Monday, November 14, 2005

The "Dude of Bigness"

To quote Elizabeth: "I had a little email exchange with Sister Steph about The Dude of Bigness and all His ambiguities" ... and I find my thoughts this morning constantly returning to her inability to believe in the "Christian God."

The thing of it is, I don't think Christ would believe in the "Christian God" any more than Elizabeth does.

Unfortunately, with folks like Michael Macavage, Fred Phelps, and Pat Robertson, it's very hard to find Christ's messages of love and forgiveness.

But they're not the only ones. I'm not too knowledgable about other denominations, but speaking at least for my own offical religious tradition -- we're not necessarily a whole heck of a lot better.

In Elizabeth's post about Pat Robertson's latest, she asks "But why don’t people buy into that idea [all-loving & all-merciful]? That’s the God everyone wants. Why is it so difficult to promote THAT God? ..... I do like knowing that other ministers buy into your idea of God but why can’t they be the vocal ones? Why is it that reasonable people are always the silent majority? I suppose I know the answer to that but nevertheless, I don’t like it."

She raises some incredibly on-the-mark questions. Anyone got any answers for her?

[And is it a Freudian slip if while typing the word "denomination" above I began accidentally typing "demonination"?]

Off to school, where I get to answer these very same questions with my kids, as they struggle to reconcile what I'm teaching them about Jesus with what they're hearing about Christianity and their church.


Blogger Songbird said...

I sat with a woman in the hospital yesterday who assumed all churches thought the way Robertson does. When I presented a different way of trying to understand God, she said, "I wish I had known, so I could have gone to church." She is 53 and dying of pancreatic cancer, may never go home. I was so sad. A "friend" of hers had told her she could not go to heaven without praying certain words. I told her I could not believe that the greatness and goodness of God is that narrow.

11/14/2005 11:01 AM  
Blogger Natty said...

Someone catch me up on this latest Pat Robertson flack, please? I caught the tail end of something on "Sunday Morning" on CBS yesterday (love love LOVE that show!), but I still haven't really gotten the whole story. The cool part about the Sunday Morning piece was the lady who did the editorial about it ended with something like, "If my God's listening to me, Pat Robertson, you better watch out!" or something cheeky like that. I so wish I had sat down and turned on the TV 5 minutes sooner....

11/14/2005 7:04 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Pat Robertson basically cursed a whole town in Pennsylvania for voting against allowing 'intelligent design' to be taught in their schools. He told them not to be surprised if God doesn't come to their rescue or if some cataclysmic event happens to their town.

It's so unfortunate, and that's an incredible understatement, that someone like Pat Robertson is out there as a mouthpiece for Christianity.

There are so many loving, tolerant and accepting Christians and yet baffoons like Robertson continue to bring Christianity down to such a comical level it's very difficult to take it seriously.

Steph, I'm glad you're there helping your students struggle with the Dude of Bigness and all his amiguities. I wish when I was in Parochial school we had nuns who were more open to the possibilites of God as opposed to the certainty of God.

11/15/2005 9:47 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Awwww, shucks. {sheepishly squirming}

Like I said, I'm all about dispelling nun-myths!

11/15/2005 11:48 PM  

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