SYRIA: Christian man forced to convert to Islam, then gets beheaded anyway (WARNING: Graphic Images)Posted: March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
One would have had to have been living completely detached from political, moral, and yes even normal daily discourse to have failed to notice our nation is fractured beyond clear and obvious repair. On social and economic lines we are fully divided.
On the American dream, hard work, responsibility, fair access to social mobility, and other factors related to economic life, a recent poll shows that most of us feel the pressure of our divided culture.
Interestingly, we don’t appear to be divided on the basic question of who to blame. Read the rest of this entry »
First, the fundamentals.
Are Conservatives and Republicans genuinely opposed to social programs, regardless of the nature, primarily out of hatred of fear of minorities? Are they so entrenched in their religious views that they hate gay people on principle? Do they really want women to live forever under the thumb (or foot) of her husband? Are Conservatives so committed to their devious ‘agenda’ they’re willing to throw out the Constitution for the sake of their own policies?
Are Liberals and Democrats truly trying to take down America by changing her entire framework by whim? Are they so entrenched in their socialistic views they’d rather see rich people torn down than find alternative, constructive means to help raise everyone up? Are they so committed to the secular cause they’ve no interest in moral values? Are Liberals so entrenched in their devious ’agenda’ they’re willing to throw out the Constitution for the sake of their own policies?
Make no mistake about it, these are the fundamental assumptions many people make about the other side’s beliefs. Few public speakers choose to articulate the assumptions precisely this way – it’d be in poor taste. A simple perusal of social media or the comment section of any online journal, however, will confirm: many of us believe precisely these things about our fellow Americans.
Seriously folks: do you really think that half the country believes this way? Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Christ, Christian, christianity, constitution, culture war, First Amendment, hypocrisy
In his Fox News article Todd Starnes asks whether Christians have lost the culture war. This writer has had dealings with many folks just like that evangelist from New York Families. New York Families Reasearch Foundation (NYFRf) is an organization which purports that it ”seeks to display Christian charity towards our fellow New Yorkers and to build a more just and merciful culture”.
This writer is not sure what their real motives are given his recent interaction with the evangelist.
The question which concerned Christians ought to ask is not whether they’ve lost the culture war but whether those representing Christianity publicly have lost their minds, not to mention their hearts. Read the rest of this entry »
Reading a recent article in Salon about Rand Paul courting the Religous Right, Hunter is reminded once again of Ayn Rand’s insistence that any political philosophy must have an explicit foundation as well as her repeated renunciations of Libertarianism
what they hold against Objectivism is morality. They want an amoral political program
Apparently, Rand Paul has finally learned what Ayn Rand knew – that morality (and consistency) matters. Paul has thrown his weight behind (or is he begging for help from?) Christian ethics and Christian votes.
LOL, God help him. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: foreign policy, forgiveness, hate, hope, Leviticus, love, Matthew, Russia, uganda, Ukraine
From street level you often can see a lot further and a lot clearer – when you want to – there’s no where near as much superfluous scrap in the way. Have been thinking these days of the rest of the world instead of my own stupid homeless crap. The Ukrainian mess – the intolerance in Russia and Uganda – the back and forth Left v Right political venom here at home; all of this hate. What happened to us as people?
Hunter is reminded of Leviticus 19:34…
“But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God”
as well as Matthew 22:37-40.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Again, what happened to us? There’s not much loving our neighbors going on, it seems. Not judging by what’s going on in much of the world.
All we can do, I guess, is sit and watch things unfold. We can try to spread around as much love and forgiveness as we ourselves can muster, and we can…wait.
Tags: Christ, Christian, faith, growth, guilt, Health, meds, mental health, Pissing contest, pride, Psychology, suicide, suvival
Apparently I got what I had been so strenuously, yet blindly, seeking. I clearly sought that which I found. Nov 8th saw the end of my pissing match, though I died in the process. Painkillers combined with sedatives do the trick every time. This suicide has oddly woken me up. I guess the third time really was the charm for me.
I now live with the repercussions (family not speaking to me, court ordered treatment, order of protection, relocation to a decidedly cold climate , homelessness in said cold climate). i live now with the emotional blows which come from shelters turning me away as well as the emotional highlights of Churches where members and leaders don’t walk around with the plastic smiles of folks going through the motions.
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Tags: chris carrabba, dashboard confessional, faith, justice, mercy, psalms, religion, sin, spirituality
Today at the city mission the Minister talked about mercy and justice. He drew a metaphor of being brought together. The minister discussed how mercy and justice yearn to meet. It’s clear, though, that each are very different moral concepts. They come from very different basic premises. Each stirs strong – and very different – emotions.
In the haunting lyrics of his song Get Me Right Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba sings of sin and how
it remains inside of me
It battles and devours me
It cuddles up the side of me
And whispers it convinces me I’m right.
Carrabba tells the object of his love
I own a sinners heart
I know the rain falls hard
I know the currency
I know the things you’ll need
So which is a more virtuous or even proper currency when dealing with others? Mercy or justice? I’ve been finding it hard to differentiate between the two these days. I’m certainly finding it difficult to say which I would want used in exchange for my sins.
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