Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Reality Check



Since Friday of last week, I have been pretty much consumed by a viral marketing campaign that I personally find offensive on a very visceral level. After posting about it a couple of times and making several comments on other blogs about it, late last night I made what I hope to be my final public comment about it on Pete Wilson's blog.

I have come to the realization that my connection to it and to the parties involved is just way too personal for me to discuss publicly without becoming overcome by anger and sadness. I am also aware that to a certain extent, there are those who are using this blog and those who have been linked to it as a means to further their exposure into the spotlight. I simply will no longer be a party to any of this. My church will continue to quietly help those that have been left at the curb, even as others deem our efforts as a complete and utter failure. I frankly don't give a rat's patooty what they think.

As to their impassioned pleas for people to give them a chance to prove their critics wrong, I will only say that, if nothing else, I pray that your relationship with Tim will give you a clearer understanding that he and others like him are people, not projects; and that if after this is all said and done you teach others too see people through the eyes of Jesus, I will consider it a tremendous success. In the meantime, all I've got is this:



Now, if you will kindly indulge me once again, I will close with the words of someone whom I consider to one of the most underrated Christian visionaries of our time:

I am a Christian because I have seen the love of God lived out in the people who know Him. The Word has become flesh and I have encountered God in the people who have manifested (in many "unreasonable" ways) His Presence; a presence that is more than convincing, it is a Presence that is compelling. I am a Christian not because someone explained the nuts and bolts of Christianity to me, but because there were people who were willing to be the nuts and bolts, who through their explanation of it, held it together so that I could experience it and be compelled by it to obey. "If I be lifted up," Jesus said, "I will draw all men unto me."

So, here I offer what is possibly the worst thing that can be offered: an explanation of a joke. And, what makes this more inexcusable than the fact that this is that, is the added fact that this is an explanation of a joke you've already gotten. I offer it anyway. I offer it in the hope that it might somehow encourage you to live out your lives and, by your living, tell the joke that I, in my writing, so feebly attempt to explain. Love one another, forgive one another, work as unto God, let the peace of Christ reign in your hearts. Make it your ambition to lead quiet lives. Obey. Greet one another with a holy kiss. No one will argue with that.
Rich Mullins

9 comments:

♥ Kathy said...

Awesome post Kat! Really ♥

btw I can't post on the Traveling Smarty Pants blog :( I'm seriously sad. I wrote about it today on my Happy At Home blog...the post is here Can you tell Nick I said OMG I can't believe some people!!! lol

I also got a comment on my Crazy Life blog from the person I assume is running that degrading website...it and my response is here

I hope he really does help Tim but no matter how I think about it all I can do is see how degrading that site really is. I'm trying to see his side. I'm an open minded person and try to see other people's views but I have to say I really don't feel much better about it.

Hope you have a great day...almost 80 degrees already sheesh. We're gonna melt :o hahaha ♥

Marni said...

Oh Kat...you've GOT to be kidding me with this group you're talking about. I had to go back and read your other posts to see what was going on. Now I'm ready to spit nails. I see why this has upset you so and I didn't even see the site (and won't try to either for the very reasons you listed).

I know how you feel about homeless ministries and I think you know how I feel too. I guess that's why we're both so pissed. I appreciate your candor and making others aware that these are people God dearly loves and not a marketing ploy or fundraiser opportunity.

Also, I loved your Rich Mullins quote :) My bff is in heaven now after a long fight with ovarian cancer. She and I talked about stalking Rich Mullins once we got to Heaven :) :) Seeing Rich's name reminded me that she is likely hanging with him right now. I'm at work. So unfair... ;)

Marni said...

Kathy (other Kathy, not you Kat) ;) How do you get that little heart in your posting and in your blogger name??

jasonS said...

Do what you do and obey God! That's all we can do...

Kris said...

KAT...WHAT IS UP WITH THIS? I AM LOST. LAURA h TRIED TO GIVE ME THE MAIN POINTS SUNDAY, BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND. HOW ABOUT AN E-MAIL OR A PHONE CALL.

ALSO, MISS YOU AT AWANA

AND...I NEED TO SEE YOUR FACE TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING.

KW

PS...I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS UP BUT I HAVEE HAD OVER 600 HITS ON MY BLOG TODAY, I HOPE I AM NOT TICKING SOMEONE OFF.

Helen said...

I wish I had something wise to say. I don't. But my thoughts are with you.

Danielle said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate your prayers. Have you guys started your services already and if so how long have you guys been running? Our opening sunday is going to be Sept. 13th. Would love to see ya there!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Thank you for posting this, Kat. I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said and in my dreaded passive-aggressive style, I'll just shut up and roll my eyes in disgust. You speak for many of us, and you do it so well. Love ya, girl.

texasshawn said...

Kat, Willohroots http://willohroots.wordpress.com/ made a comment on a blog a few days ago that I really agreed with.
"Pastors have a few jobs, One feed the sheep. 2 Shoot the wolves...I love feeding and caring for the sheep, but I never, ever hesitate to attack a wolf...Shepherds carried a crook for the sheep and a club for the predators. Todays church needs to know when to use the club. I am a protector not a wuss. Pick on my people, be ready for a fight on what ever level. Some people need to be knocked down before they can reach up...If you are predatory you are my enemy."

I don't know the whole story and am not going to that site, because I don't want to raise the counter for someone you feel so strongly about is wrong.

But maybe, dear woman, just maybe you feel so strongly, because your shooting the wolf?

Do what you must, but do it in His strength. Remember what He did to Jericho. You're in my thoughts and prayers, and if you think of a way I can help let me know.