year Halloween and New Years Eve battle it out for the top slot
on my Favorite Holidays list.
I went and
got me a flashy new tuxedo and hit the town last night with my friend
and photographer Venessa Nina. We took the subway into Manhattan,
painted my nails at the Bowery Poetry Club, got a bite to eat in
Union Square and had some drinks in Brooklyn where we rang in the
new year with the eastern time zone and Christopher Reeves.
We had our
share of memorable moments. Took one bite of the worst chocolate
chip cookie ever, got some strange looks from strangers, was informed
that Halloween was two months ago by one of those guys who embarrasses
his girlfriend every nine minutes with the things he shouts in public
places, and that pink haired girl in the Union Square station who
recognized me and shouted praise at me.
I've really no idea what
to expect from 2003. I didn't make any resolutions. I'm happy enough
living in wonderful New York, living off of my art and impressing
myself with what I've accomplished in 2002.
do you suppose are the chances of that pink haired angel emailing
me? Gosh I love those punker girls.
New Years Eve has won.
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Hey, I think that
I may have received this e-mail in error. I wasn't sure until
that warning at the end of your e-mail got me worrying. I've
deleted this e-mail from my files and I suggest that you look
into the problems you might be having with your computer.
Creator of http://JesusDressUp.com/
take into account the worth and value of something before
you openly deface it.
It wasn't sent
in error. I am sorry if the whole confidentiality notice frightened
you on security issues. I work for CIGNA and they are a bit
overbearing on privacy issues. The reason I wrote the short
quip of an email was because of your Jesus dress-up. I was
looking out on a mullet site, because everyone needs to know
how to defend themselves against these ravenous hair-cuts,
and I noticed your link. I was just going to ask what you
thought was funny about taking an icon, that many consider
sacred and letting people dress it up Santa Claus outfits
and baby diapers. I am sorry if this is the first email that
you have gotten of this nature, but I was not so much offended
as I was hurt. I am sorry if you find this funny. But to me,
the icon of my Lord on the cross is more precious than the
American flag. Please take into account the worth and value
of something before you openly deface it.
Oh, don't worry
Andrew. That image of Jesus on the cross has no worth to me.
I'm an atheist.
like Jesus who's been elevated to the level of absolute perfection
and reducing Him to a mere store front mannequin for dressing
up is the portion of the idea that I find so amusing. In fact,
it's similar to how one person can believe that a mullet haircut
is an attractive hairstyle while there are others who think
it's a preposterous hairstyle worth laughing at.
eternal paradise and wives turning into pillars of salt is
the mullet of my world. Ya get what I'm sayin'?
Just one question
then...What do you hope in? Ultimately, even as strong humanists,
there is a need for hope. The human spirit becomes crushed
and abased without it. Don't take this offensively please.
I am just curious as to where your hope lies.
Just in case your
curious though, here are a few things about me. I am 24 yrs
old and recently married. I reside in Nashville, TN and work
as a Data Analyst for CIGNA Healthcare. I am also a Divinity
student doing master's work in Theology at Trevecca Nazarene
University. I hope to one day be a minister, but somehow escape
the stigma of condemnation that usually comes with that role.
I wish you the
best during this awesome time of the year.
Oh come on. You're
hurt by that? How do you think that guy in the mullet feels?
Before you go and
devote your life to preaching the word of God you need to
ask yourself if you only believe because it's a nice message
of hope. It's amusing to me that it's the initial response
you had ready for me.
I personally don't
think you're doing yourself (or your wife) any favors makin'
believe that there's a mysterious magical force helping us
out in our lives by spreading love to all those who seek it.
For many people it's an excuse to make less of an effort in
this life because the important life lay after. For others
it's a chance to have something that gives them worth.
You've no idea
how many teens I hear from who no matter how hard they try
can't make themselves believe in a supreme being that needs
our silly love, sin equals bad weather or Adam & Eve instead
of the dinosaurs. And they think they're damned to hell because
of it. No amount of kindness on your behalf will make it any
We both know that
what matters most is the truth, not hope, fantasy or good
feelings. It's also ignorant to assume that there is no hope
without Jesus or an afterlife. There are real things worth
believing in that will actually show results!
You were pretty
lucky to have been coincidentally born into the right religion
spelled God with a capital 'G'. Sometimes even by the
denial of someone or something we verify its very existence
find it interesting that you spelled God with a capital 'G'.
Sometimes even by the denial of someone or something we verify
its very existence. And fortunately my religion isn't built
upon myths or feelings, but upon faith.
too agree that it is sad that many of the teens that you hear
from have these misconceptions about God. Unfortunately this
is one of the downfalls of the modern church. The church has
quite a few shortcomings, not least of which is being able
to communicate what Christ truly is to be to the world. And
I don't believe that it is kindness that wins people over.
Sometimes its just love, and love and kindness are far from
yes, I do feel extremely lucky and sometimes guilty for having
been born into a family that embraced the truth. Sometimes
I wonder where I would be if I were born into an Islamic family
or even a Jewish family. I can't help but think that somehow
Christ would have sought me out even in that situation. So
why can't I attempt to exhibit that same love and desire for
those less fortunate than me. After all, according to scripture,
God is the God of the broken and outcast.
don't know if any of this is making sense, or even if you
consider it all fuel for a dung fire, but I thought I needed
to share it.
Ya got me. Yes,
I'm in denial about the existence of an enormous living being
out there in the cosmos who's made of love and spreads that
love across the galaxies directing it at our hearts. Deep
down inside I know that this super being exists but I won't
admit it because the idea of paradise doesn't appeal to me.
It surely isn't because it's proper grammar to capitalize
the "G" in God's name. You've really got my number Andrew.
Trying to communicate
the idea of your god to a kid who's starting to think for
him/herself is where the problem lies. When an adult (a parent,
teacher, pastor) is behaving like they've got a screw loose
trying to convince this kid that super beings exist, they
want your soul and if they don't get it you'll burn forever
in eternal hell fire - you're going to have a kid with misconceptions.
Some kids just
buy into it without question, despite the lack of evidence,
sense or logic, simply because every adult they know tells
them it is so. But then there are those teens who are for
the first time starting to think for themselves and have nowhere
else to turn. Every adult in their community is harvesting
these same crazy thoughts because the adults who surrounded
them harvested these crazy thoughts because the adults who
surrounded them harvested these crazy thoughts and so on and
so forth. It is these teens, the ones who are given no other
options, who hurt themselves. Their communities have no diversity
and their perception of the world is through a pinhole.
This has nothing
to do with the teachings of the modern church. It has everything
to do with the delusions in your head. I know that I'm not
getting through to you but it's something I needed to share.