Sunday, December 04, 2005

What is the church really saying?

Dan Edelen has been posting a series of essays at Cerulean Sanctum on the hidden messages of the church in the United States. So far he's written on classism, kneeling at the altar of excellence, and putting correctness before love. What is Dan talking about in that last one? Things like this:
I know a couple who were driven out of their church by folks who were more concerned about being correct than being loving. That couple's crime? They thought it was okay to read the Harry Potter books. When this opinion was expressed in a group of believers who did not share that belief, things turned ugly. To make matters worse, the couple was fairly young in the Lord and were new to that church. Now those final two elements aren't generally in themselves a reason to let things slide, but love should still have come first, then the acknowledgement that perhaps it is best to remark and let the Lord work it out in the lives of this couple. The result, however, was a bludgeoning, tears, anger, despair, and two fine people leaving the church.
For years Dan has blogged with an unflinchingly incisive eye on the church, and his current series shows why some folks call Dan the "John the Baptist of the blogosphere."


Blogger Dan Edelen said...

But I have a tender neck and an aversion to platters! ;-)

Milton, thanks for the link. There are quite a few born of woman far better than I, a significant portion of them within a mile of my home!

Ironically, at one of the Christian camps I worked, I role-played John the Baptist every week.

Musta stuck!

6:45 PM, December 04, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome, Dan. As best I can tell, you see quite well the dark side of the church. Please be encouraged and blessed anyway, and continue to seek the truth. Peace.

8:47 PM, December 04, 2005  

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