Red Sex, Blue Sex

From The New Yorker,

Social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion.

Do you think that’s true? What do you think this says about America’s values?

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Christian Carnival CCXXVIII

This week, Chasing the Wind is honored to host the 228th edition of the Christian Carnival, a collection of this week’s best Christian blogging. This week is Father’s Day – so let us remember this week that it is our Father in heaven that gives us Life in Him!

Would you like to participate in a future edition of the Christian Carnival, either as a host or as a writer? Jeremy has provided up to date instructions on how to do that at his website, Parableman.

First on our list is a promotion for a new Christian social network called His-Friends:

Christopher Johnson presents Smart Personal Finances » Blog Archive » His-Friends posted at Smart Personal Finances. I need your help to build a Christian community where everyone can come to make friends, keep in contact with friends and family, and give and receive support and encouragement.

What does the bible say about money? Quite a bit, actually:

FMF presents The Responsibility of Wealth posted at Free Money Finance. With wealth comes responsibility.

The bible also has quite a bit on the subject, of sex, too:

Cheapham presents Paul and Sex(uality) “According to Nature” posted at Theology for the Masses. The post deals with Roman sexuality and Paul in Romans 1. However, there is some good discussion brewing the comments on how to do biblical scholarship.

At the same website, a different author offers a prayer for the community:

JR Madill presents A Prayer I Prayed posted at Theology for the Masses. JR was asked to pray a prayer for “the least of these” Parkade Baptist Church “Battle for America” Concert of Prayer Monday night, June 2nd.

Diane looks at some positive benefits of legalism:

Diane R presents The Old Time Religion (Legalism)…Maybe Not So Bad After All? posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet. Maybe the old time fundamentalist legalists weren’t that stupid after all.

John asks what it’s like to be accepted by God:

This week at Light Along the Journey John looks at the great truth that Christians are Accepted by God.

Does observing the liturgical calendary help or hinder the Christian Church?

Mark Olson presents Toward or Away From The Secular posted at Pseudo-Polymath. Liturgical calendar, Nativity, Epiphany, Lent, Easter/Pascha, Pentecost, and so on. Many Protestant churches have abandoned the liturgical calendar. Why? In asking, I present argument why not.

A thoughtful post on the theology of St. Luke is here; I look forward to the next installment:

Richard H. Anderson presents Reading Conzelmann Again for the 1st Time posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

What is the bright side of the high price of oil? Find out here:

Thom presents High Priced Oil, a Struggling Economy, and Spirituality Part 1 posted at Everyday Liturgy. Thom begins a discussion on the spiritual consequences of living in the present economy.

Where is God when you need Him most? God is here:

Wickle presents God Is Here posted at A True Believer’s Weblog. After a terrible week, Wickle and his family were reminded that “God is Here,” and he shares some of that in his post.

God is our Father, not just on Father’s Day, but everyday. Why not our Mother?

Jeremy Pierce presents John Oswalt on God and Motherhood posted at Parableman. John Oswalt gives an interesting explanation of why the Bible calls God a Father and not a Mother.

And finally, broaching the subject of Christian erotica. Can erotica and/or porn also be Christian?

In P$rn vs. Er*tica posted at The View From Her. Discussing a disturbing trend in writing “evangelical er*tica”.

Christian Carnival 208

Welcome to the 208th edition of the Christian Carnival, a weekly amalgomation of this week’s best Christian writing. Chasing the Wind is humbled to host such a fine collection of postings this week; I suggest picking a few titles below and clicking them; you won’t find a finer collection of Christian thoughts anywhere on the web.

Steven Krager presents What Kanye teaches us about culture and values posted at faithdoubt, saying, “Can Kanye West teach us about culture and values?”

FMF presents Why I Post on The Bible and Money posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Details why a money blog posts on the Bible.”

Rodney Olsen presents Sy Rogers talks sexuality and the church posted at The Journey – Life : Faith : Family.

Renae presents Strength in Weakness posted at Life Nurturing Education.

Tia presents Seeking Contentment in a Broken World: Exploring Traumatic Countertransference posted at On Journeying with Those in Exile, saying, “Dan asks some questions about what to do with the pain he feels for the Broken world and how it relates to imitatio Christi in having cruciform love.”

ChristianPF presents Financial lessons from Solomon posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “The Bible says that Solomon was the richest man who ever lived and also the wisest ever to live. I think that makes him qualified to give some financial advice.”

Nadege presents More shall be given posted at Clearly Envision.

Martin LaBar presents Where is God when things hurt us badly? pt. 4 posted at Sun and Shield, saying, “Why is there suffering in the world?”

William Meisheid presents Choices, Then and Now posted at Beyond The Rim, saying, “Some thoughts about choices and how they affect our spiritual maturity, both in earlier times and now.”

Leslie Carbone presents Dirty Tricks in the Land of Sacred Honor posted at Leslie Carbone.

Chris Brooks presents Experience vs Evidence posted at Homeward Bound, saying, “When should we share our personal experiences in evangelism or apologetics as opposed to offering evidence?”

