Someone told me the other day that I desperately need to post something new to my blog… and my first reponse was, “What blog?” They replied, “Stupid Church People”. And I said… “Oh, thaaaat blog!”
Hard to imagine that I might have forgotten about SCP (and I really haven’t), but it certainly hasn’t been in the forefront of my mind. Moving into a new place, working, life stuff…. all of that means SCP took a backseat for a couple of weeks.
I was walking and talking with a friend last weekend, and we were laughing about the reaction so many people have to this blog and website. It wasn’t a long conversation where we analyzed why people reacted on the site the way they do, but it was more of an acknowledgment of just how seriously people take it when you talk about “their church”. Or maybe we concluded it’s just when you call a segment of the population “stupid”… or maybe… it’s the way people react when you use the phrase “blow your (effin) brains out!”
Yes, yes, yes! I know. This site is meant to provoke a response. I admit it. And that’s why (by and large) I rarely get upset at people’s reactions.
However, one of the things that continually intrigues me is how people urge me to “quit bitching and complaining and start doing something about the church”. Well, maybe I have said it before, but let me say it again….
THE SCP BLOG, WEBSITE AND PODCAST IS WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT THE CHURCH!
Now, it may not be what you would like me to do, but it is what I am doing. This IS doing something! And if you can’t see that, then this site is named aptly just for you.
Many of you would have me enter back into a mainstream church, get involved in some type of capacity and provoke change as an insider. Others would say that I should start my own church, gather like-minded people around and create our own brand of church “for people that don’t like church” or whatever. Several people have mentioned using this platform for an even more “positive” approach in building up the church and encouraging people. And my answer to any and all of these types of suggestions is….
You may not like what I am doing and how I do it, but my goal and purpose (did I just say “purpose”??) here is to create a place where:
1) Disillusioned and hurting “church people” can see they are not alone.
2) Stupid Church People are provoked (and even pissed off).
3) All “church people” can laugh at themselves.
4) Dialogue can occur among a variety of people and their ideas.
5) The truth is spoken (not necessarily ultimate truth, but honest and straightforward feelings, perspectives and opinions).
When people visit this site, they usually have one of two basic reactions. The first one is they “get it”… and they may stick around and read, respond, get involved, form an opinion and then go back into their previously scheduled lives. The second reaction is this… they don’t get it or they don’t like it. And these people at that point either move on OR they stick around and read, respond, get involved, form an opinion and then go back into their previously scheduled lives.
Call me crazy (how’s that for an open invitation), but from where I sit, SCP is DOING SOMETHING. And from the amount of feedback I have gotten over the past two years, it’s even doing something that’s positive in the lives of some people.