Sunday, March 24, 2013

Journal Entry: Dr. Phil, Open Marriages and Homosexuality

There's a connection? 


As you may have noticed if you've been reading from the bottom of the blog to the top, I'm gathering some initial material for the blog by going through my Journal and pasting certain entries I've made over the past year or so. Here is my reaction to a Dr. Phil episode I watched (I rarely watch t.v. at all, and this is why):

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

                        I turned on Dr. Phil for the first time in a long time (just after coming out of the bathroom, having read the first 30-some pages of Hadji, which is the Swedish title of The Hajj, by Leon Uris. I’d started reading it last year but only made it through the first 2 chapters), and he had on two african-american couples who were involved in an “open marriage.” The arrogant ignorance coming out of their mouths was disturbing. The wife is apparently a blogger, and she loves to run her mouth—she interrupted Dr. Phil multiple times and she even got shouted down by the audience. 

The husband said he thought the #1 thing that causes STDs is fear. Because fear causes stress which compromises your immune system. I kid you not. The wife was boastful, touting her ‘list of accomplishments,’ (i.e. they had a tough life, and if the kids turn out messed up it could be from any one of the other things—their house burning, moving, etc, rather than their very open ‘marriage’ that their kids know about) and talked about how she watched porn with her daughter (the point was to be ‘educational,’ but that doesn’t excuse it. She didn’t see a problem with showing her that). She ended her soliloquy by trying to make the point that their household was ‘good,’ or ‘inclusive,’ accepting, etc. by proudly stating that they’ll be totally okay with their children bringing home girlfriends or boyfriends that they’re having sex with. She’s so blind to her own lusts that she doesn’t realize this is not something that earns you points for being a good parent. Quite the opposite. 

The thing that stood out about her and her husband was that they reminded me of the other African-american couple that I had encountered in Borders (the bookstore) that were so sold on astrology and tried to justify to me how remarkable and personally enlightening it was, and then, how blind and ignorant I was for not believing it. This woman did the same to the audience. She was defensive and puffed herself up with accolades to justify her desire to be allowed to do what she’s doing without consequence, without anyone telling her she’s doing something wrong. 

Which reminds me, one point she made was “there are 33,000 religions in this country—which one should I teach my kids?” to her mother-in-law, who repeatedly said on the show that she was concerned for the children. Naturally, that makes all the sense in the world—it is the rejection of the Biblical God and His perfect law that leads people to justify these perversions. Noteworthy is the fact that she tried to refer to society’s acceptance of homosexual relationships in order to justify her ‘open marriage’ arrangement. Ultimately, those who accept and promote homosexuality have no ground to stand on to oppose having multiple partners, because the only ground to stand on is the Bible, and it must be rejected in order to embrace homosexuality.

~ Rak Chazak


  1. Rak,

    I was reading Elizabeth Prata's blog and she posted a link to your blog. I just wanted to encourage you. I've read a few entries and they are all good. I see you enjoy Voddie Baucham, Todd Friel and John MacArthur. Those are some of my favorite ministers as well. I also like Paul Washer and David Platt. David Platt is my pastor (well technically I'm still going through the membership process at Brook Hills). I try to stay informed of current events in the news, church and politics. I've slacked off severly on monitoring politics lately. It just upset me and was taking time away from my Bible studies. I've bookmarked your blog and will be stopping by regularly. I'll also be praying for you. I know you face much hostility on campus. I've thought about going back to college myself, but would much rather study church history and theology.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Birmingham, AL

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Brad! I was pleasantly surprised when Elizabeth linked to me, so I scrambled to get more content up in the hopes that I'll manage to keep people interested. I have indeed heard of those two -- Paul Washer has more of an internet presence, so I'm a little more familiar with him as a result. Regarding the news, let me tell you, you're not missing much! I have an insatiable curiosity so I keep reading even though yes, it's terribly distressing a lot of the time. Consequently, I relish in reading conservative satire. I learn more from the 'alternative media' I follow on line than I do from the television, so I hardly watch any t.v. anymore--though part of that is due to being at college, in fairness.
      Thanks for deciding to stop by again, and thanks for the prayer. I agree with you, if I'd known what I know now before I went to college, I might have tried something different. As it is, I'm not going to lack for stories to tell my children, if I'm privileged with enough peace and prosperity to have them! That gives me an idea for another blog post, talking about the possibility of not marrying.

      I'm glad to be useful and I hope I continue to make you and others think it'll be worth it to stop by my blog to see what's going on. :) Keep in touch.