Like everybody who posts on Facebook, I am pleased that people “like” what I put up there. My posts fall into three general categories:
- Theological/cultural observations that serve mainly to define who I am and what I believe, for the few people who care about that. Here’s an example from last Thursday, March 12.
Since losing my job as a Bible college prof nearly seven years ago, I have been moving farther and farther away from the evangelical subculture–philosophically, theologically, and associationally. I am learning to see the world, the church, and the faith through a new lens. It has made me more tolerant of differences, more compassionate, more empathetic. I like this new view, and I like the new me that it is bringing about.
Here’s another, from Monday, March 9.
The “abundant life” promised by Jesus has nothing to do with material circumstances. It has everything to do with inner peace, awareness of the presence of God, and the spiritual energy necessary to spend ourselves in loving and serving others. I cannot make sense of Christian faith from any other perspective.
- References to phenomena and/or personalities that have affected or influenced me. Here’s an example from February 28.
Here’s another, from February 26.
- Things that make me happy or proud, and lessons about life that I’m learning from people I love, mainly my former students and my seven-year-old grandson. Here’s an example from yesterday, March 15.
Just saw Gallery Players production of Les Miserables at JCC in Columbus. What a great show! Superb performances by entire cast, especially by my former student, Elisha Beachy, in the role of Marius. (That’s him on the left in the pic on the bottom right, below.) I couldn’t have been prouder of him if he had been my own son. Eddie Redmayne, eat your heart out. Congratulations, Elisha.
My Facebook posts are intended mainly to be informative. I’m not there to argue, and I’m not really trying to convince anybody of anything. I have this blog where I can do that.
A church leader once told me, “You are a difficult person to understand. I’m sure that not many people really ‘get’ you, but for those who are willing to work at it, the effort is worth it.” I’m delighted he feels that way. For my part, I’m not so sure. Nevertheless, I am glad to know that some few people do ‘get’ me.
I did an informal, quasi-scientific experiment. I made a Venn diagram–overlapping circles, each containing names of people who have “liked” one or more of my Facebook posts in a particular category over the past few weeks. The names in the portion of the diagram where all three circles overlap are, I suppose, exemplary of people who “get” me. At least that’s what I choose to believe. And to that group, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Even though I am not listing names here, I feel certain you know who you are. But that raises two rhetorical questions.
(a) Do my readers know what I mean when I write that not everybody “gets” me? And (2) is it a sign of mental and emotional health (or is it narcissism) that I feel so happy knowing there are some people who really do “get” me?
And Bob’s your uncle. 🙂