Note: This is a long ramble so be advised if you’re short on time.
As a writer I am always looking at things from the perspective of creativity and message. I don’t really have the same views as a lot of people or pastors for that matter. I have told people many times that the truth is not tradition so many times in one form or another that I feel like a broken record, if anyone knows what a broken record is anymore. I will never be the guy that conforms his views to whatever anyone believes simply because the majority believes it and that is reflected in my writing to a great degree.
This blog was never formed to be a Christian belief reinforcement site. You will never find here a defense of orthodox or traditional doctrines unless those doctrines do conform to what I think the Bible actually says. This is also not a blog that plays it safe. In my life, I play it safe when it comes to my ministry and family because there are things around which people’s opinions can have an effect. Writing and Reading (as in what I read) are exceptions to this rule. Before blogging my writing was pretty private. I had a few journals of stuff I wrote. I would use a word processor program on my older computers and write a story or two. Blogging changed that for me but I made a pretty early decision that I would still write as freely as I would in private even though I was posting to a blog. It is probably in blogging that I came to realize that doing some things without freedom is just not worth a damn. Most things without freedom are actually not worth a damn.
This particular blog I have made sure that this commitment to freedom is paramount and unfortunately that causes a few people to be irate when someone is that free. I mean how the hell can someone be religious and not try to stomp on other people’s freedom? It is a question I have answered by trying very hard not to be religious about my faith and simply letting others ‘be themselves’.
If there is a controversial aspect to this blog, it is the pin-up girls and similar art that I use to set off the Theology Pub posts. Well, that and everything I have written on nudity and sometimes sex over the years. The nudity part has led to some very interesting followers of this blog in the form of Christian (and non-Christian) nudists. Textile Christians seem to have a hard time with those topics. My response has been ‘If you don’t like it; don’t look at it.’ If you disagree with my thoughts give me the argument. Mostly this has led to silence. Either I anticipate questions really well in my posts or when analyzed my logic is pretty very sound but my guess is that pretty much people are too embarrassed to take have a frank and open discussion on nudity or sex.
Getting back to pin-up girls. I like art. I have not always liked art but I have developed a taste for it the more I have lived life. I think my curiosity over art actually started with Francis Shaffer who in one of his books has a discussion of art in Christian context regarding apologetics. I think it was a discussion on the perception of beauty and where that could come from without a God. He references several works of art the descriptions he gives were definitely classic nude paintings or partial nude paintings. It was there that I realized that sometimes being a status quo Christian undercuts your faith or even you ability to defend your faith. Schaffer was not afraid to use nudity as a tool for apologetics and that intrigued me.
My fascination with art started then. I started looking at every painting came across and I discovered two things that I appreciate more than anything in art. Art that tells a story and art that expresses the beauty of the human body. Probably the greatest damage Christians have done to art and to humanity as a whole is to demonize the human body. The human body is a creation of God and it is interesting to note Christians talk about the beauty of God’s creation from the sky to the blades of grass until their blue in the face. People talk of the beauty of certain animals and all the rest of creation but when it comes to the human body you might hear people talk about how wonderful it is but because of false ‘modesty’ you can never behold it. Seeing nakedness might cause you to sin after all.
The problem of course is the lust is not bound by our conventions of dress either from a religious or cultural standpoint. Lust certainly exists in communities were a woman must wear a full dress and a bonnet to cover her head. No amount of covering up will stop a man or woman from lusting, if that is their temptation that they give into. Lust dwells in the heart of those that give into lustful thoughts and no amount of clothing will stop that. I submit that winning the battle against lust has nothing to do with avoidance but acceptance of the human body as a wonderful creation of God and that through that acceptance we can see each other as human beings rather than objects. It is when the humanity of the human body is seen as humanity that we win that battle. Other wise even when we are ‘trying to avoid temptation’ we find ourselves objectifying the people we avoid to avoid temptation. The woman or man is no longer a human being, she or he is an object we must avoid because we have a problem with lust. By accepting the humanity of the human body they possess, we restore them back to being human.
Pin ups are a form of art that combines the two elements I love in art. A beautiful portrayal of the human body and art that tells as story. Story is used in broad context here as pin ups can portray something as little as an emotional feeling but they can also tell a story in microcosm. The woman laying naked on a beach looks to see a dog stealing her clothes tells a story of both the woman and what has transpired before and what will likely transpire after the clothes are stolen and she has to chase the dog. The sight of a nude woman running over the beach to get her clothes back from a mischievous dog I have used several times in my Theology Pub posts to illustrate the folly of cultural modesty in certain contexts. The story is always there although it is sometimes harder to spot than other times. There is always a story though with an appropriate lesson or moral. Which is why I use them with the Theology Pub because they are similar in that respect.
The Theology Pub posts are story but they are story with hidden meaning. The pin-up portrays a pretty girl or woman with a hidden story. My Pub posts are a stories with hidden meanings. That is why they go together an why I will not stop using them or even start being apologetic for doing so. My personally belief is that Christians need to grow up when it comes to the human body and stop being embarrassed and giggly middle school kids. How many people work the medical profession that have to see nudity every day and be mature about it? Why can’t this be the Christian world as well? Sigh.
I guess I did all that to tell everyone if you are offended by what I post or the pictures I use to set them off; either don’t come here or get over it. You don’t have to look, nor do you have to read them. However, if I felt that way myself, I would have to ask myself how I became so self-righteous that I cannot take something that opposes my view on something and honestly and prayerfully consider it. Just a thought.
No Rundown this week. I have already taken up a ton of your time and thank you for reading.
Blessings and Cheers!!!