Consider the contrast between Live and Learn‘s appreciation for Earth’s seasons and Franklin Graham’s focus on heaven in a recent Fox radio interview chastising public figures who openly reject or express doubts about their Christian faith.
“I’m going to keep telling people how they can have a relationship with God how they can have their sins forgiven and how it can make and have that hope of heaven one day by putting their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.”Franklin Graham, Fox radio interview with Todd Starnes Click THIS LINK for more.
Although the Live and Learn quote from Sarah Dessen’s That Summer is not specifically theological, it captures the contrast between two kinds of religion. One celebrates life (“So much in one summer, stirring up like the storms that crest at the end of each day, blowing out all the heat and dirt to leave everything gasping and cool”) and seeks to live responsibly on the planet.
The other kind of religion sees faith as the ticket to heaven (a paradisal life after life), instead of eternal punishment in you know what, while the sweet smell of honeysuckle is overcome by the smell of sizzling asphalt and the porpoises wash ashore because of plastic.
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That was pretty depressing. Or maybe it’s me. I’ve got a headache and the storms are moving back in. We got ONE day off between storms. One. Oh well.
Marilyn, I’m sorry to make your day worse. I don’t mean to be depressing. I just can’t help myself some days. Hey! I have an idea! Have Garry sing “This is my father’s world” as a kind of lullaby, or have him “whistle a happy tune” to blow the storms from your head. Wish you and Garry could enjoy the Pea Pod today. Seventy degrees, gentle breeze, and sun after storms last night (or so Kay tells me. Only she can hear). How’s the cochlear?
Love your insight and interpretation Gordon. Thank you.
Thank you, David. I love the quote, and see that the protagonist in That Summer is named Haven (Heaven without the ‘e’?).