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one story ends and another begins

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soapboxso if you’re wondering what happened at the end of my persimmon story, i ended up going to another korean market where they had the different persimmons properly marked with labels in korean that i could easily identify as sweet and “sour”.  and my parents were so impressed with the price they asked me to pretty much rob the place for the rest of their persimmons.  needless to say, i got a lot of weird looks as i was checking out and loading my car with massive quantities of persimmons of the sweet variety.

so i have a paper due tomorrow on “what is the gospel?”  and i couldn’t help but think of this question throughout the week as i haven’t even started writing my paper.  so the question got me thinking about church, which got me thinking about denominations, which got me thinking about tradition, which got me thinking about tradition vs. culture.  now me, being the rebel that i am, am not really big on tradition.  i subscribe more to the school of thought that if people and society are always changing, tradition kinda dies with it.  maybe that’s a very dark view of tradition, but hear me out on this one.  true tradition is good for some things, but in the end isn’t the actual meaning of the tradition the important part that should be passed down from generation to generation?  i mean, minus bear grylls and les stroud, we don’t light fires by rubbing two sticks together just because our ancestors did it.  technology improves.  our society changes.  things get outdated.  a charlie brown christmas and claymation rudolph and freaky looking abominable snowman are great and all, but i really hope that’s not “the” christmas tradition of the future.  you know what i’m saying?

anyways, back to the gospel.  this whole thing got me thinking, “this can’t be it.”  people following their denominational traditions, reciting words written centuries ago, using language that doesn’t exist within the confines of the church.  i mean, all that is great and all, but if the goal is to tell others about the joy and happiness that we (christians) have in Jesus or how much peace and comfort we have in knowing God, i just don’t think all this is going to cut it.  i mean, it’s cool that we try to bring others into our traditions, but i kinda feel like there has to be something more to this.  and we wonder why church membership is dropping.  i think (and this is my humble opinion) that we have to meet people where they are.  and i don’t mean that in a condescending sense.  i mean that in the sense that we need to get off of our rocking chairs speaking our cryptic language and instead of asking people to join us, to go and experience what other people experience in the vernacular that people are used to.  in other words, to live life and not be fake.

now to get off my soapbox, i don’t do this either.  in fact, i’m still trying to figure out what this looks like.  and this opens the door to more thinking on my part and hopefully on yours too.    this is where the story begins, i feel – what do we do that shake up the system?  there has to be more than this.


Written by enoch

November 24, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Posted in from my mind

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  1. haha your entry about persimmons is funny. i wonder why they have the same name..but i think in korean, there’s 2 different names. both are veryyyy good though. it’s not sour..they’re both sweet. but there’s one that’s sweeter…the mushy, more oval-like one. have a happy thanksgiving!!


    November 25, 2008 at 1:19 am

  2. permissans r yummy, they r married 2 me also^__^

    traditions may go byebye but new traditions r always being establishhed.n in culture ;where everyone follows with the flow followin the exact same thing kinda get bleu;thusss but with incoopertatin new creativee tradition with the oldone makes u think a new…definitely shakes up the old systemmatic i thinky..^___^


    November 25, 2008 at 8:22 am

  3. dried persimmons are great.

    i hate the mushy kind. the firmer ones are bettter.


    November 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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