Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Riding or Trailering
I was trying to keep up with Rob on Route 90 near the Corn Palace en route to the 70th near Crazy Horse's bust (2010) when a female freedom rider with long, curly, and flowing red hair whipped by me on her Heritage Softail Classic.
A gender-awakening moment.
Then I noticed the big sign - pink on black - attached to her luggage: "Nice Trailer Pussy!"
Parenthetically, though I often quote, incorporate, or refer to real/colloquial language in books, KDs, and other hard copies because I want to be, uh, truthful/real/authentic/credible, I, uh, rarely use four-letter words and, uh, think I can come up with verbiage a tad more creative concomitant to Ephesians 4:17-5:21.
Except for 8th graders, I'm not offended by anyone who uses such language.
I save my ire for people who hate each other for Christ's sake or some other damnable religion.
Getting back to the red-headed-non-fender-bunny, she continues to symbolize a not-so-subtle rift between bikers also symbolized by contradictory patches: I Rode Mine versus I Trailered Mine.
"I Rode Mine" means the biker, uh, rode her/his mule to wherever with the not-so-subtle insult to those who didn't; inferring the difference between authenticity and posing or being real rather than just for show.
"I Trailered Mine" means the, uh, choke, gag, barf, "biker" put her/his mule in a transportable barn to wherever so it could be unloaded and "shown" during the, uh, whatever.
Do you catch my drift in a Christian kinda way?
Some people are authentic and really ride with Jesus.
Some people are posing fidelity by "church membership" and are just for show; as in walking into a church transforms a person into a Christian about as much as walking into McDonald's transforms a person into a Big Mac.
It's the difference between an actual relationship with Jesus confirmed by Christ-reflecting confession, conduct, and countenance and a religious kinship with Jesus that shows off every now and then but really ain't into it/Him for the long haul.
Today's churches show off their religion by praying with Jesus, "Forgive our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us."
Today's churches insult Jesus and betray their real religion of self by so much more often than not being places of unforgiveness mirroring the world more than Word.
"You hurt my feelings...You didn't...You did...YOU! YOU! YOU!"
While today's churches have a remnant of people who really get it/Him and prove it/Him by loving Him by loving like Him with mercy, sacrifice, unconditional favor, and other Christly traits, too many posers insult the holiness of Jesus and even blaspheme against His Holy Spirit by their irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable behaviors.
How about you?
Do you ride?
Are you a Christian or a...?
Maybe my vocabulary isn't as...
I learned a lot about keeping my bike clean from a guy who is OCD about keeping his bikes clean because he shows 'em off at rallies and wins trophies for how they look.
I'll never forget talking to his wife after a ride to Pennsylvania to see inlaws/outlaws that was punctuated by helmet-wearing weather; and for me to wear a helmet and give in to the government's insatiable appetite for controlling my life and dash the hopes of my enemies, you gotta trust me that the weather was pret' near tropical storm.
Anyway, she said I reminded her of friends: "They're real bikers. They're not the fair weather kind who boast about only riding when it's 70 and dry. They think their bikes can't take a little rain. They're really talking more about themselves than their bikes."
Those trailering posers have counterparts in too many churches.
Concluding, "I wish I could convince him to ride more and show less."
Those riding authentics still have sisters/brothers in some churches.
Trailering: "Be careful about following them...It's all spit-and-polish veneer...Their lives are perpetual fashion shows...They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called 'Doctor' and 'Reverend'...People look at you and think you're saints, but beneath the skin you're total frauds."
Riding: "Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant."
Matthew 23 in the real biker's manual.
Bikers, uh, bike - ride!
Christians, uh, Christian; turning nouns into verbs if you know what He means.
Blessings and Love!