Lazy-day Link-a-palooza: Reasons to bother, adoptee rights, and chicken

by Camille on August 1, 2012

Today, I am sharing the love by linking to some of the blogs that have inspired, challenged, or encouraged me this week.

Posts NOT related to chicken 

In which I think we should do it anyway from Sarah Bessey

You may recall that last week fell far short of the medal stand on the awesomeness scale. We lost a potential member of our family, and after that, it just took a while to process the feelings. Last week, pesky self-doubts and questions of “why bother?” crept into almost every aspect of my life. In this beautiful post, Sarah Bessey reminded me exactly why we bother.

Bother them all by creating, by making, by building, by loving, by writing, by having babies, by doing the daily work of life with joy…

Ireneus wrote that the glory of God is man fully alive, and we all need you to be fully alive for your life. It will matter in the world, more than you can imagine or dream perhaps, a ripple effect going on and on, touching the other shore, but it will also matter because you matter.

Tori’s Make a Wish Trip, from Team Tori

Every summer for the past several years, my parents have spent a week volunteering at Give Kids the World, a non-profit resort in Florida that provides free vacations to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Michelle blogs about the life of her daughter Tori, a six-year-old with neurofibromatosis. In this series of posts, she narrates her family’s recent trip to Florida with Give Kids the World and shares the amazing story of Henri Landwirth, the Holocaust survivor who created the magical retreat.

Henri was wealthy and he had connections and friendships with a whole lot of very influential people.

But more importantly, Henri had the understanding of suffering in his soul. He knew what it meant to lose part of your childhood.

And so, Henri took his knowledge of the hotel industry and his knowledge of the pain a child can suffer and made one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Adoption Synonomy: The Erasure of Adult Adoptees From Adoption, from The Declassified Adoptee

The Declassified Adoptee challenges me to look at all sides of adoption with almost every post. As an adult adoptee, she’s taught me so much about the issues and feelings that might affect my children one day. Adoption created my family, and so I love adoption. But I’m also now well-informed enough to know that the adoption institution is not perfect and needs reform to ensure ethical practices.

We all need to be a visible part of adoption.  “Adoption” and “adoptive parent” are not interchangeable synonyms. Adoption is an institution, not a person. As an institution, it impacts just about every vulnerable population in this world that one could imagine. Because of this, we need to be critical of it. We need to expose its flaws, discuss its triumphs, and be realistic about its global impact. We cannot mistake these things for being egregious assaults against parents who have adopted, surrendering parents, or other adoptees themselves. 

And now…the chicken posts.  

The Basement Manifesto, from Jen Hatmaker

If you’ve spent much time on this blog, you know that I ADORE Jen Hatmaker. I stalk her blog and her Twitter feed. I’ve read all her books. Charlie cringes when I say her name because he knows a major change in our holiday traditions or a massive closet cleaning will likely follow, but I love her nonetheless. She makes me feel excited and energized about my faith. Anyway, I admired much of the Chick-fil-a post she had earlier this week, In the Basement, but I also appreciated how some misunderstood her intentions with the metaphor. I LOVED this clarification of what can be accomplished in the basement as we have respectful conversations about differences of opinion and interpretation without engaging in the hate-filled storm above.

You know what belongs in the basement? Hard issues, folks with different convictions, difficult theology, struggle. Bring your frustrations and concerns, your passions and positions. The basement doesn’t require unanimity. We’re on all sorts of frontlines down here. Real life is going on underground. This is no place to hide from legitimate concerns and injustices; rather, a safe place to engage them wholeheartedly. The basement is a way, not a place.

Being Holy in an Age of Being Right, from the Wayward Follower via Relevant Magazine

Another well-written post addressing the Chick-fil-a situation and discussing how the debate reveals Christians’ “inability to dialogue.”

The real issue is us. 

We struggle to “put skin” on the words and message of Christ with anyone who thinks differently than us. Too often, we demand conformity prior to connection. When we approach one another as brothers and sisters—image bearers of the God we claim to serve—and celebrate what we have in common, we better position ourselves to helpful dialogue in the midst of disagreement. 



Some Words for Christians on Both Sides of the Chick-fil-a War, by Rachel Held Evans

Rachel takes special care to address concerns on both sides, and to the following passage, I can only say Amen, Amen, Amen.  I saw so many pictures on Facebook today of people bragging about their support of Chick-fil-a, and I thought….this is not love. Drawing prideful, self-righteous lines in the sand causes division and shows no one the love of our mighty God.

But please remember, our allegiance is to Jesus Christ, not a restaurant.  Rallying behind Chick-fil-A at this time can come across as tribalistic, petty, and divisive. Please know that when you post a picture of yourself defiantly holding a Chick-fil-A bag on Facebook, it may send a hurtful message to your LGBT friends who—fair or not—have come to associate Chick-fil-A with anti-gay organizations and anti-gay remarks.  There are better causes than “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” around which Christians can rally. (Feeding the hungry perhaps?) There is no need to cause unnecessary offense to folks who have already been so ostracized by the Church, no need to wave a red and white banner through yet another culture war.  If you really want to love your gay friends and neighbors, shoving Chick-fil-A bags in their faces right now is just not the way to do it. 

 

What fabulous posts have you read lately? 


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