Friday, September 15, 2006

Father bless me, for I have blogged.

You may be sure that this won't happen at ICFAB! First, because I have the good sense to keep people's secrets to myself and respect your privacy. Second, because we don't have a confessional at Cornland CC.
Actually, I remember seeing a website once where people could anonymously confess their sins. It made for, on one hand, very interesting reading because of the things that people thought worthy of confessing. "That's been eating at you?" I'd ask in surprise, "That's not that big of a deal!" (comparatively speaking, of course. Sin is always a big deal in God's eyes.) On the other hand, it made fairly dull reading. Maybe the anonymity sucked some of the life out of the scandal. It's somehow more "exciting" when you can stick a recognizable face on it. That's why Jerry Springer sells, while Deuteronomy does not. Would gossip be "juicy", if we just said "someone" did such-n-such, and never mentioned names?
By the same token, we desire anonymity with regards to our own confessions. It's one of the reasons we in western protestant churches tend to reject "Confess your sins to one another." (James 5:16) I wonder... if we all were forthcoming with each other about our sin as a group--all of us bearing the same vulnerability, would it have the same effect as total anonymity to everyone? And we would have the added benefit of mutual prayer, as the verse continues, "And pray for one another that you may be healed."

Oh, and shouldn't the final frame of the Fox Trot yesterday have read "No taxonation without..."?

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