Thursday, October 23, 2008

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue.

I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Why are many Christians so good at shooting their wounded?


John said...


Such a great question. I think part of it is that we get comfortable, and when someone is not comfortable, that makes us uncomfortable. In some way, we think it reflects on us. Either that, or we're uncomfortable to some extent deep down, and we're scared of what is too personally familiar or could disrupt what we currently have, so we distance ourselves.

It's sad though. Very sad. We're all hypocrites, but I hope that as we move towards Christ in real, living ways, we will be transformed and filled with love and compassion for those hurting.

Greg said...

Thanks for this insightful response. Hospitality and shelter in the many forms that this can take place will help bring healing to the wounded - safe places of nuture and loving challenge offer protection and direction.

So true that our own hypocrisy often gets in the way and we gun down the wounded for various reasons. Moving towards Christ will help us change and be more spiritual people.

Susan Barnes said...

I think another part of it is we mistakenly think that if a Christian is struggling in some way, they are letting God down (completely forgetting the struggles of Job, Paul, John the Baptist etc.).

Also I agree with John that "when someone is not comfortable that makes us uncomfortable" and we feel, especially as Christians, we should be capable of solving every problem. When we are confronted with our inability, in order to relieve our own discomfort, we "shoot the wounded".

Greg said...

Good point. In many Christian circles struggling is assumed to be a sure sign of failure and therefore leads to rejection, instead of embrace.