Friday, March 29, 2013

laundromat Theology

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"We're all in the same boat,
and we're all seasick."
G.K. Chesterton

     Laundromat chairs are functional, not comfortable. Maybe comfort is overrated. 

I just finished Tell Me A Story, Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative by Scott McClellan. He mentions a group whose theology was 'formed in a season of abundance.' It's dangerous to frame a worldview from a comfortable chair. 

     This is Passover Week. Millions of people this week will retell a story of escape and a story of wilderness wandering. The wilderness is not comfortable. It's also dangerous to frame a worldview in the wilderness. 

     Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle, said this,

"Two things I asked of Thee, O' God,
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep deception and lies far from me,
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is my portion,
Lest I be full and deny Thee
and say, "Who is the Lord?"
Or lest I be in want and steal,
and profane the name of my God."
Proverbs 30:7-9

     In the 1st Century AD, a Jewish Pharisee turned tentmaker wrote these words to a group of people in the Mediterranean city of Philippi-

"I know how to get along with humble means,
and I also know how to live in prosperity;
in any and every circumstance
I have learned the secret of being filled
and going hungry,
both of having abundance and suffering need.
I can do all things through Him
who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:12,13

     And so, as I frame these thoughts from a laundromat chair I am grateful for this remembrance-
I have clothes.

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