I’ve been working a lot this summer, and one of the main ways I take quick breaks (or sometimes long breaks!) is by following some blogs on my Google Reader. After reading a really interesting post from a friend’s link, I added a blog to my reader, which is about faith and such and I thought would be a nice change from the normal calorie-laden cupcake recipes I review daily.
Honestly, I am disappointed with what I see there. When reading religious and philosophical blogs, articles, essays, etc., I want to get the feeling that the author thought more about the issue than I did in the three minutes it took me to read the piece. After growing up in Southern Baptist churches that taught me to stop asking questions and thinking so hard because, as a female, I should just accept whatever my male sunday school teacher/pastor/friend said as the truth, I will not accept half-hearted awkward writings as devotionally inspiring. I just can’t do it. Something in me cannot accept facile discussions of the nature of God or my relationship with Christ.
Today’s post, called “Followers,” is a perfect example of this facile writing. The author has his Masters’ degree in theology and works in youth ministry, so I am sure he is more than capable of considering and publishing articles of substance. Perhaps they are posted somewhere online, or even on the same site. [I haven’t looked for these articles, and I am not accusing the author of any mental or logical failures.] Perhaps I am not in the appropriate demographic of this blog, and made a poor choice adding it to my reader, but seriously, this blog made a “whopping” revelation: Following Christ is different from following Lady Gaga on Twitter.
Seriously? Do we even need to write that down? Do people in our society actually think that having a relationship with anyone is the same as following someone on Twitter? No way. I don’t think so. Further, the article stopped and failed to say how following Christ is different, or how you could get started doing that. So really, it was entirely pointless.
If anyone out there is reading this blog and thinks that following Christ is stupid or pointless for your life, I urge you to think again — it is the most meaningful thing you can do. But, at least to me, it is also one of the most confusing things you can do. It is hard to subordinate your own feelings and desires to those of Christ, especially in a society that teaches you to be true to “yourself,” to find “yourself,” and to value the essence of the individual over the needs of the group. I struggle with this concept on a daily basis, and it is okay if you struggle with it too. Ministry is not simply answering hard questions with cheeky colloquialisms, it is about struggling with those hard questions right alongside everyone else, but doing so with the assurance that your faith in your God is bigger than any of the questions your heart or mind might ask.