Saturday, November 26, 2005

A Week to Remember, Epilogue

You might have caught a rant of mine last week about the Borders Religion section...a place where pop psychology masked as spirituality and countless theories on what the church needs to be more or less of rules the day. In retrospect, it might have been a little overstated. Among all the Osteen and Meyers and Warren there are deeper thoughts to be found. I was also gearing up for two funerals over a four-day span and a little burnt out on theory. Maybe you noticed.

I then attacked the blogosphere. Maybe attacked isn't the right word. But I used the words 'bored' and 'oversaturated,' so I could have been attacking it. Most of the blogs I read have something to do with wanting the church to be better at what it's supposed to be. Last week, in the midst of a time of grief and pain and shock for two families in particular and our little church in general, I said that I was a little tired of reading about what the church needs to be and somewhat prayerfully shared that the church just needed to be The Church for those families and to one another. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but there's no time to look behind you in the moment, lest you miss the moment altogether or get clotheslined by a low-hanging neural tree branch.

I appreciate the blogosphere for how it has aided my faith journey the past year. Scott names what we do in a particular way:

blogs and podcasts and webmeetings and google talk and chat rooms are a place to ask the big questions, not guard the truth. we are not powerful enough to legislate orthodoxy so don't be afraid. i wouldn't want someone like me making those kinds of decisions anyway.

the gist of this rant is to remind us that many of us are doing pseudo-theology on the web. many of us are looking for outlets to vent our frustrations and ask dangerous questions. we band together to try to figure things out. most of those i read are dedicated to transparency, to honesty. they have no desire to destroy the church. most post-moderns i know are not desirous of disbanding anything, let alone turning people from faith. most of these people do hold to lesser amounts of absolute truth, defendable claims and faith credos. simply stated, they want to be real. they want to follow god like the rest of us.

This is pretty much what many of the blogs listed on the sidebar do: ask tough questions and discuss one another's ideas. One aspect of last week's rant was to ask how we might live those questions while sitting with a mother speechless at her daughter's sudden death. Or maybe that's just one of the tough questions.

Blogs only do so much. But maybe bloggers know that already. Or maybe we ought to better know the limits of this medium, while loving it just the same. Or maybe I'm just rambling.