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More on Post Modernism

Salutations.

I apologize for the lack of blogs this week.  My employer sent me on a special project in another state, which consumed nearly every waking moment at my disposal.  Having returned back home, I now take time to catch up with some of the thoughts I started a week or so ago.  I have read numerous articles and have found these to provide the best insight. Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Quest VI: Part 1

Two time the words, two times the fun?

Two time the words, two times the fun?

My brother and I continue our RPGTrek with Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation.  This game concludes the Zenethian trilogy in epic fashion. While you don’t get married, or have kids, you do meet a lot of new friends and search for your ture self.  And, in this game, you get adventure in not one, but two worlds!  Your next RPGTrek story is only a click away! Read the rest of this entry »

Another blogger recently ‘liked’ something that I posted.  When that happens, I get an email from WordPress informing me of such, as well as an invite to check out his or her recent posts.  Following one, I came across a well-written blog entry by TK asking “Why does it matter if sexuality is a choice?”  TK’s sentiments echo those of many out there.  I wish to respond to it, offering, perhaps, another point of view.  Please be aware, this post clocks in nearly 50% longer than my typical approach, as I wanted to give these questions the attention they deserve. Read the rest of this entry »

A Post Modern Change

Salutations.

A few years ago, I started this blog as a place to practice my writing, using mostly fictional stories and characters from my comics.  Later, I started to write more theological centered missives as I dove into various studies.  For the last 15 months, these studies have featured heavily in my blog, focusing on looking at issues logically.  A few months ago, I also started to journal my trek through the older Dragon Quest series.

When I started my blog, and made those decisions to change some of its direction, I did so with three goals in mind.  First, I wanted to practice my writing in order to improve.  For the most part, I feel that I have done well in that area over the years.  Second, I desired to get some serious fictional writing done.  Unfortunately, while I have completed some work, I still need better focus to making substantial progress here.  Third, I published all of this on a public blog so that it may encourage others to walk closer with God.

Lately, I have studied the post modernistic mindset.  For those who do not know, post modernism is “a late-20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of “art.”  This movement, which started in the mid to late 60’s, impacts the way most people (under 50) think and process information.  For example, a post modern person responds poorly to someone preaching truth to them, as they generally ‘distrust grand theories and ideologies.”  Instead, they would find a life lived demonstrating that theology far more instructive.

The implications of this movement go much deeper than I could cover in a paragraph, or even several blog posts.  For those who wish to learn more, I leave you to exercise your powers of Google-Fu.  However, in praying about reaching out to this generation, and reading more on the subject, I feel I have a better idea of how I may attain my third goal which.  The solution, in part, actually assists with my second goal, as well.

First, I will shift focus on my theological writings from ideological to more personal.  A lot goes on in the world today.  I turn on the news, and I see all kinds of social ills.  The Bible has answers for them, and I have opinions…but, moving forward, you will see less of that on my blog.  Unless an issue affects me directly, or some people ask me to do a Bible study write up on it, I will ignore those in favor of writing about those topics that more directly impact me.  While I always back up my theological assertions with scriptures and reasons, the main thrust will also come from deeply personal experiences.

Second, studies show that a post modern audience learns more from drama than lectures.  In particular, tales with  plenty of emotional thrust drive points home better than any documentary or lecture using logic and reasoning.  This provides me with further encouragement to refocus my efforts on fiction and comics to do just that.  By getting back into that, I actually address two birds with one stone.

Lest some of my friends feel that I’ve ‘sold out’ to the masses or anything, I will, of course, provide some Biblical direction for this.  First, I cannot help but note that Jesus used much allegory and drama in His own teachings to the masses.  He certainly stood ready to defend His approach with scripture and logic when needed, but appealed to the heart and emotions just as much as he appealed to the mind.  Furthermore, Paul understood the necessity to study, learn and adapt one’s approach to fit the context of the culture.  He writes,

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Nearly two decades ago, I chose the moniker “JCServant” because I wanted to be a servant to Jesus Christ and His children.  So, today, I change to a post-modernist approach for the ‘sake of the gospel that I may share with them in its blessings.”  Will you join me?

