50. hipsters

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Read this passage today on one of the blogs that I follow:

Christians are engaged in a whole set of revolutionary, subversive practices, while failing to notice their significance. Simply to say that Christians are those who always go to church on Sundays may be a more significant practice than we realize… In a world where work is integral to worth, where the majority of our neighbors see Sunday morning as a time to go to the lake or to mow their grass, just getting up, getting dressed, and going to church becomes a sort of non-violent protest, a way of saying, ‘We want a different world than the one you serve.’ Just teaching our children that we go to church, without being able to explain the ‘deeper significance,’ might have immense political significance.

– Hauerwas, Stanley and William Willimon. Resident Aliens. Nashville Tenn.: Abingdon Press, 1989.

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One thought on “50. hipsters

  1. John

    I have to disagree with this passage. This seems like “lazy” Christianity to me: “I go to Church therefore I’m a Christian hero and don’t have to actually behave like one.”

    Going to church is just normal – for most people it’s not even really much of a religious act, just a social activity, or something done out of force of habit. To be a “revolutionary”, I think you really need to be out there ministering as Jesus would: help the poor and disadvantaged, give money to charitable causes, and really love your fellow man.

    The attitude of this passage to me seems smug, privileged and WASPy – “I spend an ENTIRE HOUR a week going to Church, to which I wear my best clothes to stick it to the other parishioners, and I vote Republican to screw the poor and pass legislation to restrict the civil liberties of horrible people like gays and immigrants who do nothing to harm me but exist.”

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