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Both a right and wrong

No matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we might think it is, the New Yorkers who wish to build a mosque near ground zero do have a right to build it.   As I’ve said in a previous post and comment, I don’t think anyone is questioning that right although I read a lot of partisan comments saying that conservatives are trying to deny this right which they of course are not.

More recently there is a pastor in the Southeast who is making the news because he has said he was going to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11.  And just like the mosque, no matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we think it is, the pastor who wishes to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 has every right to burn it.

In both cases, the people of our predominantly Christian believing nation affirm the rights of each party to build where they choose and burn what they choose.  Our personal feelings don’t trump their rights no matter how wrong we feel it is.  What a great, peaceful and tolerant nation we live in. 

Yet, from around the world, the collective voice from predominantly Islamic believing nations has warned that if we let the pastor light up his Koran, there will be violence.  And if we stop the mosque from being built near ground zero, there will also be violence.   In our nation people have the right to freely speak and freely practice their religion, but they don’t have a right to threaten violence and harm upon others.   We need to remember this as we are being cajoled into accepting Islam as if it were just another denomination to choose from; it’s not.  To a Christian someone burning a bible will most likely elicit a prayer for the soul of the arsonist, whereas it seems that for a good percentage of Muslims around the world, burning a Koran will elicit a prayer for the arsonist’s death.   Why is it again that Islam is referred to as the religion of peace?

It’s time to keep our mouth open on these issues before violence in the name of Islam becomes a problem within our nation.  Our 1st Amendment keeps our federal government from valuing one religion over another, but we as citizens have every right to our personal views and our opinion.  We have a right to speak out.

Merry Christmas,

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My first Christmas prayer for this holy day is to thank God for giving his Son to the world, so that we may choose everlasting life.  My second Christmas prayer is that we would all make this choice.  And lastly, I pray that everyone will have a merry little Christmas.

Wally

Born again again?

attitudeDean Kahn’s question for yesterday solicited readers for their attitude towards Muslims.  I assume it was to lay groundwork for the Herald’s upcoming Public can learn of Muslims series.  However, being an unmoderated and mostly anonymous comment section, any attempt to garner real cross sectional opinion regarding attitude towards Muslims was predestined to be a dismal failure.  And it was.  Oh, there were attitudes a plenty, and even some were about Muslims, but even more were about Christians.   Here’s one that caught my eye.

The anti Christian atitudes that abound in these comments is simply the reaction to having born again theology crammed down our throats and the church skewing the lines between government and religion. I was raised Protestant and though I grew up and got a brain, I never felt anger towards my fellow Christians until in the 80′s when the whole absurd born again movement started. Now I see them for what they are, clearly delusional lunatics.
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The anti-Christian message wasn’t what caught my eye, it was the lack of understanding of the Christian faith by someone claiming to have grown up Protestant.  Born again didn’t originate in the 80′s.  It may have had a resurgence during the late disco age, but the actual origin of the born again movement can be traced back about 2000 years.  

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)

Born again is at the heart of Christianity.  It is not a doctrine that is to be crammed down anyone’s throat; it is merely a statement of fact, uttered by Christ Himself.  He explains how things are and providing us with opportunity. 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
(Mat 7:7-8)

The Christian message is one of hope, generosity, choice and salvation.  All we have to do is ask.

Perhaps tomorrow’s Dean Kahn moment will ask What’s your attitude towards Christians?    It seems a more relevant question in a nation founded with Christianity at it heart.

Pants afire

I’ve kept silent about the topic of religion and Senator Obama, not because I think it is a non-topic, but rather it is such a huge multifaceted topic that I couldn’t figure a good place to start.

  • boydog129 90 degreesIs Rev. Wright’s hate speak a sound Christian principle?
  • If not, is it okay for a pastor to sprinkle a little hatred from the pulpit now and then, as long as it is not his primary message?
  • Is Rev. Wright’s message really racism against whites or Jews? Was that Christ’s message?
  • Is it correct to preach “blackism” over Christianity or even Islam, in the case of Minister Louis Farrakan and the Nation of Islam?
  • Which is more important in a Christian Church; church culture or Christ’s message?
  • If you found yourself in church that you feel teaches and incorrect message, should you leave the church, stay and fight for change, stay and raise your family there?
  • Can you attend a church for 20 years and not know the message being delivered?
  • How could Senator Obama attend a Christian Church and not understand Christ’s message?
  • What are the odds that over the last 20 years, Senator Obama missed each and every service where Rev. Wright delivered hateful messages?
  • I doze off from time to time in church; could my pastor be a hate monger and I’ve just missed it? Does Senator Obama doze a bit from time to time also?
  • Is Senator Obama telling the truth in this situation?
  • Is Senator Obama raising his family in this church because it is; locally popular? consistent with his values? politically advantages? or because he believes in the message.

