My brain hurts. There are many reasons for this but I think the basic problem is that this entire week has been like some sort of endurance test. Go, keep going, never stop, just go, places to go, people to see, people to feed, things to wash, things to buy, gotta go, go, GO! I am weary. And also, I’m struggling with being a witch again. But that will pass, I trust.
Mr. Right’s car is on the fritz, which is a cute way to say that it’s about to cost us a truckload of money. We’ve been sharing a car for three days now. Well, “sharing” is not the right word. Mostly, I get the car. But he does have to get to work and back, so it complicates things a little for both of us. That’s how life is. Something is always on the fritz, something is always complicated, and you always have to keep going.
In light of all that…can I just share something I found today that’s making me happy? Or at least happy-ish? At Stuff Fundies Like someone shared a link to a blog called slacktivist, known (by everyone but me, apparently) for its trenchant critiques of the Left Behind series. I know that topic seems a little ’90s, but you should read the posts. Good. Really good. My own reaction to the books – er, the one that I read – was simply that it was very poorly written. “But a lot of people like them,” I’ve said with a shrug, a hundred times. “So that’s cool. ” Pretty much the same position I’ve taken on the Twilight series. Fred Clark, the slacktivist, is more than willing to call out the bad writing, but he gets into subtexts and theology and all kinds of good stuff that was not touched on by my “It’s not for me – but it’s cool if you like it” posture. And long may Mr. Clark prosper, because what I am sometimes unwilling to say is that I think some very dangerous ideas have been communicated through bad eschatology. And the Left Behind series has bad eschatology aplenty. We make our foreign policy decisions based on bad eschatology, many of us. I’d rather go to the Sermon on the Mount, myself, but…well, I digress.
On a side note: I think some very dangerous ideas are communicated through the Twilight books, too. Er, at least the one movie I saw. I couldn’t read the books, just couldn’t. But that hasn’t always stopped me from harping on them. And I have some friends who, reading this post, would have every right ask why I’ve been so willing to speechify about the messages in Twilight and too timid to take on Left Behind. Well, that’s easy. There are certain things Christians are supposed to enjoy, and even though I often don’t enjoy them, I don’t want to be a buzz kill for other Christians. Or possibly I’m a coward. Even as I write this I’m not sure which is closer to the truth. Because my dearest Twilight-loving friend has also been on the receiving end of some blasts about the celebrity preachers she enjoys. I’m not consistent in my timidity.
Back to the slacktivist. So I followed the link and knew I would like this guy as soon as I saw the “knock, breathe, shine” tag line at the top of his blog. Dude. My favorite John Donne poem, and used in such a good song by the erstwhile band Jacob’s Trouble. The slacktivist blog has far more to recommend it than the Left Behind posts. You’ll have to trust me on that because I really am tired and I realize that what I intended to be a one paragraph “hey, go see this” has turned into something else…I don’t even know what. But maybe you’ll visit the slacktivist (like the 7, 928, 230 visitors that his site meters says have been there before you), and all of my rambling will be worth it. Despite my never having heard of the blog before, Mr. Clark has been writing it since 2004, so the archives will keep you busy for a while.