From his blog today:
Instead of using political power to direct the lives of others through law, Christians should embrace true secularism as a neutral stage on which to explore and explain and witness to their actual faith. No law Rick Santorum will ever pass will be as powerful in people’s hearts and minds than his and his wife’s decision to have little Bella and take care of her, with love and discretion and privacy. In this act, he has shown Christianity. In his politics, he has shown how the freedom of Jesus and the coercion of the government are in contradiction.
This is my objection to Christianism, as it is to Islamism. Because it obscures the true message: Jesus led by example and non-violence, not by the coercive power of the state. And the message of the Gospels and of the lives of the saints is exactly this: witness, don’t control. Let go of such an impulse. Live the truths, and you will find people coming to you. And if the truths are lies, only freedom will allow you to see past them to deeper truths.
He goes on to quote Nouwen:
There is so much in me that needs to die: false attachments, greed and anger, impatience and stinginess … I see clearly now how little I have died with you, really gone your way and been faithful to it.
And concludes with this:
What great power Christianity of this sort should have in the culture of our time. How many false attachments are we addicted to – celebrity, money, possessions, news, the web. How much greed we see and how much anger we feel. Jesus liberates us from these things that cloud our culture and soil our souls. How tragic that in politicizing this message at this moment we are obscuring its timeless promise of freedom?
The first season of Fred Armisen’s laugh-out-loud sketch comedy show (a delicious satire of Portland, Orgeon’s notorious hipsterism) is available on Netflix, but Season 2 is now on Hulu!
I suggest starting here:
(And that goes especially for you, Chris and Kendra.)
For higher education, the solution is more value for less money. Student loans, if they are to continue, should be made dischargeable in bankruptcy after five years — but with the school that received the money on the hook for all or part of the unpaid balance.