I’m sure there are many other facets, but these was enough to overwhelm my pea brain. I guess really I could figure a place to start, but couldn’t follow a clear path through all the muck. As a mere human I can’t really comment on what is going on in Senator Obama’s heart, nor Rev. Wright nor Minister Louis Farrakan’s, but I can highlight a couple of simplified, but obvious conclusions.

  • Sen. Obama knew of Rev. Wright’s hateful teachings, disagreed with them and yet did nothing about it except to lie to America and for God only know what reason, weekly subjected his family to this type of hate.
  • Sen. Obama knew of Rev. Wright’s hateful teachings, agreed with them, lied to America about this agreement, and thinks American’s are stupid enough to believe that he attended this church for 20 years without ever hearing a one of them.

Neither of these is desirable and I don’t see any way that the facts about Sen. Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright qualify him as an honest person. Rather, either one of these conclusions would seem to make Sen. Obama a liar and disqualify him as material for President of the United States, yet he is still popular.

Have we become so callus in choosing politicians, that we accept liars with out question? Is that why no one asks Sen. Obama’s to explain his message of hope and change; because it may just be a lie anyway so why bother asking?

The Democratic Party and Senator Obama’s push for Socialism in the US is why they lose my vote and the non-truths in this situation is why Sen. Obama also loses my respect.

NoBama!

The reason for the season

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(Matthew 28)

Fueling our nation

Engines are designed with specific fuels in mind right from the start. When we pull up to a “gas” station we are faced with many “choices“, yet really no choice at all. If we choose the wrong fuel our vehicle may suffer from poor performance, more mileage, shortened engine life, or with the wrong combination; immediate permanent internal damage.

200px-Octane-3D-ballsWhat some may find interesting is that the same 3 elements go into making all of these fuels; Hydrogen (H), Oxygen (O), Carbon (C). That’s it. The difference may be as subtle as odor or price to those of us pumping fuel into our cars. But to the engine, or anyone who has dabbled in organic chemistry, the difference between these fuels is immense.

On average diesel is C12H23. Octane is CH3(CH2)6CH3. Ethanol is C2H5OH. I won’t go into all 18 isomers of octane or who knows how many isomers in what percent make up over the road diesel. The big point is that even though the basic elements are the same carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, they have vastly different combustion characteristics and therefore a humongo difference to your engine. Remember immediate permanent internal damage? A diesel engine will not accept that ethanol as basically the same as diesel and just decide to run fine. If you don’t believe me, please don’t try it.

Nations, like engines are designed to run on different cultures and types of people. Islamic nations require Muslims, while most socialist states require a faith in government above God. Since the start, our nation was designed to run on Christians; various octanes; occasionally a little E85 or other faiths in small percentages. But due to our design, if we want to enjoy a smooth running high performance liberty, freedom and happiness engine, we need Christians in our tank. Our nation’s original designers and a few early mechanics drew up the design based on the Christian type of fuel.

Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. (John Adams)

When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; … If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws. (Noah Webster)

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were….the general principles of Christianity….I will avow that I believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are so unalterable as human nature. (Samuel Adams)

There are many other supporting quotes, most probably volumes, also indicating that our nation was designed to run on Christian morals. I’ve read that at least 50, maybe more of the signer of the Declaration of Independence were some variety of Christians. And if my memory serves me at least 2 dozen of them also had Christian seminary degrees. These men were not atheist, agnostics, Hindus, or Muslims etc. When they referred to God or the Divine, they were referring to our Christian God.

So while we may be able to haul around 5 gallon jugs of E85, Islam, diesel or Atheism, our nation was not designed to run on them. If we are stupid enough to start pouring them into the tank we should expect our nation to knock, ping and destroy itself from the inside out.

Unfortunately, we’ve been knocking and pinging for the last 4 or 5 decades, since a couple of courts required us to peel off the “Christian fuel only” sticker on the filler cap. I can’t read the news without praying that we will pull over at the next service station, rather than stomping down harder on the gas, vainly hoping that our engine will stop making so much racket.

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