Christian culture, summer grumpiness and the joy of decent people.
Today God gave me a loving, but firm kick up the backside.
For a while now, at this time of year, I have got a proper grump on.
I see lots of people on Facebook, Twitter etc going off to various Christian conferences – new wine, the 24-7 stuff, greenbelt, you name it… it all looks so lovely, but we can’t afford any of it. And at the end of September we will have even less as our first child arrives.
Gone are the days when as a youth group member my church paid for me to go on CPAS holidays or as a young adult I did new wine as a volunteer, because I could as a young free and single person.
Now we are not poor. We can afford Netflix and the TV licence. We also have a once a month date night budget.
On top of all that I’m a youth pastor and my lovely church pays for my husband and I to go to the aog conference.
So really I have no room to moan.
All the same, I know a lot of people with less money than us who live hand to mouth, and lots of people who like us can’t afford to go away for any sort of holiday, conferences included.
It makes me cross that access to all this beautiful, amazing teaching, worship, general God stuff is only for the wealthy or those who belong to big enough churches they can afford to pay for their skint members.
So it was in a fit of grumpiness I responded to Krish Kandiah’s post about Books for life LIVE.
That’ll teach me… he, and others responded with such humble generosity. Take a look:
It’s left me both humbled and blessed… and wondering what solutions there could be for all those skint believers out there.
At the.end of the day, speakers, preachers and authors also need to eat. But surely technology could bring stuff local? I know you can get lots talks on video, and that at big conferences stuff is streamed live from one venue to a second… maybe it could be streamed to local churches… I don’t know. There just has to be a way of being more inclusive.
Which brings me back to the book conference. Turns out if I had stopped and looked I would have known I couldn’t go anyway, it’s 13 days after baby’s due date.
But I do have a plan. You may have seen little free library on Facebook… I wonder if our church could have a Christian little free library? I mean, how cool would that be. I’m going to ask…
And I resolve to have more action and less grumpiness.