Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sometimes Beyond Comprehension

These ignorant jabbererers who ranch on that there is no God, that we are here by happenstance, without order or rhyme to reason...should really try their hands at some less intellectually challenging enterprises. Stamp collecting-do people still do that? Washing Mason jars AND lids. Soap operas.
Just like gravity (jump up and you will land somewhere) we are pulled by our hearts, minds and beings to:
Appreciate beauty.
Bring chaos into order.
Value some things over others.
A Christian will tell you that every good gift is from God, such as the gifts of appreciating beauty, ordering chaos, etc.
The picture above is beautiful. To me, at least.
But part (for me) of the beauty is tied to the facts that:
A: God made it, and
B: God made me capable of finding it beautiful.
A complex mass of organic materials combined through the evolutionary process to eventually stand upright and file taxes...Evolution can't explain a sunset, or why we find them lovely.
It's no secret, and I share it for free: We humans are made by God to carry His likeness. He appreciates Beauty, so ipso facto, do we.
Even the most ardent agnostic/atheist/un-deist may be a fan of the beauty found in God's Creation.
"Just happenstance!" they cry.
Poor, self deluded intentionally ignorant jabbererers. Try as they might, they can't argue against the double witnesses of beauty and their appreciation of it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PHOO!!





Couldn't name a song;  if asked their names I'd have to say "No idea." But the Foo Fighters
are this week's Heroes, and that ain't bad.
You know why. 
They grieved the Democrat's favorite Church: The Westboro Baptist clan/cult.
The Foo gentlemen let the Westies know that when they show up at soldier's funerals...their input isn't appreciated.
That's putting it mildly.
I know, I know-there are some elements of society who think that the Westboro group is mainstream Christian, that we of the faith cheer on their spreading the hate early and late.
Nope.
If the ground were to open up under the Westboro Baptists dirty feet whilst they were raising their stink at a military funeral...I wouldn't be at all surprised. It's happened before.
29“If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. 
30“But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD.”
31As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; 
32and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. 
33So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 

Numbers 16:29-33 
Thanks, Foo Fighters, for fighting against hateful moronism.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Son Down...You Better Take Care....

"Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again."
 
Gordy Lightfoot's song "Sundown" is about a cheating woman, but the 
hurly burly about "Same Sex Marriage" and other recent fiascos brought the lyric
to mind in a different conception. If we are still allowed to use that word.
Okay, about this "Same Sex Marriage" deal. What was won? What was lost?
Just who are the losers? 
Maybe you'd better sit down.
The losers are all of those who reject what God has designed in favor of their own 
misbegotten 'beliefs'.
Sure, sure-according to the world which ignores God, the perception is that 
homosexual marriage is a stunning achievement, something to be cherished and enjoyed.
We Christians aren't over in some corner, sad and crying, having lost faith.
You see, we KNOW. 
We know God, and we know that, whether the world recognizes it or not, His Word
is true and right, His Law is perfect.
It's really so easy. What He calls sin is sin. BOOM! Truth in five words, with 
one used twice.
Whenever you think you've 'Won' something which God rejects...you are a loser.
Son Down.
When Christ returns and sets up His Kingdom, the only 'Winners' will be those who 
Love and respect Him, who obey Him with all that they have or are. 
The good news is that, in this time of Grace, it is still possible to be made to be
peace with God. You know the Gospel, though you may have ignored it all of your life.
I haven't lost anything. 
You can redefine "marriage" six times this week, and it means nothing.
For God is True. 

 
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

ALL Lives DO Matter, Dems!

Before any bird cries "Fowl", I totally admit to modifying/putting together the NY TIMES page with the Ann Coulter tweet.
The unofficial motto of the moment in some circles is: "Black Lives Matter".
Hil Clinton stumping, speechifying her way down the campaign trail, modified the motto to: "All lives matter."
In a church.
In front of an African American congregation.
Supposedly, some in the audience didn't care for the modification.
But she was right.
All lives matter, everyone. Period.
I direct your attention to the Coulter tweet which asks,
"Which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year?" and, of course, the answer is the symbol for "Planned Parenthood", the Abortion industry stalwart defended by most Democrats.
If Democrats truly believe that 'Black lives matter', that 'All lives matter', perhaps they should stop propping up Abortion.
Yes, it is legal. So was Slavery, until the Republican Party formed to root it out of our nation.
So was Jim Crow alleged to be legal, until the Republicans drafted and passed Civil Rights legislation over the objections of the Democrats.
Legal is sometimes still morally WRONG.
It would take a lot of courage for any Democrat to oppose Abortion, which is why cowards keep silent. Have a nice night, America.


