Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Mo better Blues

There is a damnable tendency among people to want more and better all the time, the thing that is constantly leaving us dissatisfied with wherever we happen to be at the moment. The new car, the next promotion, the bigger house: all these things are just more and better. Except, it is not entirely damnable, since it is in fact a fundamental truth of Christianity that we have an appetite for more and better because those things exist. But we can only find more and better, in a sense that will satisfy the appetite, in perfect union with God--which comes, as you know, only after the final curtain.

It is the same old paradox of Christianity: we have a desire for something, but when we seek to fulfill that desire we ensure that we cannot, because we turn it into an idol. But, when we set the desire aside, and seek first the Kingdom, we find that, first, the desire was always legitimate, and second, that it ceases to exist.

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of this sort of thing, and am thinking of finding or founding a Church that stops with the bait-and-switch tactics. I want someone to tell me that it is okay to want more and better and to satisfy that craving with a nice Chateau Lafite Rothschild, or perhaps an elderly Chateauneuf du Pape, or maybe a 1992 California Cabernet, or possibly....

Oh. Right. I see.


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