Thursday, August 30, 2012

Love means never saying you won't submit. (Men not included)

It was a quarter to three in the morning, and although most of the effects of Bishop Quinine’s new herbal tea had worn off, I was still unable to sleep. Unwilling to succumb to the temptation to once again visit the weird side of YouTube (videos of abscess drainage and impacted ear-wax removal have their charms, but even a man of my relentless curiosity has limits), I decided to instead drop by Facebook and see what’s been happening in the lives of My Beloved Sinners around this disgraceful and wicked planet.

No sooner had Mr. Gates’ dear old browser loaded the familiar white-on-blue “f” than my wise and saintly eyes were confronted caught by a couple of notifications concerning developments in Mordor. Having already decided to pass on YouTube’s less palatable delicacies, I was quite naturally unsure if my constitution was up to the latest news from the Diocese that time (not to mention the Holy Spirit, compassion, grace, and legislation against inbreeding) forgot. Yet like what may have once happened to me when watching those clips an interesting New Delhi medico posts of himself extracting blackheads (Google it if you must disbelieve me, but not even I can bring myself to include a link*), once I’d started clicking it was impossible to turn back.

That’s because, Beloved Evildoers, having converted every Antipodean man, woman, child, and marsupial, not to mention having rewarded every last relative capable of saying the word “Bible” with lucrative employment at his parishioners’ expense, little Archbishop Jensen has now turned his attention to correcting the mistakes made by Cranmer and whoever else was responsible for the foundations of today’s Anglican wedding liturgy (St. Paul? Jesus? Bobby Duncan?). Whereas our foolish forbears neglected to emphasis strongly enough that a Biblical Christian man’s most precious belonging is his wife, marriage Jensen-style will from now on put an end to the confusion by requiring the person-without-a-penis to solemnly vow that they will henceforth submit to their god-given owner.

Not, of course, that this is anyway to be taken as giving licence for the man to abuse or otherwise disrespect his treasured new chattel. Quite the contrary, as little Peter Jensen subsequently made clear in a piece so profound in its logic that I know of three used-car sales managers and a mid-level Amway marketer all now clamouring for him address training seminars on the subject of “Intellectual Honesty: Overrated or just Unnecessary”, the real burden of responsibility created by this exciting liturgical innovation falls upon the man. That’s because, according to the Bishop of Biblical Discernment who just happened to lose $160 million of his faithfuls’ hard-earned, along with the authority, power, and right to make the final call with regards to what’s for dinner and on T.V. afforded by the wife’s promise to submit comes the obligation for the husband to sacrifice himself for her in the same way that Jesus sacrificed Himself for the church.

Forget liberal notions of two people being drawn together to share the vagaries of life as one: this is indeed a bold call for young Anglican Conservatives to enter into a binding agreement in which one party clearly has the upper hand, whilst the other must dutifully assume whatever position is required of them. As such it clearly mirrors the sacred values enshrined in any Florida time-share contract, or something Everhome/Fannie Mae try getting away with. And please let’s not have any nonsense about marriage being a rewarding and mutually empowering relationship: the definitive marital role model for today’s husband must involve indescribable agony, during the course of which he should feel compelled call out “My God, my God – Why have you forsaken me?” (The woman, on the other hand, should remain silent. Later, when they’re in private – and preferably when there are no sticks or sharp objects nearby – she can submissively ask her husband to explain what was distressing him. Who is in turn perfectly free to let her wait until the next world for an answer.)

Honestly: if the godless Episcopalian and Church of England leaders would only display this kind of witness then they too might be able to boast of evangelism campaigns that brought a reduction in congregation sizes whilst simultaneously lining the pockets of a company owned by members of the Archbishop’s family. They too might reap the rewards of seeing the Gospel be made a byword for oppression and misogyny. And they too might experience what it feels like to know Christians around the world are shaking their heads and saying “Next time I think I’ll stick with weird side of YouTube.”

I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible.

*On second thoughts, a marvellous piece on this sub-continental Marcus Welby’s site entitled “8 reasons why you should stop masturbation” is just too good not share. And please don’t be misled by the fact that his domain name is wacky5.com - as he explains elsewhere on this veritable goldmine of information (anyone else ever felt an urge to learn how to practice basic suturing techniques?), wacky actually stands for Welfare Association of Clinicians and Keen Youths. Which I’m sure we’d have all guessed had we just thought about it for long enough.)

