I’m beginning to think I wrote a litmus test, not a blog post in Monday’s “Wherein I Confess To My Christianity Problem.” In comments I’ve received in private conversations, here on this blog, on Facebook and on Bilerico where I cross posted, the discussion has been interesting, to say the least.
Some people seem to only see my anger at Christians and cheer me on. Others say I’m stereotyping Christians and boo me. Still others say I’m stuck in the delusion that I must be OK with everyone no matter what they do to me. One guy at Bilerico called me a loser.
If I’m getting this right, in his eyes I’m a loser because I acknowledged that Christians can be people, too. (The folks at Bilerico appear to have removed his comment, so I can’t verify.) A dear, dear friend says she read my post three or four times and saw something different each time. She moved from being upset with me because of my anger to something close to understanding my point, although she admitted that our lengthy personal conversation helped her get it.
My reactions to all of this? (a) I’m pleased people are reading the essay. (b) How could I have written so poorly that people keep getting something different out of it? Why do they keep missing my intention? (c) The concept I attempted to get across must be really, REALLY hard to grasp. (Either that, or I need to bounce back to “B.”)
A couple of interesting links have popped up.
Christianity would indeed be a living tradition if instead of looking at how we can use the Bible as a weapon of mass destruction to spread discrimination, we could seek to help people get along with each other and let each other be who we are.
Also thanks to D. Gregory Smith for the link.