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What Zambia And Russia Can't Teach Us About Discipleship

Flag-map of Zambia

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On More Christian Politics Without Jesus

The last time I responded to the TGC on “natural law” and the “yuck factor,” I do so only through the blog comment section and a post about Paul Over Jesus.  Unlike Thabiti, I do consider myself a “culture warrior,” just a different kind, I like to call it a “multiculture warfare.”  What is particularly bothersome about Thabiti Anyabwile’s latest post on homosexuality, What Zambia and Russia Can Teach Us About Homosexuality and Gay Rights Debate is the lack of criticism geared toward hegemonic violence.  Anyabwile continues to insist that a return to natural-law arguments would be Christians most effective weapon to win back the culture. In his response to my criticism of such an approach, Thabiti said that if Christians were to bring up Jesus, we would be ridiculed.  What? Christians aren’t part of punch-lines right now? What this reasoning boils down to is more Christian politics without Jesus; Jesus’ life, teaching, and Resurrection are stripped of their meaning as church members trust more in themselves, their “man-power” [Republican leadership, control of the policing forces/military] to hold the culture hostage, to restore a 1950’s Utopia that never was.

Christian politics without Jesus the Messiah is andro-centric hegemony.  Apart from the consequence of backlash (when our “enemies” come to power to exact revenge), the idea that the law ever has to be on “OUR” side is a gross misrepresentation of the traditional Christian sex ethic and those who have pronounced it in prior generations.  The Law is unable to teach self-control, and it definitely not able to compel persons to gain will-power.  The Law is violence, both rhetorical and physical violence, it is an unnecessary evil that can never replace the witness of Jesus’ Priestly Office as our Excellent Teacher and Rabbi or the Christian practices of celibacy and sacrament of marriage between one man and one woman. This witness is a nonviolent witness because it seeks to lead by persuasion and not coercion.  It is a Christ-centered approach, the way of being a disciple of Christ Jesus.

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Does Abortion Lead to Sex Trafficking and Crime in General?

This, from a piece that ran on Freakanomics radio, Via NPR today:

Hvistendahl: In some countries where sex selection has taken off, people see this machine as really a way to ensure them a boy.

Since the introduction of the ultrasound in Asia, in the early 1980s, it’s often been used to determine the gender of a fetus — and, if it’s female — have an abortion. In a part of the world with big populations, these sex selection abortions have had a big, unintended consequence.

Hvistendahl: I mean there are over 160 million females missing from the population in Asia, and to put that in perspective, it’s more than the entire female population of the United States.

So, what happens in a world with too many men? For starters, there’s more sex-trafficking, more AIDS, and a higher crime rate. In fact, if you want to know the crime rate in a given part of India, one surefire indicator is the gender ratio. The more men, the more crime.

So if I am understanding this correctly, for those countries that take abortion to the next logical conclusion, in which potential parents choose which traits they want, and abort the fetuses with traits they don’t, crime goes way up because men are more desirable than women for most in this situation. This poses an interesting line of questioning for me. It is no secret that by-and-large (still a gross oversimplification), women’s groups and LGBTQ groups support abortion (or in nicer terms “a woman’s right to choose”. So if the entire world has access to ever-increasing technology that allows potential parents to easily and accurately identify which children will be genetically gay or lesbian or women, it stands to reason, given the data thus far, that most of the world will choose to have more straight boys. Will these groups continue to support a woman’s right to choose when it endangers the very survival of their type?

Also, the piece seems to indicate that when there are too many men and not enough women, things go bad. So there it is. From a feminist and humanist perspective, I have no choice but to condemn abortions for the greater good of women and LGBTQ persons who may not have been born yet.

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First Ever post

I am not sure how this whole blogging thing really works but I figure if other people can do it then why can’t I. There have been two thing on my mind recently. The first is the theological struggle I have been going through to reconcile my own beliefs with that of a book that I am currently reading for senior seminar. The book is entitled OMNIGENDER a Trans- religious approach. I will admit at this exact time I have yet to complete the book. Nonetheless, I think the author has presented some interesting points. Virginia Mollenkott argues early on for the abolition of our current binary system for gender identity. We are too exclusive about when are giving out gender roles of masculinity and femininity. Life is not as simple as male or female. Transgender people don’t fit our binary categories of gender and sexuality. As a result transgendered people have been silenced and oppressed in our society. This led me to think about those people that we leave out in society. Over Spring Break I went on a mission trip to Memphis, TN. The neighborhood and people I met there lived their lives in a state of poverty. It seemed ever apparent to me that these people where also being shunned and left out of our societal concerns. One major question for me was how does this happen? I also wonder how a Christian should reconcile his relation to those who are impoverished. Poverty to me became more than just a physical state that i saw people in. It was mindset, a lack of resources, an heir as if something was missing. It became apparent to me that fixing the problem of poverty involves much more than throwing economic resources at people (although I do believe expanding economic resources is a big part of it). I think that another way to fight poverty is through the giving of hope to those who have none. This hope to me comes through the hope that is given to us by entrusting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. So back to my earlier thoughts about Virginia Ramey Mollenkott I think she has misplaced her emphasis on what she considers a binary system of male female. The people she includes in her definition of Transgendered I would consider impoverished. So I have still left questions that remain unanswered. As a Christian what should I view all those who are impoverished/oppressed? I also wonder give the many forms of poverty what should be done fight it in those different forms?