Saturday, July 30, 2005

Just Saw This and Couldn't Resist


This excerpt is from this MSNBC article (if you want to call it that).

"Jessica Simpson is telling some Christians to take a walk.

A group called The Resistance has accused Simpson of looking like 'a stripper' in her video for “These Boots Were Made for Walking.' In the video, the Dukes of Hazzard star washes a car while wearing a barely-there bikini.

But Simpson, a pastor’s daughter, says that sort of attitude is why she didn’t pursue a career as a Christian singer. 'It didn’t really surprise me because I grew up with a lot of that backlash,' Simpson said, according to World Entertainment News Network. 'That’s why I didn’t end up going into the Christian music industry. I think that if they're really good Christians the judgment wouldn't be there.'"

What in this passage causes me to be chagrined? Let me count the ways. Oh, wait, I already did that in this post.

But beyond the "Judge Not, Dude!" troubles, we also have the problem of total ignorance of any resemblance of STANDARDS when it comes to acceptable ways to dress--acceptable ways for you to live your life--and still follow Jesus Christ. Note that Jessica is a pastor's daughter who has apparently dealt with, in her words, "a lot of backlash." Could there possibly be a reason, Jessica, that people in your life have been concerned about your use of sex appeal to further your career?

Call her words gnosticism, or NEO-gnosticism, and be done with it. In true, Biblical Christianity, the body and spirit are not separate (in the sense of our actions having nothing to do with our life in Christ). On the contrary, what we do says everything about where we are with the Lord. When we sin, we have an advocate with the Father--praise God! But we have to, we are commanded to call a spade a spade. We may NOT wink at sin, pretend not to know what it is when we see it, in the name of tolerance. It's patently unbiblical.

There are MANY neo-gnostics in the church today who are ready and willing to line up with Ms. Simpson's philosophy. Which side are you on?