Things I Think
1. Happy Veterans Day. I have never been comfortable writing about Veterans Day…I never served my country in that capacity. Instead of rehearsing all controversies around the subject these days, I think it appropriate just to say “thank you” to those who have. Chaplain Mike has some more provocative thoughts over on the IM.
2. I turned off the computer Saturday and retreated from cyberspace into the new Johnny Cash bio. Cash was a hero from my earliest childhood and has remained so even through the exposure of his sins and failures. The story of Cash is one of continual redemption…he had to be redeemed many times for many things after eternal redemption had been accepted. That’s a story I can identify with…
3. When I was young there was an occupation called “barber”.
4. There are very few well known Christians that I have less respect for than Franklin Graham. His father, however is one of the great fathers of of the faith of our time. It makes me sick to see him used by his son for political capital.
5. If you can’t see this coming, you’re blind as a bat. The next subject that will divide the church is “patriarchy”. It will be even more divisive than homosexuality was/is. Because the patriarchal stance of the New Testament is grounded in the creation narrative, expect that to come under cannon fire as well.
6. If other faiths were mocked to the degree that some are now mocking Christianity, they would be accused of “insensitivity” at the least and “hate speech’ at the most. On the other hand, we’ve survived worse…the theological arguments from the critics are as old as the faith itself, only the cultural dressing has changed.
7. Back to the ‘Cash” bio…some will read it and say ‘what a scoundrel”, I read it and say, “what a God’. There is nothing on heaven or earth as beautiful as a redeemed life.
8. If we really honored and valued our veterans we’d take care of them a hell of a lot better than we do.
9. I can learn more of God from the story of one person who is honest about their sins than from a hundred stories about people who are portrayed as if they had none.
10. Some folks ration out grace as if they were the ones who had to pay for it…