One, I don’t get eating contests. Certainly, these contests are not the greatest danger to American society, but sometimes it is the apparently innocuous things which tell the most. Is there anything that displays our consumerism, gross over abundance, and growing decadence than eating contests? “Sports” competition has come to this? Just a couple of weeks ago I was listening on the radio about the corn dog eating contest at the State Fair of Texas (and they have them everywhere). Buckets to vomit in were provided for each contestant. I don’t get it.
Two, I don’t get beauty pageants. I’m all for beauty, talent, and congeniality. But to parade young women in bathing suits in order to be judged (yeah, you say it’s really about the talent. And you read Playboy for the articles, too). And this stuff starts with preschoolers? I am no radical feminist, but I would not allow my daughters or granddaughters to be subjected to such objectification and superficial evaluation. I don’t get it.
Three, I don’t get calling someone a “hater,” or a “bigot” just because they disagree with you. Now, I am all for stamping out hateful speech, attitudes, and behavior. I am all for overcoming uncalled for biases, prejudices, and discrimination. That is just the way I was raised and the conclusions I come from reading my Bible. However, our American debate has deteriorated to the point that there is no debate. There is just name calling. Simply call the other person a bigot or a hater and case closed. I don’t get it.
Four, I don’t get inconsistent popular relativism. This is for those who argue that there is no absolute truth and, consequently, no absolute moral or ethical values. That is, truth is culturally constructed; we all make our own cultural or community truth. However, as soon as that argument is made, something awful takes place and the relativists are the first to yell “that’s so wrong!” Well, on what basis do you even say that? Wrong for who? Says who? Yes, we may disagree on what the absolutes are and how to interpret and apply them, but, please, don’t tell me there are no absolutes and then complain about some wrongdoing or injustice based on some fuzzy and ill-defined sense of right and wrong. I just don’t get it.
Five, I don’t get how one can be adamantly “pro-choice” and at the same time be adamantly “green” or “pro-animal rights.” Hey, I all for green and all for taking good care of animals and being more ethical about how we raise and process our meat. But, really? Can we try for some kind of consistency?
Finally, six, I don’t get Prosperity Theology. From all my Bible reading and study, I just don’t get the twisted exegesis, confused theology, and simple pastoral irresponsibility of Prosperity Theology. I’ll leave it at that. I just don’t get it.