Sunday, June 28, 2009

No Devotional Literature Here

Nobody understands us. Most don't really want to.

O, some think they know. Some are compassionate--they assume that funerals are emotionally difficult (they're not always) and that we agonize all week on our twenty-minute sermons (we don't). Others think ministers are lazy (some are, but most of us can outwork you any day of the week, and twice on Sunday). Others think we're so sensitive that we'll faint if you mention sex or use scatological humor.

This ain't no devotional literature. There must be millions of blogs full of nauseating, preachy stuff that you can gag on.

This blog is mainly for me. I need a place where I can sit comfortably, take this damn collar off, and speak unguardedly. Normally, one goes to his friends for this, but I don't have any nearby--I've had to move too often. I can't afford to pay a counselor. So I'll let it loose here.

If it shocks you, then go back to your Sunday School literature and wait for the rapture.

If you're interested, leave a comment. We don't have to agree in order to be friends. If I trust you enough, maybe one day I'll tell you my name.

2 comments:

  1. Who is going to minister to you "clergy guys"? My God, we give you starvation wages and expect you to dress nicely and drive a respectable car, we batter your sermons on faith and expect you to have any left, we deprive you of love by expecting you to be mini-gods and then wonder why you try to find it in the arms of the secretary - and then we gloat. Another clergy hypocrite. And we go back to being hypocrites ourselves. And the ones like you that hang in there through all this BS then have to go underground and be anonymous just to have a way to be heard. This is a sacrilege and an outrage. "The workman is worthy of his hire." That doesn't just mean money. We should be doing so much more for all of you clergy guys and gals. Shame on all of us for not noticing or caring, and for doing nothing! --Jaguar

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  2. We don't have to agree in order to be friends.

    Once this really sinks into every mind in the world, we might have a chance at a grace-filled world. Slowly, it's happening. So Painfully slow. Wonderful line, CG.

    Have you heard of this guy? http://nakedpastor.com

    His blog and his ministry has kind of been an experiment in getting away from the nauseating, preachy stuff and trying to find some authenticity and honesty within his doubts, thoughts and his love. I like his cartoons. Mind you, he has recently resigned as a minister and is now teaching instead...

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