thoughts about the church, from an odd little paragraph
Thursday August 31st 2006, 5:51 pm
Filed under: church, thinking..., books

reading nathaniel west’s , i stumbled through this paragraph, where the protagonist is trying to hold the drunken woman of his affections, who has recently turned to prostitution:

raging at him, she was still beautiful. that was because her beauty was structural, like a tree’s, not a quality of her mind or heart. perhaps even whoring couldn’t damage it for that reason, only age or accident or disease.

i love the church. my life’s work is to serve christ by serving the church (specifically, youth workers in the church). but i can still be cranky about the bride occasionally, right? when i read these few sentences, i instantly thought of the church; more specifically, of the american church; more specifically, of that segment of the american church that continues to be passionate about slick models and approaches, rather than by being passionate about loving people, or even passionate about loving jesus. sure, they’re not all mutually exclusive — i’ll be the first to admit that. but the idea of a church who is beautiful only for structural reasons, not because of her mind or heart; well, that just caught my attention, because i think there are a wad of ‘em out there.

but, hey, sometimes those are some pretty sexy structures!

(see the restraint i showed in this post? i didn’t even say a thing about the church whoring herself, or anything like that! well, now i did, but ya know…)

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“i am a whore i do confess i put you on just like a wedding dress and i run down the aisle” -derek webb

Comment by denise 09.01.06 @ 12:00 am

I’m right there with you, Marko. It’s just so hard sometimes to tell the difference between the two!

Comment by Andrew 09.01.06 @ 7:22 am

“God told me to marry a whore too.”

signed, Hosea

Comment by riddle 09.01.06 @ 8:39 am

i read the paragraph differently. to me, ’structural’ meant that her beauty was inherent, whether she was drunk, or a prostitute, etc.

Comment by josh 09.01.06 @ 9:22 am

Sometimes is just saddens me to see the Church as a whore, or that we treat her as such or that the “Church” focuses on presenting her that way. For me - bruises and all … the church is lovely … but has alot of flaws.

Comment by Gman 09.01.06 @ 9:32 am

Guilt-to come to the point where the beauty that remains in the bride just doesn’t seem to be enough for me to make my bed with her.

Comment by mdaele 09.01.06 @ 12:12 pm

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