Books and Passion
June 5th, 2008 by Sonja

I’ve been tagged again in a couple of meme’s and very lax about responding. These meme’s, however, have taken some thoughtful response, so I’m giving myself that out.

First, Grace tagged me to tell you all about my favorite book of the Bible. That’s hard … I think I have to say, Ruth. I love the story of Ruth. If you read it thoroughly it is a complete story of God … He’s all in there, but you have to look in all the nooks and crannies for Him. That’s why I love the story so much, it’s a beautiful love story and it’s multi-layered; keep pushing through and you find more and more and more. After that, I’d say Romans. And Esther.

Who to tag? Pistol Pete, Nick Gray, Maria

Second, Erika tagged me in a meme begun by Jamie Arpin-Ricci in which he quotes:

“The life of the Christian should be burning with such a light of holiness that by their very example and conduct, their life will be a rebuke to the wicked.” (St. Francis)

In an era where Christians are largely known for the sin they oppose, this wisdom could not be more timely. Francis calls us to face the compromises of our culture by becoming living alternatives with how we live.

Jamie set up the following rules (I think of them as more like guidelines 😉 )

1. Consider aspects of our culture where we have too easily compromised, issues that you passionately oppose.

2. Then, ask yourself what it would mean for you, both as and individual and as a part of a community, to be a living alternative. Write about it.

3. Link back here to this post.

4. Tag others to participate.

It’s too easy to be morally upright about the things that matter least in God’s economy … things like sex and alcohol. Yet it seems as though those are the things that Christians are known for caring most about. We don’t seem to spend a lot of time worrying about the seven deadly sins from the classical era … pride, greed, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy and lust. Some may say (and correctly) that these are not mentioned by name in the Bible. True. And yet … we must look at the results of these sins. They serve to devour others and their needs, rights, desires in the service of mine. They build up me at the expense of another. This is counter to the love of God and love of other that is woven like a golden thread throughout all of the Scriptures.

To be a living alternative is to understand root causes and behaviors. It is to live in the meniscus of grace, dancing with the Holy Spirit where She may take me. Living with open hands. I have a house for purposes of hospitality. I have stuff for the purposes of giving it away to those in need. I am home during the day so my young neighbor can get a ride to school when he’s missed his bus. I can give water to those who are thirsty and share my food with those who are hungry. I can live with my hands and heart open, giving away … and not storing up for myself. Do not live to devour others, but live to serve God and dance in Her Grace.

And I’ll tag: Bill, Jeremy, Peggy, Lyn , and now Doug (who I’d been thinking of all along, but got distracted!)

8 Responses  
  • Jarred writes:
    June 5th, 20089:09 amat

    Great thoughts!

  • Bill Kinnon writes:
    June 5th, 20089:47 amat

    Thanks for the tag, sis. See post of mine.

  • Bill Kinnon writes:
    June 5th, 20089:49 amat

    Well, that wasn’t successful. See this post of mine.

  • Sonja writes:
    June 5th, 200811:16 amat

    Some days I wish I could, you know, read! Sorry Bill …

  • nick writes:
    June 5th, 20085:00 pmat

    Hey! Thanks for the tag! I will get right on it :)

  • Maria writes:
    June 7th, 200812:12 amat

    Thanks for the tag! I’ve been internet-impaired (something like hormonally impaired, I guess) for the past few days, so I’m just catching up now.

  • jeremy bouma writes:
    June 7th, 20089:46 pmat

    woah doggie! great post and REALLY challenging meme. because it means I need to actually DO something instead of just bitching…errr writing about it :)

    thanks for the tag and look for my response monday or tuesday!

  • novus•lumen | living in the tension of an emerging faith in Jesus and postmodern America » Blog Archive » Be A Living Alternative…Starting With GAP and Starbucks writes:
    June 12th, 20088:56 amat

    […] was tagged in another meme by my sweet Scriber/blogger friend Sonja from my old stompin ground in VA. […]

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