By Kenneth Justice
~ I always wonder about the people who don’t honk….what kind of people are they; people who enjoy murder and desire others to kill each other?
Who doesn’t want peace?
To tell you the truth, I’m beginning to wonder if more and more people….are against peace.
Do you think I’m nuts?
Think about it for a minute, consider all the relatives and friends who are at odds with each other, how many people have treated you poorly and won’t apologize?
How many people are just downright mean?
Do you work in customer service; how many customers are rude?
Have you ever had to go to customer service; how many CSR’s are rude to the customers?
It seems to me that people in general are acting less and less civil toward each other…..peace seems to be something we don’t think about very much.
Growing up in protestant evangelical church culture I’ve seen some of the worst that human nature has to offer; protestant Christians are among the most contentious people I’ve ever had to deal with…..
It is rare to find a protestant church that hasn’t gone through at least one or two ‘church splits’ in their history. The people who preach the peace of Christ have often been the root of my own frustrations; they are the people who seem to have very little peace to offer.
At one particular church pot luck I attended (Protestants love pot lucks the way George W. Bush loves oil) one of the 40ish aged church leader’s got into an argument with a 60ish aged parishioner over politics; and in front of everyone at the table the church leader started yelling at the parishioner…….
Later that night the parishioner (who never raised his voice) called me up to apologize for the argument,
“Hey, I wasn’t a part of the argument” I said, (I do everything I can to stay out of political conversations, especially public political conversations)
“Yea, but I felt bad that you were at the table and had to witness it” he said,
“But why are you calling me? You weren’t even the one who was yelling and being rude…shouldn’t the leader be calling you to apologize?” I asked
“Well, —— doesn’t usually apologize to anyone when he starts yelling” he said.
Isn’t that typical?
A church leader, a pastor, a boss, a manager….they start screaming and raising a ruckus BUT they don’t apologize; they don’t take responsibility for not practicing peace?
Church culture has left a bad taste in my mouth….I’ve seen the worst side of it….but in many ways I am connected to it at the hip; I have a passion for what church culture should represent so I can’t really get away from it……
So I guess for now….while so many of my fellow Christians seemed to have forgotten that peace is supposed to have a central role in Christianity…. I will suffer on in the midst of this troublesome lot who don’t have a fondness for peace very much….
At least I have my coffee, which reminds me, it’s time for another cup,