kerravonsen: fobwatch: "Windmills of your mind" (fobwatch)
Saw this on twitter this morning:

Cultural appropriation of rainbow

Of course, everyone is mocking the original tweet, but it did get me thinking. Because, as a Christian, it has annoyed me for a long time that I can no longer use a rainbow as a symbol of God's love. Because the symbol is more commonly recognised in these times, as belonging to another group, symbolising something completely different. And that makes it feel like it has been stolen. Is that cultural appropriation? I'm not sure that it is; after all, the rainbow is up there in the sky, and people have used it before the LGBTQ movement to symbolise other things, such as ending racial discrimination. So why do I feel as if it has been stolen? Partly, I expect, because the LGBTQ symbol represents something completely anathema to God's teachings. Other uses of the rainbow haven't been for something hostile to Christianity. Does that hostility make it cultural appropriation? I don't know. It is something, but I'm not sure whether "cultural appropriation" is the right term for it.

Hey, thoughtful people, what do you think?
kerravonsen: 7th Doctor with an open umbrella: foresight (Doc7)
Pondering on this:
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."

---- Romans 7:15-20 (NIV)

Thing is... it isn't as if I don't want to do the things that I do, or I wouldn't do them. I want to do them at that moment. But... the problem seems to me, that I have contradictory wants that are incompatible with each other. I don't mean "the battle between good and evil in my soul". It isn't that straightforward. If it were, it would be easier to choose between them.

Take this example: I want to go to bed at a reasonable time, so I get adequate rest. I also want to keep working on the project I am working on. It's not like one of these is evil, but they are incompatible with each other when it's after 11PM at night. Why is it that I keep working on the project when I also know that working on the project will prevent me from sleeping?

Want #1: keep working
Want #2: stop working

I can't do both.

I'm wondering if this is a combination of inertia (keep doing what you are currently doing) and inability to grasp delayed gratification -- that is, the project is here now in front of me, the good sleep is more ephemeral, because it isn't like I will fall asleep as soon as I want to. The Superego knows that I ought to stop, while the Id just wants to keep working.

And in the meantime, I get tired.
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
I was pondering bible-studies I had participated in, and I realised something. Many Christians just sit around in bible-studies and wait to be told what to think. How totally bizarre! What do they think bible-studies are for? A place where someone in authority (the leader) spoon-feeds them pre-digested doctrine, and then they have a cup of tea and a gossip?

Don't they want to find out for themselves? Do they think themselves incapable of finding out for themselves? Or not qualified? Or not authorised? Or is it just like too much hard work? It's a text. Read it. Think about what it says. Figure out what it means. Like we did in English at school.

What do they teach them at these schools?

Yeah, I know. They teach them to hate learning.

Thank God for fandom, where people analyse texts in minute detail, for fun.
kerravonsen: Church steeple silhuetted against clouds: "How can I keep from singing?" (singing)
Things would be a lot simpler if God were not merciful.

Justice would be swift, vengeance would be complete. People would get exactly what they deserve; instant Karma for everyone. One could use someone's status in the world to determine their status with God. All misfortunes would be judgements, and all good fortune would be an indication of merit.

This is the God that many people seem to want. Especially the self-righteous. This is the God that they have created in their own image: swift to anger, slow to forgive.

If God were not merciful, things would be simpler. They would not be better.

For one thing, humanity would have been wiped out a long time ago.

Pondering

Jun. 20th, 2016 07:44 am
kerravonsen: Edmund + Aslan: "Ransomed Soul" (Edmund)
The difference between envy and jealousy is this: with envy, you see something that someone else has, and you want to have it as well; with jealousy, you see something that someone else has, and you want to take it away from them.

I remember being jealous of someone's attention once; it was an ugly feeling. I did not like the me that I was when I was feeling it.

I suspect/speculate that the Fall was caused by Lucifer being jealous of God's attention to these puny beings called mankind.

Though the problem with using jealousy as an explanation is that it is often used as an excuse; that is, "You're just jealous" is a counter-accusation used by party B when party A has a grievance with party B, and party B does not want to acknowledge that party A has any right to this grievance. This is used for anything from terrorism (Isama Bin Laden was apparently jealous of America) to negative fanfic reviews (yes, I was accused of jealousy by someone whom I gave a negative review to, which was completely illogical, because by that logic, I would give negative reviews to any story that was good).
kerravonsen: Four images of Avon: INTJ (Avon-INTJ)
So... INTJs are apparently scary and sinister. I've pondered this on and off for a while, since I am an INTJ and absolutely not scary or sinister (though I can produce a rather good Evil Laugh). I was prompted to get back to this subject by this article, which points out, among other things, that in fiction, INTJs are usually cast as villains... because INTJs make very good villains on the surface: cold, rational, solitary, brilliant... masterminds. Of course, calling the INTJ type "The Mastermind" reinforces this impression.

But the impression is WRONG. In real life, INTJs are no more likely to be villainous than anyone else. No less, but also no more. As the article says, "In real life, do-gooders like Nikola Tesla and Isaac Newton were INTJs. Jane Austen and CS Lewis were also INTJs."

