April 13th, 2004

Yue grim

Cliché Walking!

I am always astounded when I encounter real, live, genuine cliché people, such as the swishy queen, the dweeby accountant, or the fat bearded gamer. This morning, it was the better-than-thou preacher, on the radio.

I've bemoaned in the past that this area has way too many evangelical radio stations, and they are a constant hazard when channel surfing in desperate search of some car music that doesn't suck. (I didn't find any, in case you're curious. The best thing on was Beethoven's seventh, which is rather dull.) So when I happened upon somebody talking about "Paul's advice not to bind yourself up with unbelievers," I just sorta rolled my eyes. But what got me was when the guy said, "God cares more about Christians than nonbelievers -- so it's more important to not offend your Christian brothers, than it is to not offend nonbelievers. We are His beloved children, and they aren't."

WTF? 0.o Aren't we past this crap, yet?

His conclusion was that if you make sure to not offend other Christians, at the expense of offending "nonbelievers," the nonbelievers will conclude that "those Christians love each other."

That's funny, I'd conclude that those Christians were sanctimonious bastards who think they're better than me. Guess I'm just crazy. ;P However, I generally endeavor to base my impressions of people based on them as individuals, rather than as groups.

I am pleased to say that most of the Christians that I actually know aren't like this ... I can't imagine this kind of nonsense coming from kamau_d_lyon or camstone for instance, nor from my late uncle Father Dominic. (Of course, my cousins Norm and Linda on the other hand... *sigh*)

Lord, what fools these mortals be. :P

-The Gneech

PS: Upon reflection, I think one of the things that annoyed me the most was the whole setting up another arbitrary "us" vs. "them" situation ... specifically in this case that "Christian brothers" were "us" and the heathen infidels! "nonbelievers" were "them." Given the sterling history that religion-based "us" vs. "them" has in the middle east, I suspect that people would be better off if we started looking at everybody as "us."
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