it's a real indictment of many on this forum that I can't tell what in the world you are saying with your pseudomystical ambiguous response. I can't tell if you're attempting to criticize my post by insinuating that I am like the man who said that (likely), or if you're indicting yourself (not likely), or something else.
Look, here's the deal folks.
I wasnt all that popular when I was in school either. I got along okay with people, but I wasn't exactly homecoming king or the star QB. But I grew up. I wasnt the principal's hall monitor in school and I'm not today.
Stop acting like the hall monitor. Look, I get that we're all trying to do the best we can to love God rightly and love our neighbors. We're trying to be good Orthodox.
But the zeal with which some of you wield the canons, the teachings, secular law, etc., as weapons against people...well, lets just say it feels an awful lot like people who just love wearing a theological hall monitor badge on your shirt. We get it, youre awesome. We get it, youre "a greater sinner" than those of us who have, or do, smoke a little weed now and again -- even though the claim is hollow. We get it, youre a monk in your own mind and you secretly hate that you actually live in the world and not in a monastery, so you'll treat this message board like it's a cyber monastery.
I have had this weed conversation more times than I can count and it's always the same, which is why I've essentially just punked this thread. The bottom line is that if I had the patience for it, the hypocrisy of the "it's against the law" argument would become evident. It isn't consistent. We advocate support for the law except when we disagree on theological grounds. And those "theological grounds" are open to interpretation.
I've heard Christians tell me that MLK Jr. was actually WRONG for disobeying the law in his civil disobedience movements. Some of you might actually agree with that. Those same christians are probably stocking up on guns right now in fear that Obama is coming for the guns. And I'm sure they won't give the guns up if made to.
God, I thank You, that I am not as other men are.
Either way, it's yet another response that seems to mean something on the surface when in reality it's possibly just another nonsensical spiritual sounding phrase. Like when Maria uses the phrase "I am the greatest of sinners" as a way of backhandedly asserting a spiritual greatness over others. Spiritual limbo -- how low can you get...in order to win the game.
If I am reading you wrong, I apologize. We shall see.
It's pretty straightforward actually. Your posts are probably some of the most self-righteous I've ever seen on these forums.
are they? or are you just playing the whole "I know you are, but what am I" game? I think it's the latter.
My posts are aimed at those who judge harshly, beat others over the head with pious words and the canons, and can barely disguise their contempt for democracy and modern times.
(Just to save you the time, here's your follow up post: "Ohhh, so you're judging people who judge?!?! Oh, isn't that rich! What hypocrisy!")
Did I get that close to right?
If that was going to be your response, I say "grow up." That's amateur.
If you want me to play the game I will. I've been open about my beliefs and thoughts and opinions. I AM sinful, like all of us. I DO hold views that many believe to be controversial. I AM politically very liberal. I HAVE addictions and egotism.
But I am not going to play those things like instruments in a discussion. I think it's interesting that you accuse me of being oh-so-judgmental in on the boards, when you're the one who wants to appeal to the rules of the message board about my joking to post my pipe.
I think it's interesting that in a thread where several people have used phrases like "it makes me sad to see this," "The Church is on my side on this," and "It's a sin, that's all there is to it," that I am construed to be the most judgmental.
Let's not be dumb here. Just as it is okay to be intolerant of racism (a popular, and idiotic, critique being that it's intolerant to be intolerance of racism)...it is okay to judge judgmentalism.
I AM a sinner, trust me. I'm all too aware. And judgmentalism may be one of those sins, but what you're calling me out on is not that.