"What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote
in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes
his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'."
- Robert A. Heinlein

In Roman times, free Bread and Circuses entertained the masses. I hope you find your time
here both entertaining and informative.

Monday, September 19, 2005

I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them!

Seeing as I haven't posted much recently, I went digging through old writings and came up with this. The news it is based on is old, but the underlying theme is timeless. The original news stories can be found here:

AIDs Scare Shuts Down Porn Films
Porn Again

"O Daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed..."

"While surfing the usual news sites one day earlier last week, CNN, Drudge, Ananova, etc, I noticed an intriguing article. I began following the story as it developed, and felt compelled to respond.

"See, apparently there has been an outbreak on HIV/Aids in the adult film industry in California. So far two porn actors have tested positive, and about 75% of the industry has shut itself down in a voluntary quarantine, ceasing production until further testing can be completed.

"Now the first reaction of many Christians probably ran something like this.

"'Well, it’s about time. The Almighty is punishing them for their wicked commerce. Isn’t it great that He’s found a way to shutdown porn when all our political efforts have failed. Besides, we all know that God invented AIDs to punish immorality...'

"In fact, an article on crosswalk.com showcased the situation, quoting a group called Morality in Media saying that such an outbreak was inevitable. The article went on to catalogue the fight conservative Christians have been waging against the adult film industry.

"Upon considering such things, I’m sure evangelical Christians were immediately filled with a sense of satisfaction, a sense of victory, of self-righteous “I-told-you-so”s. An almost psalmist sense of glee at the destruction of the evildoer.

"And we’d be dead wrong.

"Upon further reflection, I realized just how un-Christian those thoughts were. Here we have two people, who have just received a death sentence, and are (presumably) facing the fear of death without knowing the saving grace of Christ. Christ sees no distinction between sinners, Saul the Pharisee is no cleaner than Lara Roxx, porn star.

"Instead, we should take this opportunity to pray for those who are affected by this terrible event. Pray that God would use this to call them from their sinful lifestyles and bring them to Him. Remember that God’s grace covers a multitude of sins, and that there is none righteous, not even one. They are just as (un)deserving of Christ’s grace, and yet just as infinitely loved by the Father. If I’m wrong, then let him without sin throw the first stone."


Michaela said...

Great post!! I actually have been running into this a lot, at Church and among Christian acquaintances. People have actually said that God sent Katrina to New Orleans because of the Gay Pride parade that week.

It is so contrary to Reformed thinking to believe that sinners in New Orleans, LA are worse than those in Toledo, OH. To use a couple good liberal terms...it's ARROGANT and COMPLACENT.

Vigilante Clowns of Justice said...

Cause every other major city in America hasn't had a gay pride parade...