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Selective Faith

13 March, 2003 2:51 PM

I had a conversation with a class mate yesterday which continues to have me thinking today. She had been at a Christian Youth Festival over the weekend here in Melbourne. One of the speakers was presenting a topic to the teens and young adults assembled — her message was a familiar one (I'll be paraphrasing here) — the thrust of her talk was for the young people not to smoke, drink, swear or have sex. The message was being lapped up by the young people assembled at this meeting.

My class mate reacted very strongly against this message. She made the observation that the speakers message seemed empty in comparison to her observations of the way the speaker looked and acted.

There she stood making some sweeping statements on personal morality yet she was dressed in an outfit which my friend estimated would have costed in excess of $550. Is this another example of how the Church often is selective in what it speaks about?

Would it not have been just as beneficial (if not more) for these young people to hear about a faith that not only impacts ones decisions about whether to drink, swear or smoke or how to express ones sexuality — but also a faith that impacts ones decisions about how to spend money, what career path to take, where to live etc?

As I've said before - in my reading of the gospel - Jesus speaks a whole heap more about money than he does about some of these other issues.



one is easy to do - it is intructing - dont drink - quote a Bible verse, don't smoke - quote another, don't have sex yet - another noe - (most of the time those verses are quoted out of context, slecting thos who prove my point- forgetting the total story) the other way is embodiment- living out the Word, being the hermeutic of it. Saldy that one can't be done standing on stage, it need to be shared in everyday life. We (include myself - in the brink of leaving my beloved 20somethings) are not looking for instruction, but discovery, not porpositions, but guidance. Not teachers, but mentors.
That is hard to do from a stage.

I serve in a camp, and I do also talk from the stage - when I'm not there - I am hanging around with the kids, palying, talking eating - After camp i have some to learn (after depression and tears) that God command me to take care of the sheep outside of our program. Take a lot of time, visiting, writing, talking, eating, hanging out. But it is about embodiment and involvement not instruction and propositions.


e3liacin » 14 March, 2003 2:26 AM

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