Monday, March 6, 2017

Why Do People Get So Offended When You Transgress Local Morality?

From Adam4D.
We've all seen it: "liberals" incapable of being liberal, unable to argue or debate, and completely overwhelmed by grievance and emotion. We've tried to have conversations, only to end up having them explode in our faces. Some of us have been accosted and even assaulted by people who were offended by our mere existence. Seems like exaggeration, but it isn't. The tales abound; they've happened to me.

Why do people whose view of the world excludes a universal moral vision get their panties all in a twist over what should be an irrevelancy in other people's moral vision?

When local moralities are violated it is more offensive if it is the only morality. Because then everything rides on that morality.

People can be more open or liberal when there is a greater morality than the local.

It would seem to me that the practical attraction of local truth would the promise of laissez faire morality. Of laissez faire everything, really. How could anything be a big deal if it's just us? But I only think that because in my bones I know that there is universal truth, laid down by a universal Creator. My imagination can only tickle on the edges of a reality where truth is what we make it; the mind boggles at it more than at the idea of eternity.

Knowing that there is cosmic sense, and what is more, the cosmic sense of a Triune God, leads to tolerance. Not of everything, but precisely of the local truths, of the "my truth/your truth" mess. It can even, God help us, make us tolerant of things we're sure are evil, because we believe not only in good and evil, but in the vindication of history.

When local morality is all morality, one must be intolerant. It's a matter of survival. CIVILIZATION DEPENDS UPON IT. The only world that exists is the one we've made. A transgression against local morality is a transgression against the whole universe, because what we've made is all that's real.

You'd get upset too if it turned out people were capable of striking at the very head of your god.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

My Very Good Reasons For Being Silent About Abortion

My very good reasons for being silent about abortion. I have two, so while it might not quite be a list, it is plural: reasons.

First, I was asleep all night. Second, I haven't had my coffee yet.

Yes, this post was clickbait. Now come on, Christian, drink your coffee already.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Unboxing: Carcassone Star Wars Edition

As far as I can tell, this is the first video I've done with George, my middle boy. He is proud of the results, and I hope you'll enjoy it. The video's a simple unboxing (an "unboxing" is just what it sounds like, and it's a thing on YouTube: opening boxes in front of people) of a special edition of a favorite game of ours, Carcassone.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trying Cigarettes With Hops Instead of Tobacco

For a long time I was a hop-head. Couldn't get enough of that big fruity bitterness. Then I mellowed out.

Still, it's pretty easy for me to imagine the shining state of mind that it would have taken to envision doing something like this: making a cigarette with hops (and no tobacco).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Christian Urge To Hide

I don't want to be misunderstood, so let's get some things out on the table right away. I believe some pretty  ridiculous political things, like Americans have the right to be armed because of a covenant made between the states and its citizens. Or that the American State has been abusing its power more and more, and non-conformists have good reason to be afraid.

I also believe some pretty fringe religious things. I believe that the Great Commission is for the whole Church; and that it is foolish and irresponsible to make children missionaries. I believe that Christians shouldn't be in the government schools. I believe that the Kingdom of God is a kingdom and a city with a real culture, that exists distinct from that of the world, and that displaces it.

I believe that we can no more be a part of the world than we can be of the flesh and the devil, and that Christians compromise stupid things in the name of evangelism and cultural engagement. I believe we are called to be holy, a people set apart for God.

Now that I've settled my separatist bona fides, I want to talk about the evils of the Christian urge to hide away. It's a bad habit, y'all. And it's an instinct I have fine-tuned over many years.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Longing & Joy

In my mind's eye the 1970s, the decade my parents met, is a time of perpetual sunshine. It's always Oregon, and orchestral AM Gold acoustic guitar music is playing, a little Gordon Lightfoot, a little Dan Fogelberg.

I want very much to go out west in the 1970s, in a pickup truck, or perhaps a convertible. I will never stop longing. It hurts so much it makes me want to die.

But that's okay. One day all sad things will come untrue.

What Happens With Abortion? In Four Pop Songs w/ Hosea The Prophet.

Among other things, there are no diamonds in the mine.

This is about everyone who kills babies, but it is especially about the people of God.

Not all of these songs are about abortion. What they are all about is fertility and sterility. This is what happens to individuals and society and God's people when baby murder is rampant. Sad and bad things happen, y'all, things to write terrible songs about. These things will break you, and us, unless we come on our knees to Jesus. Then he will forgive us our sins, and wipe away our tears, and lift us up.

Anything else is a lie. We cannot escape our guilt.

We have been worshiping the gods of unholy sex and unholy fruit, just as Israel did. That's what the book of Hosea is about. God has words for us, a controversy for the inhabitants of our land.