The Soapbox

I’ve said this on Facebook, but I’ll say it here too.

I have a bone to pick. It’s called people not feeling safe to say what is on their mind and heart. Some of the strongest people i know feel crushed under the judgement and condemnation they face just for having their own opinions. I’m tired of it, and I know they are.

I’ve given up being hurt by people who don’t agree, and don’t know how to disagree nicely. My security is in Christ. So here’s the deal. Write whatever you want to write, and send it to me at darianbohaty@gmail.com. Tell me what penname you want to use, and I’ll publish your post anonymously. I don’t care what it’s on, or if I agree. I DO care, though, what attitude you write it with. This is not going to be a place for anger, bitterness, or tearing down. But if you have something people should think about, I want people to hear it.

My blog has a substantial, and growing list of followers. This allows me to give them more to read. And let’s you know that your voice will be heard.

So start writing!

And those of you who read, I challenge you to leave the conviction to the Holy Spirit, and the condemnation to the devil. Read in love.

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Context & Hope

Here’s another guest post from the anonymous writer. It has some excellent points:

I believe that many of the New Testament verses used by the church to condemn homosexuality as a sin are not being used with their full context and message. I actually believe this radical statement I have just made; which hopefully by the end of this post, you will not find to be as radical as you do now.

Before I continue, let me first make a quick disclaimer; I am not a historian, nor a Bible scholar. I am simply a student who enjoys research, and I try my best to purse God’s truth in the research that I do. I would encourage you not to simply take my word, but to take what I say and investigate and research the claims I make for yourself.

I will begin with a brief, broad overview of the letters. They were written by Paul to the early church in different cities regarding Christian ethics and theology. In these letters, there are many verses on sexual purity; in which Paul warns and rebukes members of those churches (1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Timothy 1:10, 1 Corinthians 6:9, etc.). Homosexuality is a sin; it is laid out pretty clearly in those verses. The evangelical right has this part down pretty well; not many people would say we a problem with not rebuking people for homosexual behaviors. This analysis, while correct on this facet, falls short of capturing the bigger picture though.

Now this is where it gets interesting; I will examine the historical context present when Paul’s epistles were written. In the Greco-Roman culture he was writing to, homosexual practices were rampant. Homosexual relationships in that time were much different than they are now however. In the cities Paul was writing to most homosexual encounters were between an autonomous adult and someone who “worked” as a prostitute. When I say worked, they didn’t have a choice in the matter; they were slaves essentially.

Sexual slavery, not an overly popular topic in the church now is it? (But given that it still has a presence in our world today, maybe it should be). Those in the church to whom Paul was writing to weren’t looking to marry a partner of the same sex, but rather they were seeking fleeting sinful acts to satisfy their lust.

So where do we miss the mark? I believe we miss the implicit message of hope contained in the verses condemning homosexual behavior. Hope? Hope for whom? Hope for those living as slaves to the lustful whims of these societies. Through the spreading of the gospel and the disciplining of new believers, it would be inevitable that these slaves would be set free as Christianity spread.

How is this relevant to today? The homosexual practices and debates in America today do not involve one party in a state of slavery to the temple of a false religion, but the underlying concepts of hope for the lost still apply.

“Love the sinner, but hate the sin,” is just our nicer way of saying, “Come to Jesus and renounce homosexuality.” Don’t get me wrong, this statement is correct, but I believe it is incomplete. When you apply the implicit message of hope, the message also includes; “Come to Jesus and renounce despair,” and, “Come to Jesus and renounce loneliness.”

Let’s stop using legislation as our primary offensive against homosexuality, and start using Christ’s love. John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”(ESV)

Why I think abortion should be legal

Let’s start with a provocative title. I know this may raise some eyebrows, but I’m in a mood for that, so that’s ok. And I think there needs to be another perspective. Don’t base opinions on ignorance.

On moral grounds, I 100% believe that abortion is murder, and is absolutely wrong. I believe it is taking a human life.

But I want to keep it legal.

Why? Because one out of eight pregnancy related deaths worldwide is from an unsafe abortion. It’s a lucrative business, and Doctors get greedy and sloppy. And it’s a very invasive procedure to begin with. In countries where abortion is illegal, it still happens. It happens more often, in fact. It just happens under the radar. Without government regulations, or any protection against medical malpractice. There’s already an issue of women being hurt; doctors send them in and out sometimes without regard to their health and well-being. I’d rather it remain legal so at the very least it is regulated.

You can’t fix morals by passing a law. Making abortion illegal isn’t going to keep people from getting one. You know what will?

Solutions.

Be the church. There aren’t enough parents for the babies that need adopted. Quit screaming about the ones dying and take care of the living ones. Love the women who don’t know what to do or where to go. Build relationships with someone outside of your little Christian bubble.

Only Christ’s changing power is going to change people’s morals, whether it’s about extra-marital sex, or about abortions. Be God’s love and mercy. He’ll be the justice. If we try and be the justice of God, we’ll fail miserably. If we can let His love shine through us, maybe, just maybe, things will begin to change.

This doesn’t mean saying that darkness is light, or that abortion is ok. But it does mean realizing that dark doesn’t go away if you make it illegal. It goes away when you shine light in.

 

On a practical level, if you want less babies to die, help make birth control more available. It’s ridiculously hard to get if you don’t have medical insurance!