Day 11

I thought I’d take a moment today, since it’s an otherwise uneventful and relaxing day, to simply crack on some of the lame Christians that get on my nerves, siting scripture, of course, which is easy. I could type all day, but won’t because I want to get back to enjoying my two boys, wife and Joan Jett.

From yesterday’s Psalm 12: 6-8:

“God’s words are pure words,

Pure silver words refined seven times

In the fires of his word-kiln,

Pure on earth as well as in heaven.

God, keep us safe from our lies,

From the wicked who stalk us with lies,

From the wicked who collect honors

For their wonderful lies.”

To me, that spoke in terms of my embracing further refinement toward a purer product during my remaining liquid days, and in a current livelihood that doesn’t scream, “health crisis,” it is not a physical problem at this stage that I need to be concerned with, but spiritual solutions that will come my way well after the young Indian boy will have left his buffalo skin following his four-day vision quest.

Discipline is the surface discovery, but what remains? I can only wait to find out.

The second element of this passage from Psalm 12 calls to my mind the present day Christians–in some case leaders–who speak ill-advised wrongs toward segments of the population who God calls us to nurture: prostitutes, Mexicans, tax collectors and beer drinkers.

I, for one, am more of a reverse-racist, requiring 50-something white guys wearing ties to prove themselves before getting my stamp of cautious approval. And I should start today in making a little more effort in including those suspicious types in my circle of communion. While the health front is as-yet under control, I have many days to go and I will work that time to continue in self-discovery and God-discovery, remembering that “Contemplation is the highest form of activity,” as Aristotle noticed so long ago.

For the record, today’s weight: 149 pounds (again!).

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7 responses to “Day 11

  • Bill

    Glad that you’re hanging in there, that ‘everything still works’ and you’re keeping a PMA (positive mental attitude). 149 lbs …. I haven’t weighed that much since I was in the 6th grade. At 15 I was 205 lbs. and absolutely skinny (especially looking at myself today). When I did the Lenten liquid fast, I’d usually be down to 175 lbs by Easter, and could fit in ‘boy’s size 20’ clothes. Boy, those days are gone! I’ve got a Bohemian Pilsner in primary right now, which I brewed mainly for my octogenarian dad, who claims that Czech beer was the best he ever drank while vacationing in Europe. I hope my efforts please him.
    Keep on “keeping on” … now that you’ve made it past the tough part, the time will go by quickly. Keep your days interesting, but limit strenuous activities.
    Cheers!

  • gregory yourek

    i’ve been keeping up with your story since the beginning and find your feat both interesting and sincere. however, i find certain elements of this post a bit disconcerting.

    you spoke of “present day Christians–in some case leaders–who speak ill-advised wrongs toward segments of the population who God calls us to nurture: prostitutes, Mexicans, tax collectors and beer drinkers.” i basically understand, and agree, with what you are trying to say. however, i think we can both agree that Jesus would probably have some things to say about those who were breaking the law (entering a country illegally; prostitution [in some areas], collecting taxes [probably should be illegal] and drinking beer are all perfectly legal) for which there is a simple, lawful, solution (legal immigration).

    secondly, do you think being a “reverse-racist” who requires “50-something white guys wearing ties to prove themselves before getting my stamp of cautious approval” is more acceptable than those who are racists against others for any other reason? this statement doesn’t really coincide with your previous statement about the Christian leaders. again, i think we can both agree that Jesus was not racist against anyone for any reason. He accepted and loved all with whom he came in contact, including “prostitutes, Mexicans (maybe not them, but probably because He never met one while he was alive), tax collectors and beer drinkers (probably more like wine drinkers back then).” we should all strive to live our lives the same.

  • Wilson

    Good comment, Gregory, and I’m happy to clarify that it’s no better to be a “reverse racist.” I’m just pointing out my own foibles that self-discovery has revealed. The very next line went on to say that, “I should start today in making a little more effort in including those suspicious types in my circle of communion.”

  • Jeremy

    just wanted to say i’m very intrigued by your journey and thankful for this daily blog. being a Hebrew believer in Messiah, and a teacher at that, it is well-known in the community of faith in which i exist that drinking is not only NOT evil, but actually something believers are commanded to do, so if it helps, ignore the ignorant brothers who say otherwise and don’t be distracted during this special time of commitment. i just celebrated Purim with some Duchess de Bourgogne, thought of you, and said a blessing for your health and strength!
    May your endeavor be met with success in all its facets!

  • virgil g

    For every verse that condemns drinking, you can find one that holds it up as a good thing. If you are looking for some good verses that will uplift your spirits, read some Ecclesiastes.

    Ecclesiastes 9:7
    Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

    It is believed that Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon when he was older. (He is claimed to be the author of 3 books; Song of Solomon, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes)

    First was Song of Solomon, his love story. Then he wrote Proverbs, at the height of his wisdom skills. Then when he got to be an old man, he wrote Ecclesiastes.

    It starts out with him claiming everything is pretty much worthless. All your good deeds, everything you do, is useless. It isn’t until chapter 2 that he starts to figure out what are the good things?

    Ecclesiastes 2: 24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

    Ecclesiastes can be summed up with Eat, Drink, and be Merry, for tomorrow you may die.

    This is, of course, later in life, well after the Proverbs 20:1 verse of Wine is a Mocker. He had smartened up in his old age and thought… beer/wine is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy (basically).

    Hang in there. You can do it.

    V

  • Tim Hymel

    Hang in there guy ,too many philosophers to deal with. Just have fun and let the good times roll.

  • Chuck Warpehoski

    I enjoy reading your Lenten discipline, in part because it is the opposite of mine (I’m doing the more standard eat as usual, don’t drink thing).

    Just a thought on “reverse racism.” Racism goes beyond individual reactions to social structures and systems.

    Let’s put this in a different context to explain.

    When Jesus healed the lame, he wasn’t just giving them physical healing, he was offering them access to religious and social healing. The lame were forbidden from entering the Temple, thus were social outcasts that excluded them from religious, social, and to some degree economic life.

    Now, someone could say, “I’m a ‘reverse-ableist,’ I wonder about people who take their ability to go to the Temple for granted.” But that ignores that the structures of the day excluded the lame regardless of what an individual felt.

    To bring that back to race, we have similar structures today: the sentencing guidelines tend to be stricter for possession of crack than powder cocaine. Most storybook art depicting Jesus shows him looking European/white, even though he likely looked more like a Sephardic Jew. Sources of pollution are disproportionately sited in communities of color.

    As I see it, Jesus ministry of healing the lame, talking to women, and eating with prostitutes and tax collectors was about more than individual acts of love (though that was part of it). It was about challenging the social norms and structures that said these people were excluded, reviled, and seen as less than full and beloved children of God.

    Sorry for the rant. Best wishes for your fast.

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