In Defense of Blue Hair (Why Are Douglas Wilson & Toby Sumpter Being Bores?)

Being boring is a worse sin than having blue hair.

A bore, it has been said, is one of those men whose minds have battened on an idée fixe and mislaid their sense of balance in the process. In other words, they won't shut up about that one thing and they blow that one thing out of proportion.

The honorable Douglas Wilson and Toby Sumpter run the risk of becoming bores. Actually, they don't run the risk. They've become bores. And I'm upset about it. I have therefore made this video.

I wish to note here that I honor both men, and believe them both to be truly reverend.

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  1. Bro! Your polemic against boredom is boring, just trying to help.

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  2. Isn't the fact that it raised such a reaction, and a decent discussion, evidence of the fact that these things needed to be talked about?

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    1. Not at all. If I want to talk to you about your grandma's lemonade recipe, is that evidence that it needed to be talked about?

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  3. Also, note that "all this discussion" was a total of two posts from each men, for a total of four. If you find that your attention flags after that interval, then perhaps your standards of "boringness" has been shaped imperfectly?

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    1. I certainly don't think so. It's the boredom that comes from talking to bores.

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    2. A good amount of the discussion (from both pastors, and from many defending them, and many against them) happened on Facebook. Not only in just the posts that both pastors posted on their blogs. There was quite of bit of "all this discussion" in other places.

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  4. But lastly, I think you make some good and balancing points, especially about cultural symbols not being set in stone.

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  5. I really enjoyed your articulation of the problem here; namely, presumption. I don't think more time needs to be spent on this issue specifically, unless we're talking about challenging one another in the Lord to be humble enough to recognize our own faults of presumption, and not let secondary things become primary (ie: tempest in a tea pot).

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. Haha. This is good. I love all three of you guys. But I've shared the same frustration. And I appreciate your take on it.

    Of course how we dress and decorate ourselves communicates something about us to others. But a lot of broad assumptions are being made here. It's easy to see how blue hair could easily say a lot more about yourself than you ever intended to in the polite company of Idaho. And I'm sure wearing a kimono or sombrero would do the same. Cultural context matters.

    Hopefully we can move onto more interesting discussions soon - like whether or not Christian liberty permits hair perms and the wearing of socks with open toed sandals.

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    1. I'm afraid that when it comes to socks with sandals we must put our foot down.

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    2. Haha. I see what you did there.

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