An important Christian figure – Carl Hengry dies at 90
I picked up the latest issue of RELEVANT Magazine and found interesting spot on a new church. Seems as though those into “body modification” needed their own church. The group seeks “to teach acceptance, safety and variety of body modification (such as tattoos, piercings, implants, brandings, suspension, scarification, cutting, etc.” (Nov/Dec 2003, p.9)
Allegedy body manipulation “strengthens the bond between mind, body and soul and ensure spiritual wholeness.”
Seems like a twist on some sort of Platonic notion of bringing the body into submission to the spirit/soul. I think the better source of strength to bond mind, body and soul is Jesus, the Christ. Dallas Willard has an article on the necessity of activity in the devlopment of the soul for the follower of Christ. Check it out – Spiritual Formation: What is it, and How is it done?
I mentioned an article in a previous post. I wanted to put an excerpt up that really set me to thinking …
In the Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis argues that the major problem plaguing young people is not exuberant emotionalism, but â??cold vulgarity.â? When we teach children to be exceedingly wary of emotions, we are not preventing them from being duped by those who would take advantage. Instead we are preparing them to eat up anything because they are emotionally emaciated. The best defense against emotional gullibility is to teach the proper place for excitement. But in our fear of emotionalism, many churches have abandoned that ground, leaving the cinema as the surrogate to school our childrenâ??s feelings. And the kids are lining up around the block for lessons. The Dramatic Desire.
I recall a line from this book by Lewis as he referred to “men without chests.” He describes nuetering a gelding and then bidding him reproduce. He said this is what happens when we take the moral filter away and then ask for morality.
These two thoughts taken together help underscore much of the fascination with horror flicks and some young peoples foray into indulgent body peircing. Reminds me of the song from Nine Inch Nails redone by Johnny Cash titled, “Hurt.”
I should reflect on this a bit more.
One of the great tensions for people of faith is truth-telling/truth-sharing. We make an appeal to “telling the truth in love” when we decapitate. Oops! Only meant to inform not annhilate. I came across a paragraph in a book about life and writing by Anne Lamott. She shares,
“I told the young woman, in front of the class, that it had taken guts to say what she had said. Later she sought me out and asked if I thought she was a monster. I told her I thought she’d been very honest, and that this was totally commendable, but that you don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it, too.” (Bird by Bird,p.156)
We do not like taking the time to develop a sensitivity for the person – we favor being right above all else. Very hard to talk about faith and following Christ to someone you have just be-headed!