Written by Daddy for Kylie and Jack.
Once upon a time there was a nose. The nose didn’t know where to go or what to do. His friends said to him, “Look, you have to face it…”
Back on March 13, 2008, I wrote this piece for my blog. Before I published it, I sent it to a Baptist Pastor with whom I had gone through Carey Bible College (the Baptist Churches of NZ's bible college). He was not against me putting it on my blog, and, in fact, thought it would generate a worthwhile discussion. However, I decided in the end to shelve it.
Now, six years later, I have decided to publish that piece, poor writing and all. Why?
As we walked to our car after seeing the movie Noah, my wife said, "That was worse than I thought it would be."
I said, "That wasn't as bad as I thought it would be."
Ah, time is against me. Or maybe I'm just unable to delve into an topic without completely submerging myself for hours on end. I don't have hours on end and so I don't comment. But I'd like to tell you what I am not commenting on that I'd like to comment on.
Okay, I'm not sure that is the correct title for this. My thoughts are still in process, but I thought I'd like to make a record of a conversation I've been having over at Paul Windsor's blog exegesis: n. the art of unpacking. Paul makes a distinction between (religious) pluralism and plurality, and I agree with much of what he says. However, when he made this comment...
My commitment to plurality would have me march down Queen St to protect the rights of a Muslim community to build its own mosque in New Zealand.
...I had to question whether this thinking was coming from the Bible or from a commitment to Western liberal democracy.
In response to a question sent from a friend a while ago, I typed out a quick response.
"Well, I’ll contribute what I can, but while I’m guessing I’ve been exposed to more of the charismatic wing of the Church than you, I have never spoken in tongues in a meeting and had an interpretation, either. In fact, I can only remember one specific occasion where I even heard it as it happened in an AOG Church I was visiting (though the Baptist Church I attended also experienced prophecies and such and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were messages in tongues that I can’t actually remember).