Friday, April 5, 2013

A Christian And An Atheist Walk Into A Political Blog

And I started a joke without a punch line. I suppose I'll have to write a regular blog post.

The Christian seems to be a fervent sort. I have to judge his fervency by his writing because I haven't met him. The Atheist has always done well by me and mine. He's been honest and taught his students to be honest. During a tournament I hosted, he even made one of his extempers come tell me that he has spoken on the wrong exemp question, an error that no one would have known if the student had not come forward and his coach had not had him bring it to the tournament host's attention. (The poor kid had to talk to a Mick Foley doppelganger, so that honesty had costs.)

Being honest is a moral rule all should follow. One generally expects more of fellow believers. For example, it people don't want to hear what one has to say, do what Jesus commanded:
If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them [Luke 9:5]
It really can't be that hard to stop commenting on a political blog can it?

I've always found Christianity a difficulty faith to practice; it's difficult to remember that one must "bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" [Luke 6:28]. It's unclear how implying that someone's wife is seeking to become a pagan goddess when she's studying to be an ECLA pastor constitutes blessing if one felt mistreated at a political blog.

Another difficult part of Christian practice is the idea that one should become all things to all people:
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. I Corinthians 9:19-23]
Surely, that means that one can become more "winsome" if one is asked to. It also must mean that one needs to control one's tongue:
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. [James 1:19-20]
There's too much anger in the South Dakota blog world. It's only politics.

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