Week 5 – Monday

Perhaps its a knee-jerk reaction to modernity or American culture, but I really have trouble identifying positive aspects worthy threads of our American discourse.  What’s to be proud about, or see positive things in a reality where value is emphasized on the individual who can do everything on their own, where we promulgate our version of government unto others without invitation in the name of American interests (read: oil, “fair trade”, cheap labor for MNC’s, etc), or where the U.S. responds in a manner that resembles a “spoiled, drunk, 15 year old waving a gun in [others] faces.” (Guy Forsythe, Long Long Time, on the album Love Songs for and Against.)  Our American discourse is rooted in colonialism, has transferred it’s currency to neo-colonialism, and thinks of itself a bit more highly than it ought.  Is this pessimism?  In what way do we understand our American discourse as good, fruitful, or faithful?  In what ways does our discourse reflect faith in Christ?  And how do we as a church do this well without co-opting all that isn’t beautiful or whole or faithful?  I don’t want to be black and white, or mutually exclusive in how our discourse is understood. . . .

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~ by Brian Shope on October 22, 2007.

One Response to “Week 5 – Monday”

  1. I know what you mean, I’ve had the same questions.

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