Once upon a time, an average woman made a controversial blog post and made everyone mad.
Well, it’s been over a month since the last blog entry, and that’s because I’ve been busy thinking of ways to revamp the site. But alas, here I am to spread my Super Bowl & Grammy Awards cheer to the world.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
There’s two camps (euphemism?) in the Christian world today, and while I adore following Facebook posts and Twitter debates that involve both camps, I feel the need to toss my hat into the ring today. But first, let’s look at the two schools of thought:
Camp 1: No, they’re not the Westboro Baptist Church, but their tongues are almost as sharp. (Don’t worry, I’m not suffering from a lack of self-awareness concerning my own Ninjatō that I’ll be wielding for this very blog post.) This camp knows exactly how warm the fire pits of hell are, and they’ll warn all sinners where they are headed if they continue on with their lifestyle. All that Gospel stuff is for the Pastor to preach, the stone tossing is for the neighbors.
“They told me I was going to burn in hell because they love me! Really, that’s why.” – No Unbeliever. Ever.
Camp 2: They have puppy kisses and rainbow confetti. I went there once, but after they braided my hair and made me wear flowers, corduroy, and a bohemian inspired velveteen skirt, I ran. This camp disagrees with any “judgmental” notions whatsoever. We are all sinners, so don’t judge, just love. Politics? Social issues? There’s only one answer: Love. And as for the actual definition of “judgmental”, it’s irrelevant.
DISCLAIMER: I’m going to hold both camps accountable in my comments below, if this offends you, grab your velveteen skirt, or your picket sign, and take the emergency exit known as the small “X” in the top right corner of your screen. Or stay and challenge my thoughts if you so desire, I welcome it.
“You know I don’t tweet much.. But Bruno Mars deserves one. What a singer and performer.” – Chris Tomlin
*Grabs popcorn, sits back, waits for verbal WWE match.*
Instantly Chris was called out for being OF the world and how evil *spoken in my Ork voice* his comment was, and then those that called him out were being labeled – branded – as “judgmental”, and told that we all need to learn how to love and be thankful for the gift of Bruno’s voice, silly zealots! It was like a bowl of self-righteous organic sunflower soup. With flax.
So let’s analyze the situation and see what the REAL issue was:
Bruno Mars has a beautiful voice, which I’ll agree with Camp 2, was given to him by God. AND he also has a hit song out right now with the lyrics, “You and me, baby, F****** like Gorillas.”… SO, Camp 1, you get 5 points for accuracy, with a 3 point deduction for delivery. What would the world look like if we approached issues like this from a logical stand point (which some did) instead of infusing it with empty emotional arguments that just make us all out to look like irrational spineless religious imps?
NOTE: There is a balance between standing for what you believe in, silence, and accountability. I am far from perfect, but we should all strive for that balance.
The interesting part about both the Old Testament AND the New Testament is that faith was made evident by actions, not words, in both. Ok, it’s not abundantly more interesting, it’s just a cold hard fact. So should we go along in agreement (also known as silence) with evil in the name of meeting people halfway, like many in Camp 2? No. Should we hatefully tell people that they are going to hell like many in Camp 1? No. Is it biblical to hold other Christians accountable for their actions in correlation with their proclaimed faith? YES! Is it biblical to openly disagree with the mainstream narrative while still loving those that agree with said narrative? YES!
This brings me to my issue for the day: Animal instincts.
Whether it be a study on the bite strength of an alligator vs. a crocodile, or the pecking order in a lion pride, my nephew will watch it if it involves exotic animals. In other news, due to his interest in said exotic animals, I now know too much about them as well; but, thankfully, remembering a few episodes actually helped me today in the break room when I attempted to assert my dominance and fight for the last cup of coffee.
And then I drank Tea.
I digress. One thing is always certain, those in the animal kingdom always go after the easiest food. Now that’s not to say that a lion would choose a rabbit when an antelope is on the menu, but if there are five antelopes, it’s going to seek out the weakest and annihilate it. Facts are, the lion is hungry, and it isn’t focused on the thrill of the kill, it’s focused on the need for nourishment. Even if that means taking one of the young! While watching wildlife shows, we find the idea of an adult lion ripping apart the flesh of an innocent and weak baby animal to be grotesque; but the facts are, that is their survivalist instincts working naturally. Because they’re animals.
So my question: Do Christians have a similar approach?
Today we live in a society that pushes sex from every level of entertainment. Not wholesome biblical sex; but objectifying, casual, consequence filled sex. It fuels an industry that annihilates the gift that God gave, and trivializes the worth of a human being. Women are sold like cattle in our own country, stripped bare of their dignity to the highest bidder with the strongest hand. Like animals. Sold to men who view women as nothing more than a tool for their pleasure; an empty, soulless existence, put on this earth for them to consume. Whether it’s in person, photo, or pornographic movie, men who involve themselves in the industry, or support it, all look at women the same.
