God, Beer, People and Stereotypes

This old man and me
Were at the bar
 and we
Were having us some beers and
Swapping I don’t cares
Talking politics
Blonde and red-haired chicks
Old dogs and new tricks and
Habits we ain’t kicked
We talked about God’s grace
And all the hell we raised
Then I heard the old man say

God is great
Beer is good
And people are crazy.

My friend Peter introduced me to ‘People are Crazy’ by Billy Currington…

It tells a story, a conversation between two men talking about this and that, showing care, thoughtfulness, kindness.

My experiences suggest that men aren’t very good at talking. Some can talk about information, technical details, a hobby, football…

We see girls learning conversation better than boys; stereo-typical teenage boys grunting; young male suicides and mental ill-health and loneliness amongst men increasing… Many men need encouragement to engage in ordinary conversation.

It is an intergenerational conversation, an old man chatting to a young man.

We form friendship groups with people of similar age to ourselves. We have lost the extended family, the street community.

Together we must value conversations with all: innocent, enquiring children; enthusiastic, bored teenagers; young people starting their lives with expectation and apprehension; folk in their middle years with concerns of family or work; older folks with their rich variety of life experiences…  

It challenges stereotypes. It’s great to see the boy who loves knitting, the skateboarding mum, the skydiving granny…

Widespread stereotypes in the Christian community need challenging – conformity to dress codes, political views, body art and piercing…

Jesus, the ‘Good Shepherd’, doesn’t expects all of his followers to be identical sheep; he sees, cares for and leads individual sheep so that they become a part of a flock of variety.

He includes two men talking about girls, beer and God’s grace and goodness.

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