This week I safely dropped a man from space while you shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school.
This is a tweet sent by Ricky Gervais this week which has been debated around a few Christian blogs. The consensus of opinion abut the tweet seems to be the following.
- This is a bit strange because Malala (the young girl who was shot) See here if you have been living in a cave. is a devout girl who wanted to learn, rather than a secular atheist.
- Also Felix Baumgartner, who fell from space (check here cave dwellers) brought back a sense of awe rather than a sense of “pah – it was just science”.
- Mr Gervais is a celebrity who understands the power of a sharp phrase and Twitter gives him the opportunity to use one without regress. (Apparently he ruthlessly blocks anyone who disagrees with him. His privilege – dunno have never followed him.)
- Sometimes religion brings all these things onto itself.
These are all admirable and well reasoned thoughts and they do the Christian Community credit to have responded so thoughtfully and with such restraint. I tend to stay out of these debates because my initial reaction was “Smug G*t” and that is neither mature or considered. It may well be factually correct. Who can say?
I also stay out because I am so far out of my depth. I do not have the mental capacity to spar with these people. Richard Dawkins is undoubtedly very brainy and I find him so intimidating I rarely watch him. He also seems to be so full of spleen that I find he leaves me a bit depressed about the state of the world and how much hate a person can carry. Maybe that’s just me.
I’m not very good in debates on religion. I have never considered myself religious. In my most Utopian moments, I consider myself part of a Christian community known as followers of “The Way” I am enthusiastic about Jesus and what he has done for me and am therefore caught up in living that life with all its challenges to be self sacrificing and thoughtful and generous. This is indeed so challenging that it takes up all my time and energy, leaving me little room to be self absorbed and an all round nasty piece of work. This is how I try to live my life. Often, this is little more than a pipe dream but, in the words of the great Steve Coppell – I don’t want to make it a target but it is something to aim for.
I am not divorced from debate or from culture but I find I need God’s wisdom to support my family and friends and to stop me spending my days deliberately trapping my head in the door. It’s not that I don’t want to be thoughtful about the higher things in life. I read and discuss and think. I just genuinely can’t be bothered with all the points scoring.
I suspect that on a Friday night in Islington, there are parties being held where people in crumpled linen jackets drink a lot of Chablis while scoffing humus and clam linguine and have a really good laugh at people like me and my blind faith in my imaginary friend. I just wish I gave a monkey’s.
Galatians 5 V 25-26. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we do not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives.
Before I go…….
Text from York University
“Is £33.00 a lot for an electricity bill?”
“For how long – a quarter, a month, a minute?”
“Oh yes. Good point. Will check”