posted Thu, 28 Jun 2007
At boot camp the other day:
Me: Hi Selena. Where have you been?
Selena: I was working at Vacation Bible School.
Me: Wow. How was it?
Selena: I was teaching third grade. There was a kid in the class who was so obnoxious! He’s homeschooled, so he’s not real socialized around other kids.
Me (who would seriously consider home-schooling if I had kids): You think it’s the home schooling? He’s in Sunday school, right? He probably belongs to Cub Scouts or something. Maybe he’s just obnoxious.
Selena: Maybe. He was so bad around the other kids that he finally got punched in the nose. At Bible school!!!!
Me: Well, it’s not like Jesus was a sissy. Remember when he threw the money-changers out of the temple? And that whole, “turn the other cheek” thing is not about letting yourself get beat up; it’s about challenging aggression using the law and social norms to shame the oppressor and win.
Selena: Yeah, but he got punched in the nose! Of course, it was on the third day and the other kids were sick of him. He was less obnoxious after that.
Me: Sounds like he needed it, then.
The end of the line
11 months ago