Friday, September 20, 2002

A SELF-CONSCIOUS CHRISTIAN. I am a self-conscious Christian. I have always felt like I somehow look so obvious, no less so than one of those Hassidic folks with long curls and black fedoras that you see on TV and in the movies walking the streets of downtown New York City. They seem to be ever present on the street, a part of the backdrop in which they look both entirely out of place in the modern world of cursing cabbies, gaudy shoppers, consumed cell phone talkers, and skyscrapers, and yet they belong because they really are there and they do get by. But, for the most part, as far as the plot of a movie or TV program is concerned, they are a caricature for a cynical audience. I sometimes feel that self-conscious about being a Christian.

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