Sunday, August 26, 2012
Stupid Stuff in Church
I've often wondered why people get so upset about stupid stuff.
You know what I mean; and I'm not cataloging lest I pick your/my/our/their favorite stupid thing that triggers so much...
With a world at war, nation in decline, so much meanness and madness and misery, and a Presidential election featuring a blowbag, buffoon, bourgeois, and boy, you'd think people would/could differentiate the important from the incidental.
Too many won't/can't.
Is it pride, prejudice, control needs, sick pathologies, or...?
Sure, all of 'em are a part of it.
But I've never felt any of the aforementioned was/is enough for people to go postal, apoplectic, irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable.
Then it hit me; and you can decide if "it" was inspired or indigested.
Lots of people freak out over stupid stuff because they can't handle the important stuff.
The stupid stuff is in reach of their pride, prejudice, control needs, sick pathologies, and...
"It" hit me after preaching today.
I mentioned how burying a 22 and 42 year old this week puts things into perspective.
A woman who I'd never met before came up and wanted to argue with me about a sign that went up, then down, and then up again as if the Kingdom rises and falls on such...
I just can't get that upset about...when compared to a young man who dies in a tragic car accident or mom of a 9 and 10 year old who goes home to Jesus after battling cancer for five years.
I can't even muster up any indignation toward the purveyors of the pathetic.
I just say nothing in a Titus 3:9-11 kinda way.
Expending emotions and energies on stupid stuff is, uh, stupid.
I know my lack of concern for stupid stuff offends some people; but stupid stuff just seems so, uh, stupid.
Stupid is a Biblical word.
It's often used to describe stupid, uh, stuff.
So if you've got a problem with references to stupid stuff being, uh, stupid, take it up with the Biblical authors and their inspiration.
I've been alive for as long as I can remember.
If that doesn't make sense to you, check out Revelation 3:1-6 before continuing.
It's a born anothen thing.
Anyway, I'll never forget Tony observing, "Some people pray, 'And if I die before I wake...' Some of 'em need to pray, 'And if I wake before I die...'"
People who are awake don't sweat the stupid stuff because they've got more important things to...
Granted, like that lady who accosted me after worship about the sign, there are people who think what I think is stupid is really, really, really important.
Buy or sell.
Maybe I'm wrong.
Maybe liturgies and signs and carpet color and oil or wax candles or organ versus Fender or vestments or gravy rags aka neckties or Robert's Rules or brass plaques or the inane bigotries of Sister-Bertha-better-than-you or...are really, really, really important and not as stupid as I think.
Maybe I should show more concern and spend more time and exhaust more emotions and energies on that kinda stuff than gospeling, visiting people in the hospital, spending time with the grieving, and...
The more that I scratch the surface of my relationship with Jesus, the more I believe I'm called to move away from that kinda religion about Jesus to a relationship with Jesus on matters that really, uh, matter here and now and, uh, forever.
Blessings and Love!