I’ve noticed since I’ve been in Israel that Jews avoid saying or writing the name of God. They call him HaShem (the name) or Elohim. When writing in Hebrew, they use השם, אלהים. In English, G-d. I understand that they do this out of respect. However, I have a different way of showing respect. First of all, I don’t shy away from using God’s many names in praise and worship. Second of all, I capitalize pronouns related to God. For example, He, Him, You, Who. I do this as a way of setting Him apart and showing respect. You may think that both the Jewish and Christian way of saying and writing God’s name are correct. However, I find the Jewish way offensive. Consider how curse words are censored. Symbols are used in place of letters in an attempt to make the word more appropriate. Why would anyone censor God’s name the way cuss words are censored? Since when is censoring showing respect for the word? Additionally, people use words in place of cuss words so they don’t seem as bad. Some people argue that using these words is as bad as cursing because they use them to have the same meaning as the curse words. Thus, how is saying HaShem different from saying God, when you are referring to God? Conversely, capitalization is a sign of respect. Important words are often capitalized for emphasis and out of reverence. Capital pronouns were even used for royalty. Also, saying God’s name is a form of praise and worship, not blasphemy and disrespect. One way I show respect for God is by using His many names when I sing to Him. In doing so, I am recognizing His sovereignty and His character. In conclusion, why would anyone treat God’s good name like a bad word? Like good words, God’s name should be used and glorified.
In response to today’s court ruling legalizing gay marriage in the U.S., I’d like to share my opinion. God loves everyone. No exceptions. That being said, he doesn’t love our sin. Think of it this way: God feels the same way about sinners as we do about burgers that give us indigestion. He loves them but He doesn’t love what they do. Homosexuality is a sin. The Bible says so. It was homosexuality that led to the demise of Sodom and Gomorrah. Just because the homosexuals are celebrating sin doesn’t mean we should stop loving them. If anything, it means we should love them more. They need us to show them the love of God. If we go on persecuting them, then they’ll go on believing that God is a God of hatred. That’s not true. God wants us to love homosexuals just as he does. As I’m typing this, I’m sitting in a room with a gay guy who I have come to know over the past few weeks. He is a very kind man. He has a wonderful personality. Being gay doesn’t make him any less amazing. We all sin. None of us should be identified by our sin. Imagine having to constantly wear a sticker with your biggest sin on it. Imagine being called by that sin. Would you like that? No. Then why is it that we look at homosexuals and only think ‘gay?’ They are so much more than that! They have personalities! They have talents and passions! Just like the rest of us. The only difference is that they wear their sin on their sleeve, without realizing it’s a sin. Our job is not to point out that sin and terrorize them for it. No! Our job is to show them God’s love. However, God does want us to confront them about their sin. Galatians 6:1 says, “If someone is caught in any sin, you as a follower of Christ should restore that person with a gentle spirit.” Gentle spirit. Do it with love! Not condemnation! I will admit that I have had a bitter attitude towards homosexuals in the past. Except I see now that won’t change anything. Love will. God’s love will.
I received an anonymous message today on my tumblr inquiring about my thoughts on Bruce Jenner becoming a women. My response was as follows:
The Christian Examiner published an article on Thursday centered around the opinion of a women I go to church with. She is very open about what she believes on the matter, and she knows that her opinion is not widely accepted. But she went ahead and said it anyway. And I’m glad she did, because someone had to.
I saw this guy in one of my classes who is probably 17 or 18 reading 50 Shades of Grey. I heard him talking about how he never wanted to put it down because it was like a movie. He said it was so descriptive that you could picture it in your mind. One of the girls near him asked him if there was a story or if it was all sex scenes. He said there was a plot but he just wanted to breeze thought the plot and get to the sex scenes. If all that wasn’t horrifying enough to me, he also said that he wanted to be like Christian Grey. When I heard that I literally zoned out and was no longer aware of what was going on in class. I stared blankly at the door and said a silent prayer that that kid would not end up being like Christian Grey. It’s so sad that there are young people reading this book and getting these ideas in their heads. Girls read it and long for their own Christian Grey, and guys read it and aspire to be Christian Grey. No one should want that. As far as I know, there is something in the book called the Red Room of Pain. Sexy right? No! Who wants that? Who voluntarily wants to be harmed by their partner? I’ve heard of some really kinky stuff happening in that room. Stuff that is not only against the Bible, but is also against what many people see to be okay. If it weren’t for this book, the inappropriate treatment of women during sex wouldn’t be so widespread. What was before seen as disgusting is now seen as sexy. I don’t get it! I, personally, would not want to be treated like Ana is in the book. If my husband tried treating me like that, I’d kick him to the curb (or at least the couch). I know I’m young and don’t have any experience in the field of sex; however, I blame the public school system and the people in it, I do know more than I need, or want, to know about it. I know enough to know that women deserve to be treated better than that. They should be treated like a treasure to be cherished, not a slave to be used. Who wants to be used? Isn’t love far greater than lust? Isn’t gentle far greater than rough? I would think so. Another thing that bothers me is how they classify this type of book. It’s called ‘erotica.’ In all actuality, it’s porn. Straight up porn. Just because it has a plot doesn’t mean it’s any better than porn. It is classified as soft porn which I find quite strange. If something as rough and descriptive and violent as 50 Shades is soft porn then I fear what hard porn is. This just really disturbs me. Another thing is the movie posters up in the theaters. Little kids walk out of seeing Annie or Paddington and see these suggestive posters with captions like ‘Curious?,’ ‘Mr. Grey will see you now,’ and ‘We aim to please.’ Little kids shouldn’t be exposed to those innuendos. On the bright side, I think the trailer only accompanies PG-13 or R movies. That way, not as many children will see it. But still, this whole phenomenon deeply disturbs me. Now porn is going to be on the big screen. I fear what’s next for this world. I really do.