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De ce mi se bagă pe gât homosexualitatea? (Sau incoerența moralității postmoderne)

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Oare? (intrebare retorica)

Astazi de dimineata, am venit spre munca, in masina, si am deschis radioul pe o alta statie decat BBC4, asa ca am avut partea de o introducere la muzica pe care ascultatori acestui radiou o voteaza pentru a ajunge pe post. Printre piesele castigatoare azi, aveam eu sa aflu, se afla Macklemore & Lewis – Same Love (link catre youtube).

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Scriu despre asta, pentru ca sunt convins ca – la fel ca Miley Cyrus, si ale ei catastrofale piese, Blurred Lines si alte trupe si piese cu mesaj vadit imoral, – ne inunda deja urechile ca vrem nu vrem, fie in magazine sau radiouri si alte locatii. Avem de ales sa le ignoram, sau sa stim cum sa raspundem celor ce le asculta!

Din punct de vedere muzical, suna bine, mi-a starnit curiozitatea sa o asculta pana la capat, si te tine langa radiou sau pe statia respectiva de radio. Am pus link-ul fara a pune si clipul, pentru ca nici macar nu l-am vazut. Dar piesa suna bine: o imbinare de hip-hop calm si bine gandit, un R&B placut la auz, alaturi de vocea foarte relaxanta a solistei Mary Lambert. Dar cuvintele te socheaza, si marturisesc ca dupa ce am parcat masina, am stat si am ascutat pana la capat pentru a auzi toate versurile. Le redau mai jos:

(Intro)
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay (aici ni se prezinta agenda piesei. Da, are o agenda si e foarte bine prezentata!)
Cause I could draw, my uncle was (Unchiul sau e gay, asa ca problema e personala)
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”
Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head (autorul vorbeste de stereotipii, dar le foloseste la randu-i tot la doua versuri?!)
I remember doing the math like
“Yeah, I’m good in little league”

A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those who like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision 
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion (Observatia numarul 1, citeste dupa versuri)
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all His children
And somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
35 hundred years ago (Observatia Nr.2 – citeste mai jos, dupa versuri)
I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change (3)
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
“Man that’s gay”
Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ‘em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color
Complexion of your pigment
The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins
Human rights for everybody
There is no difference (4)
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Has been poisoned (5)
When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it

[Trombone]

I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]

[Verse 3: Macklemore]
We press play
Don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day
That my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walkin’ around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Someone would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

[Hook: Mary Lambert]

[Outro: Mary Lambert]
Love is patient, love is kind (6)
Love is patient (not cryin’ on Sundays)
Love is kind (not cryin’ on Sundays) [x5]

Am ascultat piesa, i-am citit versurile, si inainte sa ma apuc sa o arat si altora trebuie sa imi aduc eu aminte ca Dumnezeu imi cere discernamant, si din cauza asta am mintea pe care o am, ca sa gandesc! Fie ea, piesa, cat de buna, continutul trebuie amendat imediat. Nu vom scapa de ea nici la radiourile din Romania – daca nu cumva deja e pusa obsesiv – asa ca mai bine sa intelegm despre ce este vorba si atunci cand colegii si prietenii vorbesc de ea sau o asculta, haideti sa avem ceva de spus cu privire la ce ne inunda urechile!

Agenda si modul de lucru LGBT+ e foarte inteligenta si foarte agresiva. Vezi piesa de mai sus care a ajuns la premiile Grammy, unde a fost piesa centrala a show-ului, ca in timpul ei sa fie oficiate 35 de casatorii gay! Pe intreaga scena, live, cu transmisie directa in casele a milioane de oameni! Vezi aici. Queen Latifah a oficiat, evident fara nicio alta fata bisericeasca sau cadru legal (dar asta e alta discutie ce tine de cultura si legi).

Mai jos aveti explicatiile la fiecare dintre observatiile din parantezele de la versurile piesei, de aici.