14 comments :

Turnip Ghost said...

Australia is one of the most secular countries on earth; who gives a flaming f*ck what goes on in religion there? It's like worrying about hockey in Alabama; there's not much of it and there's going to be even less in the future.

Brother David said...

The Australian Attorney General has come out with the fact that should Mordor do this without the approval of the NationalChurch, the marriages would be invalid under current Australian law. The law requires that clergy officiating in marriage do so with liturgies only approved by the denomination.

So the Jensenites would be living in sin should they use a liturgy with submit.

The Rev. Dr. Christian Troll said...

And that naivety, my poor little Brad, is exactly what the Jensenite puritans and their ACNA fundie-puppets are counting on when it comes to destroying something which those of us with more intelligence (both emotional and otherwise) than belligerent nitwits like you cherish dearly, and happen to believe worth saving.

The Rev. Dr. Christian Troll said...

Brother David: I fear that like most cults of this nature leaders, the Jensens believe they are the law, and it rarely occurs to those whom they have indoctrinated to think otherwise. As long as the faithful remain in their subjugation the reality of their marital status will probably never occur to them - although I agree that the rest of us will find the irony magnificent.
Where things will get sad is when - as invariably happens - people are by the Grace of God lifted out of their captivity, and discover the reality of their "marriage" and the lie they were sold.

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Bruce said...

Without being too catty (o well, why not!) one wonders about the physical appearance of Mrs. Jensen--surely there is such a creature down under. May she not provide some rather graphic clues as to the strangeness of her husband who is decidedly not "normal." -- Canon Itchy here.

The Rev. Dr. Christian Troll said...

Brad my foolish son: I started writing a reasoned, caring response to your little spray above... but then common sense got the better of me, and I remembered how much more personally gratifying I would find it to simply delete your latest effort.

Whilst your narcissism convinces you otherwise, the fact is that many people have explained to you why these things matter. That you should feel compelled to respond by obsessing in a truly unhealthy way about what you are convinced are the sexual undertones of ecclesiastical and liturgical vestments is as pathetic as it is tragic, and something time has proven that nobody here (or, I suspect, anywhere else) has the slightest interest in sharing.

We all know you're not well, and we've all understood that you have in the past been brutally hurt by people in the church. We care about that - whether you believe us or otherwise, and that's why I always try to err on the side of letting your voice be heard. But if you want to be nasty, or just bicker idiotically, then you'll have to get used to me treating you in the same way as all the other bloggers who simply consign your efforts to the void as soon as you post them.

The Rev. Dr. Christian Troll said...

Yes Canon Itchy - I've also wondered about that. It would also be interesting to know how she really feels about her conjugal owner's emphatic ponderings on the "onerous responsibilities of marriage" and the "selfless sacrifices" he sees as inherent to his commitment to a life of wedded bliss.

Anonymous said...

Dr WACKY's site luckily has a subsection on 'diseases of the wrist'. (Not to be confused with 'diseases of the rich' which is the specialism of Mr Andrew Lansley.)

Now, Fr Christian, what do you think about the UK government - by Gove! - flinging four and a half mill at a free (ha!) faith school that won't be teaching 'any of that gay nonsense'?

smithj1@unisa.ac.za said...

This Jensen man's got it all wrong. He seems to think that the world would be a better place to live in if women did exactly as they were told.

How silly of him. We all know that the world would be a better place to live in if men did exactly as they were told.

So simple!

Jane (Pretoria, South Africa)

Lapinbizarre said...

Nice point from Brother David. Just learned from Mark Harris that x Bob Duncan's good buddy Patriarch Paffhausen got the Grand Order of the Boot from his church a couple of months back. How could I have missed this. Will he join ACNA or Chuck Murphy, I wonder?

Brother David said...

Oh yes, Grand Puhbah Jonas got the boot royally inserted very deep!

Anonymous said...

It's rare to see a Christian blog so completely dedicated to resentful negativism.

The Rev. Dr. Christian Troll said...

Yes alas, Anonymous 5:54 - it is indeed a rare thing. Most prefer to be dedicated to preserving injustice and inequality, which from your charming passive-aggression one can only deduce is where your heart also lies.