Saturday, August 26, 2006

Best. Week. Ever.

I'm sorry I haven't updated in a while. I've been busy in almost every sense of the word. There's been surprisingly little time for the Internet other than commenting on other people's blogs and stirring up my anger by reading more Mike S. Adams articles (check out his latest rant, it's... Something.) Other than that, I've been enjoying what might turn out to be one of the best weeks of my life.

The people on my floor are awesome. It's so wonderful to be in a community that actually does stuff together. Heck, it's wonderful to be in a place where there's stuff to do. We pile into cars and head out to eat, or go to the beach or go out to a club. (Yes, we went clubbing last night. Let me just say that downtown Wilmington is amazing. I had never been to a club, but I decided to go this time. So awesome.)

It's also nice to be around people who are willing to talk about things. The faith conversation mentioned in the last post has made its way into other conversations, much to my delight. Whoever says that college is a hard time to expand your faith must not have been talking about Wilmington. True, my faith has been challenged, in that I've had to defend certain points of it, but overall I think it's grown. If religion is our guide to life and life is about people (for I think it is,) then people -- of varied backgrounds and ideologies -- are the way to a true understanding of God. I've met some Christians (some in my own family) who have chosen to isolate themselves from people of other beliefs. I find this counter-productive, but oh well, I'm getting off subject.

I went to Campus Crusade the other night. It's the school's non-denominational "Christian club." I went to the worship service, which was pretty nice despite the endless stream of contemporary Christian music (I can't stand it; Hope that doesn't make me a bad person, but I'm used to more traditional hymns.) There are small Bible study and worship groups that meet around campus every week. Mine's all male, so hopefully that will be a good experience. I've already told several people on my hall about my dilemma -- whenever it comes up in conversation, of course. So far everyone, guys and girls alike, has been accepting about it. Even Sister Mary Francis (the self-given nickname for the Catholic girl on the hall who's considering becoming a nun) spouted the, "If you love someone I can't see how it could be wrong" line. Then again, she respects the fact that celibacy is an option for me. To be honest, I'm less inclined to talk about my problem to the people at Campus Crusade. I'm just worried about reactions, that's all. Then again, I need to stop defining my faith from my sexuality issues, lest they become the only sins I focus on (when they're definitely not the only sins I deal with.)

Classes are boring, but I think I'll be able to get through this semester alright (with a little studying and a lot of prayer.) I'm slightly homesick, but I'll be going home for labor day, so that's good. My attempt to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation has come to a screeching halt, as has the writing of my novel. Yep, my characters have been stuck in literary limbo for over three weeks. If you guys want to pray about the trivial parts of my life, then please pray that this non-action on my part will be resolved. It's not that I don't care about reading the Bible or continuing my favorite hobby. I just have a hard time sitting down and doing it. Does anybody else have that problem?

Despite all the bad, this has been an awesome week. I already feel miles away from the person who began this blog (or maybe I'm closer to him than I've ever been?)


Anonymous said...

OMG! I could not believe any person would dare say such trash. It's absolutely appaling. That was much more than a "doozie" in my opinion. I think I will start keeping up with his commentary from now on.


Jay said...

Don't take it too seriously, A. You'll just end up getting your feelings hurt. The majority of Christians--while they may hold the same opinion--would never write it in such a derogatory way. Adams somehow calls himself a Christian yet went through that whole article without mentioning the healing or redeeming power of Christ. Go figure.

Hope things are going well, so e-mail me sometimes! Jay

grace said...

Jay: Not liking contemporary Christian music...oh heavens! the nerve! *laughing* You are just a breathe of fresh air to me. I can't help but think our friend Emery will have an EVEN greater appreciation for you after hearing that about you! Thanks for being such a faithful commentor to me through all of this. Em and I are making "secret" (to you, at least) plans to come out to NC and meet you next summer!!! :)


Brady said...

Glad you are having such a great time, Jay. My first 2 weeks or so in college were probably the best weeks of my life, honestly.

About the article--that's precisely why I hate partisan politics. Adams is so concerned with riling up his readers (thus keeping them coming back for more)and listening to his own words, that he completely could care less about who he hurts.

Gladly you, Grace, and so many others realize how horrible his words are. Unfortunately, he somehow gets away with saying this type of stuff and way too many "family values" voters eat this up, and not only give him a pass, but agree with him pretty whole-heartedly. For some reason, they're more concerned with deamonizing gay folks than actually meeting them and witnessing to them.

Ok, rant over ;-) Hope this week is as good as the last!

Jay said...

Grace: That would be wonderful (though if you wanted to keep it a secret you shouldn't have told me so soon ;) I hope everything's going well. E-mail me sometimes if you need to talk.

Brady: Yeah. I need to stop reading him. There are a lot of bigots out there and if I get riled up about every one then I'll just go crazy. Then again, since he's at my college, maybe I can get him to change his ways? I'm a blogger, after all. I can change the world! LOL