A homosexual activist group calling itself “Angry Queers” claimed responsibility for smashing nine windows in a church known for teaching traditional sexual morality early Tuesday morning.
“Upon arriving at the church, we discovered nine separate windows had been smashed in with rocks, including two beautiful 100-year-old stained glass windows,” wrote Tim Smith, pastor of the Portland campus of Mars Hill Church. “We estimate the damage to be several thousand dollars.”
The vandals sent an e-mail to local television station KOIN-TV stating they took the action, because “Mars Hill is notoriously anti-gay and anti-woman.”
When it happened to me, there was almost nothing out there to give me Christian guidance on what to do about it… Almost all the stuff I found was about a guy cheating, not the woman cheating. This is despite the fact that female marital infidelity is a growing trend within the Christian community, one that the church refuses to deal with and likes to paper over. In our society, women are almost as likely to cheat on their spouses as men, but there’s next to nothing out there to help a Christian man deal with that.
This is an instance of something I’ve observed before, and is at least equally true of the modern church: we consider women to be more valuable than men. I wrote:
Men are supposed to let women and children escape to safety while they lay down their lives. War-zone reporting focusses on the suffering of women while passing over the fact that all the men have been killed. When a woman is raped, it’s a calamity, but when a man is raped, it’s a joke. A woman losing her children is a nightmare, but a man losing his children is a routine matter of ‘justice’ in the divorce courts.
We can add that when a husband cheats, his wife is a victim; when a wife cheats, her husband is a loser.
This weekend Skarphedin set out to embarrass other bloggers. First he put up a thoughtful description of twenty-five things about the New Testament that make him skeptical. (I expect I’ll be working through the list and responding to an item or two at a time over the course of the next month or so.) He then followed that up with a series of cultural surveys: Ancient Quotations: the golden rule in positive form (a very judicious selection); Ancient quotations: returning evil with good; Comparing Christianity & Judaism with surrounding cultures; Ancient quotations: equality. Altogether a pretty amazing set of resources for thinking about Christianity and comparing its values with those of other ancient cultures and philosophies—and more generally for getting a sense of moral thought in the ancient world.
The shape of the Christian church worldwide depends today more on India than on Ireland, and what is going on in Kerala is far more important than whoever is appointed to Canterbury. Irish Catholicism and the Church of England have a noble heritage, but their best days now belong to history. What goes on there bears watching for the sake of the souls, of course, but in terms of providing a creative impetus for the Gospel throughout the world, those islands are exhausted.
The emphasis on India seems to reflect de Souza’s Catholicism. When I, as an evangelical, get depressed about the state of Western Christendom, I am relieved to think of the growth of Christianity in China.
I’m very sympathetic towards this commenter at Alpha Game:
As a 28 year old Christian man who just now stumbled across the concept of “game,” I feel like I’ve been lead astray. I now look at those that surround me in my local church and see them as the Gamma/Delta men that they are. It’s a disappointing thing to see. Since it dawned on me that I wouldn’t follow any of them.
This is a very important issue for Christian men and women alike. The evangelical church is very effeminate and barely tolerable for red-blooded men. Young women can easily be made to agree that something needs to done. They know better than anyone that those young men still in the church are often of questionable appeal. At some point I’ll be returning to this topic on my main blog.