Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sarah Palin - 2 things...

2 things I can't quite get my head around this week.

The first one is the fact that Sarah Palin the VP candidate for the republican party is welcomed by conservative Christians who hold to a complementarian stance on women's roles. They have argued that the bible only talks about women submitting to men in the house and the church and they cannot lead men there. However I find it ridiculous to think that the teaching that does not allow women to lead in the home or the church can then allow a woman to lead a nation! what's with that?

The second thing is more of a minor thing but it still slightly intrigues me. Does anyone think that being a firm pro-lifer and being a member of the National Rifle Association is even 5% hypocritical? Being a pro-lifer which indeed I am is the belief that abortion is wrong; the killing of a baby in the womb is wrong. Being a member of the NRA is the belief in the right to bear arms. The right to own a gun, a gun which is there for protection in the home, which in turn could be willingly used to kill someone; even in self defence. Is there not some way that this is also a right to kill a person? even if they are guilty of entering your home etc etc, you are still wanting to be in a club that believes that this is right. Just because the constitution says you have a right to bear arms doesn't mean that morally you do. I'm not saying whether it's right or wrong, I'm just wondering is there a slight hypocrisy going on.

7 comments:

Bryan L said...

I'm not so much bothered by being in the NRA as much as the culture of gun worship that goes on with it. People who are big on gun rights love their guns and are really really into them. How anyone could be so for life yet so into an instrument of death is beyond me. I understand the mentality where people see them as necessary for protection or who use them to hunt for food and that's what their use is for but when guns start being treated like objects of worship then I get concerned.

BTW don't expect consistency from the complementarian perspective. You won't find it there and it'll just frustrate you. Plus it's a moving target and there is no consensus among them on how it should be lived out, a sure sign that it is just as much influenced by modern culture as anything else.

Bryan

Peter Kirk said...

I agree with you. But bear (pun not intended!) in mind that, as I pointed out in one of my posts, in Alaska guns may be needed for protection from wild animals, and it is reasonable (except from a strict vegetarian perspective) to allow them for hunting.

tc robinson said...

Ferg, Peter is correct about the gun deal. But the questions you raised about Mrs Palin leading a nation is where I'm at.

I guess one can get into the separation and church argument.

Ferg said...

Yeah tc, peter was on the mark (pardon the pun!) with his point although Bryans needs to be answered by the gun lovers too.
Guns for hunting is a different matter than guns being a part of a persons 'right' as an instrument of death which can lead to a culture of gun worship and a justifying of murdering intruders etc.
Again I'm not saying whether it's right or wrong to have a gun for this purpose, I just wonder how it can stand alongside the point of being vehemently pro life.

tc robinson said...

Ferg, come to think about it, for us here in American the "rights" to gun is not just about wildlife.

Blue, with a hint of amber said...

Does "pro life" include your own life, which could be in danger if someone else attacks your home.

That would be one way around it I guess.

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