Dragon Quest V: Review

It’s time to get married. Let’s do this!

My brother and I continue our RPGTrek with Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride.   This game continues the Zenethian trilogy in epic fashion. In this game, you get married, collect monsters pokemon style, and travel the world to collect the hero’s Zenethian armor from the last adventure!  Does this game push the series forward, or does it knock it down a few hit points?  Your next RPGTrek review is only a click away! Read the rest of this entry »

It’s time to get married. Let’s do this!

My brother and I continue our RPGTrek with Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride.   This game continues the Zenethian trilogy in epic fashion. In this game, you get married, collect monsters pokemon style, and travel the world to collect the hero’s Zenethian armor from the last adventure!  Does this game push the series forward, or does it knock it down a few hit points?  Your next RPGTrek story is only a click away! Read the rest of this entry »

Or 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  1 Cor 6.9-11 ESV

articleA recent article by the Associated Press relayed a very tragic story of a young man who took his life after his Christian parents told him that he had to change.  They talked the issue over with their pastor, the young man entered therapy, and immersed himself into Bible study.  Yet, he did not change.  Unable to reconcile his very nature, and what God required, he felt he had no choice but to take his own life.  This tragic story pains us.  Our prayers go out to his family and church.

The article then goes on to relay the parents’ remorse over their efforts to try and change their son.  Now, they are taking steps to change their church’s approach from within.  The Associate Press goes on to detail the thoughts and directions of other leaders of churches as well as various major denominations.  They represent a growing trend across the nation.  However, one must ask whether their efforts truly line up with God’s Word and His purposes.

First, we must understand that the Bible clearly labels homosexuality as a sin, along with adultery, bestiality, prostitution and a myriad of other sexual deviations.  God makes it clear that He considers sexual union a sacred act, to be shared between man and woman in the bonds of matrimony.  The Bible communicates numerous times that we must flee from sexual immorality.  1 Cor 6.18 states, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”

darkheartSecond, we should consider that since the fall of Adam and Eve, many of the natural order of things have changed due to our fallen state.  In particular, our natural desires have been warped to some degree.   For example, for some, their genes give them a dispensation towards alcoholism.  We have natural and fallen tendencies which, if left unchecked, would lead to sin and chaos.  Ponder for a moment the plight of most heterosexual men.  The Bible calls them to live in a monogamous relationship, yet, by nature, men feel attraction to multiple women.  Jesus warns us that we commit adultery if we even lust after another.  Many of us have natural tendencies, twisted and turned by the fall, which require us to discipline and fight against ot to maintain order in society, and walk Holy before our God.

Last, but not least, we must keep in mind, that the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.  When we struggle with matters of the flesh, or other temptations, we must look to Jesus in faith.  Sheer willpower alone, or man-made efforts to reprogram us, rarely work.  And, when they do, can sometimes have devastating results (See Mat 12.43-45).  We all struggle with various sins, but they all have one common solution: the cross.  Sometimes God changes us from within, and sometimes God gives us the power to weather the storm.  But if we try to win the day under our own power, we will surely fall.

In reading the AP news article, it becomes increasingly clear that churches and leaders struggle to answer these issues as the topic of homosexuality forces itself into the forefront of our lives.  There are numerous concerns and challenges in the approaches, and answers, mentioned in the article… toomany to properly respond to in one blog entry.  However, we would like to answer one question.  In the final paragraph, Linda Robertson echoes the sentiment of Christian parents with gay children who ask, ‘We have a gay child. We love them and we don’t want to kick them out. How do we go forward?’

hugFirst, let’s review some basic passages about raising children.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Colossians 3:21 “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)  36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

First, and foremost, Jesus taught us to love one another.  We should interpret all other laws and directions through those lenses.  Then, we see numerous directions to raise our children in the way of the Lord and teach them His ways.  No where does the Bible show that parents should kick their children out as a way to somehow show them the true way.  Instead, they should lovingly show their children Christ.  The challenge for gay children is the challenge faced by all children…and all adults.  For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.  But, if we will put our lives at the foot of the cross, repent and follow Him, “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

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