In yesterday’s inbox. Name withheld, as it’s probably best none of his parishioners who Google his name, find that he’s reading my blog.
“I’ve learned and continue to learn so much from your blog. I just wanted to say thank you again.
“I know I probably represent everything you despise (being a Lutheran pastor and all), but my gosh, when it comes to just ordinary living you’ve had such a huge impact. Not only am I one who does not use soap or shampoo, my son agrees 100% and hasn’t for a couple years. I don’t check in every day, but I do check in often to see what I’ve been missing.
“Thanks for your brutal honesty and your willingness to question yourself.
Strange as you may find it, given all of my awful rants about religion, I do have a certain affinity with many religious people. Fundamentally, we have something in common. Loosely stated, it’s a general disdain for the State and its democratic socialism—not to mention its nannyesque delving into every aspect of human life under the illusion of “protecting” us from ourselves.
We simply differ on that “higher calling;” what it is. I’ve found over many years of self-experimentation that there’s “no God required.” An understanding of human nature shall suffice always, for me. And having grown up in fundamentalist circles, I’ve seen it both ways and how people do generally. Suffice to say, Jesus Take the Wheel is a very poor way to live a human life in my not-so-humble opinion. My life improved immensely when I no longer had the God excuse. “Well, it just wasn’t God’s will.”
Anyway…My ranting about religion should always be seen by religious people of good conscience as Tough Love. I just think you can do better than that. You’ve got the fundamentals locked up, already.