my post about “a response to the accusation that ys is embracing eastern religion” has drawn, as any blogger would expect, a steady stream of commentors — some strong but courteous, others just strong — trying to uncover my true new-age sensibilities (or so it would seem); or, to be more gracious, to convince me that i’m wrong.
and, boy-howdy, these particular blog commentors can write some long comments! i get winded reading them.
i see the wisdom, at times, in tony jones saying in one of his earliest posts that he didn’t expect to respond to comments. this morning i got up at 5:15 to get a jump on the day — huge stretch of ministry trips starting today (i’ll post about that later this morning) — and stumbled out of our bedroom to the computer desk to check email. i saw i had a new long comment on that post, and patiently (more or less) read it. when i got to the bottom, i realized it was from a high school girlfriend! i mean, a girlfriend of mine from when i was 16 — in 1979 or so! for a second or two, i got a big smile on my face — i love reconnecting with old friends. but then i just got way-grumpy and a bit ticked. no hello, no “how are you?” just, “i have concerns about ys.”
so, i posted this comment minutes ago:
IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL READERS OF THESE COMMENTS
i’m pretty much out of the loop for the next two weeks — lots of travel and ministry stuff.
this is getting nowhere. when a high school friend (and ex-girlfriend!) writes a very long comment with her concerns about me and ys without even saying hello, it’s time to pack it in.
friends, clearly we are not going to convince each other on this subject. i have read every word of your comments, and will, as always, remain open to God’s leading in my life. i don’t mean this to be dismissive, really. it’s just that we have 7500 real youth workers who DO trust us and desperately need a fresh touch from Jesus coming to nashville in a few days, and i have two trips before that — starting today.
you are welcome to continue posting comments here — i will not edit or delete them unless they’re WAY out of line. but i have other fish to fry, so to speak, and can’t continue to be consumed by this discussion.
as i recently (this week) did with Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason (with whom i’d had semi-contentious blog-comment discussions with over a different subject), i’d be happy to have lunch or coffee with any of you if you’re ever in san diego, and wish to have a real conversation face-to-face.
there are days when it becomes crystal clear why american christians have lost most of their leavening ability, any desire or ability to be a transformative presence in culture.