Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Friday, February 29, 2008
I think most of you have heard about that relief teacher who ridiculed a few primary 3 students about their compositions in his blog. He got fired from his job, and subsequently closed down his blog. His entry on those students ridiculed and laughed at the kids standard of English, and as if that wasn't enough, he still typed out their compositions in his blog completely unedited to add on.
And you know what? He's a Christian.
Several times people tell me about bad things Christians do, being hypocritical and fake especially. I see plenty of it. I was like that myself during my first few months in church. Yet when people argue about this with me, I always counter back of the many good things Christians have done, whilst acknowledging that Christians have done wrong. I find however, that the good done is more than the bad. This is held universally. The moral codes the world has were based in the Bible before any civilization heard of them, and Jesus has done more good than anyone else. Yet, it is stained by the Christian Crusades, the Inquisitions and witchhunts.
When I read about the case of the relief teacher, I was quite upset that he'd do that, even for a normal human being. When I found out he was a Christian however, I was quick to call him a hypocrite, being a major public example of a fake Christian. Nothing like what a true Christian was. When I read a few of his other posts however, it seems that my initial conclusions were too premature. He seemed a good Christian in fact, except for his ridiculing. No one's perfect, and neither is he. He's capable of good and bad.
And that really hit home for me. In the last few months I've been very critical of certain people in church, due to some bad aspects of them. And it seems that's the only thing I've been concentrating on. And while I acknowledge their good points, its rarely been a thing for remembrance. Martin Luther was a great theologian, but he was very racist towards Jews. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, and he took part in an assassination plot. They had their reasons. Luther was unhappy that the Jews didn't convert to Christianity, while the assassination target was Hitler (the one and only). When people criticize the bad things they've done, I quickly counter on the good things they have done, which far outshines their stains of sin. I defend them, even though they've done wrong.
So it comes to this. People admire these two men's works even in the midst of their faults. People defend them by acknowledging their faults, but praising their good works which are far more note-worthy.
Then, shouldn't it be that I should admire and defend the good things my friends in church have done in the midst of acknowledging their ignorance?
Sweet, sweet memories... I finally get what you mean.