Sunday Social Hour

Well, our feed is back on Facebook, even if it's still not updating as often as we'd like it to. Invariably, the one item which posts to everyone's wall in each daily update gets the most comments. It probably doesn't help that when you come to our page, those posts seem to be duplicated several times. But we're glad to be back on Facebook at least somewhat.

To the M-Word smear post, we got a couple of interesting points. Dan Packard reminds us of the media flap over Obama's affiliation with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for decades, noting "that was all over Fox News forever - now all of a sudden they forget that, and now he's supposedly a Muslim?" Linda McCorkle observes that the brouhaha may not just be a smokescreen for racism, as some "would say President Obama is Muslim because he does not speak in the Evangelical Protestant vernacular that, for many, is the mark of a 'true' Christian."

Archbishop of Uganda Henry Luke Orombi popped up in the news again this week, and we got a flurry of comments saying that our money will always be good enough for African churches. But a couple of people noted that the differences in cultural norms go both ways: "Can we please point out that it's perfectly ok for African Christians to have plural marriages, but it's supposedly totally wrong for two same-sex individuals to fall in love?" writes Nathan Roser. But, on the other hand, "Misguided in our eyes they may be, but they still are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Without our watchful eye and caring hand, what would they do in the name of Christ," writes Stretch Cole.

Regarding the 20-somethings: We got about three times as many comments on this on FB as we did on the blog itself. Many were from 30-somethings remembering their experiences as 20-somethings. Others are from parents of 20-somethings. But one of our regulars, the 20-something Bill Wong, points out this very important issue: "I also think that sometimes [people] still treat the YA's as little kids. Some of us are actually very capable of discussing things about God, spirituality, and the church. Once you find these people in your parish, encourage them to be leaders and make a difference in making their parish a better place for everyone."

Comments (2)

Regarding Linda McCorkle's observation, thank heavens President Obama doesn't speak in Evangelical Protestant vernacular. Most Americans, and most Christians among them, do not speak in that vernacular either. It's high time that Evangelical Protestants realized that they do not have a monopoly on Christianity and are not its sole spokespeople.

Gregory Orloff

Regarding Nathan Roser's comment, and with respect to African provinces in general (and certainly not Archbishop Orombi), most will say the polygamy is not acceptable. It is also the case that enforcement has been, to put it charitably, uneven. However, they have all at least officially foresworn polygamy.

Marshall Scott

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