22.10.08

Um...That Might Be Out of Context...

After 28 years of living in Christian culture, I've slowly and sadly been numbed to the quotation of Scripture.

I realize that's an overreaction...throwing the baby out with the bathwater, if you will. But I'd guess the vast majority of the Bible verses are quoted to support whatever one's opinion happens to be at that time. Even worse, all someone else has to say is, "That's taken out of context!" Whether it was or not, all the sudden we're back where we started. It'd take a lifetime of seminary to figure out the context of every shred of Scripture. And even then, there'd be another seminary somewhere else differing with you at every step.

Take, for instance, a high school football team in East Atlanta that refused to play the New Creation Center Crusaders because they had a female kicker.
“The East Atlanta Mustangs didn’t play us under protest but they were allowed to read a statement on their beliefs about female football players,” Townley said. “They used biblical verses from the book of Romans. I was very stunned by that.”
We had a female kicker on my high school team, and that was over 10 years ago. And doesn't anyone remember "Quarterback Princess", the 1985 film starring Helen Hunt?

Ah, but God reigns over it all, and everyone knows He was very explicit on girls wearing helmets and shoulder pads. Next, the Mustangs will be sending their unclean mothers, sisters and girlfriends out of town during "that time of the month".

2 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure that none of them should be playing football since the Old Testament clearly forbids touching the skin of a dead pig.

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  2. man, i LOVED the quarterback princess. seriously. and played football meself, back in the day.

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