I have watched “Walk the Line” a few times as I flip around the dial, and each time I seem to catch a different scene. The one I caught this weekend was one that was pretty defining to Johnny Cash’s style and I thought was pretty appropriate for the type of person, writer and communicator that I want to become.
The question asked and answered here in this clip from the movie is a definitive one for each of us. I grew tired of my own bullshit as a “pastor” and as one that spoke often to a crowd of people on Sunday mornings. I wanted to speak the things that were real and were representative of the things that I truly felt. I did that to some degree but was guarded and so afraid of the backlash if I admitted my true doubts, and my fears.
The subculture of the church doesn’t allow for this type of honesty by-and-large since the variety of church I grew up in (evangelical Christianity) presents a “Jesus is the Answer” philosophy – regardless of the questions raised. I wonder if people from “non-belief” stages of life might feel more inclined to hang around if churches actually raised more questions than they tried to answer.
So now I have a better framework from which to write and share my stories. As honest as I think I have become it might be necessary to be even moreso. In fact, I think I must.