So today I get an email telling me that I am probably not saved because I said something mean about a group of churches…never mind that what I said was true, I was ripping on “the brethren”…so I was mean. I of course emailed the individual and pointed out what I thought was the folly of his email but he got more annoyed with me and kept repeating the same tired, “your a big hell bound meany” stuff. Then he emailed me and told me he would not read any of my emails and they were being deleted, this even though they were all only replies to his email. And of course even though the substance of the post he took offense to was that certain churches are ingrown and do not care about reaching people for Jesus, he kept telling me to stop being mean and get out and love people to Christ, which is more than a little ironic…He also seemed to have a problem with the fact that I own a computer and blog as he kept telling I spent too much time on my “fancy blog” and I was sitting around “waiting to write emails”…this again more than a little ironic given the fact that his critique was posted on said blog and he emailed me back immediately.
In the midst of this I tried to get him to deal with the actual issues in the post but he refused. That is annoying to me. This is where Doug Pagitt comes in, now I do not agree with him, (nor he with me it should be noted) but at least back a few weeks ago when I posted about him he was willing to discuss the issue. I guess in that sense there really is an emergent “conversation”. I appreciate that. People are so afraid to really talk about things. Smile everybody and pretend we all agree, I guess it is the Christian way.