Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Not Good

I’ve always been a good girl. Mine is a borderline pathological drive to be good. A good helper as a child. A good student. A chaste and obedient teenager. I keep commandments and help others and give away money. I exercise and read and listen to npr. I volunteer and conserve resources and obey the laws. I don’t be good to be seen as being good—at least no more than the average bear. But I’m realizing that being good is an engrained part of my self-identity.

So I guess that’s why I’m a bit discombobulated to find that in today’s world, I’m not good. Apparently, for many, many people, the fact that I belong to a church (and let’s be real: I don’t just belong, I’m a committed, day-in-day-out leader of that church) that opposes gay marriage, I am by definition ethically flawed, narrow-minded, and unkind. Not good.

And, help me here, but--given that traditional religions are so ruthlessly maligned for passing judgment, and given that our culture so vehemently promotes inclusion and acceptance of minority worldviews and lifestyles--isn’t that kind of sweeping dismissal somehow ironic?

7 comments:

  1. Word up! Way to slice it.

    Is there some sort of scuttlebutt in the homeland that is unbeknownst to those who have wandered into the heathen hinterlands?

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  2. Yes I echo the question Farmer Joe has posed.

    You are very good, I agree.

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  3. Are you as angry as I am about the Miss California v. Perez Hilton debacle?

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  4. counting on you to tackle the tough topics angela!

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  5. Angela, you are unflaggingly, unquestionably, indefatigably, inarguably, good, good, good. The gay rights controversy has no substance for you to worry about.
    Love you!

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  6. Yes, I've always smirked at the "I can't stand intolerance!" attitude.

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  7. As one of your undoubtedly few non-member readers, I feel I must add my 2 cents. Can an institution run by sinning, imperfect humans, divinely inspired or not, really be held above reproach? Does the church really have to be perfect in order to have worth? If, so it is set up for failure, in my opinion. Take that with a grain of salt bearing in mind that, in polar symmetry to my older sister, I have an almost pathological urge to be bad.

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