Bumper Stickers Can Be Dangerous!
Saw another hilarious bumper sticker:
"The Village called ...
the Idiot is missing."
I was laughing so hard I nearly got into an accident.
Saw another hilarious bumper sticker:
"I love the Trinity," wrote James White, beginning his book The Forgotten Trinity. I first read TFT 4 years ago. This was the first sound presentation of the Trinity I had encountered. Up to that point I had always believed that there was only one God, and that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all God, yet somehow distinct. It wasn't until I read this work that I could clearly communicate the Trinity.
Many of you are aware that Lindy Hop is something I am passionate about. I've been doing Lindy for about four months now. I have improved a great deal since I began back in November. I owe it all to Jonathan and Trisha. Here they are:
Eli and I have a coded language to refer to a series of events a couple years ago. "The Tragedy" or "The Event" is our way of reminiscing back to the days when Hyper-Preterism seemed to be running rampant amongst our circle of friends. For months, this damnable heresy was spreading like gangrene. It was ruining lives; ruining friendships. In the process I lost my best friend, Scotty, and 6 other close friends. This was the most difficult trial the Lord has brought into my life. Thankfully, I had many close friends to support me.
Janet's in town! The Janet from Maryland. Btw, Adam and I are going to MD over Spring Break, w00t.
K, so I saw the funniest bumper sticker on my way to work. It had one of those Darwin fishes turned on its back, then reads: "Fish don't walk ... and Jesus still lives"
Last week my Cultural Di ver sity (as I like to pronounce it) class watched a video about ... cultural diversity - shocking, I know. The video featured a dozen high school students each from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. There was a black kid, a white kid, a Jewish kid ... you get the idea. Most of the movie was alright. Extremely boring, liberal and anti-Christian, but alright. Then it happened. Out of nowhere a homosexual guy was interviewed. "It's rough being a white, middle class, Christian, gay, high school guy. Being persecuted for being true to yourself isn't right. Growing up, I was very religious. I attended church on a regular basis. But my church didn't have room for those of us with different sexual preferences," he said.
After class, I was talking with a classmate about the video and it content. I was telling this person how I had really enjoyed watching the video. Then this person asked me something that really through me off. This person asked, "What did homosexuality had to do in this video?" I could not believe this person was asking this. Then again, this question represents the opinion of many our population's taboos. My response to this question was, which is one that has always gotten me into arguments with other friends and relatives, that it should not matter whether someone is heterosexual, homosexual or bi-sexual because in the end the world is made up of humans. My idea behind this comment has to do with my motto in life: "To respect the ideas of others, it does not constitute that I agree with his/her philosophy of the world." With this comment, I would like to close my respond.
I was surprised that the video included the issue of homosexuality. The film seemed to flow naturally until the end, when that issue was raised. It is my belief that homosexuality is actually an unnatural sexual preference. To understand where I am coming from, I am a conservative Christian and hold to strong Biblical convictions. I believe that sexuality is defined for us by God ... that God created us heterosexuals (Ephesians 5:20-33, Matthew 19:3-6, Romans 1:26-27 - from the Bible).
Please don't misinterpret my thoughts as hatred for gays/lesbians. I disagree with their lifestyle, but they are human beings just as I am. And from God's point of view, we are all sinners who break God's law.
I understand how you feel because I too WAS a christian but I did not like the idea that every one is a sinner. It really does not matter that there are homosexuals in the world because we only live one life. I believe that we should live our life to the fullest and not regret what we have done in the past.
okay setting aside your beliefs about homosexuality, can you at least agree that it is a culture? and it is a culture that is misunderstood and misrepresented in many ways. that is why it was included in the video. culture is not something that is limited to ones ethnicity. take for example pop culture, hip-hop culture, and even the blind feel they are part of a unique culture. as time passes more and more cultures will begin to pop up, and it will be our job as educators to help our children to understand and respect these groups as they begin to emerge in our society.
Thanks for the comments. I appreciate your question.
Well, I wouldn’t need to set aside my beliefs about homosexuality to recognize that one’s “sexual preference” is a part of what makes up an individual =). I agree that homosexuality is sometimes misunderstood and misrepresented. I’d also like to add that homosexuals are oftentimes mistreated, and that is wrong.
