what matters more

April 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm 4 comments

dwebb“You say you always treat people like you like to be
I guess you love being hated for your sexuality…”

My wife and I had the privilege of seeing Jennifer Knapp in concert last month, a few weeks prior to her announcing publicly that she is in a same-sex relationship. She was touring with Derek Webb, who performed the song linked below in the first half of the show. I found it very moving at the time, and especially so now, reflecting on what it must have meant to Webb as he toured with Jennifer Knapp. The song basically makes the point that Christians have more important things to be concerned about than other people’s sexual orientation.

It has to be more difficult to make a statement like that from within the faith, facing the inevitable evangelical backlash. And for someone who earns a living making Christian music, it must be that much more difficult not to conform. Not only does he neglect to condemn homosexuality, he uses the “s” word, how shocking!

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  • 1. OneSmallStep  |  April 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    As I get older, I realize how easy it is to be kind, loving and hopeful when things are going well, when one was raised in the upper middle class, has a good education, a job, still has her home … and how much harder it would be if I lived in poverty.

    Same situation here. It’s easy to be loving and accepting when the other person conforms to the right standards. The true test comes when the other person steps outside those lines.

  • 2. atimetorend  |  May 1, 2010 at 6:44 am

    OSS, that is a great point. That’s why it is so moving to see when people pass that test and sincerely care for those who don’t conform to their standards, or who care for others out of their poverty.

  • 3. Brian M  |  May 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Is this really true, though, One Small Step? Does the American Upper Middel Class really exhibit that much more empathy? I fear the opposite: If one is a Have, one is often fearful of losing “it” to others.

    I don’t know if we can generalize…it seems many poor communities exhibit plenty of empathy and are cerainly more willing to act communally????

  • 4. atimetorend  |  May 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Brian, I can’t speak for One Small Step, but that is not how I read her comment. I just read it as saying it is easier to be kind, etc, when things are going easily for you. Not that the upper middle class really *does* exhibit more empathy, but that they all the more at fault when they *do not* exhibit it. My take anyway.

    I agree with your comment as well, and it would seem empirically true that those who have affluence are fearful of losing it.

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