worth
And spiritually disabled.
Indignant words rose to my lips
But never were set free,
For every face showed stunned surprise:
No one expected ME.”

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