late night questions

three questions, then i go to bed so i can wake up so i can read more. 1. is valentines day special or just a "hallmark holiday"? my cynical wife and i chose the latter, but then we had a chance to go out to dinner with my always-traveling, usually-optimistic mother and she kept saying how special the day is. so maybe my mind is changed. i just never received that "choo-choo-choose you" card in 4th grade. perhaps i'm bitter. don't act like you don't know what i mean. 2. what do we do about our parents as we (and they) get older? do we have more or less of a responsibility toward them than we used to as kids? does that responsibility look different? what if we only have one parent left--does that change things? 3. what does it mean to be a "conservative" christian? what does it mean to be a "liberal" christian? how much do these things have to do with politics and how much do they have to do with theology or views on church/ekklesiology, or views on salvation? in other words, how do you know when you've entered the conservative camp or the liberal camp? (this came up because of ray's recent post). 4. (i lied, there's a fourth question): what do we like about blogs? what do we dislike? [i'm having a "like blogs" week, but i'm wondering if that's just because i'm interested in stuff and want to share it with others. i've had plenty of "dislike weeks" too.] just thought i'd ask.


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2/15/2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger yomama said...

ooooooh fun post.
i'm anxious to see replys.

2/15/2005 3:10 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

okay, lots of opinions:

first, in response to the previous post, the other day zena put "achtung baby" in rotation. has u2 written a song as good as "one" since? "htdaab" pales in comparison.

wallis says liberal vs. conservative as a political distinction, as it relates to christians, is a false dichotomy. pin those labels on and you broadcast your ideology in shorthand, except that in both cases the ideology is almost always wrong. david dark says that any cultural product or tag that telegraphs the response it desires to elicit is "at best, propaganda... at worst, a ministry of death..."

"conservative" wants to telegraph its alignment with moral value, but refuses to acknowledge that economic policy is a moral issue. "liberal" wants to telegraph its alignment with social justice, but often runs right over spiritual values of purity. both are a way of polarizing an issue so no consensus ever needs to be reached.

in other words, pitch your own camp.

on another note, i've always felt like its our responsibility to our parents to care for them as they cared for us. its unrealistic to ignore physical and mental decline in old age, as if your parents need nothing from you. children are a blessing from the lord, not least because when they grow up they can support their aging parents.

valentines day: not hot on it.
blogs: like em.


2/16/2005 8:51 AM  
Blogger yomama said...

on adult children's responsibility to parents:

i think the responsibility looks different and may even increase as adults.

no real opinion on valentine's day.

on the blogdom:
i think that it has lots of potential both good and bad.

on the good front- i think it is fun. i think it has the potential to be a creative outlet. overall- i really like it. i like doing mine and i like reading blogs- yours and others. it can 'connect' you w/ people that you'd otherwise not 'know'.

on the bad front- my overall problem is that it can lead to relational laziness.
what i don't mean is that you can't use the medium to keep in touch but moreso like the following examples:

i think it's easier to be a smart ass infront of a computer screen than to another's face. i think it can be negative if it takes the place of actually physically relating to a person b/c that is harder than to write a monologue.

i also think the lack of inhibition that can come via typing on a keyboard can lead to a disconnect. i think it can lead to what i call emotional sex. bearing your soul with zero committment or relationship. i think that can be really dangerous. especially for christians who use transparency as a trump card to say anything to anyone in any context. if that makes sense...

good question on #3. i'm sure of the answer.


2/16/2005 9:36 AM  
Blogger yomama said...

NOT sure of the answer.

2/16/2005 11:35 AM  
Blogger e said...

Good, thoughtful stuff everyone. Me likey.

Now if others would weigh in....

2/16/2005 9:40 PM  
Blogger df said...


happy 4th grade

2/22/2005 1:24 PM  

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