A New Day, or, What it Means to be a Malcontent
A wise man once said “Death to better; long live new!” And although Jon Acuff (of suffchristianslike.net) said that in a very different context, I think it applies here. Instead of trying to make my old blog better, it’s about time I started a new one. While “Deep Thoughts With Aaron” was a lame excuse for a blog originally intended to chronicle my summer abroad, it fell flat on its face after only four posts and one comment. Sad day.
But today is no longer a sad day; today is a new day. Today is my first day as a malcontent.
Well, it’s not actually my first day as a malcontent. I’ve spent many years as one. Today, however, marks my first day as an open, honest malcontent.
1. Not satisfied or content with currently prevailing conditions or circumstances
2. dissatisfied with the existing government, administration, system, etc.
What, I hear you scream, does a 20-year-old college student have to be dissatisfied with? Well, I’m glad you asked, though I gave you a pretty obvious hint in the title of this blog. I am dissatisfied with the state of the church today. I am tired of the religious right claiming it speaks for all Christians, and I’m sick of the media playing along. I’m fed up with political pandering from the pulpit and watered-down, self-help Christianity that doesn’t have the power to change a light bulb, let alone a human life. I’m tired of flashy showman preaching health and wealth gospels when God himself refused the easy way and instead chose death on a cross. I’m tired of cheap grace and wrongly placed priorities. I’m tired of dry, dusty faith and catechisms learned by rote. And I’m equally fed up with the disillusioned, the “spiritual,” the “I’m a Christian but I can’t stand the church” crowd. I’m tired of hate, tired of ignorance, tired of division, tired of a Church without Christ.
It’s all out in the open now. Whew. Feels good.
So now here I stand, a self-avowed malcontent. Who stands with me?