wow, long time, no update. oh well.
I was just thinking recently about society, and the values that it tells us we should have. I realized that at the academy they tell us things like "sex before marriage is wrong, and society is trying to tell you otherwise". Now, to a certain extent, this is true. There are parts of our culture that are telling us that. So we, being good little new churchies, say "no that's wrong" and Look! We just resisted society. However, there is a large enough part of our society that is opposed to sex before marriage, that we are at least encouraged to question it. To think about whether it's really right or wrong. In resisting things like this, we are only resisting the most obvious ploys. What we really need to question are the things we believe so deeply we would never think to question them.
An example of this is racism. In today's culture (at least the one I grew up in) we never even question the idea that racism is wrong. Now, I actually do believe that racism is wrong, but I'm just trying to find an example of an unquestioned belief. Were does this belief come from? It's obviously not "human decency" because less than 200 years ago, slavery was a huge industry in the U.S. It was an issue that people had to actually think about, to try to come to their own conclusion.
With the "sex before marriage" issue, if you stand against it, there will be a great number of people who will support you, even if others mock you. However, there are others stances that almost everyone will disagree with you on (or maybe not... maybe that's just me being paranoid). It's late, and I can't think of any really good examples, and all of this makes much more sense in my head than it does writeen down.