Yesterday I read an article by Ann Voskamp on talking to sons about purity. Then, on the same day, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary posted an article on talking to sons about purity. The difference between their points of view was striking.
Ann’s writing is very floral. Soft and delicate. Abstract phrases intricately entwined to express profundity. Soft-filtered photos of shoes and candles – less to emphasize her point, more to set the tone. Create an aura. Welcome you into her peaceful space. Ann is tea and pastries, cushioned wicker furniture, a bright sunroom with sheer curtains, a warm breeze, intimate conversation with a close friend and Jesus.
At the very opposite end of the spectrum is Jamie.
Jamie gets up in your face and says what needs to be said. She is more about being real than being politically correct. She uses words that, in most churches, would get her quietly ushered out the back door or sympathetically invited to an Alpha course. Jamie is beer and nachos, lawn chairs around a roaring backyard campfire, choke-on-your-spit laughing…and intimate conversation with a close friend and Jesus.
Their readership probably doesn’t have much of an overlap. But that’s the beautiful Body right there. These are my sisters. They are doing their own thing as the functioning Body of Christ. They are using their own voice, their own gifts, their own spheres of influence. They both love Jesus and they are bringing their people to meet Him.
Some may look at one or the other and frown upon their methods, but they are both vital to the growth and health of the Body. They are vastly different, but my connection with them runs deep: we have the same life force pulsing through our veins. It’s all about Jesus.
Let’s keep our focus on Him and be the Body we need to be.