An Interesting Philosophical Conundrum
The Christian band Texas in July is going on tour with numerous other acts to raise money for a website called sexetc.org. According to Bryan Kemper, this website is staunchly pro-abortion despite purporting to present a “balanced view.” In fact, it only provides links to organizations that encourage abortions, and derides pro-life organizations in blanket statements.
Basically, the site promotes values contrary to Christianity and shouldn’t be supported by persons who call themselves Christians. Yet, Texas in July is a very vocal supporter.
A commenter to Kemper’s article, Jordan W., raises an interesting philosophical question:
As if any of you -author included- knows what’s best for the band. It’s pretty clear that this tour is serving the purpose of getting their name out there and promoting One Reality. I love this band, and I am a faithful Christian as well. Who are we to judge what they do? If you want to actually support the band, support them by going to shows.
Need I remind you that August Burns Red went on this exact tour with The Human Abstract a few years back? Cmon now, be supportive and quit your judging.
Kemper didn’t even touch on a philosophical response to what was raised here, but I wish he would have. He talked about the practical implications, responding that Texas in July was actually raising funds for sexetc.org, where the other Christian bands mentioned weren’t specifically doing that. Jordan kept up the “Stop judging!” reply, which isn’t really what Kemper was doing. He was, as he put it, “It is not about being offended, it is about calling out an injustice.”
But, the broader and more philosophical question not pondered is, “Can I do what’s best for me, even if it spits on the face of the God I claim to serve?”
Before I consider that, let’s get one thing out of the way: most of my readership is atheist. Therefore, general Christian living posts like this are met with irrelevant questions I don’t need to answer, rather than considering the issues I’m raising. The question that will come right here is, “Why do you think God is pro-life?” And then the litany of verses that allegedly “prove” God is pro-choice will follow, along with the asinine “God is the most prolific abortionist of all–look at all the miscarriages!” argument.
Let me stamp that out right now. This is primarily meant to be considered by Christians. Therefore, I don’t need to prove that God is pro-life, since my audience for this post already believes that. I don’t need to address the issue of miscarriages making God an abortionist, because in our secret enclaves hidden from atheist eyes, we laugh at the stupid oozing off of that statement.
The point: if you’re a professing Christian, your frame of reference starts at God. Which means that, if you’re a Christian band, then it is God who blessed you with your talent. You have chosen to use that talent for spreading the gospel, and God blesses your efforts with recognition and a recording contract from a major agency–which he has done for Texas in July.
Which brings us to the interesting part of this philosophical conundrum: If you purport to believe, as you proclaim, that God is the moral lawgiver, then can you reasonably support something that he is diametrically opposed to as a career move? He has ultimately blessed you with the success that you enjoy, so you repay that, how? By encouraging teens to utilize the anti-Christian worldview resources this website places at their fingertips, a website that offers no Christian insight to the issues of sex, birth control, and abortion?
Let’s illustrate. In the Terminator series, humans built Skynet and endows him with control of the planet’s technology. Skynet, in turn, rebels against us and destroys cities and subjugates humans under his control. I think that we register a double betrayal when we see such things, as well as a certain irony. We gave life to Skynet, and he ultimately uses the power and intellect we gave it against us.
Or, a more real-life illustration is treason. The government trusts someone (the traitor) with information or physical resources that the traitor then gives or sells to a foreign power. The information or resources are used against the United States. It’s reprehensible to even think a person would do that against his own country!
Are we starting to see the parallels?
God gave us talents and abilities. If we call ourselves Christians, then we ought to use those talents and abilities in his service, in submission to him. What Texas in July is doing here is treason–taking what is rightfully God’s and using it contrary to his glory. This is a lot more serious than many people want to admit.