Jerry Springer v Abortion v Us

You know what has got to suck? Being a member of Christian Voice. And I don’t just mean for the obvious ‘Nobody likes me because they think my politics are ridiculous’ reasons. It’s got to suck this week because not only did they lose their court case against the theatre and TV channel that put on the blasphemous Jerry Springer opera, but a landmark decision found for the first time that theatres could not be guilty of blasphemy. So, to spell it out somewhat, the situation, from the point of view of Christian Voice, has not merely not been improved by their action, but has been made considerably worse.

Being a member of that rare breed that still believes in free speech, even speech we don’t like, I can’t say I feel empathy, but I do feel kind of miffed. ‘Why, O pinko prince?’ I hear you ask? Because whether or not I agree with the (arguably) loony rantings of people who think non-Christians should behave like Christians and the Creator of the universe is really thin-skinned, this decision will be portrayed and perceived as a loss for us. The Christians. Or at least, according to the radio, ‘the evangelicals’. And I’m one of them, goshdarnit.

But that is the feminine hound about being part of a larger group: it gets known for things you don’t agree with. The temptation, when talking to your non-Christian friends (or writing online or in newspapers) is to make a distinction that makes you look good: ‘Yeah, that’s those sorts of Christians—I’m one of the good kind.’ But that doesn’t help anyone. The fact is, all Christians, at some point, are likely to have moments where an issue that probably doesn’t deserve the amount of hot air it’s generating gets them bent out of shape. But beyond our failings, on the important things, we are hopefully united. I cannot stand with Christian Voice on the matter of how we should respond to tacky musicals, but when it comes to more fundamental issues—that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son and the only way to be saved is by grace through faith in him, for instance—we are, I assume, as one.

The unfortunate thing is that while we are known by the world for several different things, they (like many of our own faith) find it difficult to distinguish degrees of importance between even the ones we agree on. Sure, I think homosexuality is a sin, but is it anywhere near as central to my faith as being saved through faith in Jesus? Not even close. So in a week when the Christian Voice news broke, another perceived ‘Christian issue’ was also in the headlines. Abortion, an issue that concerns the loss of millions of human lives, is lumped in there with how Christians don’t like mosques, or hate seeing boobies on the TV. It’s easy to get confused, even for Christians. But as Parliament debated recently the issue of abortion, we (I mean all of us within the Body of Christ) can only really blame ourselves that many people view the pro-life stance as another form of Christians trying to dictate personal morality rather than preserving human rights.

Or maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps I, too have been infected by hostile perceptions of secularism. Perhaps blasphemy is as big a deal as taking life. God is, after all, more important than human beings. But difficulty in accepting the possibility that what I believe may be wrong and examine it again can’t be unique to me, can it? Looking at the headlines, I think probably not.

and here’s a cute music vid encouraging us to try harder. Killer line: ‘are we debating just to win the argument?’

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2 Responses

  1. I cannot recall the last time someone linked into the socialist worker. Good on ya son, as my east end friends would say.

  2. Excellent post. Right on point. Free speech and freedom of religion are both very important to allowing men to choose to come to God freely.

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