easter musings

Posted: April 8, 2007 in All and Sundry, Musings, Random Observations

what a surprise. i woke up today to find almost ten easter messages in my mobile phone. my friends must have forgotten that i’m not a practicing christian. but as usual i still felt obliged to read all of the messages with the word GOD occuring in every one of them. thanks for the messages my friends.

as they say,”Jesus died for the sins of the world,” and it is the ultimate sacrifice. but for me, it is a sacrifice that continuously reminds us not to tolerate bigotry, prejudice and violence for if we come to think of it, Jesus died because of these. sadly, such faith in a holy man has led to more fanaticism and a deeper sense of righteousness that has molded human beings capable of killing those who live within the fringes of the “acceptable” outside the righteous circle, capable of turning a blind eye towards those who they think have “sinned” in the face of “god.”

i spent last good friday at my friend kiday’s house in digos city, being reminded of how prejudice is systemic as i watched “soldier’s girl,” a 2003 tv-movie based on “the true story of a young soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer.” no art film, this movie relies on straightforward storytelling from the point of view of the transgendered performer Calpernia Addams (Lee Pace) evoking feelings of love found and love lost. gritty and surprisingly, not melodramatic, it is a movie that slowly (yet intentionally) tugs at your heart. it also reminds you that life is fleeting. and that violence is always at your arm’s length, without you even knowing it.

i’m definitely going to show this to my students. rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂

*disclaimer: this is not a movie review. and i am not a wannabe film critic. 😛 i leave that job to all the paulettes i love.

  1. ted says:

    Jesus died for ALL sins, including intolerance and violence. The church consists, not of righteous men (and women), but of sinners, forgiven and made righteous by the blood of Christ. Therefore the chruch should be a community where all types of sinners could find welcome, love, compassion, forgiveness, and grace. We witnessed this last year when the Amish forgave, and even reached out to the wife of the man who rounded up and shot their schoolchildren. We were astounded at how extreme violence was met and overcome by extraordinary grace. This is REAL Christian love.

    If anything, it is the Christians and the values they represent, who are the more common target of bigotry and intolerance in society. They are consistently attacked in the liberal press (Time, NY Times, CNN) and polupar culture, and portrayed as just a bunch of hypocrites. Now THAT is stereotyping and profiling, and thus a form of bigotry. And, as always, the cure for bigotry is to try to engage with its object as real flesh-and-blood people, and not as categories. Christians are no different: they can be small-minded, parochial, and petty (like Barthes’ petit bourgeois)–like the rest of us–but generally, they are a good, well-meaning bunch, and on rare occasions, actually rise up to the values they represent, like the Amish.

    A lot of the negative flack in society about Christianity, has actually nothing to do with who Christ is, and what He represents, but with our discomfort with the Christian virtue of chastity. If we have to fingerpoint, and throw scapegoats to the lions, we can in fact blame our own sexual anxieties on Victorian England, Freud, and Hollywood. There you go! 😉

    Happy Easter Claire!

    God bless you!

    Be chaste! But if you cannot be chaste, there is always forgiveness! Hehehe.

  2. cyberpunk says:

    my friends also send me those god messages thru text and email even tho i’m not christian…

    at least they’re easy to delete…

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