Rick Warren’s BIG mistake

January 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm (babbling, religion) (, , , , , )

I’m a pastors kid.  It’s who I will always be even if my dad ever leaves the pulpit, because it’s how I was raised. It has completely altered how I view “the church” and my beliefs in who God is.  Luckily my dad allowed me to seek my beliefs for myself, and also encouraged education, love and open-mindedness.  Probably a bit to do more with his Canadian up-bringing rather than him being a Pastor…but that’s neither here, nor there.

So naturally I feel bad for pastors and their families.  They live in a glass bubble, they work grueling hours, days, nights, weekends.  Often they are asked to give up holidays and time off because of marriages or untimely deaths.  Their mistakes become egg on their face instead of stepping stones to learn and grow. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone struggles, and congregations will be better off helping their pastors and their families through moments of great tribulation instead of what so often happens, of them being thrown out in the cold.

However, I have to say Rick Warren made a HUGE and stupid mistake.  I think he should NOT have opened his mouth on his opinions of gay marriage.  And here’s why:  all he did was make an audience of people (supporters of gay marriage, people who have gay marriages, and the gay and lesbian community) totally ignore, scoff and judge him at the inauguration.

His prayer was great.  I’m glad he didn’t make it more socially acceptable and less Christian.  He’s a Christian pastor, President Obama is a Christian…so why hide it in universal banter?!! It was the perfect podium for hope, peace, grace and love… and yet, a lot of people who needed to hear it weren’t listening.

Plus, a lot of Christians didn’t listen.  The bitter ones who were upset Obama won, and Rick Warren could be friends with someone who supports a woman’s right to choose.  (Or other various reasons you don’t need me to list off.)  They also needed to hear what it’s like to be unapologetic for what you believe in because it IS about love, and acceptance, forgiveness and grace. That it’s not about hate and judgment.

Obama’s campaign, book and even current agendas have given me hope for the future of America. I must say though that Heaven is also a place of hope for me.  A place where all my friends are: Chinese, Iraqi, European, African American, Spanish, straight, gay, lesbian, liars, cheaters, thieves, addicts who embrace and find God.  If it’s not, then I don’t want to go there.

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A Golden Compass

November 2, 2007 at 10:37 am (babbling, books, Entertainment, Family, movies, Parents, religion) (, , , , , , , )

I was going to come up with a witty title for this particular blog although everything I could think of was just down right mean:

Christian Shee-ple, Insane Boycotts, Emails that make your Stomach Turn for example. None of them however could fully and accurately portray how important and heated this issue makes me.

I am not a parent yet, and I understand parents WANT to protect their children. I believe it’s something inside each of us, and I’m not trying to diminish that at all.

So what happened?? My parents sent me an email explaining why I should not go see a movie. I trust my parents, I love them dearly but this made my eyebrows raise. The email went as follows:

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Click on the link below for Snopes and read the article regarding the movie….scary. http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

This is important since the marketing for this movie has already started. It looks a lot like “Narnia” but is so far from it. BEWARE!

There will be a new Children’s movie out in December called THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is written by Phillip Pullman, a proud atheist who belongs to secular humanist societies. He hates C. S. Lewis’s Chronicle’s of Narnia and has written a trilogy to show the other side. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they will buy his trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie so it will probably be advertised a lot. This is just a friendly warning that you sure won’t hear on the regular TV.

ALSO, for additional info, follow the links:

Pullman, a prominent British atheist, has acknowledged that this is in fact his goal. He has claimed that “it is my goal to go after Christianity, I want God to be dead in my works. I want to undermine Christianity.”
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I have several key issues with this email. I am a Christian, but I do not support these kind of boycotts or email spams.

