For Shame

Sometimes we reach a point where we’ve had enough.

We feel like we’ve been pushed too far and it’s time to hold our ground.

We decide that the next time we get pushed,

Somebody’s gonna get pushed back.

These can be understandable situations,

Especially when they happen in an instant.

Other times we decide that somebody has crossed our line,

And now it’s our job teach them a lesson.



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The Mind Of The Beholder…

It’s been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and in the 38 years I’ve been alive I’ve found it to be true.  So true in fact that men go out of their way to consistently behold women…

and rank them…

placing them on detailed lists…

from top to bottom.

While the women at the top of the list are celebrated, and the women at the bottom are ignored, they’ve all been degraded.  Whether they know it or not.

In some places this isn’t publicly allowed, the viewing of women is restricted to their husbands and family members.

This week, in an unpredictable move, hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to support a nationwide “Islamic dress code” for women.

You can imagine that this maneuver prompted open hostility from the other conservative members of his oppressive regime.

A prominent cleric reacted by complaining that President Ahmadinejad should “open up a nightclub.”  He was then quoted as saying that the president’s views on the Islamic dress code allows women, directly and indirectly, to dress in a way promoting “sexual provocation.”

“They have actually allowed sexual provocation… and now, they should think of opening nightclubs and cabarets,”

In case you are wondering what he was talking about, he went on to expound on the immodest attire that the women were using to “provoke” the men of the nation.

“Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie have promoted a situation in which girls now “wear (in public) trousers, and coats that don’t cover the knees…”

In the mind of the cabinet member, the indecency of pants and knee length coats are a provocation towards indecent and sinful behavior by men.

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Murmurings and disputing.

Over the years I’ve found that “The World” and “Our Society” are easy targets for Christians who desire to create a false sense of unity by appealing to our innate sense of self-righteousness.

Our need to point out what is wrong with culture and condemn others betrays a belief that we don’t create culture, we are persecuted by it for our alleged righteousness.

This comes at the heavy cost of refusing to acknowledge the role we play in creating culture every time we tune in, purchase a product, or click on a link.

Because of this I try my best not to critique culture but to point out what our culture reveals about the human heart, and it’s need for the healing and wholeness found in Jesus Christ.

Because the only thing I can do about “culture” is to try to create better options for the broken hearted… Like Jesus did.

That said, a friend pointed me towards this and I don’t think I could’ve expressed my frustration more appropriately.

MTV’s next reality show promises to document newly minted adults as they set out to lose their virginity.

After you read it, I’d encourage you to consider not railing about how things were better“back in the day” (because the ancient world was significantly more perverse that modern America) or “where our society is headed next” (because the show about teen moms is already on MTV) since neither of those laments has ever changed anything.

I’d encourage you to simply ask God what you could personally do to reach out to a young person who is so lost that finding meaning and purpose in the degradation of sexual celebrity seems like a good next step in their human development.

And then go out and try it.

Until we accept that making pronouncements and generalizations about society keeps us from making personal interactions with humanity, we will fail to be anything but culture warriors, fighting against people instead of for them.

Pointing out that the house you live in is on fire doesn’t do much good unless you’re also offering your family the way out.