Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Opus 2011-169, Discernment Watch: Nuance and Neutrality

Western post-modern culture is rebelling against the traditional English language.  For centuries when generic gender was required English used “he.”  We talked about “man” as a term for all people.  Everyone understood.  Life was simple. 

With the rise of feminism and the advance of the anti-God and anti-Christians elites this has become unacceptable.  Now everything must be gender neutral.  It must be that way even if it goes against the original language of the scripture.  These are cultural modifications, not what God actually meant to say.

These people totally miss the nuances that are necessary in the covenant between a living, eternal God and people He created in His image.  Eternal truths are not always simple.  To quote C.S. Lewis,
“It is not good asking for a simple religion.  After all, real things are not simple.  They look simple, but they are not.”  Mere Christianity, p. 40
So in the Christian faith we have this balancing act between being one before God but having different roles in our relationships with others.  We have people with the gift of leadership.  They have greater responsibility, that does not make them superior.  That is part of the miracle of the American system.  We have adopted the acceptance of success and status without accepting the European idea that certain classes are innately superior. 

Compare this view of the roles of men and women with what you see in Muslim cultures.  In Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to drive cars.  The Koran says that a man’s witness is worth four women.  Women are definitely second class citizens in every way.  And yet you still have Muslim women speaking out in favor of this system.   There is no nuance.  Women are inferior.  If you ever see a gender neutral Koran, Islam will be dead.

I am not sure that a gender neutral Bible doesn’t say the same thing about the religion of the translators.  If your choice of words is made to satisfy people who hate the God of the Bible, then you have rejected that God because you have rejected what He, yes I said “He,” said.

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