Monday, July 8, 2013

The Very Worst Analysis of The Worst Trend Ever

Oh, the Christian blogosphere. It is like a rambunctious, Jars of Clay-fueled party that I'm not really invited to (I just can't bring myself to hate-follow Mark Driscoll), but am just close enough to hear the bass of "Flood" and see the hashtag blessed from my corner of the internets. So I catch bits and pieces. Especially if there is some mommy blogging overlap. That is kind of my favorite. Because there is nothing sweeter than a little intersection of Christian internet and mommy blogger internet, amiright?! 


Case in point from The Very Worst Trend Ever in Christianity Today: "But all stories, including self-deprecating humor and amusing little blog anecdotes, have theological implications." (Even stories about poop? I mean, I've been holding back on the poop stories out of respect for my kids/readers. But this quote has me thinking, if I can make the poop about theology....) 

The article starts with a nod to the viral blog post from Jen Hatmaker, "Worst End of School Year Mom Ever." I saw it all over my facebook feed, and skimmed the post (so many words). Seemed cute enough though.

But actually, you guys, it turns out it's NOT CUTE AT ALL! Because according to The Christianity Today article, "As Christians, our current obsession with brokenness may have us getting a little too comfortable with a life defined by often-petty imperfections."

You mean this kind of obsession with brokenness?

Because. I'm confused. Is it only okay to be obsessed with brokenness in children but just not in moms? 

The article goes onto say that authenticity is good ("We should be authentic, rejoicing with Paul: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost" (1 Tim. 1:15)"). Okay, whew. Except wait a minute! "But these online confessions tend to underestimate sin."

Okay, now I'm confused again. Are we supposed to be real or not? And how do we get to that place of "authenticity" that doesn't "underestimate sin." Let me read some more, I'm sure there will be some clarification...

"Writer Marie Osborne voiced this in a recent blog comment: "I hate how often I hear moms say 'worst mom ever'..." and then "Before calling himself the worst sinner, Paul describes his former life as a "blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent" (I Tim. 1:13)."

Wait a minute, did you just equate the term "mom" and "sinner" to make your point? Because, whoa, WHAT?! What is going on here? Also, what exactly was your point?

Surely this will make more sense soon. Let's keep reading...

"Increasingly, we think that only someone who has failed can understand our failure." And this is problematic because Jesus didn't sin. And we don't want people to think that Jesus can't sympathize with us. Because: "If we are constantly looking for someone else who is broken in all the same places, we overlook the comfort we can have in the perfect God-man." 

Um. wait. Let me get this straight: mommy bloggers, you're ruining Jesus! STOP IT, sheesh.

So Christian mommy bloggers should be perfect. Because Jesus. Or do they need to acknowledge that they need Jesus when they are imperfect (but only legit sinfully imperfect, not the petty imperfect that seems to belittle legitimate sin/imperfection)? Hold on, I think my brain just exploded.
Receiving grace for my failures also includes Christ's help to turn from sin and embrace new obedience. Have I been impatient with my children? I must ask for grace to be patient tomorrow. Have I been unkind to my husband? I must seek to love him better next time.
I guess Jen Hatmaker should have turned to JESUS to save her from the neglected homework log sheet! Or wait, is that the fake-sins that distract us from the real sins?

What is going on here!?

I'm starting to think it is just a lot of "I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul."

Now I understand.



  1. Two things:

    1. +5 for getting both Billy Madison AND Napoleon Dynamite into one post. Seriously, that takes skills.

    2. I had to read this twice because logic is not strong with these people.

    3. Oops, lied about the two things. The whole broken thing? Major yikes. My child isn't broken, he's a person with thoughts and feelings. (OK, there was that hernia issue, but all better now because science!) I find that tweet deeply disturbing.

    1. I was thinking after I wrote this, I think I need to incorporation more Napoleon Dynomite and Billy Madison into my blog:)

      But seriously, I was like, I feel like I'm inside of your head and I want out. That was so stream of consciousness, it hurt.

      And the broken children thing, UGH x 1,000,000