Archive - March, 2012

Feeding Time!

By now you’ve probably heard the big news.

Alicia Silverstone chews up food and then feeds it to her baby.

and America is outraged!

Of course once I heard about this I needed to find out just what in the name of Spring’s first robin was going on with one of our nation’s finest bungie jumpers. I hopped on the google machine and pulled up an article about how Ms. Silverstone, “posted a video of herself feeding food she’d already chewed to her 10 month-old son Bear Blu.”

The food: miso soup, collards and radish steamed, then drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon, was given to the child “bird style”, via the mouth. Alicia detailed this on her website “The Kind Life“.

The Kind Life offers suggestions and ideas to readers about lifestyle choices ranging from interior design to composting… for the environment.

“I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his.”

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Hungering for Games

Isolationist nations manipulate their people, presenting them with only one perspective.  While common, it’s important to remember that not all cloistering is politically motivated.

Even though I grew up in America, I grew up in an isolationist subculture:  I belonged to a God-fearing family who presented secular things as bad, and sacred things as good.  Our family activities tended to be sacred in orientation.

While it wasn’t necessarily bad,  it wasn’t necessarily fun either.

Some difficulties arose from this way of living, Movies and FM Rock were forbidden, but they were eventually overcome by the “Jesus Movement” of the 70’s.  As a result of a man in California leading hippies to Jesus, American Christianity experienced a cultural renaissance.  As people began writing rock songs and movies about Jesus, the lines between secular and sacred became blurred.

It wasn’t necessarily bad, it just wasn’t very safe for isolationists.

This blending made determining secular and sacred products difficult.  Graciously the Christian Bookstores stepped in, stocking their shelves with only Christian products.  At some point in the process, the word Christian stopped being used to represent whether someone was a disciple of Christ, and became an adjective meaning “safe for consumption”; like a seal of approval.  People could attempt to live a well-accessorized Christian lifestyle, free of the sinful temptations of “the world”.

It wasn’t necessarily a bad idea, it just wasn’t reality.

Growing up I noticed that secular art tended to be depictions of life “as it is”, while secular commerce presented life as we “desired it to be.”  Christian products, in contrast, produced as either art or commerce tended to present life “as it should be.”  In musical terms, Patti Smith sang about her life as it was, Kiss sang about desired fantasies, and Petra sang about… well… you get the picture.

I’m talking about how life was, not how it should have been.

Because of these divisions, I’ve noticed that many Christians fail to interact with secular art, or worse, assume that these works are depictions of “how life should be”.  For this reason Christians are often found at the forefront of movements to ban, or censure, product or presentations they feel are destructive to society.

I’m talking about how life can be, not how it is supposed to be.

These divisions lead to questions like, “Should my kids listen to secular music” or “Should a Christian read Harry Potter”?  I’m afraid to say that these questions miss an important point about the person and work of Jesus Christ, because they come from the belief that isolating ourselves from the world has a moral value.

Which brings me to The Hunger Games, a literary depiction of “how life is”.

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Uh Oh…

If you believe published reports, our nation is once again reeling from another assault on racial harmony.

It seems that elementary school children in North Carolina were sent home with a flyer that informed them that they should come to school on February 28th dressed in “African American Attire”.

Sometimes you read something that is so insensitive that you have to stop and re-read it to make sure you really are seeing what you are seeing.

Here is the copy of the actual flyer for your perusal:

“Parents, during the month of February, Western Union students have been studying Black History. On Tuesday, February 28, WUES will participate in a Black History Day. We will have speakers from 8-10am. We are encouraging students to dress in ‘African American attire.’ If you do not have this, students could wear animal print clothing or shirts with animals native to Africa (zebras, giraffes, lions, elephants, etc.) Thank you!”

You can go ahead and re-read it if you need to.

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