Thursday, August 28, 2008

Donald Miller Interview - 8.25.08

I've been a Donald Miller fan for many years. Blue Like Jazz is one of my favorite books, and when he came to speak at my church a couple of years ago I just loved how funny, humble and REAL he was. He definitely explodes the sterotype of what a committed Christian "should be". And especially here in the South, where it's assumed if you're a committed Christian, well then surely you're a registered Republican.

(For the record, I'm a registered Democrat.... I registered "BLUE" way back in college... when I was still a starry-eyed idealist. These days, I'm an Independent, and I find myself increasingly wishing there was a VIABLE third party in this country. A party that had the good parts of the Republicans and the good parts of the Democrats, without all the JUNK that they both bring along with them.)

Regardless, the below interview is interesting. Don gave this shortly before the opening of the DNC convention kicked off on Monday. I found much of what he had to say very thought provoking. I certainly didn't agree with all of it, but I found it well thought-out, and not mean spirited. (Unfortunately there's far too much mean-spiritedness and finger-pointing in politics.... on both sides of the fence. )


Deron Arnold said...

He seems like a nice, interesting guy. I disagree with him on a lot of issues, but one thing I admire is his mentoring project that he talks about in this interview as well as the fact that he grew up (successfully) without a dad. That's gotta be tough.

Didn't like his prayer at the convention, but I hardly ever like televised prayers.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I wasn't crazy about his prayer either, Deron. I think it's dangerous to mix politics and religion. And, unfortunately, he did it with that prayer.

He does do some good stuff in his community (Portland) with regards to social issues, which I think too many churches tend to ignore. Plus - you're right - he grew up without a father which would be tough.

Louise said...

Hey, I'm in YOUR political party. I cannot embrace either of the main ones. Both have some good things, but really, I think both have a lot more crap than good. I cannot understand voting for someone just because they are representing a particular party (or race or gender or whatever). That's narrow-minded in my opinion. And I HATE election years! All the nasty things said tell us nothing but the bad of the person saying it.