Diane R. presents We Are Too!….So There! posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet, saying, “Many younger Christian leaders today are criticising the evangelical church for it’s recent history of neglecting the poor. But what do you think we’ve been doing for the past 100 years?”

Shaun Connell presents Cosmological Argument posted at Rational Christianity, saying, “Explains why the natural requires a supernatural first cause.”

Dana presents Do we need a parental rights amendment? posted at Principled Discovery.

Annette presents Jim’s Sunday Sermon posted at Fish and Cans, saying, “That little word reliance ….. what does it mean to you?”

Thom presents Elder not Old posted at Everyday Liturgy, saying, “Thom writes about the differences of being an elder and being old.”

JR Madill presents Dreaming of a Brave New World posted at Theology for the Masses.

Doug Forrester presents The trinity is a paradox posted at Bounded Irrationality, saying, “I found an illustrative medieval shield that helps to explain the trinity.”

Tom Gilson presents Where Relativism Leads: Focusing the Question posted at Thinking Christian, saying, “Moral relativism’s moral absurdities”

Jennifer in OR presents Disturbing images to stop the whining? posted at Diary of 1.

Richard H. Anderson presents Rewriting Balaam posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

Weekend Fisher presents The God Who Blesses posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.

Mark Olson presents Ecumenism, Creed, Conflict, and Dr King posted at Pseudo-Polymath, saying, “Small “c” catholic is a term we profess in the Creed, many of us every Sunday. What’s that have to do with Dr King’s message and ekklesia? Well, I think they are connected and offer a short essay on why.”

Jeremy Pierce presents Jesus’ Impeccability and Language Acquisition posted at Parableman, saying, “A reflection on how Jesus must have learned language and what it means for questions about whether Jesus made any mistakes.”

JR Madill presents Creating a Universe of Certainty, or, If You Remove Reason, You Remove Doubt (Part 2 of 2) posted at Theology for the Masses.

D.C. Cramer presents American Idolatry posted at Cramer Comments.

Blog Against Theophobes

Ah. A lightbulb goes off. I read several posts this Easter weekend about the dangers of forming a theocracy. The Houston Chronicle linked to one at Feet to the Fire:

The banwitdth devoted to the dangers of Church to State is enormous. Being righteous lefties that analysis comes easy to us. As a lefty who is also believer, I also see the other side of that equation and the dangers run in both directions.

I thought this would be interesting. (P.S. to the author of “Feet to the Fire” if you follow a trackback here – run your post through a spell checker) A lot of the post I agree with, but then there’s a hard left turn at the end –

So, what am I saying in this blog against theocracy? I am saying that when we resist the improper influence of clergy and church in secular affairs, we are saving some arrogant and benighted men (usually), and their followers, from themselves. The kingdom they seek cannot be legislated , cannot be built on the bodies of “unbelievers”. That way lies not heaven on earth, but hell.

This has first the supposition that “righteous righties” actually want a theocracy. We are called to be good citizens of our society, and along with that is a responsibility to resist those laws that oppose God. I can’t imagine a more intense “hell on earth” than to live in a society with *no* Christian influence. Murder is ok, sure. Sleep with your neighbor’s wife, see if I care. Nah, not my kind of society.

But I passed on participating; I thought it was just an outlier post. But then I read another, and then another… what the heck? A whole bunch of lefties suddenly start preaching against forming a theocracy?

Ah. It was an organized blogswarm against theocracy. I’ll make another note that the lefties do not want to lose the 2008 election to Christians so they’re going to do their best to supporting Christianity at the same time they oppose any Christian influence.

Evangelical Outpost has a reasoned response to the blogswarm –

The theophobes, however, are a bit unique in that they embrace an infantile brand of libertarian socialism.* Like other leftists, they tend to advocate for collectivist government solutions. But their support ends when government interferes with their “rights” to do as they please. This is why they hate–and hate is not too strong a word–people who refuse to keep their religious beliefs in the closet. Christians, in particular, are considered a group that is always trying to impose their bourgeois standard of morality on society despite how it makes some people feel.

There’s no doubt about it – Christianity makes people uncomfortable because God’s law is perfection that is a light on our darkness. It convicts us of our sin. That makes us feel guilty and helps lead us to the way, the truth, and the life. But lefties don’t like that sort of judgement, and they prefer to see only the God of love. But the God is also Righteous Judgement, and that’s the part lefties don’t like. In other words, I believe they often worship an incomplete God.

This is why it is impossible to take these people seriously. Their crack-pot conspiracy theories rarely bear any resemblance to reality. Do they seriously think that a country with a thriving abortion industry, a pornified pop culture, and where even speaking ill of homosexuality is considered déclassé is in danger of becoming a theocracy?

I recommend reading the entire Evangelical Outpost article. And don’t forget that the lefties will be practicing their technique all the way to the 2008 election to split the Christian vote.

Hollywood vs. America

Here are the top grossing movies of 2005, the movies America saw most often:

  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • War of the Worlds
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Batman Begins
  • Madagascar
  • King Kong
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mostly non-controversial. Dominated by PG-13 and PG ratings. Only Wedding Crashers was rated “R” and dealt with sex.

