Rachel Held Evans’s take on the Swimsuit discussion

Rachel Held Evans’s take on the Swimsuit discussion

So my advice for women looking for bathing suits this season is this: Don’t dress  for men; dress for yourself. It’s not your responsibility to please men with either your sex appeal or your modesty; each man is different, so it would be a fool’s errand anyway. Instead, prioritize strength, dignity and good deeds, and then dress accordingly. 

Find something that makes you comfortable. Find something that is ethically made. Find something that gives you the freedom to run with abandon into those incoming waves—hot sand tickling your feet, warm sun tingling your skin—and revel in this body and this world God gave you to enjoy.

Read the rest here.

The evolution of the swimsuit

A short 9 min video explaining the history of the bikini, its effect on the male brain and how woman can dress modestly without sacrificing fashion. I don’t know who the audience is, but she quotes Scripture at the end and reminds us that it’s not about hiding our bodies, but revealing our dignity because we are made in His image and likeness.

Submitting to women

Submitting to women

In light of John Piper’s most recent bout of vitriolic insanity, I’m considering exclusively subjecting myself to the authority of women for the next year. Maybe longer.

No more male theologians. No more male bloggers. There’s too many of us anyhow. We’re always going on about something, and it’s all-too-often through the lens of a dominant, patriarchal culture.

I don’t agree with Andrew’s use of the term “vitriolic”, but I do like his message to egalitarians (though I’d love to read a book based on his proposal of submitting a woman’s authority for a year).

Read the rest here.

[Edited April 29 to include the editorial explaining what I like about the article]

The Gospel of Sex

Ever since the SuperBowl there’s been a lot of talk about Beyonce’s performance (or perhaps her clothing), sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, etc. I won’t reiterate any of that discussion, others have covered it quite adequately (links below).

I just wanted to make a much subtler comment. I’m not a football fan so I didn’t see the event or the performance in question and I’ve only seen one photo of her attire. What we saw, once again, was the breaking through of the alternative to the Gospel of Christ: the gospel of sex, lust, and “I’ll choose for myself what is right and wrong”. Under the surface there is a darker reality, existing right in front of you.

A lot of technology has been successful because of the sex industry, especially as we become increasingly mobile. Your laptop, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android (cough) has led to an explosion in the accessibility of pornography, organizing sexual liaisons, and other degradations of woman and men. While there is some question as to what came first, the chicken or the egg (what fuels what, porn or tech), there is no denying that a lot of technology is finding its primary purpose the consumption of sex.

Smoking, gambling, and alcohol come with labels that either overtly warn that the activity you’re about engage in will either kill you or they ask you to “enjoy our product responsibly”. The most you get if you consume products from Sex Inc. is a warning that you better be old enough to look and better not be easily offended. No warning about the horrors that are occurring behind the scenes of these movies. Nothing about the young children that are kidnapped and forced into prostitution. And most certainly nothing about how they are all connected. The gospel of sex says that you can enjoy it responsibly. No, you can’t. It’s evil, plain and simply. Behind those smiles, the girls and woman are in incredible pain.

Can we use our technology to redeem this horrible reality? Can we use it to heal the wounds of a sinful culture that has become so captivated by the gospel of sex that it uses amazing feats of logic to justify their behaviour?

Here’s one way you can help. Regardless, you can start by recognizing your technology has what it is. An amoral tool that God has given you and entrusted you to use for his good purposes. The tool has nor morality – it gets it from what you use it for.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
– 1 Corinthians 9:27

Use the tools you are given to honour God. The real Gospel of Christ has unlimited power, but our witness is harmed if we compartmentalize our lives. We do in fact, disqualify ourselves.

And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
– Matthew 18:9

Most of us don’t think Jesus actually wants us to pluck out our eyes, but are you willing to ditch your technology if you can’t respect the holy purpose for which God intended it to be used?

It’s all connected. It all matters.

Misc links on the SuperBowl

A response from the Women’s Ordination Conference

Fair is fair so here is a FAQ of answers to questions people have posed about the Ordain a Lady video. When I wrote about it I mentioned my biggest concern was the lyric “Don’t listen to St. Paul…”. Their response is:

The phrase in the video refers very specifically to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, in which Paul wrote: “As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church”

Opponents of women’s ordination often use this one misogynistic quote to try and validate the male-only priesthood and why women shouldn’t preach. We are constantly up against this quote. However, in the great words of St. Theresa of Avila, “about the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don’t go by one text only.” So true. St. Paul also has many wonderful quotes, including being attributed to, “there is no free nor, slave, and no woman nor man, no Jew nor Greek” (Gal. 3:28).

 And quite honestly, “Paul” easily rhymed with “call.”


There you go.

The wrong approach to women’s ordination [video]

I fully support the ordination of woman to the clergy, but this video from the Women’s Ordination Conference is the wrong way to go about it. It’s too bad too because this could have been done so well to such great effect. They discredit themselves in the first 20 seconds when they sing “Don’t listen to St. Paul ’cause I can lead they way”? Seriously, don’t listen to Scripture? Now, I happen to think Scripture can be faithfully read to support women’s ordination, but this is not the way to promote your position.

So, take a look and leave a comment below.