Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Coming Revolution

This book is useless. Let me get that out of the way at the beginning. It's completely not worth reading.

Before I explain what's wrong with this book, you have to know what's wrong with this author. Richard G. Lee is a particular kind of conservative Christian; he believes that the United States of America is an exceptional entity that has been led with a light from above since the beginning. He's the guy behind the American Patriot's Bible, which is a horrific publication that dilutes the Bible with American nationalistic drivel. The combination is nothing short of blasphemy.

The Coming Revolution is a similarly problematic work that suggests that, since the United States has supposedly always championed a Judeo-Christian ethic, that if we all gang up together and take some sort of stand, we can return this alleged ethic to the forefront of our society.

This work and this author are completely wrong. The United States has never, at any point in its history, looked like Christ. What about some of the other parts of our past? How about the way we got rich off of slavery? What about manifest destiny? Remember the revolutionary war where we killed lots of image-bearers over unfair taxes? (Maybe Christians should organize an army and attack Washington.) What about all the people who have had to die for our ideals? We've done some horrible things in the name of Christ.

The USA was not a decidedly "Christian" nation in its founding and was Christians need to remember which kingdom they serve and be about God's business along the way, not through legislation and political activism, but through living and loving in the image of Christ. I don't particularly want a return to manifest destiny, slavery, and bloodshed.

Friday, May 11, 2012

father hunger: a review

Though my rating is 1-star, there is something I like about this premise. Families do need their fathers. The epidemic of abandonment by fathers, those who leave completely or are withdrawn, is killing our children, sons and daughters. It's causing women to be over-taxed, over-burdened, and over-functioning.

Unfortunately, the patriarchal base of this author overshadows any upside of the book, and is its greatest flaw. Wilson needs to actually be calling men out of tyranny into a relationship of mutual love and submission with their wives and a male example free of uneasy male dignity and "machoness."

Wilson instead reaffirms tired old patriarchal gender roles and calls men to "man up" and be all the traditional manly things.

Additionally, he repeatedly asserts that Christian egalitarians are uncomfortable with gender distinctions, which is completely untrue. Egalitarians support men and women using the gifts they have been given as individuals in the family and society. For that reason, husbands and wives are to submit to one another in accordance with Ephesians 5. Children will benefit from this as they will have an example of how renewed and redeemed creation interacts. They will see that the patriarchy that is still pervasive in culture doesn't fly in God's new creation.

Children that grow up in that sort of household will undoubtedly become much more well-adjusted adults.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

redemption


Redemption is a good read, especially if you are one who likes to read biographies of athletes or who enjoys a good story of redemption.

First, there is lots of insight into what it takes to train for these sorts of things. The day-in-day-out work and character that is required for athletic training is truly inspiring.

Second, and more pertinently, it is a great story about a passionate individual who, despite all his best attempts, found his way into the fold of Christ and full acceptance of faith in the living God. It's a story that parallels the biblical story of a Creator/Redeemer God who is redeeming the cosmos. This, of course, is probably accidental considering the source, but it's intriguing and inspiring nonetheless for the discerning and theologically minded reader.

There were parts that felt a bit contrived, but it is an effective testimony of the relentless pursuit of the Creator. It's certainly worth your time.