Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Should Christian Women Be "Party Divas"?

Maybe I am too much of a fuddy duddy, I do not expect Christians like the Catholic church to go take a vow of poverty [God will lead many Christians to give to others] and eat nothing but gruel for dinner. We can have celebrations too and nice dinners. But this book, reminds me of some of the themes I'm talking about in terms of today's modern church, marketed for a certain demographic, and with odd priorities and just like the world, even the use of the word "Diva" is annoying as in the slang lexicon out there, that means a woman often in entertainment such as a singer, who is mean to other people to "get her way", and focused on looks, success and popularity. An older word that would match would be "prima donna".

"Party Divas: 12 Fabulous Parties for Women's Ministry"!

The recipes were not cheap, shrimp, creme brulee [most people in my old rural town who didn't watch Food Network wouldn't even know what that was], with themed party games and decorations. I do not want anyone to think I am putting down church dinners which I used to enjoy myself, but something about this book really bugged me. It is a presentation of where the churches are going. Out of touch, more interested in programs, "productions", and the rest.

See this article too: "The Evangelical Subculture"


Anonymous said...

It's just another downgrade of the already apostate churches to make them more indistinguishable from the world.

Lisa Ruby said...

Christian women are not divas.

Definition of diva:

noun: one who behaves as a goddess or queen. A diva is a celebrated female singer, similar to a "prima donna" (literally "first lady.") Both the terms "diva" and "prima donna" are now used disparagingly for someone who acts overly entitled.

Being a "diva" is the opposite of having a meek and quiet spirit (See 1 Peter 3:4)

The Bible does not teach that Christians must give parties and compete with others in their attempts to conform to the world's standards of entertaining guests. Rather, the Bible teaches that Christians are to be given to hospitality without grudging:

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Romans 12:13

Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 1 Peter 4:9

If Christians read modern "Christian books" rather than the King James Bible they will have the farthest thing from the mind of Jesus Christ.

Bible Believer said...

I agree Christian women are not divas.

That bothered me. That is a term that is pushed around, that actually influences women to be haughty and not interested in the needs of other people and to put themselves first. One sees that term thrown around. I have seen women even actually refer to themselves as a "goddess".
Yes it is opposite to having a quiet and meek spirit. I do believe Christians are to be hospitable. Nothing wrong with that, dinners, and meeting the needs of one's guests. The world's standards are something else where it becomes about "showing off" and a "conformity" that actually belies a nice dinner where the Christian love and hospitality is spontaneous and from the heart. The influences on Christian women out there are immense, one can read the "Christian" ladies magazines and see endless worldly messages such as focusing on having high self esteem, being a fashion plate, etc.

Anonymous said...

Diva means "goddess", or "a woman who is godlike". The word "divine" is derived from it, and the appellation of "devine" was used for "soothsayer" from the verb "to divine" or "divination". In the Middle Ages (surprise, surprise), the word "divine" came to be used for prelates. Anon. #1

Anonymous said...

Sorry, misspelled "divine" in the above when pointing out the meaning of "soothsayer". Anon. #1

Abbey said...

This recipe idea/theme isn't worldly now is it? It's obvious what KIND of fun is being referred to in that song.

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Pajama Party (candy bling and strawberry salad!!!)"

I'd be ashamed and insulted if someone called me a diva. It's not surprising though since it starts with young girls and teenagers wearing shorts or shirts with the word Diva, Princess, Porn Star and other crud stamped on their bottoms and tops. We wouldn't want Christian women to be left out now would we?

Bible Believer said...

Yeah they are trying to rope Christian women into that nonsense, you are right about the young daughters even having their clothes marked with that nonsense, to indoctrinate them into the narcissistic culture and princess "programming".

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Pajama Party (candy bling and strawberry salad!!!)"

Isn't this sad, this is supposed to be for grown adult Christian women, some even middled aged and above. What is candy BLING? That is another annoying word, that is slang for lots of shiny expensive jewelry. Yeah I remember the song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper, in the 80s. It's about a girl who has spent the night out "partying" and engaging in premarital sex. I listened to this song when I was young.

Here are the lyrics...

I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we're not the fortunate ones
And girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you're still number one
But girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have -

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun,
They want to have fun,
They want to have fun....

Of course by the 80s, the world was telling girls, it's the "FUN" ones who stay out all night.

And look what this supposed "Christian" book supports....

A lot of those pop culture references they bring in are not as "harmless" as they love to present them.

Bible Believer said...

Oh other anon, thanks for sharing with us that diva comes from "divine" and is another word for "goddess". That explains a lot.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, BB! Anon. #1

Anonymous said...

... just a jealous bunch of old hags...or young hags. Not everyone takes the Bible literally and who cares what Peter said anyway? meek and quiet spirits, yeah right STUFF IT PETER

Bible Believer said...

Well DIVA means "divine" goddess as said above.

I wonder about how much societal narcissism is being fueled by all the celebrities saying over and over "be a diva".

Anonymous said...

well spoken