Friday, July 28, 2006

Attacking Lebanon?

Dave Black has written a short essay on how the church imitates the world in the way it "hires" leaders. A constant thread in Dave's writing is the importance of localism and attachment to place. Dave understands implicitly that the rootlessness of 21st century American life (of which I am in many ways a prime example, unfortunately) isolates us even more from the truth of Christian redemption. (Dave has also written recently about what he has learned from gardening). If you aren't already, visit the blog regularly.

I can't believe I missed the International Christian Retail Show. Flip-flops that leave the message "Follow Jesus" in the sand, golf balls with Bible verses, and "Scripture Candy." All in the name of fulfilling the Great Commission. "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name."

Are Americans going into Lebanon? Maybe THAT'S where Saddam hid those nasty WMDs!

This women is bored to tears by her kids. How sad. I recently read a book called Love and Economics by Jennifer Roback Morse. Here is one quote:

As for the claims that freeing women from the drudgery of child care frees them to do productive and satisfying work, these claims are packed with hidden assumptions. Not all work in the market is really so glamorous and fulfilling. Instead of an intelligent and educated woman staying home to enrich a few members of the next generation, she is stuck in a law office doing house closings and title searches. Instead of introducing her own children to great literature and world history, she is stuck in a university office, grading a pile of illegible midterms written by other people's children. The work of providing direction and guidance to young people requires knowledge and intelligence far more subtle than a great many jos in the paid labor force.

2 Comments:

Blogger David McCrory said...

John Ransome Crowe called it, "an inherited way of living". Attachment to faith, family and firmament is what the Christian faith expressed incarnationaly is all about. These ideas weren't even questioned a few generations ago.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Did Americans ever practice this "inherited way of living?" Seems to me that in some respects, Americans have always been about moving west, that the stench of the ideology of Progress has always served as a fundamental presupposition.

In any case, the big market--along with big government, big churches, and big media--has all but destroyed localism. If conservatives, properly defined, have any purpose, it ought to be beginning to reconnect to one's place and people and ditch the abstractions that have enslaved us.

7:47 AM  

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