Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Disgustingly Religious

Saying for the Day: Loving Jesus without loving others misses the gospel.

As we go to the artifact box we find a worn, paperback, copy of Luther’s Small Catechism.
It reminds of my first years of knowing that God loves me.

I came home from Bible Camp no longer an atheist.
Jesus was now my friend and my companion.
There was a new joy in my life.
This was the good part.

The bad part I suffered from New Christian Syndrome .
Or to put it another way I was disgustingly religious.

I was judgmental and sure that I was a real Christian and most of the other church members weren’t.

I joined a group of young people from the Church that had the same experience as me and the same attitude.
We saw our task as saving the church.
We strove to be Holy and we defined Holy.
We didn’t dance, smoke, drink or do “bad things” and we looked down on anybody who did.
We forgot that God saved us by his grace and not our goodness.
We were the chosen few.

My poor Mother didn’t know what to do with me during this time.
When I was really judgmental she would wait for me to do something stupid and then say” Is this the way a Christian acts”.
I would feel so guilty.
She kept hoping this “religious thing” would pass.

That’s where the small Catechism comes in. I paid no attention to it in confirmation but now it became an anchor that helped to hold me closer to the real Gospel .Here I was reminded that it was not by my reason or strength that I came to Jesus but the Holy Spirit called me through the Gospel. Here I was directed to St. Paul and his letters.
Little by little I learned how to walk with Jesus.
From the time of my Bible Camp experience I felt a call to the ministry. But my answer to God was that was not a possibility. I was shy beyond belief. I had no speaking ability. How I get beyond those I will look at next week.

The town’s hired street cleaner was back on the job today. The streets are not nearly as well kept as when the youth group did them. Those pigeons can really make a mess.
Speaking of pigeons another one was found dead in the same place as the others. This one seems to have frozen to death. It was 85 in Pigeon Falls but the pigeon was frozen solid.
Mayor South called the Bishop in to her office to meet with the town attorney. The attorney showed the Bishop where the constitution allowed the town council to assess up to one mill for special needs. The main street certainly comes under that category. So it now looks like the entire crisis is over.
When the Bishop came out of the Town Hall he was stopped by Big Rudy who just came from the Fly Inn Tavern. Rudy asked if he was satisfied with all the trouble he had caused the town. The Bishop tried to ignore him but he held on to the Bishop’s arm. Then Big Rudy asked the Bishop where his wife was. At this point the good Bishop did a very unbishop like thing. He hauled back and socked Rudy. Big Rudy went down like a rock. That Bishop has quite a punch. They will be talking about this for years to come.
Nancy says that talk in her restaurant has switched from who did what to who planted what and how well is it growing. Everybody has an idea how to keep the deer out of the flowers (lion poop is highly recommended) and what flowers deer won’t eat.

Today's link-The Real writer-Remember to put Dr. John in the comment. Winners of our first JC Points drawing are (big drum role) Cindy (The Contrary Christian)-32 blog explosion credits- Jafabrit (Jafabrit's Art)-60 blog explosion credits- Peter ( Linna's Minute) - Somerthing of equal value to a blog explosion credit. Peter's name was drawn second but because he is a relative and we didn't even want the appearance of cheating we drew a third name as well. The blog explosion credits have already been awarded. Next week's prize is a genuine(sort of) Doctor's Degree from Theological University Online.
You can see your JC points by clicking on the JC Points update link on the left.
Today we began to really work on the amusement park. Betty put one of the Ferris wheels out on the layout. We then worked on the little kids part of the park. It is now designed and three of the fences to go around it are done. We also finished the creek bed which we hope to put in tomorrow. Betty has gone to Bible study and I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger jafabrit said...

Thankyou for the credits, although I am not sure what to do with them lol! I haven't quite explored that aspect of being a BE member!
Got any tips.

I am not a one for organized religion, but I do believe that we are all directed in some way by a higher power. Which is why I always wonder how others can speak for god and determine others are on the wrong path.

I have a friend who has suddenly discovered god and has turned her back on many who do not subscribe to her brand of belief. It is sad really, she has lost a lot of very dear stable, supportive friends.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

...now, I can get you Kenyan lion poop at a very reasonable price!

5:49 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

Not sure my husband can handle anymore toilet related stuff ;) so the poops is out.

how many points anyway, out of curiosity!

5:59 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

that is quite the artifact box you have...so much life and history. i sure hope it's fire and water proof and it's under lock and key...
nice to keep on reading your memories of how you became a true believer.
i can't believe the Bishop hit him...wow!! oh the town is gonna go nuts with that one...
hope you have a fantastic day and i'll read you tomorrow..

7:46 AM  
Anonymous andrena said...

hmmmm...reminds me of the "younger crowd" that are coming to seminary..straight out of college, full of fire, and ready to change society! One soul at a time!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Honey said...

It is hard to believe that you were a shy person. Then again, I was too. The church helped me come out of my shell though. I learned how to interact with teens my age better. I would always have to get up in front of the gongregation to deliver youth news, singing, plays, etc.. Granted I don't come fully out of my shell until you've known me for awhile...but I play nice with others!


Lion poop? I always heard dog hair works good...lol. My dogs have been gone for awhile now but their poop and hair still lingers!!


WTG BISHOP!! Knocked the drunk out! I guess the pigeon being frozen gives reasoning to why there has been no killings. That's a bummer. I bet the youth group is GLAD to not have to clean pigeon poop!! =) Have a nice day!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Congrats to cindy and Jafabrit!

So the bishop threw a punch when confronted about all the gossip? WOW! The watcher for dead pigeons needs replaced! Where the heck they gonna get lion poop?

8:41 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

Your post reminded me of my church youth group days. I had so much fun with our Pastor Jim. He loved taking us camping and snow skiing. He loved the outdoors. I found out that he passed on a few years ago. What a man he was; a great man of God.

I still am shocked everytime I read something about Pigeon Falls. Do you live in a soap opera or something??? lol

9:11 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

The contest was fun...even if I didnt win..:((...lol.

My favorite saying is 'God sees us as he would like us to be, but accepts us as we are'...

Im glad the Bishop punched the guy...he deserved it.

congrats to the winners of the contest!!!!!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Went through many the same things during the Jesus movement in the 70's. Got to thank God for Martin Luther.

Thanks for the points.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast."

Ephesians 2:8-9

Never a dull moment in Smalltown, USA, is there??? LOL

1:55 PM  
Blogger kristi said...

I can not believe what Big Rudy did to the Bishop. At least he had the guts to ask where his wife was!!!!

4:24 PM  

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