Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What's the point?

I heard a story on NPR the other day about James Dobson and the book about him: The Jesus Machine. The author points out that Dobson doesn't want evangelicals to get involved in working against global warming or AIDS in Africa or other issues so that they can focus on the important moral imperative of ending abortion and defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Now I don't want to attack Dobson over this position, but I wonder if those two issues are really the most important for Christians.

Before abortion was legal women got abortions, even if it is outlawed women will still get abortions. This issue isn't the law, but the lives and choices of women. Shouldn't Christians be "pro-life" by helping women to have whole, healthy lives that minimize the "need" for abortions?

Homosexual marriage has been legal in the past, and even if it is legal in the future it won't change God's definition of marriage. God isn't subject to the laws of nations and marriage won't cease to be if homosexuals can sign a government contract that recognizes them as being married. What I have with my wife has very little to do with the government (they give us a tax break is about all) and almost everything to do with the work of God in our lives. Shouldn't Christians be "pro-marriage" by having marriages that are centered on God and full of mutual submission-type love?

10 comments:

Meg said...

I completely agree. The idea that a safe option to terminate can be withheld is frightening. All of those women and girls that are desperate to terminate will find a way, some even to the point of going back to wire hangers. Life is LIFE, to differentiate between the life of a fetus vs. the life of a woman is ridiculous.

As far as gay marriage, I know gay couples that have a far healthier relationships with their partners than some married couples I know. Living in a partnership with respect, trust, and friendship is what defines marriage, to me anyway.

Tim Lewis said...

I'm not sure I would put global warming at the top of a priority list either. First you have to buy into it at all as something that exists, and then as something we can have control over. Read Jared Ranum's blog about that.

kristi said...

As Christians we are called to live as Jesus. He focused on the poor, the outcasts, the weak in spirit. In our world that is ALOT of people! These issues are seen in many differnt facets, therefore giving Christians many ways to work and advocate, not just abortion and marraige . . .

tabitha jane said...

james, did you steal this blog idea out of my own brain?

seriously.

why are christians all worried about the law and politics? when jesus was walking around on the ground (as we do for him now) he was focused on the sick and poor and meeting their needs and radically challenging the religious leaders of the day . . . aren't we supposed to be christ followers?

James Wood said...

Meg, I'm not sure I necessarily agree with your agreement with me ;) - I guess my point is more about the screwed up priorities of evangelicals, rather than changing political opinions - if that makes sense.

Tim, the same goes for you - I know I mentioned global warming, but that was the point of the author, I was trying to say something different. And from your comment on another post about not voting - I think you probably agree.

I'm not sure that I have the time and/or energy to get involved in politics. I don't see how petitions and campaigns and "issues" are really helping people. Are marriages any healthier for having an "Evangelical" in the White House and refusing to sign any gay marriage bills?

Tabs, I think your influence on me (along with others) is helping me to change my views - so in a way, I did steal this from your brain. Thanks.

Rebecca said...

See, I struggle with the not being involved in politics but I also agree with you in refocusing our attention to do things that matter rather than fighting battles politically. I think if every Christian took the time to be in people's lives in a REAL way, loving them, meeting their needs, etc.(you know, showing them Jesus), we would have a much more powerful influence over their lives. I don't say that because I want to control them, I hope you know what I mean. :) I think you're on to something here...

ps. I didn't know people in the Bible belt thought things like this. :)

James Wood said...

Yeah, I'm about to get kicked out for my radical views.

James Wood said...

I just saw this article on CNN about the same issue. Check out this quote from the letter that Dobson, et al sent:
We have observed that Cizik and others are using the global warming controversy to shift the emphasis away from the great moral issues of our time, notably the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage and the teaching of sexual abstinence and morality to our children,"

Yeah, 'cause I heard that God doesn't care about the environment - he just created the world to give us a place to stand while we fight about abortion and gay marriage. Sheesh.

James Wood said...

Read the letter if you're interested.

tabitha jane said...

double sheesh