Head First: Let This Be a Lesson to All of You.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Let This Be a Lesson to All of You.

Thanks again to everyone who helped us with the PhillyPride event. And thanks to everyone (well, almost) who joined the discussion. I think it was important that we talked about it. Ok, maybe not, but it helped me a lot (and that's what really matters, isn't it? Me?).

That said,

The World Is Not a Stage


Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don't make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won't be applauding. When you do something for someone else, don't call attention to yourself. You've seen them in action, I'm sure--"playactors" I call them-- treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that's all they get. When you help someone out, don't think about how it looks. Just do it--quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

(Matthew 6:1-4, The Message)



I enjoy irony. It's very...um...ironic.

26 comments:

Kitty Cheng said...

Thanks for the lesson, and as much as it's ironic(cos I like to be on stage lol), I don't want to be a hypocritical pharasee!

Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!

Alli said...

Wow, I really need to pick up The Message and start reading -- the interpretations are so much more applicable to life than all the "thees" and "thous" of a KJV and other older versions.

I still think (after plenty of navel-gazing) it was a worthwhile effort, in terms of sharing non-hate with people from a Christian perspective -- if nothing else, to balance out the usual message given. Will it change someone? Beats me. But I do hope that (eddie aside, of course) that it won't have offended people.

J Hearne said...

I have been following the developments and I appreciate your introspection. I've posted on a similar topic, recently, and would appreciate your thoughts and comments, as always.

Steve said...

The Message???

The MESSAGE???

What a piece of crap translation that is... how do you ever expect us to take you seriously if you quote from that watered-down sorry excuse for a bible....

You should be ashamed of yourself... and you call yourself a Christian??

dufflehead said...

yeah, "if the KJV was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for us"!

(quote is from a radio commercial i heard once upon a time in virginia for a certain church. . . i kid you not)

you should have video taped the handing out of cards so others could go back and show their churches. . .for verifiable evidence and all.

BruceD said...

We were supposed to be taking him seriously???

Zeke said...

Better than using the Homo NIV, I suppose.

SocietyVs said...

I dig it man. True sincerity is what Christ talked about, something the church in general missed when they set up their churches and have mass prayer meetings, altar calls, giving in public, etc. I guess some need the crowd experiment but really, it lacks real sincerity. I love the message Christ teaches in Matthew and to be honest, the message as a bible, little weak.

jeff said...

I've been reading the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic.

I cannot understand a freakin' word of it, but at least I'm not compromised by poor translations...

[The Message rocks!! At least until my pastor starts referring to it as a 'translation']

dorsey said...

Maybe if you read it fast, he'll feel better.

Kris said...

Oh thank God you posted this.
I was about to ask you if you used all of the $10,000 dollars I gave for buying coffee cards.

Thanks, thanks Dorsey for teaching me a lesson.










ps: i could use at least $7000 of that back if you have it.

dorsey said...

Sorry, Kris.

Y'know...overhead 'n' all.

:-)

Recovering said...

I've never been a big fan of the "Non Inspired Version" aka NIV but the message is great for reading with unbelievers, especially those who are unchurched.

Eventually you can graduate them to the KJV so they can read the Bible Jesus read...

...can you really trust anything that comes out of England?

Kitty Cheng said...

I am inspired to buy 'the message' now :)

jeff said...

We need more fast scriptures...

dorsey said...

"...can you really trust anything that comes out of England?"

Only my friend, Bruce and New Castle Brown Ale, dude.


And Eugene Peterson, you owe me.

Bruce Garrison said...

I once had a King James only guy send me a tract on "Sodomy and the NIV." I never really figured out whether sodomy would lead to the NIV, or the NIV would lead to sodomy. What I did wonder was how such a tract was helping people to develop a personal spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, and with others. The KJV dude also told me that each language has one inspired version of the Bible, and in English it's the KJV. I just always wondered what happens when one language's inspired Bible differs from another language's inspired Bible. I guess English must always be right, because well... we speak English. I'm afraid that means that "The Message" is also left in outer darkness Dorse. Sorry.

dorsey said...

I guess that explains all the wailing and gnashing of teeth around here lately.

Recovering said...

mmmm...New Castle Brown Ale...I guess there are some things from England that are good. And Harp is from Canada so that country isn't totally worthless either, I guess.

KnowNoTone said...

It's so interesting how they KJV-only bangers just love to rail on Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, a literary critic who participated in translating the NIV.

She is an avowed lesbian and evangelical feminist. The funny thing is there are multitudes of Christians who read the NIV and have no problem railing on homosexuals with as much passion as the KJV-only Gestapo does on the NIV.

Does anyone else see the irony here?

Fundamentalism sucks.

SocietyVs said...

If you guys wanna have a laugh and a half check out 'slice of Laodicea' which is on blogger.com. Those fundie bastards think Rick Warren and the devil are in cohoots, Billy Graham should just die and say nothing more, the war in Iraq is God-centered, and some other bullshit...they like Spurgeon though. Those guys really make me laugh with the amount of hypocrisy they teach, go post on there but just don't let them know where you live, they might bring a burning cross.

dorsey said...

There's not much use posting there. Ingrid moderates every comment, and the only way to make it on is to agree with her or say something she can easily refute.

nathaniel adam king said...

I am listening to a techno version of Vivaldi's 'Winter'. It is grand.

And I kinda like Slice of Laodicea, thank you.

Recovering said...

I've had some interesting "dialogue" with those guys at Slice. You can read about one such event on my blog (see "Smile, Jesus Hates You" and "Smile, Jesus Hates You (Revisited)" on my blog)

They'll make your head want to exlpode. The thing that irritates me the most is that I used to resonate with people like that.

It's good being a recovering evangelical.

Kitty Cheng said...

You know, an artist friend of mine design these posters called "Word Art" where he draws pictures which are accompanied by scripture using "The Message" version. Apparently many people are inspired by them!

nathaniel adam king said...

I personally love the Message for devotional type reading. However, I think it is faulty to attempt to study from it.