Saturday, March 26, 2016

Give It All, Give it All, Give it DONALD?

A few weeks ago I heard that a friend was kind of down about the way things were going in her life at the time.  She is a Christian believer like myself, so I thought she would appreciate a short video of me singing an old but encouraging song that was made famous by Evi.  I sent her the song and she did appreciate it, saying that it "was very nice."

The song reminds us to "give it all to Jesus" as he will turn our sorrows "into joy."  In other words, He, Jesus, will ultimately resolve all of our problems.  He will reconcile all of the bad in life, and we will find comfort in the how and when He overcomes it all with good.

No, Jesus never promised we would all get to feel good all the time.  On the contrary, to be honest.  He said we would be divided by choosing to be His disciples, and even persecuted unto death.  (Did you know there have been more Christians martyred in the last century than in the previous 2000 years since Christ's own execution?) But He did promise us that we could still find peace in knowing and in following Him!

In this campaign season we are struggling to choose a candidate to lead America through a thick maze of troubles and threats.  One who can not only understand the complexities, but deal with them, and with Congress, effectively over the next 4 to 8 years.  None of the current contenders will ever be able to simply address and solve every important issue that we are facing.  If our next president can effect enough changes to get thousands who have left the job market reemployed, and begin to close our sovereign borders, and squelch the destructive impact of ISIS on the world; if he or she can cause a shift in power from the central government to more local control of matters, and maybe even stand up for this country as if he appreciated its special status in the world, I would be content.

If he or she can be a role model of honesty, integrity, civility and maturity; all the better.

Well it turns out that my friend and her husband both plan to vote for Donald Trump.  I was struck by the idea that they might want to take the problems we have in America, and "give them all to Donald"! The contrast between his principles and approach to life, and those of Jesus are so glaringly profound that putting his name in the song, even accounting for the obvious distinction between ANY one man and God in the flesh (Jesus), kind of made me gag.

Jesus promises to "Make the world great again", but consider how.  He intends to let the weeds grow up with the wheat, allowing as much time as possible for conversion, and then on the one final day, to separate the two and burn the weeds. How would the Donald "make America great again", without exercising a kind of nation wide judgmental tyranny, as we have seen him display in microcosm already?

No. Considering the way Trump talks so callously and carelessly on the campaign trail, we would have only a vain hope that he suddenly develops a strain of decency, and restrains himself in office. And with the tendency toward a growing presidential power and autonomy already established by the current administration, we can not afford to "Give It All" to Donald Trump.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Egad! It's an EASTER Bunny!

I thought it was tragic enough, that the Church let "bunny" be added to "Easter", without so much as a "peep" (continuing seasonal reference intended).  Not that the word Easter has any direct Biblical connection (its etymology is still disputed), but here in America, in recent times, we have used the word to refer to the Church's celebration of its most vital historical event: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And then somehow we let this critical holiday be watered down by springtime delights such as chocolate bunnies hopping through plastic grass to hide hard boiled eggs either out on the lawn or behind household nick-knacks, to be hunted down by basket toting, over sugared toddlers.  Yeah, we did that, to the Resurrection.  It could only be worse if the word Easter was never substituted in, and we were using, and had to be losing, more relevant descriptors like "Resurrection Rabbits" or "Empty Tomb Tomcats" that appeared once a year to make our kids search for hidden hairballs, or something.

But now our culture has taken the next step.  Schools and communities around the country are moving to protect the religiously uninitiated from the horror of paschal celebratories (Easter fans).  E______ Bunnies are OK, but only now if the religiously loaded and perplexedly offensive adjective (Easter) is detached!  You will soon hear only of "Spring" egg hunts, and "Spring" bunnies, as if somehow the bodily resurrection of the Savior of the world, the One who came determined to offer Himself and take the death deserved by all mankind, were actually equivalent to "spring".

I'm just venting.  This sign of the times, and this trend in our society to demean all things Christian may inhibit our culture's foregone acceptance and long past embrace of the faith, but it does nothing to impact the power of the cross in saving souls.  Within your own heart and mind, you know your failed standing before God.  Despite such cultural attempts to mollify supposed offenses from common use, I hope that you also somehow discover His willingness to forgive you because of Christ's sacrifice, and to welcome you home.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  1 John 4:9
Jesus Christ is still victorious.  His work was accomplished and His generous offer still stands.  He is still ready and willing to let His blood cover your sins, and your simple acceptance of this gift given in grace is all it takes for you to be received in heaven when you die.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Did I hear correctly?  Hillary Clinton apologized to PAKISTAN?  Their troops fired on ours, repeatedly last year near the border, so guess what our army did:  We fired back.  Our efforts were more effective than theirs (a good thing if you are an army right?), and 24 Pakistani soldiers died.

