49: NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY #9 Babbling

“It is not what you believe that matters ultimately but what you do…… (William) Willimon once described the true meaning of  “counter cultural” behaviour as going to see someone in a nursing home. You can’t do a more radical thing than that, he said. The response of the audience to his comment was a bit underwhelming, as if perhaps they were hoping for something a little more Hollywood – something that might turn into a documentary starring each one of them as a mad prophet decrying the hypocrisies of our time.
I hate going to nursing homes. I hate the way they smell. I hate to hear the Muzak of crazy babbling, the mad soliloquies of demented souls reliving their childhoods or insisting that I speak to the brown  bear at the foot of their bed. The common dining area is the worst. All those wheelchairs pushed together and then abandoned, forming a circle of cloudy eyes and trembling hands. Everyone seems to be looking far off, as if dementia makes everything part of the background and nothing a part of the foreground. Ambulances arrive daily to pick up the dead, and the only thing that changes is the color of the Jell-O.”

Source:
Meyers, R.R. “Saving Jesus from the Church. How to stop worshipping Christ and start following Jesus” Harper (2009) p.158

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