Monday, April 03, 2006

The wounded

'How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded.'
M. Scott Peck, A Different Drum


Crazy Grace said...

I have come across many wounded people this week (myself included if i look closely and honestly) and its only Tuesday. What I want to know is why is it that the church is the only army that shoot their wounded?

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

wish i knew, i mean, we all fuck up, but i suppose you hope (one would hope) that there are moments of grace from those who proport to embody it...sadly i agree most of the church fail here...

for the record am glad there are still those in our lives who love no matter what, who don't throw stones...and for them i am truly grateful, they give me strength

The Meaning Weakened by the Lies said...

Having run into a number of people from many different walks of life this weekend, I would I am afraid have to disagree with Crazy Grace's Statement. Muslims, Witnesses, those that follow Islam and many other religious groups are also rejected and condemned by those that uphold their faith for any sin or temptation they may struggle with. Perhaps more alarming is it is not just their community that does this, but their God.

There are moments where we need healing, and moments where we need our army general to expressly highlight the fact that by choosing to enter the warzone we were inevitably going to be wounded. Many christians take offence, pride separates them from acknowledging that they were not blameless.
Compassion should be at the centre of our churches, I do not disagree, but our wounded cannot be healed if they persist in self harming.

Crazy Grace said...

Firstly "Harbour of Ourselves" I want to apologise for using your site to comment on someone else's comment. But I feel the need to reply to "The meaning weakened by the lies" - but also recognise the right of everyone to have their own opinion.

Most people whether they accept it or not have an addiction (and a bad one) whether it be to routine, cleanliness, money, nicotine, alcohol, hard drugs, sex, porn etc... but what I was trying to say is that when these people are brought into/ brought up in the church they are generally outcast and made to feel unaccepted (when their habit is at an extreme level). I am sure that they know they have "done wrong" but what they need is the kind gracious and loving direction of their "army general" to lead them back to the very heart of God rather than being shot by their comrades. EVERYONE has access to compassion and grace - and I believe in a God who continues to forgive the same sin if it comes from the heart of a repenant (and more than likely a messed up) sinner.

Jesus said " I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" Matt 25 v 40 - how can we read this and continue to judge and condemn our fellow soldiers?

The Meaning Weakened by the Lies said...

Firstly I shall apologise if that sounded overly rigid. I did not mean that we as comrades should judge or be anything less than compassionate. We all have our vices and I for one am seeking forgiveness this morning. Just because it is a repeated mistake does not mean we should be any less compassionate, but we must learn to learn from our mistakes.