I’m Frankly Amazed

Sunset on Mt. Rainier, 2017.
Photo by Glenda Clemens, 2017

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

Every time I fly home to the Seattle area and see Mt. Rainier, I’m in awe and amazement at her beauty. For professional photographers she is a never ending font of beauty and art. For me I’m amazed every time I see this mountain and when flying I can never resist pulling out my smart phone and taking a photo of her through the window of the airplane. I plan ahead for this and so always reserve a window seat on the left-hand side of the plane just to be sure I’m able to see her beauty and wonder.

“Amazement + Gratitude + Openness + Appreciation = an irresistible field of energy”
Frederick Dodson, Parallel Universes of Self

However, sometimes my amazement is not for the beauty of our world but the contradictions in the society in which we live. Sometimes I’m so amazed I’m just pissed. Yep I go all the way from the sublime to the profane in just a few seconds. What do I consider profane? Not the profanity I use to express it but the amazement at the obvious contradictions about professed religiosity and the messages of spirituality. That’s where I am this morning.

Yesterday on Facebook because I loved
the absolute joy and love I felt for Katy:

Katy Learning Crochet
Photo by Glenda Clemens, 2017

Now, if you are anything like me, you smiled when you saw that photo. It was a natural and loving response to a girl becoming more and more and more. It has 18 likes.

Yesterday, I posted this meme
Because I was amazed at the contradiction
Between someone who professed religiosity
And the obvious lack of spiritual honesty:

In 19 hours it has received 2 likes. I’m left asking the question: why?

I’m sure people feel more comfortable liking an adorable girl learning a difficult task at the age of 5 than liking (or hating) a meme that points out a publicly avowed Christian stealing. Not just pocketing a candy bar at the grocery store (although I believe stealing is stealing) but stealing and smuggling incredible, irreplaceable pieces of the history of Iraq.

“Congratulations,” he said.
“That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.”
His expression was a mix of awe and disbelief.
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

What I really want to know is how many Christians are comfortable with him doing this? How many are not hitting the like button because they want to pretend it didn’t happen? How many are quickly willing to forgive him but not call him out for his misdeeds? How many don’t see the absurd and pompous arrogance and contradictions of this man publicly stating his Christian beliefs were why he didn’t want to allow his female employees contraception but has no problems with stealing historical artifacts?

“You failed -your fart was not silent,
my nose heard it’s deafening noise.”
Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

I feel your discomfort with this post. I’m not very comfortable with it either. BUT. I have a stronger feeling that our discomfort for this post is not nearly as important as our collective willingness to excuse wrong doing is some people while throwing stones at other people who are honestly pursuing life, liberty and happiness. I’ve heard and  those words somewhere other than here before.


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