So why do people get it so wrong?
Read more... )
kerravonsen: Reason is itself a matter of Faith (reason-faith)
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. (Proverbs 26:4)
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:5)
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor screaming: "you've been cut adrift" (Doc8-cut-adrift)
Sin is like a broken promise. No matter how many promises you keep, they can't mend the broken one.
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
"The Generous Mr. Lovewell" by MercyMe is a great album. It makes me want to write fic about The Generous Mr. Lovewell, who performs random acts of kindness and then vanishes as mysteriously as he appears, leaving people saying "Who was that man with the bowler hat and the balloon?"

Only I'm now wondering if he has an evil twin, The Dutiful Mr. Meantwell.
Read more... )
(Crossposted to Bearing Witness)
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Christianity isn't a walk, and it isn't a race; it's a marathon. The point isn't to come first, it's to get to the finish line; to keep going, no matter what, to not give up.
kerravonsen: a green leaf: Hope (hope)
There is no "us and them". There is only "us". Why can't they see that?

...Ooops.

That was a sequence of thoughts which occurred to me a couple of weeks ago. I struggled with it for a while. Because how can I embrace "them" when "they" do awful things? How can I embrace rich men and politicians and other distasteful people? How can I love my enemies?

Then it came to me.

There is no "us and them". There is only "me and you".

That is my new mantra. I am trying to live by it.

To explain: sure, every person is part of a group, indeed, part of many groups, and those groups do inform that person's behaviour. But each person is also an individual, sole and unique. So treat every person you interact with as an individual, no matter WHAT groups they may belong to, even if they are part of the "not-we".

Being Continuum last weekend, I tried to keep this in mind... and my life has already been the richer for it.

\o/

(Yes, there will be Continuum report, but probably tomorrow.)
kerravonsen: I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. (faith-atheist)
Day 7

In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

If you want to know something I am passionate about, I think I shall have to give the same answer as last time: my Christian faith. It's there at the back of everything, like the water that a fish swims in. But I tend to post more fannish stuff here, so the folks who joined my flist/circle since last year might not be aware of it.

So I invite y'all: ask me questions about what I believe, and I'll answer them as best I can. I know that religion can be an inflammatory topic, so I'm trusting y'all to be polite and respectful, and in that trust, I'm not f'locking this post. Please don't give me cause to regret that.
kerravonsen: galaxy: "Behold, it was very good" (behold-good)
Arguing about the ordination of women is like arguing about whether the fish's bicycle should be blue or pink.
to clarify )
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Yesterday, I was reading Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be and the following passage struck me:
Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”


I thought, I am a geek for Christ.
Read more... )
kerravonsen: I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. (faith-atheist)
(days 3 and 4 didn't involve making posts)

In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends.

I was going to post about crochet, since it's been so new and shiny and fun, but what [personal profile] cesy said in her post struck a chord with me:
But actually, a lot of those, I'm not passionate about - they're just fun hobbies. I guess the biggest non-fannish thing I'm passionate about is my faith, but I tend to avoid talking about religion on my journal. We've got a wide variety of views represented in my DWircle, and I know that for some people, anything I say is going to come across as preaching.


Perhaps one reason I don't talk about my faith a lot in my journal is that it would be like a fish talking about water: it's always there, at the back of everything.

So I invite y'all: ask me questions about what I believe, and I'll answer them as best I can. I know that religion can be an inflammatory topic, so I'm trusting y'all to be polite and respectful, and in that trust, I'm not f'locking this post. Please don't give me cause to regret that.
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Christ is Risen!
kerravonsen: Edmund + Aslan: "Ransomed Soul" (ransomed)
Comment to this post and I will give you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then post this to your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

[livejournal.com profile] lizamanynames gave me the following:
Christianity )
Kerr Avon )
Ice Cream )
Narnia )
Fic Archival )
kerravonsen: Church steeple silhuetted against clouds: "How can I keep from singing?" (singing)
It's awesome when you can look back at something which seemed at the time to be a case of everything going wrong, and see in hindsight that it was really a case of everything going right. This just happened to my eldest niece. (Well, we knew about it on Christmas Eve, but I've been thinking more about it since.)cut for those not interested )
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Something struck me as I was reading http://thereluctantatheist.blogspot.com/ (the earlier blog written by the author of http://www.conversiondiary.com/, which [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha pointed me towards) - the Catholic insistence that Catholicism is the True Way because they have an unbroken line of tradition is just the same kind of thing as the Charismatic insistence that theirs is the True Way because they have the Gifts of the Spirit. They're both right, in that these are aspects of the True Way, and they're both wrong in thinking that they're the only ones who have it. I mean, I realized a couple of years ago, when I went from a Charismatic church to a Presbyterian one (me, I hold myself non-denominational) that it isn't that non-Charismatics don't exersize the gifts of the Spirit, they just use different words to talk about it. Likewise, I realized just now, that it isn't that the Protestant church doesn't have an unbroken line of tradition and authority, they just use different words to talk about it.

All Christians belong to Christ, no matter the label they put on the door.
kerravonsen: Kerr Avon, frowning: Character is PLOT (character-is-plot)
God is not a writer of Mary-Sues.

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