"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fox v. NFL

The NFL has a contract with FOX to show their games on FOX's stations. When going to commercial breaks Fox's roboman is featured on screen performing various typical football player moves. This season's creation performs a series of moves that one might witness as part of a post-TD celebration. Ironically, this is the type of carrying on that draws penalty flags if done live on Sundays.

Fox created roboman to entertain and attract viewers. It's too bad the real football players can't whoop it up after touchdowns if their employer is the NFL.


Government Officials Condemn Price Gouging

In the wake of Hurricane Ike government officials of various persuasion are condeming price gouging. Why? They hate competition. At this point I would list all the taxes the American people are subjected to but the internet isn't big enough to hold the data.

Friday, September 05, 2008

McCain and Country

President McCain stated in his acceptance speech at the RNC last night, "I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s... I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.”

If McCain believes he exists primarily to serve His country then the expectation of his administration would be for you too to see yourself as "your country's." Firstly, this is an antibiblical position as the church is the salt and light of the earth, not a country, community or other like entity. Man was created to belong to God. God never decreed that man should desire to belong to a "greater body” of men (e.g. political elite), euphemistically referred to as "country." Secondly, such a perception is a threat to private property rights. When the feds dole out entitlements then by definition they must muster the means for sustaining the provisions, no matter how meager.

For a country to be good, stable and rooted its Christian faith needs to be strong and growing. America has been weakening for decades because of its ever-increasing devotion to syncretism. The plague even has impressive tentacles within the walls of the Christian church.

Is Obama the answer? PPhhhtthh.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Judgment Tattoo

A well-dressed woman walked into Starbucks today. I noticed a tattoo on her lower right leg, the lateral aspect. It read in font size 32, black ink, "Don't Judge Me." The statement itself is judgmental, or at least preemptively judgmental. Judgement is inevitable, ncessary and good when executed properly. Hypocrisy is rampant.

Sarah Palin Running With John McCain?

Life is at all times easy and difficult to "figure out." As a Christian one can simplify things and say life is easy--trust and obey God--as explicated in the Holy Scriptures and expounded upon in the great creeds of the faith. On the other hand are the details and management of day-to-day, and year-to-year life. In this latter case life is more confounding.

Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has made a huge decision--to accept the nomination as John McCain's VP running mate. As a Christian, transporting oneself into her shoes is an exercise that is quite intriguing. Did she do the right thing? Is she remaining covenantal? What would I have done? In actuality, we don't need John McCain to come calling for us to test ourselves in this manner. Everyone can find similar circumstances in their own lives if they probe their conscience long enough.

Consider the example of Daniel and Joseph, two godly men of whom there is no mention of sinful acts in the Scriptures. Of course they did sin but the accounts we have of them show them to be upstanding men of faith. Daniel and Joseph were also right-hand men to unregenerate leaders, Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh, respectively. Alternatively, are the admonitions not to be unequally yoked, or as Chuck Baldwin puts it in his September 3 column, "Can two walk together except they be agreed." (Click on Chuck's article for a good summation for the argument Sarah Palin is compromising the faith in her decision to run with McCain).

My position on Palin's decision to run with McCain? Not that it matters much, is, I don't know what to think of it. Still mulling it over. But if I ever lean strongly to one side or the other there's still the lingering questions that come with not knowing her personally. And even when one does know someone well that doesn't mean they know them as God does. God being the ultimate vetter.

A fool speaks their whole mind and I doubt Sarah will ever do that publicly. This makes the exercise very difficult. Perhaps Rahab, who hid the spies, lied about it, yet became regarded as a woman of great faith, is someone who strongly influences Palin. Is her decision to run with McCain supported by the fact Jesus Himself ate with sinners? We're in the world but not of the world. This doesn't seem to be a neat and tidy situation.

Sarah Palin gave a tremendous speech last night. She's articulate, well-mannered, confident, humble and at ease. She has thrust herself into the limelight and now awaits the post-vetting vetting by the media barracudas. It will be interesting to see how she fares and how her walk with God goes.

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Jesus spoke a lot about quality leadership being exercised through acts of service. The first will be last sort of thing. Our culture is more and more gravitating towards a leadership style that's isolationist in nature with a concurrent , memo-driven, micromanaged, "strain a gnat, swallow a camel" component. Whether you go to Target, Wal*Mart, the supermarket, a restaurant, auto dealership, bank or wherever, the atmosphere is often palpably similar and stale. Human ingenuity and gifts of men are certainly stifled as the strife between the working classes fosters an atmosphere of discontent and apathy. Hopefully this will change soon.