There's a Supreme Court decision on marriage coming up this summer. There's a palpable sense of fear among defenders of marriage that the day the Court rules on it will be the day we will finally lose.
I think that date may be off by years. The day we lost was probably when we decided to persuade the country that gay marriage was wrong. It was a no-win battle from the beginning. That's not because we were making the wrong case, but because we accepted the engagement on the wrong terms: terms that were so stacked against us as to be impossible from the beginning. Our defense was good, but we needed to play on both sides of the ball. We missed an opportunity to take the offense when we could have. It's all about the burden of proof in the marriage debate.
Let me begin my explanation by reflecting with you on how the game (if I may call it that) has been played. It's been something like this:
We never get tired of spotlighting our RC Chapter Directors. This time we're getting you acquainted with Derry Tseng and Shawn Hart, and the club at Portland State University (PSU) in Oregon. Tseng and Hart function equally as co-directors.
Originally posted at the "Thinking Christian" blog on Feb 19, 2015 by Tom Gilson, RC's Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Alliances. Reprinted with permission.
So there was this student group at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, you see, that was hosting a campus discussion on abortion. Maybe they should have known better than to have tried. It’s a rancorous issue everywhere, with religion right at the heart of the dispute, and of course everyone knows that one side of this debate in particular is pretty hard to get along with. Its people are closed-minded. They believe what they believe, and they won’t listen to anyone else. They have a nasty association with “haters,” due to their knee-jerk rejection of people who disagree with them.
From various pertinent articles on the internet and perspectives by Ratio Christi members and leaders, we've put together 10 Talking Points for those who do not support this movie to share with others.
As background, the movie is estimated in various reports to contain 20 full minutes of simulated sex and abusive sexual situations, including what is currently called “BDSM” – acts of bondage, submission and sadomasochism. A few decades ago this was called B&D (bondage and discipline) and S&M (sadism and masochism). If you need further reasons than that for not viewing this movie, try these:
Admittedly, I wanted nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. When I heard of its title and its intended purpose as a romance novel of sorts, I took extraordinary measures to dodge it as I never was a fan of contemporary romance-related media, having seen more than enough of it from the Twilight franchise.
Before knowing much about the plot of the book or film (which I later discovered is more or less absent), I already knew I wasn’t going to be viewing Fifty Shades of Grey (50S). Given its popularity, however, I wondered what the draw was. Not until I read LifeSite News writer Kirsten Andersen’s assessment of 50S did I finally understand why it appeals to so many women — it’s a college girl’s Twilight moment.
No, really, that’s what it is. And Andersen is right—it’s not about the sex.
I have read many articles decrying the pornographic book and movie Fifty Shades of Grey. These blogs and opinions have ranged from an outright call to abstaining from the movie to those who are curious and would like to see it but know they “shouldn’t.” I have grown more concerned with the latter form and the number of people on Facebook and other social media outlets who purport to be Christians, openly sharing their excitement in seeing the movie. So let me add my voice to those who are loudly proclaiming that no Christian, man or woman, should have anything to do with this book trilogy or movie. In fact, no one should have anything to do with it.
Meet Devin Pellew and Melissa Sturdivant Pellew, a powerhouse couple at our Ratio Christi chapter at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They are both in the undergraduate Apologetics program at Southern Evangelical Bible College within Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES).
"Devin was invited to help start the chapter by Stephanie Kimble, a local pastor's wife in Rock Hill," Melissa explains. "Stephanie was familiar with the Ratio Christi chapter at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte but knew there wasn't one at Winthrop. Devin stepped in, I came on board from the very first meeting to help him, and for a while he and Stephanie were co-directors. When she left, Devin became the Chapter Director. I help him with the administrative aspects, talk to students and invite them to attend.”
You could say the art of Graphic Design has been around since the days of drawings on cave walls and hieroglyphics. It’s specifically used to tell a story or get a point across in words, pictures and symbols. Today, graphic design is used for everything from business cards and websites to advertising, social media and more. Professional creative graphic designers must possess innovative minds with an artistic desire to create new images and new ways of grabbing peoples’ attention.
Ratio Christi is blessed to have found such a person. Adam Tucker is the Creative Director for Ratio Christi. He designs the graphics for our website, marketing and advertising and is in charge of protecting and overseeing our branding.