Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I suppose it's about time?

It's literally been three weeks since the last update. Sorry.

It occurs to me that if I wait to put anything up until I have something that strikes me as deep and profound, I probably won't update very often, and I'd hate for this to go belly up. So in between psuedo-sermons I thought maybe I'd... comment?

It seems the creators of Facing the Giants have a new movie out, apparently starring Kirk Cameron. My views on dedicated Christian media are somewhat conflicted at the moment, but Facing the Giants was, all in all, a fairly decent movie. It had moments which were profound and beautiful, as well as others that were cheesy to the point of being laughable. The writing was decent and the acting was acceptable. What I liked was that Giants was very grassroots, you know? Funded by a congregation and made by an amateur film maker. So who knows, Fireproof may be worth checking out.

I've felt a considerable amount of angst lately concerning the election and plight of our great fancy nation. I love my country as much as the next guy and the guy after him, and I'm of the opinion that, at current, it's not being run very well. I think we're all hoping that after this election, it will be, and a big(WARNING: OBVIOUS STATEMENT) part of that depends on who's elected.

I'm not going to say who I'm voting for or what I think about this issue and that issue and all the other stuff. That's beside the point.

I'm bothered by the fact that the majority of us Christian folk(the ones I know anyway, or at the very least, the vocal ones) seem motivated in their choice of candidate by a very narrow set of issues. Specifically abortion and gay marriage.

I've expressed my views on abortion before, so I won't bother going into that. Gay marriage is a topic for another day. My only point is that making a decision based on one issue, regardless of what that issue is, is dangerous. Abortion is important, nobody is denying that, but when you consider the economy, the war(s), healthcare, etc., voting based on your pro-life views alone is(again, just my opinion) moronic at best and catastrophic at worst. It's not that simple. Our current state of affairs is too complicated to pick an issue and form all of your opinions based on that.

I'm not condemning conservatives, endorsing Obama, or anything of the sort. My personal views aren't important and to be honest, I'm not sure who I'll vote for. That, again, is beside the point.


Eight years ago I was in church waiting for the sermon to end. My pastor at the time commented on the upcoming election and said the following,
"Some churches will tell you that if you're a Christian, you'll vote Republican. Other churches will tell you that if you're a Christian, you'll vote Democrat. All I'm going to tell you is this - Vote your conscience, but vote."

I agree 100%. All I'm saying is that your conscience should be informed.

I'm tossing around the idea of articles concerning Gay Marriage and Music. Can't seem to settle on one. Thoughts?


Ryan said...

idk. with gay marriage, people who aren't gay will just blab their opinions, though those opinions matter, they don't since they're not homosexual. i have no idea how they feel, so who am i to judge. i'll talk with them and listen, but i wouldn't know what to say. Usually I'm alright responding to things, but not that.

I think music would be a better choice not just because music is 99.9% of my life, but because we all relate to it. We know how to feel it. It's universal. Just don't suck. Whatever you do, don't suck. Cause I'll be on you like stink on shit. :)

Brianna said...

I think you should do both gay marriage and music. Not an either/or. (But not together as a combined topic, as I read the first time I saw the sentence.)

So far my favourite post on this blog has been probably the one on abortion because you took a common controversial issue and took an entirely different stance on it than anyone generally does. I think you can probably do the same with gay marriage.

Although, like the person before me said, music is such an integral part of people's lives and I'm sure you can come up with something terrifically interesting and relevant.

Anonymous said...

Haha I feel like I would enjoy reading about gay marriage or abortion more than music.Maybe that's because you and I have already talked about music on several occasions?
Anyway. Brittany's cousin went to a church one time... where preacher/priest/whatever they're called was telling everyone to make sure they vote for Mccain. And then at the end of the sermon, the guy brought out a prophet. I don't know the details, but I know she never went back.

Murex Brandaris said...

Gay marriage is a touchy subject any way you slice it. I say, write what you feel, even if it might not be what people want to hear.

Aside from that, I got nothing. I'm an atheagnostotron in a Christian blog comment thread.

Terri G said...

I agree with you 100% on the voting matter. Voting for a candidate based on one or two issues is stupid. There's soooo much more too it than that, and as for saying that if you're a Christian you'll vote _________... Well, doing that just makes you special with a capital R.

When it comes to your next topic, I agree with Ryan. Music is a more relatable topic. Not to say that gay marriage isn't an issue worth discussing, because it is... But it's hard for a lot of people to relate to, and those that have an opinion on it already are pretty set in their views. Music is a much bigger influence on the lives of the majority.