April 17th, 2004

Mullet II

No subject line, just a disorganised rant.

You know what really helps? Not writing rants over two days like I did with the following. I can't be bothered to edit it to make it sound like it's from today. The first part I wrote late last night, then I continued it.

I'm also thinking of quitting writing. My story stinks. Anyway.

I promise you, the upcoming is not a U2 ramble, no matter how it starts.

Today, I rediscovered the Rattle And Hum video. I figured I might as well watch something while eating dinner, so I whacked the video on. I'd forgotten how good Bad was, Streets called to me for a reason a couple of you know very well, With Or Without You was just amazing and you cannot fault Bono's voice, Sunday Bloody Sunday was even more passionate and violent than ever before, and Exit was haunting and dark, but it was Bullet The Blue Sky that got my attention and got me thinking.

"And I can't tell the difference between ABC News and Hill Street Blues and a preacher on the Old Time Gospel Hour, stealing money from the sick and old. Well the God I believe in isn't short of cash, mister. And I feel a long way from the hills of San Salvador
Where the sky is ripped open
And the rain pours through a gaping wound
Pelting the women and children
Pelting the women and children
Who run ... who run ... into the arms ... of America."

It's scary how we limit God and how we use God for ourselves. It's scary how we demand God to fix crises but do nothing ourselves. It's alarming how we can have a comfortable middle class Christianity when the religion Christ preached absolutely denied anything of the sort. He preached a faith of action, one that featured selflessness, helping, love, and guess what? Shirking material desires. God is not short of cash.

But oh, how some branches of modern Christianity limit God. They put Him in their cosy little boxes and try to corner the market on grace, thinking they know the Divine Will and are so tremendously Holy™. People want God in a box because then they can predict Him and be comfortable. Whyever would God be illogical? God isn't illogical, He's in my box of logic!

It's really sick what some people do in the name of God. They think He's just some cash cow they can milk, just go watch some televangelists to see that in action. And then we start thinking God needs our money or other tithes. He doesn't need anything, so stop thinking you can use Him to get what you need. It annoys me when people do that. It annoys me when I try to. And we just sit here in our plush pews in our comfortable churches with the Powerpoint displays and air conditioning and don't even give a thought to any of Christ's commands that trouble us or push us outside our boundaries. We don't go out there and live our faith, we just say we do, and in the process, we deface Christ's name and become rather an embarrassment. It's like we don't even know what He preached. Forget the messages about helping your fellow man, denial of self, and all that. It's just so shocking.

But you know, I'm really starting to not care. These people think they own God, that He's in their comfortable little box bowing to their every command, but He's NOT, He's bigger than us. So much bigger. These people can be stuck in their petty little God-limiting realities all they want, but they're the ones losing out. They can think God wants us to be happy and follow all his little regulations and never have a hitch ever, and though I feel sorry for them when reality slaps them in the face, that's going to be what happens if they don't listen and just keep hiding away.

This rant is disjointed, I know. I'm not even sure where I'm going. I'm just sick of seeing people box God, use Him for their own gain, and think He actually needs something.

So love is big
It's bigger than us
But love is not what you're thinking of ...
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