Sunday, July 05, 2015

Stand by For Heavy Rolls!

Before some snark attacks with bakery jibes, "Stand By For Heavy Rolls" was the warning broadcast aboard ship when we were about to enter rough, troubled waters.
In the next four months the sewers of politics shall again explode upon our nation, and we will soon be so sick of the process that even pagans will be calling for God to return and put us out of our collective political misery.
Those of you groaning at the mention of the coming political rodeo-I'm with you. This isn't some foolish brazen "Bring It On" post. I have come to hate the stuff.
No-in brief, I hope that the politics which polarizes won't cause us to become hateful and angry towards each other. Enough of that happens naturally. Don't let politics diminish your humanity, and I will try to do the same.


Saturday, July 04, 2015

My Offensive Behavior Explained



"The right to freedom of thought and belief is one and the same right for all."
Absolutely! I cannot tell you what you should think or believe, and you cannot abridge my Right to think and believe as I do!
 
"No one anywhere should ever be forced into or out of a belief."
Yup! We can each reason and argue and apply thought and discernment to a belief, or a disbelief, without coercion/intimidation to accept someone else’s beliefs with which we disagree. 
 
"The right to freedom of expression is global in its scope."
True! But “My right to throw a punch ends at the nose of the other person.” is the standard.
The point where my freedom of expression impacts someone else’s is the point where we must either back off, agree, or agree to disagree.

"There is no right not to be offended, or not to hear contrary opinions."
This is the ‘non-right’ which moves civilizations forward. As long as there are people,
We will have offenders and offendees. We all assume both roles as part of our freedom of thought.
If I cannot express myself without offending you, if you are not free to offend me by your expression…
Then chaos. Darkness. 

"States must not restrict thought and expression merely to protect the government from criticism."
We see this broken machine displayed in many countries where those in power insulate themselves from the powerless. Eventually, every broken machine is replaced.
 
"Freedom of belief is absolute but the freedom to act on a belief is not."
Finally something I disagree with! If action is restricted, then the belief is restricted. If I am not allowed to act on my belief, it is abridged. Freedom to believe (or NOT believe) encompasses the freedom to act on that belief!

Statements in bold are from the 2014 World Humanist Congress, gathered in Oxford, UK, on 8-10 August 2014

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Bow Not To Rainbows



For those wondering, Proverbs 25:26.
For those wandering, Proverbs is a collection of Wisdom literature compiled in the Bible, found after Psalms and before Ecclesiastes.
In the past day I've been hit with so much worldly enthusiasm concerning things which God calls sin.
I won't give way before the wicked, and neither will my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Some of us are having our heads chopped off. Christians are imprisoned for their faith in many lands.
So I'm pretty sure that we can survive a few disrespectful nants shaking rainbows at our faces.
Besides, I doubt that many of us assumed that this was a God honoring country.
Nope. This country and this world want nothing to do with God.
The world's battle cry concerning Christ's influence in their lives:
“Let us tear their fetters apart     And cast away their cords from us!”
What's the next line? Oh yeah.
God is Supreme above the Supreme Court.
God has a redemptive plan which includes Christ returning and putting an end to human nefariousness. But until that day...
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." Romans 5:20

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Other Rainbow Connection


"12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; 
13I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 
14“It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 
15and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 
16“When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”"

Genesis 9:12-16
Well. Quite a day, huh? I'm seeing lots of rainbow stuff everywhere, which sent me back to Genesis 9 where God, after destroying most of the world's population due to sin, made a covenant with us in His Creation to never again destroy the world with flood waters.
Those who ignore God and want nothing to do with Him are celebrating this as a day of victory.
Many who do live for God may feel upset by today's news.
Not I. For me, nothing has changed-this world always fails to meet my lowered expectations, sending them lower yet.
The old Gospel song comes to mind: "This world is not my home, I'm only passing through." Which is very true.
Here's another truth:
" 20The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 
21so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Roman 5:20

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trubbled

Just in case any serious jihadi-jedis happen upon this post, the Danish artwork above is of a man named John Doe #7, so I am NOT insulting the religion of y'all.
John Doe. Not Muhammad. Got it?
Purists, if they still exist, might remark on my post title being misspelled.
What does it matter anymore?
An Idiot targets Christians because they are black. And Christian. Notice that the Idiot
did not try to exterminate Nation of Islam adherents, although they are more demonstrably racist than anyone else. He went for the soft targets.
Obamacare was 'upheld' by the SCOTUS, which shocked no one who has been paying attention. No shock, just sad.
That evil disease which crops up every four years is beginning to make its stink known:
politicos are shouting up themselves and shouting down their opponents. And no one listens.
Here's the thing-I will never be amazed by Man continually making things worse. I am
sometimes cheered and amazed by selfless acts of Good which happen DESPITE this world's spinning faster and further into trubbles.

