Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The love bugs have landed. Well, some of them have landed, most are still circling the field looking for a place to die happy. They’re everywhere. My daily 30 min walk around the neighborhood may have to be done inside on the treadmill for the next few days.

I had a dream this morning about rescuing a newborn fawn whose mother had abandoned him. I was at a cabin in the woods trying to get in touch with a park ranger, then when I finally did, I couldn’t tell him how to get to where I was. I was afraid he would die because I didn’t have anyway to feed him. Gus was curious about the pitiful creature, Jay-Jay was afraid of him. The baby deer tried to stand, but his legs were so wobbly, he fell. I knew I shouldn’t have watched Jeff Corwin yesterday.

GC06 is getting down to the nitty-gritty of committee work, resolutions, and budget funding. A couple of the websites I was using for news seem to have been sabotaged, or maybe it is just my computer. There is definitely something wrong. The little bit of news I got looked like the Trads are better organized and more forceful than the Progs. I hope that’s not right, and it’s too soon to tell what the final score will be. God still works in mysterious ways.

It’s not the Traditionalists themselves that I dislike, it’s their bent toward legalism that bothers me. Their idolization of “Pope” Paul the Apostle and a select few of his antiquated teachings scares me. Rather than take his time and culture into consideration, they want to impose those standards on today’s culture. They want to make it the new law. As much as Paul taught against that very thing, still they believe that only with a set of rules carved in stone can they “save” the church from the “new thing” the Spirit empowers. I just don’t believe Paul can be pleased, if he has nothing better in heaven to do than watch the coverage of this meeting, that some of our leaders have reverted to playing the Scribes’ and Pharisees’ roles. Rather than believe what Paul said to the Galations - You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise, they refute it by saying, “Yes, race matters, gender matters, status matters. We are not all the same in God’s eyes. We know better, we act better, and we are better qualified than these others.” It seems a most unChristian stance to take.

This whole idea of outside authority meddling into our bedrooms bothers me, whether it’s the government, the church, or anybody else. How would we heterosexuals like it if sex for any reason other than procreation were outlawed? A case for that can be made from the Bible, too. And why shouldn’t they? If some are arrogant enough to believe that they know the mind of God just by the Holy Writ from centuries past, what’s to stop them from turning the clock back on our bedroom activities? Isn’t that what we’ve accused the Muslims of trying to do? How is this so different?

I happen to believe that the Holy Spirit did some important work 3 years ago in Minneapolis when Gene Robinson was ordained Bishop. Like Peter, those deputies were asked to step out of the boat and do something that had not been done before. It was a frightening proposition. Do we keep our eyes on Jesus and continue to walk on water, or do we look back at the safety of the boat and sink?

Loving, caring relationships cannot and should not be legislated against. Homosexuality is not to blame for the demise of heterosexual marriage, except in those rare cases where one partner realizes he/she is happier with someone of the same sex than the opposite sex. That happens very rarely. I pray God’s blessings on those who come to a fuller knowledge of what it means to be created in God’s image, which, from my reading of the Bible, seems very androgynous to me (Androgynous: blending masculine and feminine: neither male nor female in appearance but having both conventional masculine and feminine traits and giving an impression of ambiguous sexual identity)


Zoilus said...

Yeah, according to my Shakespeare prof, there are at least five different "genders" in existence, not to mention the whole gamut of GLBT etc. And who can forget the golden rule?

You want to preserve marriage, outlaw divorce.

C. J. Garrett said...

I guess you got settled in Asheville, huh? What's new with you? Have you read any of the reports or blogs from GC06? There seem to be some traditionalists who are itching to pull out of ECUSA. They've been dissatisfied ever since women started being ordained. I hope it's a very small minority.

Zoilus said...

I haven't really kept up with it, but I'm sure they're kicking up sand (as they always have). Hopefully the church will still be standing when I get back to Memphis next year (Calvary, that is).

Nothing much new here. We have a new boss and a new way of doing things, which adds up to even MORE work. Of course, we're being paid more, too, and it's only for six weeks, so I think I can survive. This, too, shall pass.

Otherwise, I have LOTS of new toys available in my classroom. It's like a dream come true. I've just been smiling pretty much since we got here.