To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Soap Boxes

The trouble with soap boxes is that they can be pretty slippery. It's fairly easy to climb up one and spout off your thoughts and opinions but it is much easier to go sliding off because you may not have actually thought through your position well enough. (I'm saying this to let you know as I ascend my box that I realize my position might be a little shaky and whole lotta unpopular. So here's my disclaimer...please don't take offense and what I'm saying. It's not a personal attack it is merely an observation I've made and wish to put out there for consideration. It is by no means a judgement call on what you may or may not watch or what you may or may not believe. It's just something to think about.)

I've joked before about how going to the gym is an eye opening experience for someone who doesn't have access to regular television. I am at turns amazed, amused or completely floored by most of what I see while working out. I will also admit that it certainly makes the thirty minutes on the elliptical go by much faster :-)
Yesterday, Good Morning America was talking about the new season of Dancing With the Stars and all the hoopla surrounding the show's decision to have Chaz Bono as a contestant.  For clarification Chaz used to be Chasity and is famous not only because of her gender switcheroo but also because her parents are Sonny and Cher. There also seems to be a lesser side issue of Carson Kressley also being a contestant. I had to google him to find out what the story is there. 
One Million Moms is an online project of the American Family Association. According to AFA's website one of their goals is to "promote virtue by upholding in culture that which is right, true and good according to Scripture". They desire to do this by calling Christians to action on several fronts, two of which are directed to the preservation of  marriage and the family along with decency and morality. Keeping in line with it's parent company One Million Moms is calling on it's followers to boycott this season of Dancing With the Stars. In bold print on their site you are asked to "take action!" and let ABC know that you won't tolerate these subjects being forced into your home.
Let's forget the fact that you can turn your television off so that nobody is forcing anybody to watch anything. The problem with drawing the line in the sand here and now is that it's a little too late in the game. See, Christians tuned in to the show even though there was nothing virtuous, moral or decent about it. Encouraging a physical intimacy that should be shared only within the marriage covenant is not the way to preserve the sanctity of marriage. Skimpy barely there outfits and extremely provocative dancing doesn't hold up to what is right, true and good according to Scripture. To suddenly cry foul now because a transgender person and a homosexual is on the show is ridiculous and sends the message that promiscuity and adultery aren't threats to marriage or family only homosexuality is. Why exactly are we surprised that the show is totally off the rails? Did no one honestly see this coming? Where did we think it would end up? That somehow throwing off decency and morality was not as harmful or damaging as long as the genders were correct? That somehow what we were watching wasn't so bad and some even considered "safe" family entertainment? 
A friend posted this Martin Luther quote on his facebook this morning:
"If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere fight and disgrace if he flinches at that point."
Much to our disgrace this battle began when ABC first aired the show and we flinched. I don't care about the word homophobic being tossed out there...that label is applied simply by virtue of being a conservative Christian in our society. But I cringe when I hear hypocrisy and selective morality because there is an element of truth to them. We pick and choose our battles based on how we feel about an issue and whether or not we're personally offended. And when we try to do otherwise we're attacked from within our own ranks because it is confronting and convicting. 
The truly sad thing is that the general consensus is that the boycott will amount to nothing because we like our programs just as much as the pagans do. And I'm certainly not saying whether Christians should or should not watch the show. I'm saying that the decision probably should have been made long before now and that a decision to no longer watch it might need to include a statement of repentance as well. 


Christine said...

I don't have a lot of profound thoughts to offer, but just wanted to say I appreciate the WAY you are thinking about this issue. I read something today that talked about how living faithfully to the Gospel begins long before (and in little day to day steps) the proclaiming in the streets "let's be countercultural!!" which is what these boycotts, etc. sometimes appear like. Not expressed as well as you but I think I'm trackin...

Marty said...

I think that you are on the same track :-) We have to be consistent in our day to day life and I think when we really do that then we can really be counter culture.

iarepilotswife said...

You know I like this, Marty. Excellent words.

Donna said...

Same goes for popular shows like Glee. To often silence is understood as acceptance.