It’s time for another round of articles that I truly enjoyed as I was reading through my email newsletters, twitter feed and other things over the past couple of days.
This article shows some of the effects of J.K. Rowling’s recent controversial tweets on someone trans who grew up as a big fan. Romano muses throughout the article about how much control the author has over reading interpretations of their work and whether or not readers can truly separate art from the artist who created it.
Because of some shifting within my belief system and my interactions with the church, I have begun to seriously consider whether or not I am still an evangelical. As such, I found this article where Cindy Brandt explains why she is not an evangelical to be quite interesting and helpful.
This is such an interesting thought. I admit that the Friday the 13th movies are not my favorite in the horror genre, but I’ll read about anything Stephen King writes, so I’d probably enjoy it.
I appreciated this because so many conservative friends have complained recently about our “cancel culture,” but I remember that it was just a couple of years ago that my own mother wouldn’t shop in Target because good Christians were supposed to boycott their company. She still won’t shop Nike because they supported Colin Kaepernick’s protests. Christians kind of touched off the “cancel culture” with the boycotts they have imposed on all the groups they disagree with.
I really thought I’d hate this article more than I do. I find myself having conflicting emotions. First, I have four children and I believe that people should always have more children than they think they can handle. Life’s more fun that way. Second, I hate the idea that this might build guilt and shame for people who have struggled with infertility. I think DeYoung might have been a little overzealous when he made statements such as, “The future belongs to the fecund.” Third, I don’t think our children deserve the pressure to become Christian soldiers in a culture war. We can’t presume to think that they will have the same relationship with God that we might or that they might feel the same way about the culture around us as we do. We certainly have different cultural mores than our parents, and I expect that will continue on. Fourth, I don’t think the Supreme Court’s decision was that surprising or unwelcome. Do conservative Christians trust in the courts or in God? Reading what so many of them have said about this decision makes me feel that they’ve put their trust in the wrong place. Fifth, I agree with DeYoung that we cannot put our faith in politicians or vote for them based on things such as what supreme court justices they might nominate.
Ultimately, regarding DeYoung’s article, children are a blessing but they aren’t weapons to be used in a culture war. Even suggesting such is wrong and perhaps even a sinful misappropriation of a gift and stewardship that God has given parents. We would be better served by taking Jesus seriously and seeing the imago dei in each person and treating them with the love and respect that we would wish for them to extend to us.