We apologized.  Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, represents the Apologizer in Chief well enough.  I hope Mitt Romney might express a general regret that anyone had to die that day, but rescind the national apology and replace it with a matter-of-fact warning to Pakistan (and the rest of the watching and presently scoffing world) that we put the welfare of our own troops ahead of other's.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Carrie Goes Under the Bus

Carrie Underwood.  What can I say?  I cheered her through to victory as one of the most obvious, most talented, most fitting American Idol winners way back....oh, some 6 or 7 years ago now.  Besides the great voice, of course, she is the classic "living doll", who could easily have made a living as a model.  Her career since "Idol" has been a wonder to behold, with one big hit after another; and every song she sang containing a great, or simply a fun, message.  Carrie's rendition of "How Great Thou Art" mesmerized all listeners, including a friend of mine who classifies himself as a "Humanist". He listened to her sing that most famous of Christian songs over and over again.

Now my dream of this otherwise Wonder Woman has hit the wall of political correct reality.  Carrie has come out in support of gay marriage.  Yes, a lot of people have done that.  And a lot of people seem to think that their Christian faith dictates that they accept all behavior, based on the correct understanding that they should accept all people.  God accepts all people, but requires that they accept Him.  An acceptance which means they accept His understanding of what is right and wrong (what is good for we individuals, as well as our societies).

During an interview with a British newspaper, Underwood said, "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or [saying] 'everyone has to be like me'. …It's not up to me to judge anybody." She also objected to "people who use the Bible for hate," saying, "That's not how I would want myself as a Christian to be represented."

Agreeing with God, and the things He has said, is not about "setting rules, or saying 'everyone has to be like me'.  Nor is recognizing God's standard for us all "judging anybody."  And it is especially not using "the Bible for hate. 

Sorry Carrie.  I have loved watching your career develop, and your family prospering, and hearing you sing any old song you apply that wonderful voice to; but I wish you had thought about your position on this issue a little bit more.  I am sorry that you have chosen to have your "self as a Christian, to be represented" by a wishy washy, personal pick and choose, theology-by-feelings stance that fails to represent God's clear teaching on sin.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Something's Wrong with Occupy

“They were anarchists,” he repeated.


He paused. “We’re not really set up to cover the extreme Left.”

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

P is for POLICY

Dog peed on the floor?  Form a committee and develop a POLICY!
Light bulb in the closet burned out?  Within a year, the new POLICY should be in place!
A store clerk hurt your feelings?  Call the advisory board; THEY will come up with a fix-all POLICY tomorrow!

Did you hear about the sex offender who molested his disabled roommate this week in some mental ward somewhere?  Sorry I can't remember the where or when exactly, but I heard that the administration was all in shock because "we have a POLICY forbidding sex offenders from rooming with...." what?  Victims?  Non-sex offenders?  So glad to hear that!

They said he wouldn't even be charged because they could not get a conviction on the mentally impaired sex offender.  I guess then, all they could do was establish a POLICY regarding his containment  (which was not followed).

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O is for OBVIOUS

Why do I hate to state the OBVIOUS?  Is it just me?  Sometimes a solution to a problem is so OBVIOUS that I pause after the question is posed, waiting to be sure it wasn't rhetorical.    . . . .  But eventually I realize, "Uh-oh, he really is asking me that."  And then being so pressed, I try to offer the answer as if I (too) am unsure and dismayed by the great dilemma. But here is where the whole 'trying to protect my friend from the embarrassment of looking stupid' backfires.  Since I posed my tentative solution so doubtfully, he thinks even his entirely off-the-wall idea has at least as much merit as my hedged bet; so now he stands taller and looks down with disdain, scoffing at the apparent gall I must possess to even dare speak in the presence of his austere wisdom!  But now, suddenly, my pride is backed into a corner and I want to announce loudly that he's a boneheaded imbecile for even considering that there might be more than one answer to 2 + 2, but that remark, just kind of seems too...obvious.  So I relent and withdraw and hope his newly empowered ego will at least wonder if my quietude might suggest that I'm being rhetorical.  It should be OBVIOUS!

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