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Political Rants Can Hurt

Sometimes you can sit and listen to hate for only so long. I’ve been chewing on the following for some time. But when I read that Ellen Barkin (I don’t even know who she is—but she’s apparently an actress) tweeted that she wanted Hurricane Isaac to “wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC” I decided to write it. If you’re full of hate, you might not want to read any further…or do, and hate more…your choice.

Every time political season rolls around folks are quick to start hollering how “nasty” the current politicians are and how it’s the worst they can remember (of course, a handful of them weren’t even old enough to vote in the last election)…truth is, they’ve been nasty for 200 years, but don’t take my word for it, go check yourself.

BJ and I made the decision after the 2000 election to shut off the cable. There were other considerations, but among them was the constant barrage of negativity from the television…it was just depressing.

I’ve always been conservative and would rather secede from the US than worry about what people on the opposite side of the continent want to do with their own lives. Whatever that is, I say more power to them so long as they don’t try to tell me what to do. Additionally, as a creative individual and now a university instructor, I’ve always worked around folks who are fairly liberal. It was never really a problem as when (if ever) the discussions came up, they were always very civil and often very enlightening.

I don’t know if it’s that I’m currently in cubicle-land, a situation which I’ve never been in before and where almost nothing said is private, but it isn’t the politicians that bother me so much now (remember, I don’t have cable so I don’t really see/hear them that much now), it’s just people. It can’t just be that (meaning, cubicle-land), though, as it seems like Facebook and all the other social media give that “anonymity” feeling and people just seem to freely speak their minds regardless of who’s “listening” and who it might hurt. I mean, when I hear the people next to me say things like “those Christian conservative >bleeps< need to all just die” or when the same sorts of things are said by people who I would generally call “friend” on Facebook, I realize the way they feel about ME!

I had a friend once (notice the use of “once”) who used to trash southerners, conservatives, and Christians until one day I said, “so tell me how you really feel about me.” To which he responded that it wasn’t “me,” because I was cool, but it was all the OTHER southerners, conservatives and Christians. But I believed pretty much the same way all those other southern, conservative, Christians did that he spouted such hatred for that it just got to hurt my heart too much to take.

And before you think I’m all one sided, I’m not. I know there are also very hateful conservatives out there…I’m just lucky enough not to be friends with any of the real hateful ones and so I don’t hear it. And it isn’t that I don’t think people should voice an opinion, just do so with consideration of who (meaning people you probably “like”) may also hear that opinion.

So…I’ll just be glad to get the election over so that I can go back to only being hated for being southern and Christian…

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Faith is more than just believing

I’m going to wax poetic about faith, Christians and Christianity in this blog…so if those things bother you, just come back next time, maybe I’ll write something to interest you then.

One of the things I’ve come to believe about faith is that it is more than just believing; it is an acting on belief in something many think un-provable. You may wonder what’s happened to cause this thought process. I’m glad you asked.

Having spent most of my life claiming to be a “Christian” only later realizing that I was just talking out of the side of my mouth, it has really started to bother me seeing so many people making the same claim I did for so long. Sounds hypocritical? Well, I’m not condemning those people, I’m just saying I think we’ve got a problem…and it may be that the traditional “what we have here is a failure to communicate” is, in fact, so true.

Before going on, let me demonstrate. I’m a black man. Can’t you tell that by my picture above? “What?” you say? “You’re so white you’re Swedish!” Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m trying to say. People may say they’re a Christian with their mouth, but when you look at them, you can clearly see it is not true! Meaning, there is nothing in their life to demonstrate they are a follower of Christ, which is what the term “Christian” means.

Let me put it like this: I have always “believed” in God, but I haven’t always acted upon that belief. I believed that He existed, but I never really made an effort to learn about what that belief meant. It wasn’t too terribly long ago when I realized the cliché “even Satan believes in God” was an incredibly profound statement. If we accept simple belief in God as the key to being a Christian, then it would be hard to deny that Satan is also a Christian because he obviously “believes” in God, right? I mean, if they are both real—as I believe they are—then that truth means they “believe” in the existence of the other. And since I don’t think anyone reading this is willing to accept that Satan is a “Christian,” it has to be something more than just belief, right?

