Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SEX GOD...Chapter 1

Some thoughts on chapter one, I have been very impressed by Rob's style of writing, it's a fresh way of brining his idea's through stories shaping them with scriptures and experiences, like a clear refreshing drink of water that is not too much or too little. This is how I have felt about the first chapter of SEX GOD entitled: God wears lipstick, in this chapter Rob talks about moments of Hell on earth, he shares story of concentration camps as found in the diary of Lieutenant Colonel Mercin Willet Gonin of the British Army, he talks about loss of humanity where people were no longer humans, they were dying lumps of flesh with numbers to identify them. Rob from there takes it to the subject of bearing the image of God, and the value and the divine spark that resides in every single human being: "Everybody, everywhere. Bearers of the divine image."

Rob speaks of todays situations of making people - that, instead of him or her, the loss of humanity in how we treat others, the words we assign people, the moments of hell that we perpetuate or look the other way on here on earth... Rob's asserts that the loss of humanity is not only in those that are abused, forgotten, avoided, there is a loss in those that cause this pain as well, that both parties are effected and something is lost...Rob talks about the "gouge out your eye" parable, pointing out that " His [Jesus'] point is that something serious - something hellish- happens when people are treated as objects, and we should resist at all costs." Rob continues to say that "if we don't love our neighbor, something happens to us..." There is something human lost in us when we forget to love others, when we forget about the divine image in others.

I really liked where Rob went in this chapter, about moments/glimpses of hell on earth there are also moments/glimpses of heaven as well, in fact to be Christian is to work for the new humanity, to love the fellow image-bearers...

"A church exists to be a display of the new humanity. A community of people who honor and respect the poor and rich educated and uneducated and Jew and Gentile and black and white and old and young and powerful and helpless as fully human, created in the image of God."

4 comments:

Jessica said...

I wish I had read this book before the Sunday School on sexuality... I think it's significant that Bell begins his book with a discussion on de-humanization - a topic that is critical to sexual ethics.

Kristin said...

By the title alone this books looks really interesting. I'll look forward to hearing whatever else you have to say about it.

Old man from Senior hockey wrapup said...

I'd like to tell three stories if I may.... the first one i will tell first, followed by the second story... I would like to save my last story for the end...

So I tied a rooster to a small carriage, then POOF! it turned into a turkey and ran away into the woods.... I didn't get a lickin' that night, but my father had a more creative form of punishment....

Thank you and goodnight!

Paul Morgun said...

Jesse thank you for that reminder of a banquet that will always be remembered as a pinnacle of our relationship... :)