“1. The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision, And you can be cured with some treatment and religion

Here Macklemore appeals to the claim that homosexuality is genetically predetermined.  While this is a dubious scientific claim, let’s grant for the sake of argument that people are genetically disposed to certain behaviors, including homosexuality.  The problem is that genetic disposition has zero implications for the morality of a behavior.

We might be convinced that pedophiles are born with a predisposition towards sex with children, but few would want to claim that therefore it was moral, right, and good.   Alcoholics might be born with a predisposition to drink, but I have never heard an AA meeting proclaim alcoholism to be a moral activity on these grounds.

In each of these cases, the reality is the opposite of what is suggested by Macklemore.  Just because certain behavior is difficult for someone to avoid is hardly grounds for declaring that someone should abandon their efforts.

Imagine  giving that message to the youth of the day: “Please choose the right moral behavior.  But, if you discover something is really attractive to you, and if you discover that is difficult to avoid, then it must be OK.  The only behaviors that are really immoral are the ones that you feel no inclination to follow.”

2. And “God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten, But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago

Here is something interesting.  In order to defend the morality of homosexuality, Macklemore appeals to GodThat is a rather curious course of action given that the worlds three major theistic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), with thousands and thousands of years of history, all agree that God regards homosexuality as immoral behavior.  This should quickly dispel the myth that only “right-wing conservatives” hold such views.

But, his appeal to God raises a bigger and more fundamental question.  How would Macklemore know what God thinks about this issue?  On what grounds could he declare that God is for one behavior or against another?  Does he receive private revelation from God?

He attempts to answer this question by appealing to a principle he puts in quotes: “God loves all his children.”  Presumably he is quoting something here, but he doesn’t tell us what.  It couldn’t be the Bible because he clearly rejects it is as a book 3500 years old and irrelevant .  So, where does this mysterious maxim come from that tells him what God is like?

Of course, Macklemore doesn’t have an answer to these questions.  He thinks a vague appeal to God will suffice as an argument.  But, he has no basis whatsoever for thinking he knows what God would have to say about such things.  In the end, all we are left with is Macklemore’s private opinion about God.  But, this is not an argument.

If he is going to make an argument on the basis of God, then what he really needs is a credible divine revelation.  But he has just thrown that under the bus.

3. And I can’t change, Even if I tried, Even if I wanted to

Once again, imagine these words being said by the alcoholic: “I can’t change, even if I tried.”  Wonder what his AA sponsor would say?   Or can you imagine a serial adulterer saying these words: “I can’t change, even if I tried.”   Wonder what his wife would say?

In the end, the “I can’t change” argument is not an argument.  Whether someone feels inclined towards a behavior or even trapped by a behavior has nothing to do with whether it is a moral behavior.

4. Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment.The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins, It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference

Here is the standard appeal to the issue of equality, and a comparison to racism.  But this argument, although ubiquitous, simply does not work.  First, there is nothing moral or immoral about one’s skin color.  But, one’s sexual behavior can be moral or immoral.  Thus, the homosexuality-is-the-same-as-being-black argument confuses behavior with an external, visual characteristic.  There is nothing “discriminatory” about telling someone that what they are doing is wrong.

Second, and even more fundamentally, homosexuals are not being treated unequally under the current marriage laws.  Everyone (regardless of sexual orientation) has to follow the same exact laws.  For example, a man cannot marry his daughter.  A sister cannot marry her brother.  People cannot have multiple spouses.  These are all laws about marriage that apply to everyone equally.  Thus, homosexuals have no grounds to claim they are being treated unequally.

For homosexuals, the real complaint behind the complaint is as follows: “I am not being allowed to define marriage for myself. I am not being allowed to make marriage whatever I want it to be.”  But, that has never been true for anyone.  No one is allowed to define marriage entirely on their own.

So, the appeal to legalize homosexual marriage is not about equality or civil rights.  Ironically, it is about the opposite.  It is really about one group getting special treatment.  It is really about one group being allowed to redefine the institution according to their own personal preference (while, incidentally, other groups are not allowed to redefine the institution according to theirs, e.g., polygamists).

