When I think about “writing a blog!”, my immediate thought is “ooooh, so what!? Like it matters” — as though my opinion is somehow worth so much more than anybody else’s. I struggled with this issue in ministry — why am I ordained? Am I soooo special that God chose me?. In the movie, “Oh, God!”, George Burns answers this question for John Denver: “It’s the luck of the draw. It’s like getting a prize for being the 1,000,000th person over a bridge”. After much soul searching, that’s the best I can do. My qualifications for ministry are 1) that God chose me and 2)I did something about it. I am no more, and no less, I think, qualified than anybody else who meets those criteria. Other people have a lot more projections about the whole chosen thing than I do. My only code is to remember who I work for (God), love the people that God has created because they also crossed the bridge, and “Don’t do anything that makes God’s name look worse than it already does — making it look better is a goal, but at least don’t make it look worse”. There are ALOT of people in my profession — not my denomination so much, but my profession — who would, as George Burns suggested, “do better selling shoes”.
You’ll note that I’m not in the pastorate anymore (I don’t serve a local church), but the hankering to speak (aka the Spirit) pops its head up every once in a while, so I preach on occasion, do chaplaincy a few Sundays a month at a psych ward, and teach a class at my church (South Church in New Britain, CT) on occasion. You should be able to see I’m a Christian, rather than me telling you. If that’s not happening, something’s wrong. But I’m not a big “public” guy who likes to be “ON!”, so I do my work behind closed doors in therapy.
If you understand all of that, you now understand the reason for this blog and its title. There is, frankly, no reason that I should have a blog except this: 1) I see people all day whose lives most people can’t believe. 2) I get angry enough or sad enough (or the Spirit drives me to, if that’s how you think) about them that I want to say something and 3) I can now do something about #2.
I encourage other people who are so driven to do the same thing, to comment on my thoughts, and be active in “real life”. So here’s my blog… like it matters.