Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Dawn Patrol:Planned Parenthood's Clerical Error

The Dawn Patrol has a great commentary on The Religious Institute of Sexual Justice and Healing. At first I thought that this was just a new name for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Sadly that group still exists as well. I'm kind of surprised PP doesn't support them as well (perhaps it is the stylized cross and manorah in its logo that offends PP).
So now we know that there are at least two organizations for those who cannot come to grips with the fact that faith systems require self discipline at some point. At one of the last annual conferences I attended, a proposal for a youth program that celebrates abstinance. Yes, it was being debated. Now most of the nonsense like we see from RISJH and RCRC comes from clergy who are trying to be "relevant". Sadly that is not the case. During the course of the debate, a lay member of conference got up and said...and I'll never forget these words, "I am afraid this will sending the message what we value abstinance more and I fear for the feelings of those who have made other choices".
Well the number of speeches for the program had been exhausted which prevented her from hearing, "There is no intent to make anybody feel that they have no value as a person. However, the Christian faith demands the highest ideals in our personal morality. Yes, those who fall short are to be reconciled, but not at the expense to throw out the idea that we should strive to make our lives the purest that we can to honor our Savior."
There is a move in the Christian community that believes that the church should be a place of warm fuzzies. At times, yes. However, that does not mean that it should not make us uncomfortable when we need to be made so. One of the greatest dangers to personal faith is comfort in all things.

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