5. When I was in church they taught me something else, If you preach hate at the service, those words aren’t anointed, That Holy Water that you soak in has been poisoned

Here Macklemore takes the moral high ground once again, making sweeping claims about who is a “hater” and who has been “poisoned” and whose words are really “anointed.”  That would be all good and well if we could trust his ability to discern absolute moral norms.

But, as we observed in a prior point, there is no reason to think that he has access to the absolute moral norms of the universe. It’s pretty arrogant to claim that one knows who the haters are, and who is poisoned, when one has no grounds for making such claims. Is Macklemore God?

Of course, Christians make absolute moral claims all the time.  But, they do so on the basis of God’s revealed word in the Bible.  Although some will say that they don’t accept the Bible as God’s word, they are missing the point.  At least Christians have a rational basis for making absolute moral claims (namely divine revelation) whereas Macklemore has none.

Put simply, if I have to choose between the credibility of the moral claims of an apostle who knew Jesus or the moral claims of a modern hip-hop artist, I am going with the former.

6. Love is patient love is kind.

Amazingly, Macklemore concludes his song with a quotation from the Bible!  I don’t think he realizes it, but he is quoting the Apostle Paul (1 Cor 13:4).  Of course, this is inconsistent with his prior claims that the Bible is out of date and irrelevant.

Moreover, he would have done well to observe what Paul had to say elsewhere in the very same letter.  For instance, 1 Cor 6:9: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…will inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Paul helps us realize and important truth that Macklemore, and most of our modern culture, miss entirely, namely that God is not just love.  Yes, he is love, but he is more than that.  He is also holy.  And his holiness makes him entirely intolerant of sin.

So intolerant, in fact, that he required the death of his very own son to pay for the sins of his people.  The cross is the perfect example of God’s character.  He is both loving (so that he was willing to give up his only son), and he is holy (so much so that he could not leave sin unpunished).

In the end, Macklemore’s song is the perfect example of the postmodern approach to morality.  It is heavy on rhetoric, but short on substance.  When probed, his arguments prove to be problematic at almost every point.  Only God can provide a basis for absolute morality. And one can only appeal to God if they have a credible claim to have divine revelation.

CONCLUZIE.

De ascultat, ascultam cei mai multi dintre noi muzica de toate genurile. Intrebarea este ce sta in spatele muzicii, a autorilor si artistilor pe care ii ascultam. Cat suntem noi – crestii – de pregatiti sa raspundem sau sa interactionam cu promotori ai unor astfel de media? Cat despre LGBT+, sper sa pot scrie pe viitor.

De incheiere. Same love, Paul Baloche, de data asta!

Update Hillsong Church London

Nimic senzational! Din fericire, imediat dupa ce am postat despre experienta pe care am avut-o la Biserica Hillsong din Londra, la indemnul unui prieten, am pus postarea sub parola pentru a nu deveni publica sau “citabila” pe alte bloguri. Cel putin, nu inca. De ce?

Aici am stat mult pe ganduri, pornind de la intrebarea “de ce am blog?”, “ce vreau ca oamenii care il citesc, sa retina?”, “pentru ce vreau sa fiu recunoscut?”, “ce vreau sa intiparesc in mintea oamenilor?” si chiar si “care e relatia mea cu biserica?” sau “cine sunt eu?”.

Ei bine am ajuns si la niste raspunsuri care m-au ajutat sa iau decizii cu privire la parolarea/neparolarea postarii despre Hillsong. Din cauza acestor decizii nu voi mai posta despre biserici, oameni implicati in lucrarea si alte critici “senzationale”, fie ele bine intentionate si echilibrare. Nu sunt eu cel care sa spuna ca o biserica sau pastor este bun(a)  sau rea/rau. Am, evident, opiniiile mele, dar nu vor fi niciodata subiectul unei postari online. In urma postarii despre Hillsong, prezenta pe blog a crescut exponential, si nu asta imi doresc. Sau nu in felul acesta.

Asa ca dragi prieteni, daca ma mai vizitati, sper sa o faceti pentru cu totul alte motive, decat cele care v-au impins spre postarea despre Hillsong!

