So my week of ripping others’ thoughts off continues. I found this helpful as it is not really about swearing, it is about honesty. Some people (although fewer year on year in this culture) expect their leaders to be unhuman or even superhuman. This post froma friend’s fb page I found realistic and healing:-
‘If you are a Christian who takes offense at swear words or believes for some reason that clergy should never be cranky or irritated, then I am not the person for you to follow. It’s ok. You don’t actually need me. The entire publishing arm of the Christian Industrial Complex …. has a great deal of material that is just for you! Countless Christian websites and books and blogs are your brand of Christian.
No need to leave me comments about how disappointed you are in my use of language because out there in cultural Christendom you will find niceness in abundance, super-duper positive thinking, and lots of inspiration with (best of all!) no swear words! The Christian world is your oyster.
You are not my audience.
But there are other folks out there who are comforted by ambiguity, who need a Word of grace which is not covered in strawberry syrup. Who need the stark truth of what it means to be broken and blessed at the same time. Who are at home in the Biblical story; stories of anti-heroes and people who don’t get it; beloved prostitutes and rough fishermen. They tend to not really care that I use colorful language. If anything, they are relieved that they don’t have to watch what they say around this particular member of the Christian clergy’.
The highlights in that passage are mine. I like this posting immensely; poetic, probing and real. I think I should print it out and stick it somewhere.
*By the way as a Methodist Minister, I am not ‘clergy’. We don’t have ‘em, nor a formal hierarchy. Glad we sorted that out.