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7th-Jul-2005 09:03 am
Dilbert
What do you do in UBF if you want to let your kids partake in non-UBF activities in order to do them something good? As you know, UBF kids are supposed to rather join an UBF orchestra or something. Non-UBF-related activities are considered a waste of time. Here is a clever excuse from a UBF member:

"My children are happy and I will put them for houseback [meant: horseback] riding classes. Who knows it may come in handy in the muslim country. If they know how to ride a horse perhaps they can ride camels as well."

[taken from here]
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7th-Jul-2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Who knows it may come in handy in the muslim country. If they know how to ride a horse perhaps they can ride camels as well.

Because that's all they ride in the "muslim country": camels. I can see that this UBF parent (who happens to be a former Chicago UBF revenue collector) already has her childrens' future mapped out: It's in UBF and nothing but UBF.
7th-Jul-2005 05:19 pm (UTC) - prejudice
I don't know. I am aware that many Muslim countries in the Arabic world hold large contingents of desert where camels (aka. "desert ships") are the most economic means of transportation, but I am under the impression that "Muslim ride camels" is about as much of a prejudice as "Hindu must eat cow" or "the American Satan" ... anyway. It's UBFtalk from a limited perspective.
If you watch the news from Iran or Iraq, you would see that the means of transportation in these countries inside civilized perimeters (which is everything where UBFins ever would go) - is the same as in "Western" countries: cars, motorcycles, bicicles.

The entire UBF worldview is based on bias and prejudice, and this statement immediately struck me as such a one, either.

It's so good that Christ hasn't only freed us of religious bondage, but of prejudice as well.

In Christ,
Mike K.
7th-Jul-2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
In UBF, members must justify everything they do in terms of UBF mission. Maria Peace cannot just take her children horseback riding because it is good for children to be active. Instead, some connection to mission is necessary to justify such activity with her children.

Maria probably learned this type of connecting everything to mission from the UBF leaders in Chicago. UBF Koreans are good at justifying their actions by claiming that it is for mission.

After receiving my bachelors degree, I decided to go to graduate school instead of getting a job. When I discussed this with UBF leaders, they kept harassing me that I must have some Bible verse to justify my decision to go to graduate school. I made my decision through personal prayer with God. That was not good enough for UBF. Thus, I had to always say that I wanted to be a PhD shepherd.

UBF Koreans buy houses claiming that they are for mission as brothers sisters houses or guest houses. In reality, the houses are a source of revenue for the Koreans. One Korean told me that the five houses he purchased are for his families' retirement.

Churches would be better to provide an environment of honesty and openness among members. Church members should be able to involve their children in activities, choose their education, and purchase property as an investment without having to be deceptive. Of course, UBF must control, dominate, and lord over their members which necessitates such deceptive behavior of claiming everything has some connection with mission.
8th-Jul-2005 08:27 am (UTC) - Pretense
Or, simply put, UBF is a ministry of pretense and situational ethics.

UBF's "yes" doesn't mean "yes", and their "no" doesn't mean "no". It means: you must know what is going on behind the scenes or you will never understand.
8th-Jul-2005 01:50 pm (UTC) - Re: Pretense
Well put.
8th-Jul-2005 02:28 pm (UTC) - Re: Pretense
UBF leaders generally expect members to absolutely obey their direction without specifically telling them. UBF members must know what is expected of them without direct communication. Anytime I would ask my director why he did not simply tell me what he wanted, he would reply "it's common sense." It is common sense that UBF members obey leaders absolutely and find some way to tie every activity to UBF mission.
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