Hypocrisy and incoherency as marks of faith

In Lamenting an Anti-Pacifist Church Alan Hartung writes:

Backtracking to my brief mention of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I feel that neither side will find absolute justification in the Scriptures. I cannot imagine that it would not have been sin to allow Hitler to live knowing what he was doing if one had the opportunity to take his life. Remember, however, Bonhoeffer considered both actions sinful – the terrible result of being caught in a sin-stained world which sometimes left one with no truly righteous options. That being said, I leave myself open to accusations of hypocrisy and incoherency. All I can say to that charge is that I believe any incoherency my beliefs contain still lie closer to the way of Christ than the coherency of the Doctrine of Just War.”

That acknowledgment and acceptance of “hypocrisy and incoherency” speaks to me on a deep level. It sounds something like the “orthoparadoxy” that others in the emergent conversation have mentioned. We fall somewhere between striving and failing, and in that place lies our wretched and beautiful humanity.

Worship services disrupted to rid them of the gay

Anti-gay activists crash worship services

A conservative Christian values group has been interrupting services at two central Ohio churches to protest their support for homosexuality.Minutemen United vowed to attend services every Sunday.

On one of the first Sundays, six people came to the church’s 11 a.m. service and addressed the congregation during a time designated for prayer requests and comments.

Hurt said a man, who introduced himself as a minister from the New Beginnings Church in Warsaw, Ohio, started to give a sermon about how the church was acting against God’s word by accepting homosexuals.

I’m reminded of my own outrage recently when a local “Pastor Kicks Transvestite Out of Uncle’s Funeral”. My first reaction was to put on a skirt and a blouse, a little tasteful makeup and head out to that church on a Sunday morning or twelve. What stopped me (once I had a considerable amount of time to cool down) was that I realized that my own agenda, no matter how much I believe in it, was less important than the act of worship. No matter how wrong the local pastor was for what he did, I’d have been more wrong for disrupting the worship experience of his congregants.

And that’s my biggest complaint against these Minutemen. Yes, we disagree about homosexuality and we disagree about what it means to love one’s neighbor, but once they disrespect their brothers and sisters in the act of worshiping God in order to advance their agenda then they’ve gone too far.

Seminary to help reinstitutionalize gender roles

Seminary offers homemaking courses

Southwestern Baptist, one of the nation’s largest Southern Baptist seminaries, is introducing a new academic program in homemaking as part of an effort to establish what its president calls biblical family and gender roles.It will offer a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration in homemaking. The program is only open to women.

Coursework will include seven hours of nutrition and meal preparation, seven hours of textile design and “clothing construction,” three hours of general homemaking, three hours on “the value of a child,” and three hours on the “biblical model for the home and family.”

Seminary officials say the main focus of the courses is on hospitality in the home – teaching women interior design as well as how to sew and cook. Women also study children’s spiritual, physical and emotional development.

It’s quite difficult to not make snippy comments about this one, much less come off as smug and seemingly superior. I just wonder what kind of fear would drive people back to this kind of Leave it to Beaver in the Bible mentality.

This is why I can't stand Tyra Banks (from touchyourself.org)

I sat down this afternoon to have a bit of lunch and I turned on the television to see what was on. Tyra Banks was on her talk show interviewing an 18 year old porn actress, and that sounds like some good TV to the Gabe.

The girl was discussing her first scene and how it was with a man in his 50s. Tyra was absolutely shocked. Scandalized! The girl continued that it was a fellatio scene (Tyra: “Oral sex?”) and the guy was telling her all the things he wanted to do to her, but that she couldn’t understand what he was saying due to his Italian accent. She looked at him and told him he could punch her in the stomach if he wanted.

Again Tyra with the shock and scandal.

Tyra: “He hit you in the stomach?!”

Porn Girl: “No, he didn’t.”

Tyra: “But you wanted him to?”

They moved on to talk about her limits in what she does, and she said “No children and no animals,” to which Tyra responded, “You have anal sex?”

She answered in the affirmative, and again Tyra started with the shock and scandal, along with a heftier dose of looks of pity toward the girl. Women in the audience were shown with mouths agape, unable to believe that someone would do this sort of work.

Tyra decided she was going to commercial because she “needed a minute to recover from that.”

Go to hell Tyra Banks, you pathetic hypocrite.

She is sitting there making out this girl to be someone deserving of pity and as someone who does things no decent person would do because she sells sex, but this is from someone who built an entire career on selling sex! What, it’s okay to strut around in your underwear turning people on, but it suddenly becomes bad if you touch someone else?

And to make matters worse, when they cut to commercial they showed a promo for tomorrow’s show with Tyra in a low-cut shirt displaying her assets for our approval. The first words out of her mouth were “It’s all about the boobies!” Apparently the show is all about how best to show off tits and ass.

All these shocked and dismayed looking women want to be sexual creatures, but when they encounter someone who puts that into practice in a way outside of their experience they they’re belittled and treated like a charity case! On one show you want to treat sex like something to be ashamed of and to be hidden and surely not something to be done for money! Then the next show you want to show people how to spend money so that they can be sexualized more easily.

Do you not see the disconnect here?

This is why I can’t stand Tyra Banks.