A supposed “pastor” of a liberal Lutheran church, Nadia Bolz-Weber, is asking for women to send her their Christian purity rings so that she can melt them down and create a very, provocative, and quite disgusting, piece of art.
What is she wanting to make? A vagina statue. Go ahead and reread that again. Yes, it’s true. She’s making a vagina statue.
“Beginning November 12th, until December 17th, you’ll have the opportunity to send in your purity rings to be melted down and recast into a golden vagina,” she explained on her website. “This sculpture will be unveiled at the 2019 Makers Conference.”
Evangelicals sometimes refer to such purity rings as “promise” or “chastity” rings. They are typically given to young girls as a sign of promise to abstain from pre-marital sex.
Bolz-Weber explained her desire to “take down” the evangelical purity culture at the 2018 Makers Conference. Speaking with HuffPo, Bolz-Weber said her position is one of determining for herself what is good, not what others dictate.
“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber said. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has developed generally liberal views on abortion, homosexuality and universalism. Bolz-Weber said her denomination has largely supported her.
The whole purity ring movement exploded on the evangelical scene back in the 1990s and early 2000s, largely due to the popularity of a 1997 book entitled, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris.
In the book, Harris suggests that dating should be reserved only for preparing for marriage, a view he has since apologized for, stating that he presented an unhealthy view of recreational dating.
The real issue here is how this “pastor” — a term used loosely here — has completely overreacted to the purity movement and is actively seeking to undermine clear biblical principles that are to govern dating and courtship.
Granted, the purity movement itself has many, many issues, but it’s far less destructive than promiscuity.
Source: Daily Wire[mashshare]