The Body Politic

What is it with our modern culture, and our obsession with our bodies?

Politics is all about our bodies — who gets free birth control and abortions, healthcare costs, controlling people’s diets, who wears what, what people look like, the “war on women.”

Eve Ensler famously said: “My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.” Our vaginas need to talk, too. They need to talk about the way women’s rights are threatened worldwide… -Code Pink

Isn’t the message of the left that men and women are more than their bodies? Then why “bring your vaginas?” Isn’t that just sexism? Isn’t the message of the left that people are more than the color of their skin? Then why the focus on affirmative action (which is just plain racism)? Why the constant playing of the race card?Isn’t the message of the left that people are more than their bodies? Then why must all leftist humor be body humor?

There is, of course, a precedent for out obsession.

When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?” And he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. -2 Kings 9:30-33

Jezebel was the queen who brought Baal worship to Israel with a passion. Her husband, the king, killed a man through false accusations for a vineyard. She killed the prophets of God because they exposed her to public ridicule. Jehu has just killed her husband, the king, and is now riding into Jezreel to finish the job by killing the worst woman in Israel’s history, Jezebel.

And she’s painting her face.

Why? Because she’s obsessed with the way she looks. Maybe she thinks Jehu won’t kill a beautiful woman, or she just wants to die looking good.

This is what happens when a society sinks into the quagmire of paganism — the body is all. It’s politics, it’s humor, it’s social status, it’s life.

We have become Jezebel.

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