Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Wednesday, November 17

Blue-state liberals care about original ideas and critical thinking; we red-state conservatives care about getting right with God

Paul at Paul's Ponderings ponders pleasure: "One of the great lies the human race has believed from the Beginning is that pleasure is found outside of morality. It is this idea that pleasure is found in breaking the rules and living the moment." Morality is a great corral, people; and like many cattle we huddle inside the fences and start imagining that there is pleasure OUTSIDE. This is a lie--as Paul says, one of the great lies that we've believed from the Beginning, which is to say, the Garden of Eden, 6000 years ago. He goes on:

Morality seems to stand in the way of pleasure. Morality tells us not to get drunk or high. Morality tells us that sex should be between a man and a woman, and then only within the bounds of marriage. Morality says to be a servant to other people, even though it sacrifices your personal time and money. Morality seems dull compared to the party. How can pleasure come through doing the right thing?

The trick is, though, to find pleasure in dullness! It's not just morality that says be a servant to other people; it's pleasure too! Morality (I think that's the "it" Paul's talking about) sacrifices your personal time and money, but don't think of it as a sacrifice; think of it as a pleasure! See how that works? If you have homosexual longings, and every time you have sex with your wife (in the missionary position in the total dark no more than once a month) you fantasize about the hard abs and tight buns and raspy cheeks of that tennis instructor down at the club, convince yourself that your truest pleasure comes in the tedium of marital sex with a woman--a woman who happens to be your wife! Don't take pleasure in getting knee-walking drunk and singing Norwegian whaling songs in some seedy sailors' bar while some toothless floozy spends your money; take pleasure in singing hymns in church on a Sunday morning, dressed up in your best clothes and with nowhere in particular to go after the service!

This is the true red-state morality: taking pleasure in life inside the corral! If you can't find pleasure in doing the right thing, over and over, you shouldn't be feeling pleasure at all! That impulse you feel toward novelty, excitement, liberation from the grind is from Satan: suppress it! Think of the grind as the greatest thing of all!

Blue-state liberals hate the family and want to destroy it with equality for women and gay marriage; we red-state conservatives love our families

Desi at Bipolar Diary writes that her depression has been aggravated this last weekend by a bout of bronchitis:

I spend the entire weekend coughing, sleeping and feeling sick. I have acute bronchitis. It looks like it'll take a week before I am back to normal. I missed church and the membership class on Sunday. I was very sick and I didnt go out anywhere. Hmm, so I guess I wont get baptized before Christmas. I guess thats the Lord's will.

I didnt speak with my parents this week. Hubby has disconnected the webcam and doesnt allow me to login to the instant messanger. His rationale - I get more depressed after I speak with my parents. I am not sure not speaking with them is the answer though.

Hang in there, Desi! And remember what Paul wrote to the Ephesians (5:22): "Wives, obey your husbands." Hubby is your head, just as Jesus is the head of the church. If he has made decisions about what you will and will not be allowed to do, don't you start questioning his judgment: he is your Jesus, the head of your household! And above all, don't listen to those carping sneering blue-state liberals who go on and on about how women's depression is caused by this Scriptural submission to their husbands in everything, and that since the women's movement depression--once the number-one complaint among American women--has dropped way down in the statistics of women's disorders. That's just pseudoscience, Desi! It's atheistic Freudianism, not good straight-up Biblical creationism! There is absolutely no way on God's green earth that your husband's concern for your welfare and willingness to make the big decisions about your life is causing your depression! Put that thought right out of your cute little head! After all, remember: your husband is your head!

Redbird at The Light speaks up against the slow destruction of marriage in this fine country of ours:

Hollywood is winning the losing battle - the battle of destroying the insitution of marriage in America. It severely bothers me to watch the news and see another hollywood star getting a divorce or annulment after just a few hours, days, or months. I am married, and I know that marriage takes commitment and work. It is not something to be entered into lightly. I don't believe in pre-nuptial agreements because if you need a pre-marriage contract, then you shouldn't be getting married in the first place. Marriage is meant to be a life-long commitment between a man and a woman. Anything else goes against the designs of God. Unfortunately, a liberal court system and has forced the issue of homosexual marriage upon us all. I will not have morality dictated to me by unelected, unaccountable officials. I voted against homosexual marriage here in Georgia. Besides homosexual marriage, the hollywood sham marriages that take place so often are doing a huge dishonor to the institution of marriage because they are highly visible people that set examples for many people in America. Its sad that they choose to live their lives so openly in defiance of strong morals.

This is good red-state morality, brothers and sisters! It's not just gay marriage that's against God's design--it's divorce, annulments, and prenuptial agreements, too, and the liberal court system that is ramming these things down our throats! Think about it: if it weren't for unelected judges forcing their liberal agenda on America, men and women would get married and stay married till death did them part. They would have no choice but to live their lives in accordance with strong morals! And homosexuals either wouldn't exist or wouldn't think that it's okay to strut their immorality in front of God and everybody. The courts are essentially legislating immoral freedoms, which is to say license--without due representation!

In this connection I can't help but remember the wonderful remark I heard a good conservative woman make in church here in Mississippi a few months ago. "If we legalize gay marriage," she said, "where will the next generation come from?" Think about it, brothers and sisters: all that keeps us all from the immoral horrors of homosexuality is the ban on gay marriage! If we let activist liberal judges take that protection away from us, we'll all go gay!