I’ve been doing some reading on a blog that I really appreciate. I never really comment, thought. Below is the only comment I’ve ever left. Sometimes I see people’s comments on the blog and I find myself first almost irate, then sad. I think Anne’s got some great thoughts, and she’s certainly representing a large portion of the evangelical voice, certainly to some degree venturing further into conversation, etc.
But, I guess my once conservative mind has been released a bit in the past few years. My NT professor the other day mentioned to me that she’s glad about the future of the evangelical church, if people like some in a class are actually the supposed leaders rising up. I’m not quite sure if I am one of those people, per se, but I hope that I can continue to be a voice of something – reason, truth, love, wit. (Ok, so maybe not the last! 🙂 )
The comment I left here is in response to this blog and this one. I’m gonna be honest, it took me about 2 hours to make it through all the comment (and I started writing another blog for another day because of some of the comments. My mind is running circles – too bad its not for my final on Monday. Grace, Jesus?
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I just caught up (thank you grad school for keeping me so far behind on the blogsphere) on the two blogs on breasts, and I have to say my heart is utterly broken at the moment. I’ve having fits of emotions. There are parts of me that want to scream, cry, write, pray, talk, and pontificate. I totally hear the argument that, in essence, loving our brothers means to be modest. Yup, gotcha. And I hear the argument that women judge and compare and must stop. Amen. I used to think something was utterly wrong with me bc I compared.
But, here’s where I get lost…
1) people getting angry and attacking on Part 1 that the negative thoughts are being expressed. Does this issue change your view on salvation? I hope not. If so, wow, I’m sorry. Honestly, I am. It doesn’t mine, at least. It’s a grey area, for sure, in my book. So if someone is offering an alternative experience, especially when they are in the minority, it’s awesome to converse, not blame or talk down to.
2) I don’t understand why Christians are so compelled to to talk about issues that are not the actual issues, but rather the symptoms of issues. We talk about how men struggle with their visual minds because of how women dress. I get that. We talk about how women are catty about how the other woman looks. Yup. But we don’t talk about how by labeling breasts any of the aforementioned names, or by comparing breasts, butts or legs, we are in fact still modeling the very objectification of women (and men, for that matter) that the rest of society does.
If we’re supposed to be fighting the world, does modesty actually cut it? It seems like a band-aid that other cultures have tried for years, and yet I’m pretty sure it’s still just objectifying bodies of women, no matter how un-appealing or unattractive to some it might be.
Our issue, as a culture, and certainly as a Christian subculture is that I don’t see us really addressing the issues, we’re just addressing the symptoms of our issues. And that is not transforming anything.
I’d love to hear people’s thoughts. Maybe I’ve gone coo-coo out in LA in the smog since I got to seminary. Sorry for seeminly hi-jacking this blog with my comment! (And thanks for the freedom to do so!) 😉