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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.

Seek his face

Evergreen’s scripture for today is one of my personal favorites; God speaking about how our prayers can effect healing in our land.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Ch 7:14)

s2s Sadly, I’ll be missing service this morning, however my day will most assuredly be filled with much prayer. And God willing, praise, for his hand in the safety of our canoe, and 400+ others, traveling down the Nooksack.

**evening update**  While rising rivers leading to a canceled canoe leg is not what I was expecting; I can only praise God, who in his own mysterious ways, delivered safety for all racers.

Fall of a great nation

There has recently been a lot chatter on the Herald Blog about whether conservatives or liberals are or are not fascists.  And while that pointless bit of name calling went on and on for days, Congressman Maxine Waters, a self avowed liberal Democrat from California, almost let the true liberal cat out of their SPCA approved pet carrier. 

Oops, did she say socialize

With Democrat Senator Obama running strong, our nation could be just one election away from true implementation of socialism.  We’d be over the hump towards communism.  What a glorious day for Democrats, liberals and progressives everywhere. 

Isn’t it about time that media cover the Democratic Party’s role in the rise of socialism in our nation?  After all, won’t future historians need material with which to study the fall of what once was a great nation?

Conservative leanings

mccain and ellen I might fault Senator McCain for being a bit too moderate on some issues, but there will be no faulting him for being wimpy on all the conservative issues. 

How many candidates would sit down with Ellen DeGenres and reiterate their position against same sex marriage, especially on national TV. 

DeGeneres tried to sway McCain’s opinion by explaining to the senator that she views the issue in the same way as when blacks and women didn’t have the right to vote.

“Women just got the right to vote in 1920, and blacks didn’t have the right to vote until 1870,” she noted, adding, “It just feels like there’s this old way of thinking that we are not all the same. We are all the same . . . You’re no different than I am.”

“I’ve heard you articulate that position in a very eloquent fashion,” McCain countered. “I just believe in the unique status of marriage between man and woman, and I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue; and I along with many, many others wish you every happiness.”

Newsmax.com

No appeasement there, just strong, respectful, conservative and right.  John McCain will make a fine president.

Rejecting the Ferndale School District bond

Just now I completed the arrow on my ballot rejecting the $21 million dollar Ferndale School District bond. This proposition is not about salary and it is not about class sizes. This proposition is, as stated on the ballot, “This proposition authorizes the District to acquire, construct and equip replacement schools…” And quite simply, the school district hasn’t convinced me that they have weighed all options and found the most economical solution to the school structure situation.

And I have no trust in them after they have diverting tax money collected for repair into a new building scheme. Why was a million dollars spent on exploring new building options, when we approved the tax money for repairs? What did that million buy us? Is there a low estimate for basic building and a high estimate for a fully optioned school? Why don’t we hear about Option 1, that simply fixes the problems at Custer within the already approved budget? Without voter trust, the burden of proof is on the school district. I haven’t seen the proof.

What I have seen, is how high taxes contribute to poorly educated and poorly behaved children. I don’t think you have to dig very far to find out that kids who have a two parent family and kids who have at least one parent at home, are better behaved and do better in school. What I have also seen is how our ever increasing tax burden helps push parents to work more just to make ends meet. And money problems continue to rank high as a cause for marriage break ups.

I think that everyone has heard that education starts at home, or the more modern version where a positive, healthy learning environment starts at home; I’d like the school districts and voters to seriously consider the impact of taxes on our home. High taxes hurt our children’s education.

*** Monday update: I received a Vote Yes! postcard from the Ferndale School District Bond/Levy Committee. It wasn’t that taxes were spent to advertise for more tax money that bothered me the most. What bothered me the most was the incredible lack of concern about the tax burden that we endure. On the postcard back I read:

Give us overdue matching $

$9.2 million matching funds will be provided by the state which we won’t get unless the bond passes. That pays for 27% of the total cost of the projects in the bond. We must pass the bond to get this money.

Hey Ferndale School District! Those matching funds are taxes too! You can slice it and dice it anyway you choose, but the money still comes out of our pockets!

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