Archive for April 2010

Here is an old saying I agree with: It is wrong to make “best” the enemy of “better.”  I’m on board with the argument that there never was a real Christian response to the Sexual Revolution in 1960s and 1970s America.  The reason is certainly a reckless refusal to compromise, even to the extent of shutting down discussion.

Different Drummer: David R. Mace

I meet very few people who believe that they have any real choice in how they respond to sexual attraction -- myself included.

There is a choice that I have made, though, quite intentionally. I refuse to be a person who: (1) feels like I'm "made this way" in terms of being attracted to women in a seemingly involuntary manner, but (2) treats other people like their human sexual responses are all completely planned and totally within their control, and especially (3) when "their choice" is fundamentally different than any "choice" I would have made.

I don't want to be that inconsistent, perhaps even hypocritical. The good news is that guidelines like The Golden Rule (do unto others) and The Great Commandments (love God and neighbor) really should make it easier to love people genuinely -- meaning, love them as they are.

One of the biggest lies you will hear in some churches is that the Bible teaches us to "love the sinner but hate the sin." Not Biblical. Not True, unless you are following the gospel according to Mohandas Gandhi. The Bible says that God behaves that way in a couple of places -- Psalms, in particular -- but we are not gods. Our instructions stop at love your neighbor as you should love yourself.

I think part of this church-based confusion comes from another all-too-easy slogan: WWJD. The best preachers I have known wince a little at that expression because it is only almost right.

  • "What Would Jesus Do" really only matters if you are Jesus.
  • "What Would Jesus Have Me Do" is a much better question if you are a Christian.

I can guarantee that Jesus doesn't want anyone burning up precious resources trying to guess how voluntary or involuntary another person's responses are to sexual stimulus. So, choice seems to be what the issue hinges on for social conservatives, and yet choice really shouldn't dictate how we interact with others.

The story "Boiling Point" is a fable that functions like a parable about the true political spectrum. As opposed to locking into a partisan side of any issue by embracing "past truths," the story recommends a more open-minded and challenging approach. Truth must always be sought, no matter where the pursuit leads.

Different Drummer: Jon Stewart

Spectrum1.jpg Political Spectrum in America today

Spectrum2.jpg Approaches to Truth across spectrum

America wastes an amazing amount of time arguing about "liberal" versus "conservative" as if those represent a meaningful range. Far from being the entire political spectrum, it's not even a slice of a pie-chart that must be understood if we intend to advance as a society.

Different Drummer: Jello Biafra

What does it mean to give up something for Lent? It's a Christian concept about preparing for Easter. That idea is consistent with adding the right type of thing as well, as an act of devotion. One of those Lenten undertakings from my past includes a part of a short story that could be titled "The Least Of These." The sermon within that story addresses themes in the heavy metal song "Godless" and indirectly asks a question: why not give up hate for Lent?

Different Drummer: Stephanie Davis

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