I interrupt the blog I WAS writing to insert this little piece of panic… Some of you know that my incoherent ramblings also make a monthly appearance in The Chapel Hill News… And I have one coming out tomorrow, which is, basically a slightly edited of this blog I wrote last Christmas.
|We might have fallen though |
one of the holes in the Bible Belt.
In case you don’t have time to click back and read it, it’s about how I don’t give a crap about commercial and secular interests “stealing” Christmas… Because I view it as God spilling out into the whole world instead…
Now, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have no qualms about sharing the good news of God's love with people… However, after turning in this particular column, and as the day of its publication approaches I have found myself growing more and more freaked out about having put it out there on display for the whole town to see.
|In my version of God's feast, |
there's all manner of Southern food...
and cake, of course.
I mean, I live in the South – the Bible belt, as it were, but this town I live in might have slipped through one of the holes in the belt. There are many, many faithful Christian people here, but there is also a university here, and so, a profound appreciation for diversity and political correctness. So, I guess my worry is that I have done something that could be interpreted as similar to running out in the street and yelling, “I love being white!”
|Here's hoping Peter |
Holsapple and Chris Stamey
aren't mad at me...
But I hope that I am not an imperialist oppressor, trying to suck people into what I feel is the only valid way of life. Although I kind of am... I’m not an imperialist oppressor… First of all, I have no power with which to oppress. Also I do feel that the cultures of others are to be appreciated and not stamped out. I also believe that people can certainly choose what god to worship and how to live their lives, within certain civil boundaries, of course.
However, I am trying to turn people on to the best way of life that I have yet found. The way I see it is… like God has prepared a huge, delicious banquet and I’m so excited about it that I’m handing out invitations to it to the starving people around me. They can always say no, right? I guess it’s up to them to determine whether or not they are starving and how best to satiate their hunger.
|I do whole-heartedly |
recommend their record.
Anyway, I’m just writing this because I’m super nervous about it. Another thing I am nervous about is that I mention some local musicians BY NAME who actually live in the area. Which, in retrospect, might have been dumb. But I did give one of their records a plug, so maybe they’ll forgive me…?! Of course, I may be aiming kind of high to think that Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple would read anything I wrote…!
So… that’s all I’m putting on the table right now. I wrote some blatantly Christian stuff in a secular newspaper. And although I’m “not ashamed of the gospel,” as Paul said, I am kind of nervous about it. Maybe no one will say anything… but if they do, I guess I could remind them that the name of the column is “My View.”
Hi Julie - I just read your column. I'm also a Christian and huge dB's fan, so I loved it.ReplyDelete
A point you may not be aware of: Peter H grew up as a church-going Episcopalian, and I think his character and demeanor were shaped by that experience. When I interviewed him earlier this year, he had gone to a musician friend's funeral to sing and play "All You Need Is Love."
Did he call himself a Christian when he sang "O Holy Night" back in the day? Does he call himself a Christian today? Don't know, but I think the way the guy lives his life speaks louder than some of the religious labels that get tossed around.
That's not a critique of what you wrote, btw, just an observation.