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Monday, July 17, 2006
Where are you in this story?

In the age of castles and fortresses, a young boy was born inside a great castle. Nathan was raised with the belief that the castle inside of which he lived was absolutely impregnable from all attacks. As a young boy walking around the walls and noting how thick and tall they were, he could well believe that absolute truth.

Link to the rest of the article.

Which group do you identify most with in this story? Why? What do you think it will take for all of us under the banner of Christianity to fight less and listen more?

We've been discussing this article on The Ooze, and I thought it would be an interesting topic for this blog as well. In that thread I brought up a group of people that the author seemed to miss:

Those of us who leave the castle and don't return with a cannon. Some of us are very happy to wander in the woods especially when the fighting grows more fierce than usual.

Looking forward to your thoughts on this topic.


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  • At 7/17/2006 05:19:00 PM, Blogger Michele L

    I think I feel more like Nathan. I would feel like one foot with the castle and one foot with the soldiers. Being in Nathan's shoes, I could see the perpective from both sides. I had been one of "those" within the castle, and certainly, felt attacked. Having stepped outside of those walls, though, I definately understand what I could be missing. I can understand the urgency to show others what they too, could be missing.
    I think I would try to convince the soldiers to hold back some, not be so forceful. Maybe discuss a way to connect with those within the walls in a gentler way. Show compassion and understanding, especially, for those who had defended this castle for a long time. Understand that gentleness, and a less overwhelming approach might accomplish more, and certainly provoke less resistence. There are certainly good things about this castle that should be preserved. Much of which indirectly contributed to the system and power of the army outside of the walls. I would remind the soldiers that we may be powerful now, but there certainly will be a time in the future where even stronger weapons will overshadow our own. We may want to treat these castle dwellers the way we would want to be treated in the future.
    I would try to convince the castle dwellers, that they might need to reconsider how the defense and rebuilding of the castle is done. Obviously the defense capability of the castle has taken a direction that was not originally forseen. In knowing that however, the castle doesn't necessarily need to be abandoned and torn down, but maybe rebuilt in a way that those involved feel secure, protected, but able to view and see the changing world around them. A process that both sides would have knowledge and experience in.

    Thanks for posting. I thought it was a good read and curious how others relate to the story.

  • At 7/18/2006 09:12:00 AM, Blogger Tiffanie

    Great article! Where am I? I am Nathan; despaired, with a few belongings in my bag, set out with no destination. I too have been back to the castle, in fact, I sleep there often; it’s comfortable. I think that’s the problem; Christians are not willing to leave there comfort zones. We would rather fight these battles to the death with each other than venture out and realize that there really is no need to be fighting at all. We ought to be able to see beyond our walls and remember that our castles belong to an empire; the same empire. Rather than defending our castle we should be defending the empire. It is a sad thing that we use our weapons against each other; we have become our own enemy. If we could all become Nathan’s and see that the battle is indeed unnecessarily hurting everyone involved, we might be more successful in accomplishing the work God wills for us to do. Whether we are inside the castle walls (which may or may not be outmoded), or if we are outside the castle living out the truth in a new light, it is crucial for the kingdom of God, that we all come to together and fight for our empire as one.

  • At 7/18/2006 04:33:00 PM, Blogger From the Margins

    After thinking about your question, I think I could see myself in any one of the characters, depending on the context and self-imposed naming of each part in the vignette. The fortress could represent 'thoughts and beliefs,' I suppose. It could represent traditions or preferences. Then there's the illusion to kingdom or republic powers, to institutions or to world powers.

    I've asked myself; "Has God ever taken one consistent role in His unfolding Divine Story?" Seems that God has supported each of the various roles, being willing to accomodate mankind as time and The Story progresses.

  • At 7/19/2006 03:23:00 AM, Blogger Melanie@Abri

    I think I am in the castle, sitting on a blown out wall with my head in my hands shaking my head because I have just been out there and have overhead the gang with the cannon bickering!

  • At 7/21/2006 01:10:00 AM, Blogger sylvia skinner

    I can relate somewhat to Nathan, but I was in the castle for a very long time. I was standing right next to a castle wall when it was blown to bits on many times--only it was "friendly fire"--it came from some of the people who are in the castle with me. It seems like there is as much (or maybe more) spriitual and emotional violence within the castle walls. I'm kind of shell-shocked now, so I'm wandering around outside of the castle not sure where to go or what to do next. I'm hoping that I'll somehow find my way back to the castle--the parts worth saving, but sometimes I'm not sure if I will. It's kind of lonely out here, except that I seem to keep bumping into other wounded Nathan's just like me and somehow they keep giving me just enough encouragement to go another day!

  • At 7/21/2006 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Tammy

    I think I would choose to wander the woods with Lydia. :D

    I've been a part of all the other players in the past, too. I'm tired of all of it. I'm just enjoying life now with my friends and family from all sides. If they start fighting among themselves, I just go away for awhile.


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