34 thoughts on “Consummation”

  1. Looks like a scene from “The Godfather.”

    Man on the left: “I see someone didn’t tithe thie week.”
    Man in middle: “You want I should take care of dis boss.”
    Man on right: “Oh, dey shoulda anted up. Dis does not bodewell for dem at all.”

    1. 😆 😆 😆

      My former church is on Staten Island, and the congregation is probably about 70% Italian. I can actually imagine a lot of those men having discussions like that.

  2. Anyone else ever notice older long time fundies tend to be rather clone like? They dressed the same, spoke the same, thought the same, gave the same advice, it didn’t really matter what fundy church I happened to be in they seemed almost interchangeable. Of course I was told they’re so similar because they were mature Christlike Christians, implying that all spiritual maturity looks identical.
    As I got older and began reading secular psychology 😈 I began wondering if the similarity wasn’t due more to shared beliefs and experiences and not spiritual maturity. It also seemed odd that God would bother to create people with such a wide variety of personalities and interests if we were all supposed to end up identical little Christ-clones. One of the bonuses of leaving fundy land is realizing that spiritual growth comes in many different forms, is unique to each individual, and no longer trying to squish into the fundy- there is only one way/expression of growing Christlike-box.

  3. Those are some GRIM faces.

    Of course, a photograph just captures a moment and doesn’t necessarily reflect a person’s true character, but this picture sure makes you wonder if these guys even know that the fruit of the Spirit is JOY!

  4. “The more like Jesus you become, the more you’ll start to look like us.”

    Fundies really believe this. A suit coat and a short haircut can hide a multitude of sins.

    “Pretty blue eyes and curly brown hair and a clear complexion
    Is how you see Him as He dies for Your sins,
    But the Word says He was battered and scarred
    Or did you miss that part?
    Sometimes I doubt we’d recognize Him.

    Cause my Jesus bled and died;
    He spent His time with thieves and the least of these;
    He loved the poor and accosted the comfortable;
    So which one do you want to be?

    ‘Cause my Jesus would never be accepted in my church;
    The blood and dirt on His feet might stain the carpet,
    But He reaches for the hurting and despises the proud.” – Todd Agnew “My Jesus”

    1. And this is as much as a rebuke to me as to the fundies because for a long time I believed that to be godly you had to look a certain way. Now I try to focus on whether or not someone demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit in his or her life — THAT is looking like Jesus.

  5. This makes me think of the Steve Taylor song, “I Want to be a Clone” — a few choice lyrics: “I asked the Lord into my heart; they said that was the way to start, but now you’ve got to play the part…” “I’m grateful that they showed the way ’cause I could never know the way to serve him on my own…” “…’cause if you want to be one of his you’ve got to act like one of us.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYJ-wp5OrUM

    1. Oops…I really didn’t mean to make the video show up like that…sorry for marring the thread, everyone.

      On the other hand, it is so big that in my browser it blocks part of the tags on the right so they say things like ack chick, ack hyles, ack schaap, lustration, and reacher boy week. :mrgreen:

  6. the subtext is exactly what fundies mean when they say the word “discipleship”

    What it really is Jesus said in Matthew – “you cross heaven and earth to make a convert, then make them twice the child of hell you are”

    That verse is probably a bit fuzzy in the KJV, so that might explain how its so easy to dismiss.

  7. Oh, but don’t you know? Individuality was a result of fall! 🙄

    The vision of perfection in fundyland seems to be a legion of frowning men in full suits, along with a bunch of women wearing ankle-length dresses and fake smiles.

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