On the Fringe

I thought I'd post a link to my monthly column [click here to read] that ran today in the Lincoln Journal Star. Aside from the commenters who deemed me insular, oblivious, insulting and creepy, I think it went over pretty well.

The bloggy world is so much more pleasant.

*Sigh.*

Laura  – (April 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM)  

oh, my goodness, Michelle. tough crowd! i wanted to comment just to stand up for you but i have to figure out that sign in thing another time.

i guess i never considered "on the fringe" part of our buzz word language, but maybe it is. those folks seemed offended. but maybe they have a chip on their shoulder (seems like). and who knows...sometimes strong reactions are covering up vulnerability.

is that site not a Christian site? yes, i think blogland is a bit friendlier, but kudos to you for putting yourself out there. I'm proud of you.

hugs,
laura

Diane K –   – (April 25, 2010 at 2:19 PM)  

I couldn't figure out how to leave this on the story's page,

Michelle, I see where you are coming from. I believe that most of the world's population finds it easier to talk to someone with the same faith base as themselves. Why wouldn't we, it is easier. We don't have to be the outgoing spokesperson with those we are on common ground with. I tend to have more best friends who share my faith values. I'll admit, that probably leaves me a little to much "in the Club" also. But, I agree with Nina, I think at some point we have all been on the fringe. Sometimes more than once. I see nothing wrong with that. I see it as a way to strengthen my beliefs and values. Those that are having a problem with the terminology, substitute another word of your choice. But, have you given it any thought, maybe it is you who are yearning to feel like you belong in the world. To have a sense of purpose someplace. And just have not found what you are looking for.

Deidra  – (April 25, 2010 at 10:55 PM)  

Wow! I love that you put yourself out there! Reading the comments reminded me of that conversation we had about all of the positive comments bloggers leave on our pages. And all of it - your article, and the readers' reactions - make me sit back in my chair, amazed at how "churched" I am. It was eye-opening to see that the phrase "on the fringe" was polarizing. What else do I say and do everyday that causes others to feel put off? How do we walk the line between in the world but not of it, and being all things to all people? You've got me thinking once again. Thanks for sharing this link with us.

And I wanted to tell you that one of our church members sent the link to me as well. She thought it was a great article. Something we need to share with our congregation. So keep writing what God gives you to say. We'll all keep reading, and growing, and writing, and praying, and thinking.

Elizabeth  – (April 26, 2010 at 1:11 AM)  

Ouch on the comments -- my sympathies to you, but I think it's a sign that the article is well-written and provocative. I've been the recipient of many a negative comment and I actually look upon them as good, almost a blessing, because they force me to look outside of myself and my insularity and see things differently. But, ouch, they do hurt.

I liked your article and found it interesting -- free-floating musing, really, which appeals to a contemplative person --

Michela  – (April 26, 2010 at 7:33 AM)  

Creepy? Really? I love it when people just use words like that to get a point across, with no basis whatsoever. It was sadly obvious that most of the commenters didn't really read your article, they just glazed over it and reacted to the parts that didn't sit well with them. It's a good reminder that "in this world you will have trouble." But we know that Christ has already overcome the world, so all we can do is keep reaching out and sharing the gospel, knowing that ultimately Christ will deal with their hearts!

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