KILL your DARLINGS

July 22, 2012 — 12 Comments

256423772504133334_lCsiOGcQ_fIt’s humility that’s got me down these days and I suppose that’s not a bad place to be after all.

I have no wish, desire, or need to draw any more attention to the recent happenings in the faith-blogosphere in internetdom. If you caught whiff of it, it was enough, and if you were in the unfortunate position of being a blogger yourself who is used to having people look at you for what to tweet and retweet next, well, even worse. I learned my lesson with KONY 2012—acts of division among the body are not my cup of tea, no matter what’s in the water.

I sent a draft of a post of political nature to a blogger friend last week along with the question: should I post this? It wasn’t the post itself, though, that made him warn me against posting it, but the subject: “People don’t come to Sayable for this, they come for grace, for encouragement, and for the gospel.” Or something along those lines. I deleted the draft and went on my merry way. In college a creative writing prof quoted William Faulkner in our class saying everyone needed to “learn to murder their darlings in their writing, and for pete’s sake, Lore, would you quit murdering your darlings?” I’ve never been too married to my words.

But if there is one thing that these sort of hurricanes in the blogosphere teach me, it is that we maybe ought to perhaps at least divorce our darlings, sit down quietly, and let the Holy Spirit do what he does best—namely, to teach and guide his habitats into all truth (John 14).

So I’ve been thinking about humility this week, how low can we go, and all that.

John said, “He must increase, I must decrease.” And Paul determined to “boast nothing but the cross.” And I think we could learn a bit more from these apostolic fathers.

At the root of pride is the feeling that we have the corner on the market (or theology, or politic, or semantic), and the price of meat is just going to keep on rising. We feel, in error, that if we do not guard this piece of the pie with everything our mamas gave us, the whole world will go without pie. And what a pity that would be.

But the cross? The cross levels it. It somehow levels the misapplied doctrine, the faulty readings of scripture, and the sinner who can’t stop sinning. We don’t like to say this because we don’t like to murder our darlings. We don’t like to cross out the possibility that upon this doctrine He will build His church. But the truth is He’s building His church and He’s invited you and me to come along—pick up the bricks and slather the mortar. He’s building it with or without us.

He’s building it of people who know the only way to be first is to be last. He’s building it of people who know the difference between close-handed and open-handed theologies. He’s building it of people who will reach out to the least of these (even when the least of these thinks they’re the greatest of these). He’s building it of the little people, and dare I say, the little bloggers and tweeters and facebookers who think more than twice about stamping their feet, calling foul, and jumping on bandwagons, or defending their ilk with wit, sarcasm, and theology.

So maybe you didn’t weigh in this week or maybe you never weigh in or maybe you were hanging laundry, shuffling littles, and clocking in at work this week and never caught a whiff of anything amiss. Whoever you are and wherever, He’s building His church and He’s looking for the lowly and humble to come along with Him.

He’s looking for people willing to die on no mountain but the one on which cross stood tall and offered all: righteousness in Christ alone.

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12 responses to KILL your DARLINGS

  1. Thank you for writing this, Lore. I struggle with this, too — sometimes because the questions we hold are so big and I feel so small and smooshed by the weight of them that I have simply nothing I can say; and sometimes because I just wish the body wasn’t so divisive. I appreciate your heart for grace.

  2. Just a small note… change the “it” to he/He. The Holy Spirit has personhood and that should be reflected in the pronouns. Right?

    I love the post and love that you opted out. The Holy Spirit will prompt you to opt in when you need to opt in. And I’m glad you stayed your hand and listen to Him this time in opting out!

  3. I love the gospel, Chrisianne. That’s all. I love that the cross levels us into nothing more or less than the dust we’ve come and the dust we’ll return to—while at the same time covering us with the fullness of who Christ is, allowing us to approach the thront with confidence. If that’s not grace, i don’t know what is =) Thanks for reading and for coming by!

  4. Done. I debated on that one. But thanks for pushing it =) Thanks for reading, biggest fan. And I liked sitting a spell and chatting with you yesterday =)

  5. I know we talked about this a lot this past week. But I’m thankful for your humility in this post. Nothing irked me more this week than everyone and their brother’s response blog. Sometimes, for me, the best thing to do is to forego my “right” to say something and instead let the Holy Spirit do His thing. So yes, I think this is a good start. :)

  6. THanks friend, truly. I think we might all be in a little better spot if we forego our “rights” more often =)

  7. I guess whatever happened this week, I missed it. But from the sounds of it I’m glad I did. I’m just so tired of it all – tired of debating and drawing lines in the sand when we’re supposed to be a family of believers together, when we’re supposed to be respectful and loving. That’s all I want and I’m glad you do too. It’s more brave and bold to share our hearts than to hide behind arguments, and I’m glad you are sharing yours.

  8. It’s okay if you missed it, girl. In some ways I wished I had.

    In other ways, though, I’m glad I didn’t. My heart was just freshly encouraged to recenter on Christ, the gospel, and the wholeness found in the cross. He IS enough.

  9. Fantastic response.Thanks for this. Yours is one of the very few uplifting posts out there on this while many have spread hate and anger.

  10. beautiful lore!

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