Sa auzim numai de bine,

Vlad

Au început grupurile de studiu biblic. La Hollywood.

Nu, nu e o știre senzație, ci e concluzia.

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Cu siguranță o mulțime de tineri români din bisericile evanghelice au vazut deja seria The Bible, difuzată în Statele Unite și UK. A fost un eveniment cel puțin de senzație pentru o mulțime de creștini din întreaga lume, când povestirile din Biblie, prezentate cu o acuratețe rezonabilă, au putut fi vizionate pe posturile publice de TV din întreaga lume.

Youtube, The Bible, trailer:

Am citit știri de tot felul despre această serie, de la evenimente de botez în biserici, oameni care s-au pocăit din cauza acestor filme, până la interviuri fascinante. Încă nu am vizionat niciun episod, dar sper să se întâmple curând.

Mai jos, articolul din The Telegraph, UK:

“Whatever you think of Burnett’s vaulting ambition, it’s impossible to argue with his results. The Bible, a visually stunning, epic adaption of a selection of the major stories from Genesis to Revelation, was the number one cable series this year in America. The opening episode was seen by 13.1 million viewers, the highest 2013 figure for a cable channel.”

și:

http://bibleseriesresources.com/

http://www.bibleseries.tv/

Dar nu doar The Bible este un lucru fascinant, ci și următoarele:

1. Noah – facebook-ul a fost inundat de link-uri către trailerul acestui film, dar prea puțină informație a fost oferită despre el. Îl vom putea viziona începând cu 28 martie, 2014. Are un buget enorm, actori pe măsură: Russel Crowe, Emma Watson și Anthony Hopkins.

2. Exdus. Despre asta, facebook-ul încă e lăsat în urmă (sic!). Pe 12 decembrie 2014 vom avea șansa să vizionăm la o înaltă calitate un film de zile mari, fiind regizat și produs de Ridley Scott. În rolurile principale vor juca Christian Bale, pentru rolul lui Moise (îl știm din Batman) și Aaron Paul, pentru rolul lui Iosua (Breaking Bad – wow!). Abia aștept.

Huffington Post și Variety.com despre Exodus.

3. Al treilea e Gods and Kings, un film început de Steven Speilberg, dar la care a renunțat. Proiectul, se spune, este încă actual și sperăm să îl vedem tot anul viitor. După plecarea lui Spielberg, conducerea proiectului a fost preluată de Ang Lee Eyed, care este producător și pentru Homeland (cine știe, știe!)

Nev Pierce, editor și critic pentru Empire, spune despre creșterea interesului celor de la Hollywoodul pentru filmele cu mesaj și suport biblic că “filmele lui Ridley nu sugerează că ar fi credincios, dar vom vedea. Am mai văzut filme cu mesaj biblic de-a lungul istoriei, la Hollywood – cel puțin. De curând, cu succesul lui Passion of the Christ, am observat că aceste filme au o audiență enormă.” (Christianity, January 2014)

Vorbind de audiență, se pare că și sursa primară a acestor filme, câștigă audiență; în cele mai neașteptate locuri. Cine s-ar fi așteptat ca cei de la Hollywood că caute tocmai în Biblie teme și subiecte pentru filmele lor. Și ca să ajungi la un film de calitatea asta, cred că sapă destul de adânc. Oare unde vor ajunge? Cine s-ar fi gândit?

Ca final:

“The Bible, of course, is not a systematic presentation of theological data. Rather, it is the record of God’s redemptive revelation. Or, to put it in another way, it is a record of redemptive history. It is the historical record of what God has done–his redemptive acts, and also of what he has said. In other words, we find in the Bible not only the mighty acts of God, but also his own interpretation of those acts. There is much emphasis today on the idea that revelation is event or act, and that propositions are not revelational. A study of the Bible itself reveals a combination of both.” – Morton Smith, Systematic Theology: Volume 1 (Greenville, SC: Greenville Seminary Press, 1994), 39.