It didn’t just “happen”. Yes, there has always been indecency, promiscuity, and abuse. But it is nothing compared to what we see today. A woman in Afghanistan was forced to marry her rapist. Another woman in a Middle Eastern country was gang raped as a court sentence. A child bride died after her violent wedding night. So many others taken to their streets to be tried as whores for being raped. In America, women are sold as sex slaves, probably in your very city. Could it be that the shock value has dissipated because men and women are indoctrinated on a daily basis to believe that women ARE objects?
But don’t worry, after you’re used as an object, you can get the results removed at your nearest Planned Parenthood. Why wouldn’t men support this? Objectification without consequence. Girls walk around their high school thinking that it is ok for them to be used with a level of approbation that for most teenage boys is equal to that of their IPod. Why? Because Katy Perry & Beyonce said so. Why? Because Akon wants to “tap that”, and so does Billy, and Billy “makes me feel special”. Why? Because they’ve been taught by the entertainment industry that what’s under their clothes is what gets you places, not what’s inside your mind. And as for the boys? Well…Those ladies on the XXX movie want them, and the girls in the photos want them, and the girls singing about wanting them want them. They’re all empty vessels of fun, why not the girls at school? Unrealistic expectation break down the family unit, the respect, and the plans that God had for us.
Sex Slavery? Yawn.
Destroyed marriages? Yawn.
Girls with eating disorders? Yawn.
Thousands of children aborted daily? Yawn. I’ll handle that with a bumper sticker.
Bruno Mars singing about F****** a stripper like a gorilla? Because that’s what the ladies are good for, right? Yawn.
Homosexuality? Get out your pitchforks, tar, and feathers. Us Christians are burdened with glorious purpose and will see this evil to its demise! (Yes. In my head I sounded like Loki.)
Yes. That’s the reality. Why? Because it’s the easiest target, and requires absolutely NO sacrifice on our part. We run our mouth about homosexual marriage, and then we feel good about the persecution because then we can post a quote on Facebook about how Jesus was persecuted first.
As for Chris Tomlin & Mercy Me giving their accolades to Bruno Mars, I didn’t throw a fit when they did it, but when Bart, the lead singer of Mercy Me, returned fire to those who disagreed with his praise, he actually used the words “I’m a huge fan of sex, so is my wife, and so is God…” Well then. Glorifying Bruno Mars, a contributor to the objectification of women, is totally cool. Is music not one of the difficult subjects that all Christians have to face? It guides our youth, manipulates our thought process, and has a power unknown to any other field of entertainment. And let’s be honest, Bart… When he was talking about sex taking him to paradise, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about sex between a husband and wife. So groove to the soulful tunes if you like, but making such a defensive post smells, well, like a guilty conscience.
In my above comments I’m not saying that I agree with homosexuality, or that it aligns with my faith…And I’m guessing that they don’t agree with my faith, and that my faith doesn’t align with their worldview. Well, I’ll be…People with differing opinions, stop the presses ol’chap, I think we’ve found an anomaly. I also have a friend that likes to drink. A lot. I don’t agree with the lifestyle, and she calls me a prude because I won’t go drinking with her, and then we go shopping and I continue to do my best to show her who Christ is living in me.
You see, standing up to an industry that is doing more damage to the sanctity of marriage is, well, hard work. Christian men who “dabble” and “innocently admire” the bikini clad model would have to face their proclivities. People would have to stop listening to some stuff, and watching some stuff; So, it proves to be the strong antelope and rather uncomfortable for the super edgy and world savvy Christian to stand up against. But those homosexuals who are lost sinners and don’t hold themselves accountable to our standards? Well, they’re the young, they’re the antelope with a weak leg that some in the Christian nation have decided to capture and devour for the sake of feeling faithful.
Bravo, Christians. Slow clap.
When you earn your living from a platform supportive of sexual purity, respect, and dedication to God’s word, be prepared to have people question your support of such artists. So we praised Christians for leaving the Grammy’s and those that turned off their TV during the “abomination at the end”, but yet saying anything to a Christian star that should be held to a higher standard about their, possibly unintentional, approval of Bruno Mars is somehow off limits? Because look, he can do the splits and has a good voice… Don’t we realize that those at the Grammy’s wouldn’t have such a platform if we didn’t give it to them in the first place? But Bruno’s voice was “God given”. Yep, and a woman’s body is God given, that doesn’t mean Bruno Mars should objectify it through his music.
So to the hypocrites like myself, maybe we should go through our ITunes library again, maybe we should sacrifice a show that clearly doesn’t show women that they are treasured. Maybe we should find a medium between thinking that “Mercy Me & Chris Tomlin did nothing wrong” and “Mercy Me & Chris Tomlin are evil sinners”. Maybe we should not only love more, but love and respect human beings through our actions. Turning off that song, turning off that show, they are acts of love. Love for the women bound by the chains of objectification, love for the generations of kids that shouldn’t think any of this is acceptable. Love the celebrities, love the homosexuals, love the listeners, love the viewers…That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act against the narrative by supporting those that support your values, and not supporting those that don’t.
Thanks for reading. – Mb