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Reconciling rebellion

Coffee at Caffé Vita before diving in to work. Just need to get some things settled, or (more likely) make some kind of peace with the fact that they aren't.

The entire passage about "Bobo Heaven" in Bobos in Paradise is hilarious. I wouldn't even know where to begin or end quoting it. One of these days I'm going to finish that book. Hopefully it's one of these days soon, because I've borrowed it from John for nearly a year now. "Never loan books."

Repentance is on my mind. As with sin itself, it's tempting to focus on others', but I really need to consider my own. What does it mean for me to turn from sin and to Christ? In some respects, my question is not even genuine—the meaning is self-evident; I just don't like admitting I'm not doing it, so I try to make it into something more complicated in an effort to reconcile my rebellion.

It's not working. I'm being a jerk to God and others in ways that are both chronic and gross. Though God's forgiveness is secured for me in Christ, there are few accusations that could be hurled my way that I could do much but accept as accurate. For the most part, I stay distant enough from others, God, and myself never to hear them (not everyone has this "luxury"). But I know who I am, even if I try to deny it.

I have problems, and grace doesn't make that untrue. I've stopped short of true repentance time and again, instead swiping at some imagined "Get Out of Jail Free" card even as I opt to remain a prisoner. I like the accommodations, you see, and I don't believe in God's goodness enough to leave them behind. So my rebellious reconciliation is to profess forgiveness while I hold onto my sin. And that's just not how reality works.

By God's grace I can see that, and start to ask for a heart that's really changed rather than just behavior management (or lack thereof, which is more often my case). Doesn't mean I won't stumble or struggle as a repentant man. But I first need to be honest about whether and when I've been a repentant man at all.


Your introspection is unmatched, but you beat yourself up a lot, you know that?
I think it seems that way, and it may be true. But I don't come away from facing things like this feeling down on myself so much as being more aware of what I need from God. There's a security in knowing who I am in Him that frees me to be honest about what's not finished yet, and to own my shit in the midst of that. It's hard to describe in words, and taking inventory of it online can seem pretty rough.
By god's grace and your desire, you'll come around right :)

once again, an "amen"

I know in my heart that I was true and sincere in my repenting and turning to Him....but for the life of me, I can not understand why I deal with some of the same sin I dealt with years ago...I can think of some areas that I turned about face and never wavered since...but there are some key issues that I am so ashamed that I can't say the same about....I, like you, want to know why....beating ourselves up? I don't know if I would call it that. I just don't want to fall into the trap of covering up under "church talk" and "christian trends" or anything that would pull me away from really taking a long hard look.

I think we are twins seperated at birth....for you that should be very scary! Pass me a cup of coffe, dude.