On the 2nd Day of Christmas… pondering these things:
1. Pondering the theology of heaven and hell. How much is real? How much is “biblical” and how much is Dante? How much is really what Jesus taught and how much is evangelical hype? This issue wears me out sometimes…
2. Pondering Xmas, and pondering the new year that is coming. So much good, so much change, so much to look forward to. Yes, I am looking forward to the coming year!
3. Pondering that… a movement focused on what happens when we die has produced a generation that doesn’t want to hear such a “gospel” anymore. Or go to such a “church” that emphasizes such things. When they read the gospels and the life of Jesus – and they see Jesus healing, redeeming, standing with the marginalized and the outcast, confronting the spiritual and social injustice of His day – they see a massive disconnect between Jesus and the “when you die” gospel that has been preached.
4. Pondering that on two different occasions in the last week my 12 year old son has shown me a glimpse of the mindset of the rising generation. When I chided him for mimicking and making fun of gay people when he was using effeminate gestures and language (as I have seen men and boys do for years, and which I assumed he had picked up at school), he was a bit shocked. He said he was mimicking teenage girls, and that no one he knows does that or would do that. I was surprised and glad. Times are changing.
Then when we were driving the next day and he asked about politics, and presidential candidates, and we started talking about “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the military, and that certain candidates would try to restore DADT because they thought homosexuality was a sin; he said to me (unprompted) that the Bible doesn’t say that anywhere, and Jesus didn’t talk about it. Interesting to me that when a child isn’t taught to discriminate and view scripture in a certain way, that they will naturally land on the side of grace and love. Hmmm. But then that is what we have taught our kids: love God, and love people. That’s what Jesus taught and the whole of the scripture boils down to that.