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In Spite Of Myself [Apr. 23rd, 2009|10:14 am]
Tony Grist
The guy from church with the sensitive problem came round yesterday morning. I had hoped I'd have something to tell him, but I didn't- so I embarked on another round of calling ecclesiastical bods and speaking to secretaries and answerphones- and getting more and more irate- and (hopefully) not letting it show.

There was a time when the clergy were easy to get hold of. There was a big house within walking distance and you went and knocked on the door and....But I'm being unreasonable. There just aren't that many clergy these days- and those there are are run off their feet. It's not their fault.

Eventually- but by now it was late afternoon and the young man had gone- they started ringing me back. Nice people, helpful people- and I was able to arrange a meeting for this Sunday.

This is so weird. I'm not even really a Christian and here I am beavering away on the Church's behalf like a righteous gentile or something. And this stuff I'm involved in now isn't kid's stuff. It has the potential to draw me in deep.

I'm thinking of calling this journal A Priest In Spite of Himself.

[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-04-23 02:13 pm (UTC)
At risk of sounding "preachy" (am I a "preacher in spite of herself?") the Bible has something about "a holy priesthood" that is NOT referring to the ordained clergy. Jesus also said something about doing things "for the least of these". Perhaps your title should be "A Christian in spite of himself". There are so many avowed Christians who do NOT help others, yet that is their mission, so to speak, to be a priesthood and a ministry. It is my belief that true Christians practice the Great Commandment at all times to the best of their ability. From what I know of you, I would say that you fit the profile - like Abou Ben Adhem, perhaps?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-23 03:29 pm (UTC)
I've always believed- as a Christian and as a Wiccan- in "the priesthood of all believers". I don't know whether that's a Biblical phrase or not, but I think it neatly encapsulates what Jesus- and Paul- were talking about.

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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-04-24 03:15 am (UTC)
That's it~!
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