Global Christian Perspectives – January 15, 2016

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Short Discussions / First 30 Minutes

David Bowie has died of cancer at the age of 69. There was a time when he was roundly castigated in some Christian circles for being gay (and then bisexual), for wearing a dress and for anarchic music, which was nonetheless inspirational for a generation or two of young people and a lot of musicians who cite him as an influence. Is it possible for Christians to celebrate his life now?
https://www.facebook.com/AxisOfAwesome/photos/a.410663076651.193617.17043326651/10153128992451652/?type=3&theater
http://www.christianpost.com/news/david-bowie-icon-experimented-christianity-dies-cancer-154623/#VqBupuyDtuXeK3Dd.99

Not too far from that topic is:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/12093949/Tory-MPs-warn-that-Sunday-schools-could-be-banned-from-teaching-that-marriage-is-between-a-man-and-a-woman.html
Of course, here, marriage is no longer between a man and a woman – the statement has shifted between the body of the article and the title from “should be” to “is”…

Linked with that is:-
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidhenson/2016/01/not-dead-yet-saving-sunday-school-by-returning-to-its-justice-roots

In Depth / Second 30 Minutes

Dealing with problems on “our team” be it a political party,  Christians in history (e.g., Inquisition), etc.  There is a tendency to either defend them regardless or immediately cast them out (i.e,  the Inquisition was done by people who were not really Christians.)  But actually accepting and dealing with them is much harder. As I’m somewhat disillusioned with what has traditionally been “my team” from around 1968 until I gave up politics in 2005…

One thought on “Global Christian Perspectives – January 15, 2016”

  1. I categorize this statement by saying that I never was a fan of David Bowie. I always thought that the various characters that he presented on stage were just that, stage characters. So the question of his sexuality is, for me, any way, moot. And I would leave it at that.

    I think that too many people push an agenda that has been created in the past few years but was not presented 2000 years ago. Case in point – “End Times”; the “End Times” are a product of the 19th century and not from Revelation.
    But there was his flirtation with Nazism (which I only read about in the aftermath of life information that came with his death). This was something that Eric Clapton also apparently briefly embraced (by the way, when the day comes that Clapton dies, which is, I hope, a long way off, how will it be treated. After all, here is one of the premier guitarists and musicians of our time and who was spoken of as “God”.)

    What I find the most interesting about David Bowie was that he pushed the boundaries, whether on the subject of race (such as pushing MTV to show more black artists) or just artistic creativity. Wasn’t his last album more jazz than rock and roll or pop?

    Not sure what you all mean by “my team”. I sometimes wonder though if our desire for the changes we sought forty years ago have the same effect today because there is no one “carrying the banner”.

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