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I didn’t choose my brokenness. And yet here I am, broken.

Posted in life, links by amoslanka on December 15, 2008

I didn’t choose my brokenness. And yet here I am, broken.

Brant Hansen is one of my favorite writers, and since I have had little time to write lately, I’d like to share his latest article. I admire his humility and honesty, especially in an issue that seems to demand we take sides. Read it here.

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  1. sarah said, on December 16, 2008 at 2:45 am

    i DID almost choose Portland…just cause i have other friends there too.
    but alas, i went with Denver (wayyyyy exciting, let me tell you—but also, much more possible), Boise, and Paris :-) friends, friends and exotic. we’ll see what happens!

    don’t you love it when there’s a song in your head and all of a sudden it starts playing in your itunes?

    where are you going for the holidays?

  2. jilli said, on December 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    i absolutely agree. we are all broken and until we admit that to ourselves and to God, our view and judgment of others will be so misplaced. God is love, but to love is to be discerning, to protect, to embrace, and to serve in let go of pride, and to see ourselves in view of how we affect/are affected by the lives of others, the life of Christ.

  3. rachell said, on December 16, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    what do you think?

  4. amoslanka said, on December 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    @Rachell — What do I think about the issue of homosexuality?

    I would echo much of Brant’s attitude, and will not voice an opinion for something like, for example, proposition 8 in California. Its a hypocritical and seemingly ineffective stance to take, but its the stance I believe Christ would take: to Love and understand the broken because we are all broken.

  5. rachell said, on December 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    well put. i realized later, after posting said question, that perhaps it was a bit forward and somewhat vague to ask you in the manner that i did. sorry if it felt that way.

    i don’t think that response/stance is hypocritical or ineffective- it’s more honest and humble than most.

    paz y amor,

  6. amoslanka said, on December 18, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    @rachell — No worries at all and thanks very much for the continued dialog. Actually, I think the stance I described in my last comment is hypocritical and ineffective. If it is an honest and humble stance, it is going to be hypocritical because I do not always act the way I speak. If I am honest and humble I can admit to being a hypocrite. Its ineffective because in a world that worships efficiency and individuality, it sounds like passivity and doing nothing. We have a tendency to think that effectiveness comes only in political victory through our rationality of political battles. But this is one of the great subversions of Christ’s teaching- that sacrificial love is not necessarily effective in the way we humans think it should be. Its precisely why Jesus said he could have called in thousands of angels to save him from betrayal but didn’t. Even the disciples tried to be effective the human way- by taking up swords and arms to keep Jesus from being capture in the garden.

    The hardest thing I’ve ever learned about the philosophy of Jesus is that effectiveness and “winning” isn’t what I think it should be. And this is precisely why most of humanity continues to fight issues on unloving impersonal political fronts. We are still trying to “win for God” the political way we think it should work. We’re still expecting Jesus to arrive in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday wearing a crown and a purple crown.

  7. rachell said, on December 19, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    “unloving impersonal political fronts” – well said.
    also, interesting about the concept of “winning” and/or “winning for God.”

    i admire the depth and breadth of your thoughts on Christianity and the church. i guess what i meant to say, is that i think -you- are both humble and honest in your search, in your questioning, in your obvious desire to Love.

    much food for thought. and writing. :)
    thank you.

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