Today is July 31st here in the future (also known as Japan), and you know what that means? If you’ve been hanging out with me at Yeah Write you probably do: it’s the last day of 31dbbb (31 Days to Build a Better Blog)!
To be honest I have gotten a bit behind in the last week or so, but I want to finish off strong, and finish off with some semblance of renewed motivation rather than with a burn-out-induced desire to hide from the internet. So, for Day 30’s Review Post, I am going to tell you about a blog that helped inspire me to start this project, Breaking Moulds, in the first place: Redemption Pictures by Micah J. Murray.
Micah J. Murray is somewhat of a Christianity enthusiast who followed his heart, mind and conscience away from the church, and is currently in the process of finding his way back – to a more critically-thinking, Wittenberg Door-esque approach. Redemption Pictures is his blog about the journey, about finding his way through issues and experiences with a constantly evolving idea of what his faith means in today’s world.
Some of his most popular posts include: “The Day I Stopped Believing In God,” “When We Criticize the Church,” and “Why I Can’t Say Love the Sinner / Hate the Sin Anymore.” Not everything is explicitly about the church, either. He writes about breaking the moulds of what society tells us about marriage in “I Am Not a Sex-Fuelled Robot,” and of what gendered play means, doesn’t mean, and should mean in “Boys and Dolls: A Father’s Response.”
Murray’s words are dangerously honest, painfully real, lovingly critical. He speaks for a generation of the disillusioned, who were raised with Bible-story fantasies, and have woken up to the fact that the real world with its real people and real stories are much more complex than what we’ve been led to believe. As he writes,
“We are an entire generation with the broken pieces of our religion scattered on the floor around us. Slowly, carefully, we are trying to separate the truth from the lies.”
As I sought a theme for my new writing project, a direction, a purpose, I stumbled across his blog and his words struck me to the core. “I have to do this, too,” I decided. “I have to add my voice, my perspective, my story to this conversation.” In my own way, of course: I have my own ideas to work through, my own passions to explore, my own moulds to break.
I often find myself stuck in a place between faith and nothingness, wondering if I’ll ever get back to the impassioned spiritual optimism of where I was before. I know deep down that I never will. There is no going back, only forward. Where forward leads will depend a lot on the things I share here as I try to find my own way through the wilderness of issues and ideas, gender and video games, culture and faith. It will also depend on the articles I read from people like Murray, the stories and comments I read from people like you.
Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far, special thanks to Micah J. Murray for the awesome blog, and happy 31st to my fellow Yeah Write-ers!