Oh, The Comments!


I have a policy of approving all comments that aren’t outright threatening. I do this because I believe in healthy dialogue between persons of vastly different opinions, but I also do it because even comments like “You’re Judas” or “You’re an oppressor” or “You’re a false prophet and destined for Hell” are valuable. They are valuable because they allow me to introspect on the things that I write, to look deep and try to find that place where I probably AM an oppressor, where I AM very much like Judas, where I may act as a false prophet. Long story short: I can take the abuse, the verbal stones that get thrown, because I know where my convictions are, I know to Whom I belong, and I know that my Redeemer lives!

That said, I will not tolerate abusive language between commenters. People can hold widely divergent beliefs without resorting to language and insults that would make Martin Luther blush. Commenters who use such abusive language will be asked to edit their comment to exclude the abusive language. If they refuse, their comment will be deleted. Further infractions will result in that commenter being blocked from the comments section. There are many places on the Internet where uncivil, unloving statements are tolerated – this site will not be one of them.

One thought on “Oh, The Comments!

  1. I came across your blog by ‘coincidence’ through a posting on Facebook. The brief statement of your journey, may I affirm as worthy, courageous and “faith”-filled. I am saving your blog to explore further in the next couple of days.

    May I simply say that I was raised among the Religious Society of Friends (“Quakers”) in a free-thinking, non-creedal, non-dogmatic tradition of ‘seeking truth’, knowing that there are no absolute truths – all answers evoke more questions. Many people find it difficult to live with such ‘in-security’, with the lack of dogmatic answers, not to be questions. I cannot live in those conditions. I did become a Baptist (of the ‘modernist’ tradition) when I decided to give in to that long-troubling sense of ‘calling’ and had exhaustively explored every possible excuse to stay out. That included other actual possible professional careers. Because of certain citizenship problems caused by my being born in the U.S. – I couldn’t get my green card soon enough to go to Earlham School of Religion to do my Master’s degree. Having been exposed to Baptists quite a lot – I chose to attend Div College – that particular one was excellent for me – at that time. I served with very ‘liberal’ congregations. I left many years ago to “come out of the closet” and claim that liberation from oppression to be more of the whole person that I am.

    I have continued on a volunteer basis in Chaplaincy as other areas having taken a lot of Clinical Pastoral Counseling Training, a non-pathologizing mode of therapeutic counseling and a model for ministry. Since then, my beliefs have continued to grow and develop in the logical directions. I am a non-theist while avoiding the word a-theist because of the negative agenda that goes with it.

    Like you, I have trouble using the word ‘christian’ now as much as I am a ‘passionate follower of the radical Galilean Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth who keeps on radicalizing me more and more. It is to a way of living and being in all our relationships with other living beings and the whole ecological environment that I am devoted – not to the exclusion of other ‘ways’, or ‘paths’.

    Thank you for your witness.
    The Rev. Gordon Hill.
    (while I have not been a member of any denomination or congregation for many years, I was never “defrocked”, so to speak.)

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