Katey Zeh, author and activist for women’s reproductive rights, as well as a member of Pullen, stood in the pulpit this week. We thank her for daily work as well as her interpretation she brought to the pulpit.
Text: Matthew 25:31-46
Growing on up on St. Simons Island off the coast of South Georgia, it wasn’t just considered cool to be Christian. It was a requirement if you stood a chance of fitting in, which in high school was pretty important to me. These were the rules of engagement:
Rule one: always bring your bible to school. For optimal coolness, always choose the neon-colored NIV Teen Study Bible
Rule two: attend bible study prior to the beginning of the school day, and insist that any tardiness to your first period class be excused on account of your “learning about the Lord.”
Rule three: adorn your notebooks, lockers, and all other personal property with your favorite bible verses. Extra points if it’s John 3:16.
In that context the Christian identity as we understood it as young people was primarily performative. It was about showing up in the right places—bible studies, youth group– being seen by the right people and speaking the right language while sporting the right accessories-that aforementioned teen study bible, perhaps a gold purity ring if you were really serious about things.
We somehow managed to reduce our sense of faith into becoming members of an exclusive club defined by strict, often unspoken rules and yet devoid of any actual community. We were too busy making sure the images that we projected of ourselves hit that Christian mark. [Read more…]