So I wonder, since when does a person’s beliefs determine whether their work of fiction is valid, good or bad?! I love Asimov’s writing, and he was an atheist. It doesn’t mean he was a bad writer, he was actually a great writer. More so, just because a book is written by a Christian author doesn’t mean it’s good. In fact most of the time if it’s written by a Christian author I assume the book is bad because the Christian subculture has accepted mediocrity for too long, in ALL of their artistic endeavors: music, books, movies etc. I don’t understand why are some people saying this is a bad series of books, or even a movie based on the author’s beliefs? I shouldn’t have to go thru the list of American classic novels or award winning works, and their authors and list off all their religions. They would be too many to count and it should not be an issue.

Edgar Allen Poe – Atheist
Mark Twain – thought to be Presbyterian although wrote the anti-religious book “The Mysterious Stranger”
Ray Bradbury – Atheist
E.M. Forester – Railed passionately against the church
Aldous Huxley – Humanist
J.D. Salinger – Known as Hindu although dabbled in Buddism, Scientology, Christian Science and Homeopathy
George Orwell – Agnostic and especially disliked churches
Leo Tolstoy – Rejected the church and is known as being a Rationalist

Should we also then seclude authors who are alcoholics? Hemingway and Faulkner for example. Or authors who committed suicide?? Or any other thing we want to classify and judge as a sin for that matter?

Furthermore, spam emails are not authority. Shouldn’t we want to be educated? Read or see the information for ourselves and then make the decision?? Education is power, not blind following – or becoming sheeple. (Sheep + People = Sheeple) We must think and decide for ourselves, that is the power of free will. Shouldn’t Christians have learned from the emails to boycott Disney?!?!? Seriously, it didn’t work then why do you think it will work now?

Shouldn’t parents use this movie as a means to talk about religion, atheism, and diversity of the world with their children?? So that instead of teenagers and adults that have been overly sheltered going into the world and having overload, they know already what they believe and why. Wouldn’t that be better? The world is too small these days and diverse to live inside a bubble. If there is a God, he then created all this diversity for a reason and it should not be excluded just because it’s different.

Then there’s the fact I work in TV and have dabbled in film. I know with great certain that rarely does the writer’s true intentions become the final product of a film. There are too many people to go through. For instance networks, executives, directors, screenplay writers, editors, producers all put their spin on the story. Does this mean any movie that someone works on that believes something other than what we believe we should not go to??

All this to say, please don’t think all Christians eat these kind of emails up. There are many of us that don’t. And please decide for yourself!!!

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Chuck and Larry

July 24, 2007 at 4:08 pm (babbling, movies, religion) (, , )

Last night Sam and I ventured to the AMC at Universal Citywalk with our friends Natalie #2 and her husband Andrew to see “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

I typically enjoy Adam Sandler, and was in need of a good laugh. Overall the theatre was nice: HUGE plushy seats, free refills for those glutenous moments, nice size screen, the audience was respectful. It was a theatre I will feel comfortable going back to, unlike other AMCs in the city…but that’s another discussion. I enjoyed the movie, and think it was a fun date out.

This blog is about the horrible sinking sensation I felt in my stomach at a certain part in the film. Our heroes have gone to an AIDS benefit costume party. At the conclusion of the party they step outside to be hounded by a group of right-winged Christians. I myself am a Socialist and Christian. I know there are other Christians out there who behave in this manner. I have been fortunate to grow up in Toronto, Canada and now live in LA where that behavior is rare. This scene made me so sad. As a Christian you are called to love, and not to judge. For people to behave this way makes me ashamed. Yet I don’t know what to do about it. It makes me not want to tell people I’m a Christian at all. And it makes me cheer when our heroes finally punch the silly man with the ice cold heart.

The only saving point for me, in the film was near the end when the “pastor” says something to the effect of: I now pronounce you husband and husband, by the great Provence of Ontario, which is in Canada and has not had the closed minded views that our neighbor to the South has.

I have gay and lesbian friends and co-workers. I love them all, and I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the injustice and cruelty they’ve had to undergo. And I beg of you, please do not judge all Christian’s by the actions of a few.

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