Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Shopping at Starship Records and Tapes

Still thinking about the Ted Haggard bit, strongly believing that the Spirit is never caught off guard by these types of stories. Movie producers and novelists do this kind of thing all the time. Tension is allowed to enter the story. The drama that is created results in an opportunity for the hero to step forward, to think, improvise, to rise to the occasion. We need not hang our head at the onset of this kind of tension. A phrase has stuck in my craw this week after reading an article in Wine Spectator. The author was describing the enjoyment of wine as a "humanizing ritual" for him. He explained that the act of studying the wine, purchasing the bottle, letting it rest in the cellar, waiting for the right occasion, retrieving the bottle, dusting it off, lifting the cord (no screw tops, please) decanting and finally tasting. For him, there is pleasure in every step of this ritual. Through it he feels more human. I think he's on to something. Do simple little acts like this make us more human?
  • is this why I still prefer buying music at a music store than just downloading from iTunes?
  • is this why I like going into the bank and making a transaction with a teller, than via ATM?
  • is this why I plant a garden?
  • is this why I don't like going to the church as we know it? The anonymity, the sameness, the "please hurry and exit this door so the people waiting came come in and take your seat" leaves me feeling empty.
Did Ted lose touch with something of his humanity by the form of church that he helped create? Mega, monstrous, anonymous form that would not allow for his humaness to come forth and get help years ago. Thankfully, the Spirit is still kind and slow to anger.


Strider said...

Thanks for this post. I think the Ted thing is all about the failure of the organization we have built and then called 'church'. Ted fought in the battle alone and was taken out- probably a long time ago. I tried to say this on the comments sections of other blogs but folks will not/can not hear that. Thanks for expressing it well.

Bryan Riley said...

Just like Adam and Eve in the garden we are still plagued with this desire to hide sin, which only makes it rot us from the inside out. It's like we bury something dead inside what is otherwise alive and the death spreads like a cancer. It's even worse when we do this in spite of the fact that the death is already destroyed through the atoning act of Christ at the cross.