Monthly Archives: July 2012

Kudos to the Big Apple Mayor!

The mayor of New York City showed why NYC is the Big Apple and not Chicago, Boston, San Francisco or Philadelphia.  While his counterparts in these cities displayed trash language, bigotry and intolerance of one man’s personal religious beliefs (from which a few have begun to back off, thankfully), the Mayor of New York City weighed in saying it is none of the government’s business!  Nicely put, Mayor.  While Philadelphia showed anything but brotherly love and the others took the low road of name calling and bullying, even though they claim to be so inclusive and tolerant, this mayor took the high road, the constitutional road, the American road!  I guess some are Big Apple mayors and some are crab apple mayors!

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Another Blow Against Freedom!

Now Chicago has come out against Chick-fil-A!  I always knew Chicago was not my kind of town.  An alderman with the support of Chicago’s mayor has agreed with Boston’s mayor that a business whose owner doesn’t agree with them on personal and political beliefs will not be tolerated in their cities!  It’s Ok for them to discriminate against Christian principles, but don’t you dare disagree or you will be penalized!  Chick-fil-A does not discriminate, it’s just that the owners (CEO and family) have decidedly biblical principles and have very successfully built a thriving business with such practices.  (And of course, the individual stores are franchises and we don’t even know about those people’s personal beliefs.)  Apparently, some don’t want Americans who are free to think for themselves, free to believe how they want, and free to make a living in a decent manner.  Chick-fil-A does not refuse service to anyone based on their sexual preference – they don’t even ask!  Get a grip mayors!  Come back to reality.  This is still America.  Over 30 state legislatures have affirmed the very thing you say Chick-fil-A is out of touch on – the traditional marriage being one man and one woman.  Hey, America!  Show these bigots this is still America and go eat at Chick-fil-A!  Wed., Aug. 1 has been declared a day to show your support of this company and our freedoms!  Eat there then, but why wait?  Oh, yeah, maybe you should show these out-of-touch politicians how you feel about freedom at the next election!

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Only One Opinion Counts!

Social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and even these blogs have afforded us the ability to voice our opinions like never before.  And oh, how we’ve put it to use!  Pick a subject and the number of opinions out there is astronomical.  Since this is an election year, the opinion mill is churning out opinions about candidates, political parties, and policies at a fantastic rate.  I once read, but cannot actually verify, an anecdote about former baseball slugger Babe Ruth and opinions.  Whether true or not, it makes a good point.

The story goes that at one of his at-bats, the Babe had a strike called on him that he and most of the crowd thought was a ball.  The crowd roared “Boo!”  and Babe turned to the umpire and said, “Me and thousands of fans out there think that was a ball.”   To which the umpire replied, “Yeah, and mine is the only opinion that counts!”

I think God is saying the same thing today!  Trouble is, most people don’t even bother to read His “opinion” (the Bible!), much less go by it.  Too bad, too, since His really is the only one that counts!

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Is Bean Town Full of Beans?

I just read that the Mayor of Boston has vowed to keep Chick- fil-A, the fast food chain, out of Boston! The very successful restaurant chain is being targeted because it is conservatively run on biblical principles and has said publicly that its owners believe and promote the biblical definition of the family, which is between one man and one woman. The mayor says he doesn’t want businesses in Boston that discriminate! So, I guess it’s OK for him to discriminate or the city of Boston to discriminate, but anyone who disagrees with him is not allowed! How hypocritical! Who is the narrow-minded bigot here?

Why not allow any legitimate business to operate and let the public decide whom they will support? Oh, that would be too fair and just and as I said in a previous blog (All the World’s a Spin Zone), we can’t have the people thinking for themselves, now can we!? According to nearly every recent poll, several popular state votes, and over 30 state legislatures, Chick-fil-A is right in step with most of America! But that’s apparently no good for Boston – they are smarter and better than the rest of us and if we don’t adapt to their way of thinking, well, I guess we should just stay out of Boston!

Personally, I can live with that and I suspect Chick-fil-A can, too. However, that’s not the point. People of Boston, are you all as bigotted and narrow as your mayor appears to be? It’s hard for me to imagine anyone, much less a whole city so delusional as to think it is ok to say we will not tolerate intolerance! Now, there is plenty that I cannot tolerate, but I’m not the one claiming to be so tolerant. It’s this mayor and so many others that claim to be so open-minded and tolerant of others that are the hypocrites in this matter. They are only tolerant of those who agree with them, which of course isn’t toleration at all. I hope and even suspect that the mayor does not truly represent the people of Boston. I guess we will know that at their next election. Is the whole city full of beans or just the current mayor?

