Monday, October 13, 2014
Remnant Network - 24
PCUSA is hawking a new hymnbook: Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.
While the title comes off as an oxymoron to remnanters and the parochialism is nauseating in a John 17 kinda way, it's pretty good apart from being anachronistic upon publication.
A hardcover book of hymns again right now.
In my short life, I've gone from the green one to the red one to the blue one to the - drummmmmmm rolllllll - ya can order your new one in red or purple one.
It just makes me wanna sing, "Onward Christian Soldiers!"
That one didn't make the cut.
No wonder www.pcusa.org didn't publish the open letter to you know who in the last edition.
With all of the technology out there and print going the way of the Smith-Corona and lead pencil, ya'd think...
Sooooooo cynical of moi.
Can nothing good come out of...Louisville...or its other sister-franchise-idolatry-promoting HQs?
What's happening to moi?
Like all franchise families or families of any kind for this matter, there are three ways of assessing what's going on/wrong/right/whatever.
"My family is pure and perfect in every way!"
"My family is the worst of all and I've gotta get the heaven out of it asap!"
"All families have problems and need help!"
Getting back to the new hymnbook.
While I still think it's an old wineskin for a new, uh, age, it's not bad.
It's not pure and perfect.
Heaven, they left out...
Buuuuuuut if I were into anachronisms, I'd buy it; while sure as heaven asking for editions without the idolatrous sub-title.
I've still gotta deal with my initial reaction - cynical.
Cumulative effect, mes amis.
Yeeeeeeet, if I am gonna try to follow Jesus by the book, I've gotta be a little more mature about these kinda things.
I just read something "From the President" in Wake Forest Magazine that caught my attention (Fall 2014): "There can be no more important message...than civility...It has to do with who we are and what our communities are like...a community where people are taken seriously...In a world increasingly fragmented..., we need to preserve an oasis of civility."
Like, uh, in the church.
Professor Katy Harriger picks up the P's theme on page 81 of the same rag: "Civility isn't the same as politeness...goes beyond that to showing respect for another person, even if you disagree...It's about seeing the other person as a valued human being...Look at television, especially reality shows; the way to become famous is to be uncivil...Our political system has become so uncivil...If someone has a different view from you that doesn't make him or her subhuman or not worthy of respect. We tend to demonize those we disagree with. It doesn't mean you never disagree...but we can do that in a civil manner...Our public policy discussions today are so polarizing; it's all or nothing..."
Sounds so much like, uh, the...
One of the things that increasingly impresses me about Jesus by the book is He did not suffer fools gladly.
He didn't abuse them either.
He ignored their ignorances and...told the truth (check out His encounter with Nic in John 3 for instance) without blinking or blushing.
Being the incarnate God, He not you or me could do that.
Only He not you or me was/remains pure and perfect in every way from here to eternity.
Getting back to the new hymnbook as a metaphor for you know what - and if you don't know what already, my guess is you're so caught in your ecclesiastical idolatries that... - I don't think it's the best or worst out there; so I'm not inclined to lionize or demonize it.
I didn't expect it to be pure and perfect in every way.
Come to think of it, aren't you thankful that God has never expected us to be pure and perfect in every way?
Annnnnnnd if you don't get thaaaaaaat, sign up for the next Christology course asap.
Blessings and Love!