So, I met this girl on the internet a few years ago. And she’s asleep in my basement as I type. And that’s why this post is eight hours late, because I picked her up from the airport at 1:30pm yesterday, and we didn’t stop talking until 10 hours later. Have I mentioned how much I love meeting online friends in real life?
I’m gonna do things a little differently today. You might remember that last week’s chapter on clothing somehow turned into four days of posts and debate. This chapter could easily (EASILY) turn into the same thing. And I don’t necessarily mind that.
I got a Facebook message from a friend this morning who wasn’t super keen on this chapter and was afraid to publish her post. “Will the Jen Hatmaker Fan Club over at Marla’s blog hate me??” I read her post and thought she articulated her thoughts clearly and respectfully.
It is okay if you don’t agree with Jen Hatmaker.
But let me make something clear. I didn’t pick up a copy of 7, start reading, and then change my mind so that it would line up perfectly with Jen’s. As if she’s got some holy connection to God, and he told her exactly what to write. Believe it or not, I’m not agreeing with pretty nigh every single thing she says just because I’m an adoring fan.
God had already been showing me the stuff in 7 before I ever read the book.
And so, today, instead of writing out everything I loved about the chapter, I’m going to link to some posts I wrote about possessions back in October during a series called 31 Days of Purging.
And this one from February: Thoughts on Enough.
And I’m going to ask you to be perfectly honest. If you hated this chapter, let us know. We won’t hate you. (We may try to get you to change your mind, but we won’t hate you.) If you want to answer one or more of the following questions, please do.
1. Jen says she used to pardon her excess from the tension of the gospel by saying, “It doesn’t matter how much you have; it’s what you do with it.” But then she forced herself to answer this question honestly: Are we really doing something honorable with our stuff other than consuming it?”
a. Have you used this line? b. What are some honorable things you’re doing with your stuff?
2. “We’ve invented a thousand shades of gray, devising a comfortable Christian existence we can all live with–super awesome, except the Bible doesn’t support it. According to Scripture, no real disciple serves God while addicted to the dollar. There is no sheep/goat hybrid.” What do you think of this? What shades of gray do you think we’ve invented?
3. Are we all supposed to sell all of our stuff and live in poverty and/or move to Cambodia? If not, then what in the heck are we supposed to do?
Tomorrow I’ll share more of my personal response to these questions (and others). But right now? I’m going to the zoo.