Lauren: Haha, I thought you wrote an entry on your ass. See, I had this IM window up and I'm on LJ and I saw "My assignment", but I only saw the first part and it said "My ass".
Me: Yes, I regularly write entries about my ass. It's currently grazing on the lawn with a donkey and a mule.
The entry Lauren is referring to is this one on acommunity. It's my English assignment, a eulogy for Macbeth, so please do read and offer feedback if you can. I may have to present it as early as Monday.
I have a stack of work this weekend. Sigh. I hate it. I'm trying to lose myself in apathy, because when I am apathetic, I can go robotic, get things done, and once I have accomplished what I need to, snap myself back to emotions. It's sometimes worked nicely in the past.
I wish my mother was here to order a stack of books that ... I probably won't have time to read. Ha.
One day this week, I think it was Thursday, Johnno was late in getting to SOR, and I happened to spot an assignment sitting on his desk. Being the curious sod I am, I couldn't help but have a look at it, and it was a journal (some assignments for SOR require you to keep a journal of your thoughts, ideas, and so forth). One part in particular struck me.
The general gist: Some unnamed person [I shall call them Xavier] pushed past a person without apology to get to a rubbish bin, and this single act makes them rude, selfish, and a bad Christian.
This clearly reveals a fundamental truth about society: the way you behave around a rubbish bin determines the quality of your character, and a single act will doom your status with all other mortals forever. Not only this, but it will negatively impact upon the entire secular world's view of your religion and you shall be called out in judgement as a pathetic representative of a pathetic set of beliefs. It does not matter that you are being better than half the people in the school by actually bothering to utilise the rubbish bin; the fact you forced your way past someone and did not say a word to them makes you a terrible person and condemns your religious status to the feared level of "bad."
Forget about all your good deeds. You give to charity? You raise awareness to help starving children in Sudan? You try your hardest to be loving of everyone you meet? You do not seek glory for yourself? No, none of that matters. No-one really cares how you feel deep inside yourself. Your belief or faith in God and the acts you do out of devotion to him are of entirely no consequence the second you dare to make one little error when visiting the rubbish bin.
That's right! ONE inconsequential mistake determines your status! Because you chose to act like a human - of course, Christians are not human! - and did something revealing inadequacy and imperfection, you are now BAD. The person you pushed past probably forgot the incident straight away and thought nothing of it, and indeed, it was probably in a crowd so they would not have cared. Yet nevertheless, this is the criterion we shall use when assessing the meritous value or lack thereof of someone's Christianity! If you do not behave yourself around rubbish bins, if you make minor errors, all your good works count for nought and you are determined, once and for all, to be a bad Christian. Ignore the fact that none of us can be truly good, ignore the fact that we are not to pass judgement, and ignore the fact that people make mistakes - those things are blasphemy and heresy to our ears!
Moral of the story? If you're going to be dumb enough to judge the quality of someone's Christianity, even though you are not God and cannot investigate the depths of their heart or soul, at least make the decision based on reasonable evidence, NOT A SINGLE PETTY ACTION! Thank you.