Lazy-day Link-a-palooza: Radical Living, Barbie Reconsidered, Illegal Sugar, Modesty, and Bullying

by Camille on July 9, 2013

How I wish I had time to do a Link-a-palooza every day! There’s just so much good writing out there right now. I resonate deeply with many of these right now, and I hope you enjoy them too. I mean, the sweets-addict in me is seriously concerned about the sugar regulation. I can’t argue with the logic, but oh dear God, not my cupcakes! You’ll find that and more serious fare below. All are thought-provoking, so feel free to share in the comments. 🙂

What If Jesus is Saying It’s OK to Pay For Things That Are Against Your Religion? (Since You Probably Always Are) from Rachel Marie Stone

“Render unto Caesar” applies here. Whose image is on that dollar bill? Uncle Sam’s. So give unto Uncle Sam what belongs to Uncle Sam. And, yes, whether at home or abroad, Uncle Sam will probably use your dollar bills to pay for things that contradict something your religion teaches. My understanding of my religion includes the importance of caring for the earth and not taking human life, but my taxes subsidize oil companies, fund unjust wars, and pay for the injections used in the execution of people on death row.

When You’re Done with Pundits, Soul Wrestling, 7 Looking at the Sky: (25 Things I Learned from Staying with Katie Davis) from Ann Voskamp

I look at Katie. Radical isn’t as much about where you move – but about looking into the face of Jesus – and letting Him move you where you are. He may move you to Africa – or across the street. But if the love of Christ moves you – it will move you out into the world. He will move you to tear down gates.

Taking Back Eden from Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary

Jesus stands on the side of the broken, the outcast, the scandalous. He sees us at the very core of creation, naked and unashamed, meant to walk in a garden now locked to humanity. He sees us, hungry for knowledge and starved for love, eating from the first tree in front of our faces, plucking the fruits of deceit and selfish ambition, snacking on lust, stuffing ourselves with greed, sucking away at vanity. And still He comes to us without condemnation – without shame.

A Case for Regulating Sugar Like Alcohol from Megan Garber

Substances like alcohol are regulated according to four criteria. For a government to take that big step on behalf of its citizens, a substance must:

1. Be ubiquitous

2. Be toxic

3. Be addictive

4. Have a negative impact on society

There is, according to Robert Lustig, a substance that fits the bill times four — save for the fact that it is not currently regulated. And that is sugar.

Artist Shows What Barbie Would Look Like As an Average Woman from Drew Weisholtz

If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well. Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good. If there’s even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”

 What Our Daughters (and Sons) Need to Know About Modesty from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

I was at a church once where a teenage girl was asked to change the way she dressed because some of the older men in the congregation were being tempted by her sweet summery dresses. The young lady was both livid and ashamed. There is something wrong when the young woman in that scenario is shamed and asked to change but the older men aren’t called to repentance, accountability and self control.

Bottom line? You are not responsible for another person’s choice to violate you; whether with his mind or his eyes or his heart or his hands. None of it is your fault. Ever.

In which we do it anyway from Sarah Bessey

Ireneus wrote that the glory of God is man fully alive, and we all need you to be fully alive for your life. It will matter in the world, more than you can imagine or dream perhaps, a ripple effect going on and on, touching the other shore, but it will also matter because you matter. You bear the image of God.

So stop asking whether or not anyone wants it or needs it, and simply do it because you were made to do it, because it makes you fully alive to do it, because you are working out what God has already worked in, because it matters, because you are called to the ministry of reconciliation, because the seeds might just catch and someday, perhaps, you’ll sit by the banks of river under the spreading branches of a tree of righteousness.

Modesty: I Don’t Think It Means What You Think It Means from Rachel Held Evans

The truth is, a man can choose to objectify a woman whether she’s wearing a bikini or a burqa. We don’t stop lust by covering up the female form; we stop lust by teaching men to treat women as human beings worthy of respect.

If my son or daughter were gay… from Rachel Held Evans

So if I harp on this topic more than you would like, it’s because I’m rooting for this generation and I long for them to find a place in the Church. There have been too many secrets, too many bruises, too many suicides, and too many broken families already. Let’s be careful with our words, our assumptions, and our attitudes. What makes the gospel offensive isn’t who it casts out, but who it lets in, and the true mark of our holiness as a Church is in how well we love the least of these. 

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