Brave New Blog (2)

June 10, 2006

Well, I completed Brave New World. It took just a few days, and I enjoyed reading it.

Another one of the axioms that the children are taught is: "Everybody belongs to everybody else." This is translated to mean: "To withhold your body from anyone who wants it is immoral." Free sex at all times – give in to passion! 

 In the novel, a boy raised in an Indian reservation apart from this "civilized" Brave New World, is brought to civilization as an experiment. He is bombarded with the culture immediately, especially their free attitude toward sex.

The Savage, accustomed to marriage and fidelity  (having seen his mother beaten by the Indian women because she slept with their husbands), is incredibly resistant toward the approaches of a woman, Lenina, with whom he is madly in love (in lust?). He tires of her repeated attempts to get him to have sex with her, and pulls out a whip until she runs to the bathroom for safety. What strength of will! And what a difference in worldviews is evidenced in this encounter.

The difference in societies and cultures is astounding. And the parallels between the "civilized" society, which indoctrinates from childbirth that giving into passions is perfectly fine, and American society, are disheartening and unsettling. Today, through public schooling (which is reluctant to tell kids that abstinence is the best way to avoid STDs), kids are not being told "wait", but rather "since you're going to do it anyway, here's a condom." Through music, where rap artists boast of how many "ho's" they have. And also through television and movies, where the norm is for people to engage in sexual activity before marriage. 

We may not be whispering axioms into children's ears while they sleep, but today's society is equally indoctrinating people to believe that the sexual activity so permissible in Brave New World is equally permissible today. May we have the strength of the Savage, with his "savage-like" activities such as marriage and fidelity, to be savages in our own world and show them the virtues of God's way of being human sexually. 

However, this axiom is also true in a way far removed from Brave New World's free sex propaganda. And the truth of the statement: "Everybody belongs to everyone else" has been lost on the Church. Notice the Acts community:

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The early Church understood that in Christ, they were a new people, and that they belonged to each other. They sold their goods, gave to the needy members. They cared for each other, they ministered together, they broke bread together, they attented worship together. With a bond deeper than any racial or family bond, the Spirit united these believers in a way that they truly lived for each other.  May we belong to each other in the same way.


One Response to “Brave New Blog (2)”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Amen. Now run with that for about sixty years. :0)

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