Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 The Message Bible
There are times when I really love the way the Message Bible paraphrases passages—this is one of those incidents. The view of which “social classes” the gospel reaches is demonstrative. You have the affluent and knowledgeable verses the everyday “Joe’s” and “Josephine’s” in society. That’s not to say the Bible isn’t for the brilliant achievers in a culture, it’s quite the opposite. The passage is written with the understanding that God uses the humble of heart over the boastfully proud. The point being: the influential with high-society perspective are settled and satisfied with who they are and what they’ve accomplished. There is no evolution necessary for what they believe; they are simply smarter than that average person. They verify “the brightest and the best” are correct and all outside of that circle of trust are less intelligent folk unable to think on their own. To believe “as truth” anything the Bible says is a return to the Dark Ages of the narrow-minded thinkers.
These so-called “somebodies” of society view the “Evangelicals” as small-minded bigots who refuse to accept the more advanced ways of modern cultural thinking. Bristol, the eldest daughter of former Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin, made a small comment on Twitter stating that she views the traditional value of mother/father influence in raising a child important. The Hollywood elites have blown a head gasket over her. What you and I think of Palin’s politics is irrelevant to my point—politics is not my objective! This is what Palin had the nerve to blog:
“We know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.”
What we think politically is irrelevant to Bristol’s opinion. She was just stating her point-of-view on “raising kids” in general—on Twitter no less. This wasn’t a New York Time’s op-ed piece; it was one young woman tweeting about her views. Recently I read this quote as a sampling of many follow-ups to Bristol’s comment:
“Bristol should keep her uneducated ignorant mouth shut. If Ur living in the past u wouldn’t have a kid w/out marriage #hypocrite. It’s 2012!”
First, Bristol’s infidelities do not undo thousands of years of tradition. Apart from judging her indiscretions, she seemingly still believes mother/father homes are best for raising kids. Apparently only the smarter, brighter people in tune with 2012 realities can judge otherwise. Second, Bristol is immediately singled-out as being uneducated and ignorant. Why? Because she believes in the traditional value about families! For this she’s considered living in the past!
Whether Bristol Palin is one of the cursed “Evangelicals”, I know not. However, according to society she does seem to be fast-tracked to becoming “a nobody”— and a perfect candidate for a person God will choose to use according to 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. It seems to me Bristol has made a choice to take on one of the most difficult roles an individual can choose—to be a mother. Today’s modern elites no doubt would question the validity of a single young woman choosing to be a mother in the first place. In our advanced modern society it would have been so easy for her to opt-out, yet she courageously chose not to. For this, in my book, Bristol ought to be applauded (but I do have a tendency to be a narrow-minded Evangelical). So to Bristol, and all women who have made that choice to make a life—Happy Mother’s Day, you deserve it!
J. Robert Hanson