Here are the movies being discussed for Oscar nominations this year:

  • Brokeback Mountain (Rated R for sex, nudity, language, violence, gay cowboys)
  • Munich (Rated R for violence, sex, nudity, politically controversial about Israel)
  • Syriana (Rated R for violence and language, politically controversial about oil industry)
  • Good Night and Good Luck (Rated PG, politically controversial about McCarthy era)
  • Capote (Rated R for violent images and strong language, deals with murder)
  • Transamerica (Rated R for sex, nudity, language and drug use, deals with transsexuality, out of wedlock births, and street crime.)

Is it apparent that Hollywood is pushing an out-of-touch left-wing philosophy that is out of touch with mainstream America?

Go Hogs!

I previously wrote how Fred Phelps gives Christians a bad name. I’m happy to report his Westboro “church” was defeated by Harley hog riders. Go hogs!

EDMOND, Okla. — About 200 motorcyclists rolled into Edmond today to support the family of a soldier killed in Iraq and to drown out protests from about a half-dozen members from a Kansas church.

The small group from Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka, lined up across the street from New Covenant Methodist Church where funeral services are planned for Army Private First Class David Martin.

Martin and three other soldiers with the 101st Airborne were killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol Oct. 31 south of Baghdad.

Those protesting say God is punishing American soldiers because of homosexuality in the U.S. They’re holding signs saying “God Blew up the Troops.”

The motorcyclists revved their engines to drown out the protesters.

Edmond police Capt. Tim Dorsey urged the motorcyclists to not confront the protesters and support Martin’s family by waving flags.

Progressive Christianity

I’m convinced the liberal left is working on a new tactic – to claim christianity for themselves. That’s right, if you believe in the right to have an abortion, they’re working on scripture interpretation to support it. Gay marriage? They push a “God is Love” approach that allows homosexuality and completely skip over the “homosexuality is bad” scripture. Whatever you want to do, they will say God approves it.

These new “progressive Christians” are insisting that it’s the liberal left that has a claim on Christianity, and any claim by the religious right is in error. From a link at Jesus Politics comes this article, The lame joke of progressive Christianity.

Are you a proponent of abortion and gay rights? Want to get in touch with your inner-sodomite, but can’t reconcile it with those bigoted Bible lessons you were taught in Sunday school? No problem, there is a place for you among a free-thinking community of leftists where, indeed, it is possible to advocate such practices and still call yourself a faithful follower of Christ. Adherents of this new, enlightened form of Christianity are sure to take the Bible “seriously but not literally.” That is, they respect the holy book but are by no means bound by what it actually says, or even what it implies. Like our Constitution, I guess one could say that the Bible has become a living document to be twisted and manipulated at will.

The “progressive” christians are for higher taxes under the umbrella of “economic justice for all” and criticize conservative fiscal policies as being incompatible with scripture. Take it from the rich give it to the poor by excessive taxation is their motto. Does that fulfill Christian scripture? The New Testamament is about giving willingly, not taking it from others by law and distributing it, but the “progressive” see it differently.

Moreover, long subjugated by the “powerful political machine” of right-wingers, Christians on the left are finally speaking out about what they see as a “clash of competing Christian values.” Yes, that’s right — abortionists, socialists, and sodomites are now in a perceived tug-of-war with fundamentalist conservatives for the heart of Christianity.

That’s right, don’t resist whatever sin you face – embrace it publically for all the world to see! Dang blasted conservative christians always telling people to repent – what’s up with that?

Don’t be fooled. This is a Christianity rooted not in the Scriptural truths of God, but in the personal predilections of Man. It is no alternative to salvation. The simple fact is that the “narrow gate” is narrow by design and every one of us has a particular cross to bear on our way through it — some admittedly heavier and more burdensome than others. Nonetheless, we are all called with equal ardor to the house of brotherhood and grace.

John Kerry bumbled this attempt during the 2004 election, but Hillary Clinton is perfecting her message now to be able to twist scripture in a way to promote radical feminism, environmentalism, gay marriage, whatever liberals want. She’ll have it ready by 2008.

Want to see an example of this progressive Christianity in action? Check out this Bill McKibben article The Christian Paradox in yesterday’s Harper’s online magazine – while under the guise of stirring Christians into action, the article spends most of its energy bashing the religious right for failing in their attempts or for not having done enough – when it’s “progressives” like the author that oppose the agenda of the religious right. They oppose the religious right’s teaching of abstinence in school, then complain teenage pregnancy is up. They complain about the divorce rate rising yet are silent on the numbers of people that choose to cohabitate without getting married. They complain about poverty yet oppose faith based initiatives.

Update: Christian CADRE has a lengthy response to the Christian Paradox article that’s well worth reading from a conservative Christian apologetics viewpoint.

2 Timothy 3:2-5
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Matthew 7:15-16
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.

I wonder if progressive christians realize their viewpoint is almost identical to the non-christians?