For as much as the past days have felt like I was looking through a lens that caused everything to seem blurry, I finally have that same feeling that you get at the eye doctor’s, when they finally click to the correct lens for you, and the infamous “How about now?” is finally answered with a “Yes! Yes, that’s much better!”
As I wrestled and attempted to sort things out, I discovered that, for me, the topics that I mentioned yesterday that have been swirling around the blogosphere have sort of snowballed and morphed into one big, tangled ball of yarn, and in order to fairly and accurately process them, they need to be broken down into bite-sized pieces, and addressed individually. So here we go.
Today I will simply address the latest ‘hot topic’ buzzing around the Christian corners of the Net…Beyonce’s performance at the Super Bowl. While some are vehemently defending the display, still other Christians have begged the question why this even needs to be talked about. For them, it is quite clear…it was impure and lustful, end of discussion. And I understand, and on some levels could almost easily and readily agree. It would be the easy thing to do, that’s for sure.
However, again…if our aim in our culture is to do more than stick our heads in the sand and “hang on, while the world goes to hell in a handbasket”…if we want to actually have influence in our world in the direction of redemption… then we must be willing to engage, understand and delve into the issues our society faces.
Unfortunately, the stark reality is, we have so lost our bearings as a sex-soaked society, that we are really far beyond giving ‘pat’, black-and-white answers. They are unhelpful, and seem trite. They ignore the real stories, the real hurts and the real injustices that are at the root of what drives people, and our society in general. In order to offer anything right, healthy, or healing…we must first understand what is wrong, hurting or broken.
We can’t claim to offer a solution if we don’t actually understand the problem.