24 November, 2008

In the Doghouse

Maybe I've just been feeling Jesus-y lately, or maybe having a blog has made me look at news stories differently, but I saw two stories today (on Fark.com - a great website, by the by) that, when read side-by-side, seem like a parable.



Jesus said, "There was a surgeon who dedicated her life to helping people live healthier, fuller lives. She was greatly admired and rich. She also loved her dogs, who provided companionship and love for her. So, taking some of the money she had earned, she built them a house.

"There were also two young boys who illegally sold junk food to their fellow students. They enjoyed their life of semi-illicit fame among their fellow students, but they were not rich. What little they made, they gave to charity. Which of these, do you think, was part of God's Kingdom?"

Seriously, I love my dog and all, but a $2 million dog house? And, in the interest of fairness, the two junk-food dealers seem pretty cool, but I think this quote might be a bit over the top: "These men here, these brave superheroes, they've raised money for Children's Hospital and it's going to help us build a brand new hospital."

Anyway, money's a funny thing.

much peace, much love, etc.


  1. Clay, are you a reader of Anne Lamott? She is a fantastic writer, and two of her latest essay collections are about faith (Traveling Mercies and Grace (Eventually)). Your use of the word "jesus-y" made me think of this quote from one of her essays, recently read on the radio show This American Life: "I am capable of denying [being a Christian], of presenting myself as a sort of leftist liberation-theology enthusiast and maybe sort of a vaguely Jesusy bon vivant. But it's not true. ... I am a believer, a convert."

    Anyway, she is so wise and vulnerable and hilarious - I hightly recommend her!

  2. I'm a big Ann Lamott fan. Some of my favorite Jesus-y essay stuff. I found her when Traveling Mercies was assigned for a seminary class. Everyone should read Ann Lamott. To that end, some of her books were among the first things I added to our church library when it got re-worked.