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Savage Attacks

Dan Savage

Photograph by 4Salcia, taken at the University of Western Ontario’s “It Gets Better” presentation.

The media is all in a frenzy about Dan Savage’s recent comments at a journalism conference, where he was speaking about his anti-bullying initiative, The “It Gets Better” Project, and his work as a spokesperson for the LGBT community. The story, in a nutshell: Dan Savage remarked on the parts of Leviticus most Christians ignore (like prohibitions on shellfish and menstrual intercourse), he used some profanity in referencing them, and a bunch of Christians in the audience staged a protest and walked out. Now the right-leaning, anti-gay community is lamenting that Savage is totally fine with bullying, as long as it’s Christians being bullied instead of gays.

“It’s amazing that we go to an anti-bullying speech and one group of students is picked on in particular, with harsh, profane language,” said high-school teacher Rick Tuttle, quoted on socially conservative LifeSite News. Commenters from the same site describe Savage as irrational, aberrant, depraved, fake, mentally ill, morally degenerate, pathetic, psychopathic, and blasphemous.

Now that’s a point that I feel like I need to challenge.

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The O Word

Saul confronts Samuel about his disobedient behaviour.

Image via the Augustin Sundar blog.

The inspiration to write about this came from an article I read on Answers in Genesis, a Christian fundamentalist creationist website. The author, Don Landis, explains why Christians need to live under God’s authority and teach others to do likewise: “The New Testament writer James makes it clear that God wants more than lip service. God wants obedience.” He then tells the story of Saul, who lost his kingdom because he didn’t do as God commanded:

In the end, Samuel informs Saul that this sin will cost him his kingdom. “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king.” Our actions—or non-actions—have consequences. […] Samuel turns to Saul and says that, just as Saul has torn his coat, God will tear Saul’s kingdom from him.

What a consequence! What a clear illustration for all of us! Obedience to the Word of the Lord, not just in general terms but in every detail, is very important to our God.

Obedience! Up until around the fifties and early sixties, parents surveyed said that this was one of the top five most important traits they wanted to instill in their children. It was widely believed that good parents produced an obedient child, respectful to his elders and accepting of parental authority. Upon reaching adulthood, that respect for authority would translate to obedience in the workplace for men, and obedience to a husband for women.

Ah, the good old days.

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