IF that is the case, then what is it? Well, as Christians, we’re always looking at, pointing to and asking what would Jesus do, and so on and so forth. So I think that’s where we have to look, right? (A lot of this line of thinking, I feel, was brought on by my reading of CS Lewis’s Mere Christianity—wow! Great read!)

So, the main thing Jesus told his disciples was…follow me. I mean there are a lot of things he also said and probably people a lot smarter than me could list them all off in quick succession. But this goes back to my original thought: “faith” is more than just believing. If we claim to have faith, then the world needs to see us act on that faith, else it’s just words.

Words are powerful—I’m the first one to believe that! But action speaks louder than words.

Just sayin’.

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Gays Gone Wild

I gotta admit I’m not 100% surprised at all the violence (not being covered much on National television, btw, but good links below) that’s suddenly coming from radical homosexual groups across the nation, a reaction to the democratic process which shows that most Americans disagree with their lifestyle choices. I am surprised, however, that those homosexuals who aren’t of the violent radical bent, aren’t coming out against the violence and are instead letting them speak for the entire group.

It should be no surprise that the violence is aimed at Christian and Mormon groups, probably those most vocally opposed to the homosexual lifestyle. The vote results that have angered the gays, however, show that it isn’t just the Christians and Mormons who disagree with their choices, but the majority of the population.

I’ve said before but it’s worth saying again, I don’t hate homosexuals nor does anyone who I know and associate with. I think gays have made wrong choices, but I think that folks who use drugs make wrong choices, too. I don’t think that a druggie should be allowed to marry his bongpipe though.

All kidding aside, I’ve known and worked with those of the homosexual persuasion for many years. The first one openly admitted, I met as a college sophomore. Homosexuals make up a larger portion in the creative industries than probably any industry…okay, except maybe hair dressers.

And yet, I find it incredibly ironic that those who yell and scream and say folks like me are intolerant and bigoted are acting…well, intolerant and bigoted. And, recently, very violent. Why is it that they suddenly have absolutely no respect for the democratic process of the United States? Why is it that they think they’re better than the rest of the folks and have the right to tell the majority what to do? The United States has this process in place for a reason, and that is to serve the people. The people voted, the people spoke. Now, a very teeny tiny portion of our population is out to prove those people wrong…and they’re doing it with violence. Yeah, that wins over a lot of people.

I’ve always been of the opinion that, sure, they’ve made a dumb choice, but it’s their choice to make. But when they start trying to change laws to gain special favor (such as the so-called hate laws), then I get agitated. Why is the violence they are now committing not considered hate violence? It should go both ways.

Oh. And before I forget, my Mom reminded me that I haven’t updated the McDonald’s Boycott status. Well, the boycott is off. McDonald’s has withdrawn their support of the homosexual agenda. Many will claim it is because of the downturn in the economy. That’s okay. Whatever the “real” reason, McDonald’s has regained their senses and the boycott is off. I had a BigMac today. J

NOW, links to homosexual violence videos so you’ll know I’m not just making this stuff up! Keep in mind, some of the videos have vulgar language.

Gays “invade” a church service (news report) http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=315400

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=80743

Gays grab a cross from an elderly lady, throw it on the ground and stomp on it. Also, very loud and abusive intimidation of her. http://www.kpsplocal2.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?vt1=v&clipFormat=undefined&clipId1=3115942&at1=News&h1=&playerVersion=1&hostPageUrl=http%3A//www.kpsplocal2.com/global/video/popup/pop_playerLaunch.asp%3Fvt1%3Dv%26clipFormat%3Dundefined%26clipId1%3D3115942%26at1%3DNews%26h1%3D&rnd=82928749

53 year old gay man assaults husband and wife (77 and 76) and punch the husband in the face because they had a sign supporting Proposition 8 in their yard—their own private property! http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20081103-2312-bn03batter.html

News report of assorted hatred from gays: http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=80220

Gay militants target Christians: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Persecution/Default.aspx?id=324848

Vandalism before the vote: http://christiannewswire.com/news/758478309.html

Gays chase Christians (escorted by police) out of a gay neighborhood.

A little older. 11 Christians arrested for appearing at a gay parade. All of it caught on video!

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