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Getting Better with Time

Oh, No!  Thinking two days in a a row!  I hope I don’t get a headache!  Anyway,  here’s what started it – I saw a Facebook post with George Bush’s picture and noticed how many are posting pics of him and Ronald Reagan saying how much they miss men like that in the Oval Office, etc.  I couldn’t help but compare this to what we baptist preachers experience over time – that we often get thought better of by our people after we’re gone!  You know the old sayings, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “you don’t appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.”  I’ve experienced that and I suspect former President Bush is feeling it now.  It gives a little comfort, but not much, since those of us who have experienced it learn quickly that the sentiment is not actually real and it won’t really change how very many treat the next guy.  But it’s nice to know (or at least think) you’re missed.  My real thought about this is for those who would like for everyone to feel better about our current leadership.  In America, you can do something about it.   Exercise your right to vote and make sure such leaders are absent from now on and eventually, others will think of them more fondly!    Just thinking…

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All the World’s a Spin Zone!

I’ve been pretty busy lately, but apparently not quite so busy that I can’t think ‘cause here I go again –thinking!  Now that’s not something our politicians want in an election year – people thinking for themselves!  I’ve been reading an awful lot of articles and posts about what is wrong with America, whose fault it is, and what ought to be done about it.  It seems everyone is an expert or they can quote someone who is.  I haven’t been impressed by either so far.  And so far, (for I expect we’ve a long way to go), if I can’t or won’t think for myself, I should listen to Obama and his camp or Romney and his, or Rush or Trump or dead presidents, or Letterman or Leno, – even George Carlin, of all people!  My goodness!  Really?!  Would we be in the mess we’re in if any of our politicians were as good as they all claimed when they ran?  And if comedians and ‘Hollywooders’ had any good answers, they’d be in charge, not on TV or in the movies!  Yeah, I know, some of them made the switch.  Most need to be switched – off!

If I didn’t know better, I’d think that they all believe that you and I don’t know anything at all and have to be told how and what to think.  Naturally, of course, they are all smarter than we are.  I’d think they felt that way, if I didn’t know better!  The problem with all this is that nearly everything I’ve read from either side is obviously slanted, one-sided, spin!  If there’s any truth at all, it’s half-truths, things taken out of context, ancient history, urban legend, non-sequitor reasoning, etc.  Whatever it takes to make one’s point and make it sound valid.  When you remove the emotion from the rants, I mean news and other posts, there isn’t anything substantial left.

 If I believed even half of what I’ve read so far, I cannot be a Democrat or a Republican or even an Independent!  I don’t agree with hardly anything I’ve read from either side when talking about the other side.  If both are anywhere near right and honest, then neither side is any good at all!  Hmmm….could that be the case?  Could it be that the Bible is right when it says there is none that does good, all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, and we have all gone astray, etc.?  Could it be that unless we return to being a nation that gives due respect to God, we can’t expect much of a return to America’s glory days.  (Yes, I said return, because I think we were once there).  America doesn’t have economy problems, education problems, or even government problems – we have a spiritual problem. Nobody seems to be talking that way, so I guess they aren’t thinking that way either.  Too bad.  Well, I was just thinking and kind of wish everyone else was, too! 

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Looking Up!

I was thinking again this morning.  (Pray for me, I’m trying to quit!) Meanwhile, here’s what got me to thinking and where it’s leading me.  Our church is getting ready for VBS this coming week and I’m working on my Sunday morning sermon to coordinate with the theme – SKY.  All things are possible with God, the sky’s the limit, up up and away, etc.  I’ve also been preaching from various Psalms during the summer, calling the series Psalm Psundays – catchy, huh?  Putting the two tracks together, I was working from Psalm 19 which says the heavens declare the glory of God and show us His handiwork.  My thoughts went to how sad that so many look up to the sky and never see God nor His work!  They see the random results of a big bang; they marvel at the things of space without much thought to the Thinker of Space; they look at it’s design without somehow realizing there then must be a Designer!  They wonder if there is intelligent life out there somewhere, causing me to wonder if there is intelligent life down here!  The bible says – also in a psalm – that the fool has said ‘there is no God’.  Ever think just how much we all listen to fools then?  I mean, we send our kids to schools that teach them there is no God – sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly.  We watch countless hours of TV and movies that generally depict no God or at best a god very dissimilar to the One in the bible.  Our mainstream media sources rarely talk about Him and then almost never in a good way.  And then our own conversations with others in general – how much of that causes us to ‘look up’?  Since this is an election year, there is a whole bunch of talk about how to make things better for America.  I’m just thinking that in order for things to begin looking up for us, maybe we ought to be looking up ourselves!

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