Bruce Cockburn, in "Hills Of Morning":
"But everything you see's not the way it seems --
Tears can sing and joy shed tears.
You can take the wisdom of this world
And give it to the ones who think it all ends here."


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tru Da Lookin' Glass, Alicia

Forgive, please, if my tilling of well turned over ground makes me ignorable. Facebookers are trained to discern and compote the meaning of any post in nanoseconds. You probably ignored the word compote, as it didn't compute and anything not discoverable in one breath's time is not worth yours.
Are you a Warrior?
Do you defend those offended? Take up fights for the defenseless?
Well and good. Commendable. True religion is taking care of widows and orphans who lack the ability to fend for themselves. So you fend for them.
Was just listening to a program which detailed all the encouragement and support being showered on a person who has changed...gender?
Well, not really changed-at the level of chromosomes, X is still X, Y can't say Y not X?
Until the DNA is configurable, recombinable...artificially altered Alfreds, deep down, are still Freddies, not Fredrikas.
Does pointing this out make me a hateful person?
For disavowing the pretense, by not going along with the gag, should I be subjected to a gag order?
Here's the point. Many people take up arms (figurative-they may hate all weaponry)
to fend, defend someone with whom they share zero common cause. Maybe it's a reflex.
They themselves are quite satisfied with the skin they are in. But they will rush to the defense of someone such as the him/her mentioned above.
Because why?
Why does that person need defenders? Who is attacking that person?
"Well, no one yet, but..."
So pre-emptive defense...which is actually offense.
"Yeah, BUT...the small-hearted bigots who hate minorities and gays and immigrants and 'other' religions...will not be loving and accepting of a her that had been a him. So pre-emptive or not, I'm on the right (left) side!"
Here where I'm tilling the already turned over sod: Be careful that some 'leaders' of social and political movements do not raise a cash crop by ginning up your emotions.
Don't allow anyone to make money off of your outrage-many politicians (yep-THEM again!) raise money for their campaigns (call it what it is-the financing of their ego trips) by keeping you angry and mis-informed. Truth may set you free, but lies will open your pocketbook.
Why do they attack you through your heart? Because you head knows better, and if they can inflame your emotions, the heart will override the brain and accept any nonsense they care to advance.
Take care of widows and orphans. Share a cup of water, and look out for the best interests of your neighbor. But don't allow anyone to enslave you to their particular movement through your heart. Protect your emotions. Peace, friend.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Hateful Hypocritical Homophobic Christians; Blaming The Wicks

I had to leave off "Science Denying" from the post title, as it was already kinda long, but it is part and parcel of the same.
I'm looking into the appalling appellations affixed to the name 'Christian' by 'Others':
That Christians are hateful small-souled, twisted reprobates seeking to justify their hypocrisies by pointing to a book, much as a Hitler youth would point to "Mein Kampf", or a Muslim quoting the Koran whilst going about his particular brand of...Evangelism. Whatever fantasy floats your Ark, man.
Our buddies the non-Christians (Thank YOU very much!) presume to assume that every Christian's Bible only has two verses underlined: something about sending homosexuals to hell and...well, not sure of the other.
Self evident truth: Christians pretend to believe in a God they have made up so as to make themselves feel better about their sins and cover their {secret} ambition to lord it over the populace of non believers while filling their pockets with money and power.
Have I got that about right? The science denying part, of course, has to do with the fact that Evolution and Climate Change are the Dominant Truths of Reality.
Dear Others: all of the crimes against Humanity which you lay at the feet of Christians are actually your beefs with God. (Vegetarians may substitute 'complaints about' for 'beefs'.)
Your complaints aren't actually with Christians but with the God they represent, the One who does say nasty things about homosexuality and does reject the idea of Evolution. THAT God.
You are blaming the wicks for the fire and light which God has ignited in them.
"14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 
15“nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 
16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

"19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 
20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 
21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:19-21



Thursday, June 04, 2015

Seven Decades and One Year On...

1945. The caption for the photo above read "Liberated from a Nazi death camp."
That little girl might be 74 now- a grandmother, perhaps.
Seventy One years ago D Day set the world on a better path, stopping Hitler's ego driven madness.
Seventy years ago the War ended-May 8th in Europe, August 15th with Japan surrendering.
Remember Pearl Harbor. Remember D Day. Remember Hiroshima. Remember that  Nagasaki happened because Japan did not surrender after Hiroshima.
Will future generations remember?
Do WE remember?
Do we?