Nevertheless, I found it peculiar that the video included issues of ethnicity and sexuality, when they should probably be placed in two different categories. Respecting one’s ethnicity is different than respecting one’s sexual lifestyle. We are born into ethnic groups, but we are not born into sexual lifestyles. Our ethnicity is not a choice, but sexuality is a choice.
I do not believe respect is the issue when it comes to homosexuality. After all, how can I be asked to respect the sexual choices of another with whom I disagree?
Or do we simply mean that rather than respecting the choices of others, we ought to love our fellow man? That we ought to see others as equals? If so, I definitely agree with that.
Hope my clarification was beneficial for you.
I think the point of homosexuality in this video was to touch the topic of discrimination. Not only did the movie incorporate people of different race, but of sixual preference, age, gender, and many other things. At almost every job out there they say "we will not discriminate against race, religion, gender, age, sexual preference, and many other things." I was suprised when they brought this topic up as well. I thought it was brilliant myself. I have a few gay friends. I was raised as a christian. I stopped attending church because I feel like the church contradicts much of what they say. One minute they tell us that we are sinners if we do this and that, for example being gay, and yet in the same sentence they say God will forgive us all. I am proud of who I am and what I represent and don't feel that people who are gay are sinners, nor am I a sinner for being close to those who are gay, or like to look at men even though I am married, or have sex for reasons other than reproduction. This is my personal conflict and would not expect or want anyone to take this perspective on, but this is how I feel. To sum it up, I liked the mix of gender, race, religion, and sexuality that was incorporated into the movie.
I agree with what you have said. I am of a Christian faith. My religion believes against homosexuality as most Christian religions believe. Do I believe in homosexuality, No. That is my belief, but I do NOT persecute those who do practice homosexuality. I respect them for who they are and what they endure because of what they believe. I have friends and know people who are homosexual. They do not push homosexuality on me and respect my beliefs and in the same way, I do not push my religion on them and what I believe. We understand each other and respect each other for what we believe. That is the way it should be. We need to respect others and treat them like anyone else no matter how different they are or of what they believe.
I agree with you on a number of points. First, I also would not persecute homosexuals. Second, I think we ought to treat them as we want to be treated. Third, having a correct understanding of a different position is important (in this case, homosexuality). Lastly, homosexuals are our equals in humanity – for as I believe, all men are created in the image of God, and all have sinned by breaking God’s law.
Where we may disagree is to what extent we respect the beliefs of others. For example, I believe that homosexuality is an unnatural and a sinful way to live. How then can I be asked to respect homosexuality, which is something that I believe is morally wrong? And to be fair, how can a homosexual respect my beliefs, that their lifestyle is condemned by God?
I do respect the right of another to choose how they live. But I do not respect many ways people choose to live their life. I should add that how someone lives their life will not affect how I treat them, or how I interact with them as an individual. Though I would consider it an honor and privilege to discuss with them how they can turn from that lifestyle and know my God, as I know Him. But from my worldview, it is God that makes men to differ. So how can I be hateful towards someone else?
Anywho, just food for thought =)
The Lord blessed me by having my parents raise me in a conservative, godly environment. Our family attended traditional churches growing up, in which the men and women wore nice clothing to the gathered assembly. By nice, I mean that it was more than casual. Like most kids, my parents dressed me until I was in the latter part of elementary school. This meant that each Sunday I showed up in slacks and a button down shirt. The older I got, the more I dressed down. I had to fit in with the "cool" crowd, after all. By junior high, nearly the entire youth group wore to church what we wore the rest of the week (jeans, t-shirt, tennis shoes). I have dressed casual to church ever since. It was a running joke that the only times I dressed up for church was when I would attend an LDS meeting before our services. You knew I had met with Mormon elders (aka missionaries) if I was wearing a pressed, white, button-down shirt, black slacks, dress shoes and a tie to match.
Egalitarianism, when dealing with issues of church government usually refers to the idea of men and women being eligible for eldership. I found myself in a discussion defending the position that only men are called by God for the office of elder/bishop/overseer. I will attempt to make my case by looking at 1 Timothy 2:9-15:
Until this semester, I have avoided taking Cultural Diversity like the plague. Cultural Di ver sity, give me a break. How boring can a subject be! I mean come on, is there anything else to learn about this stuff that our public education system hasn't already pounded into my head? Turns out I was wrong.