Christians Repond to Zach’s Story

I’m not all that plugged in to the christian blog community, except for three or four blogs I read that fit in to that category, so I don’t know how many blogs in that community have commented on Zach’s story. However, thanks to a trackback from Noli Irritare LeonesBene Diction Blogs comes this comment.

I don’t know the details of Love in Action – what little I’ve read is bizarre.

This boy is being put in a program for adults, people that are at the end of their rope and who are coming out of a hard core life style.

Is this what we ‘civilized’ Christians offer teens?

…This boy may well have well-meaning, helpless parents. They’ve put him in an program that is not much different than tossing him into an adult prision or out on the streets.

And this one from Camassia.

It’s the way things change, though, that seems at odds with this sort of rehab model. I remember after this discussion about conversion with Dwight I reflected that, whenever the Spirit seems to have done anything to me, it’s usually been when I’m not really trying or sometimes even paying that much attention. It catches me by surprise. And that makes sense actually, because my will seems mostly to just get in the way. If I’m sitting there trying consciously to control or eliminate some aspect or feeling, then like a Chinese finger puzzle it only grips harder. And if someone else is pressuring me, my ornery nature takes away even my desire to do it. Don’t try to change me to make me into what you want, or worse, to just make me normal.

And Sarah Laughed chimes in.

And so Jesus comes — to heal, and to love, and however long it takes to grow, to nurture the peace that comes with the fruit of the Spirit — but also, in some cases, to separate a son from his father. I don’t know Zach or his parents personally, but just from reading Zach’s blog, I wonder whether the best thing I can pray for Zach is that he’ll find a way to break away from his parents while staying safe. Zach needs to be among people who, though they’re not related to him by blood, will receive him as a beloved brother, a child of God whose every capacity for self-giving and life-affirming love is a gift from God.

I wanted to post to them because I think it’s important — especially for someone like me who often goes on about “wingnuts” — to show that not all christians (perhaps not even most?) are of the “Love In Action” mindset, or supportive of what LIA does.

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6 Responses to Christians Repond to Zach’s Story

  1. Great roundup. I especially liked Camassia’s comments – she’s right on the money. I’m not a Christian, but as a spiritual person I still know exactly where she’s coming from. You can’t control or induce a spiritual experience by force. And you can’t dictate what the nature of that experience will be when it does occur.

    Unfortunately, evangelicals believe just the opposite, contrary to all known experience.

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  3. Peregrinato says:

    Actually, its more like “religious fundamentalists” or “theologically conservative Christians” believe the opposite. And it is true that many, even most evangelicals fall into that camp: but one emphasizes spreading the Good News of Christ, not necessarily an ideological hegemony that is identified with the other movements. There are socially progressive evangelicals, e.g., Jim Wallis and the Sojourners Community.

  4. Terrance says:

    A good point. It’s hard to remember that when religious fundamentalists are hogging the microphone at present.

  5. ol cranky says:

    Christian Alliance for Progress is a new organization that’s trying to rescue Christianity from its hijackers (Christian instead of Fristian). Be heartened, Public Theologian, Faithful Progressive, Xpatriated Texan and Father Jake are featured bloggers and they are pro-human.

  6. rea says:

    Jesus talks about Love in Action:

    “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

    (Matthew 17:22-23)

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