MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

What is Wrong With Them?

June 30th, 2005 Viewed 1032 times

Peggy Noonan has a very good article today, but I wouldn’t limit it to “What is wrong with those in
Washington?”  I think the problem that she is seeing is something that is infiltrating all of our lives.  I believe that the biggest problem we as a society face is pride.  You can see it in the way we talk about
issues– you can’t discuss ideas without someone believing you’re attacking them personally.  You can see it in how many people demand “rights”: Rights to abortion, rights to demolish people’s houses, rights to unholy marriages, etc.  We live in a society that is tending toward more and more pridefulness.  As the Scripture says, pride comes before a fall.

Here’s some quotes from Peggy:

In normal America if you have a high character you don’t wrestle people to the ground until they acknowledge it. You certainly don’t announce it. If you are compassionate, you are compassionate; if others see it, fine. If you hold to principle it will become clear. You don’t proclaim these things. You can’t, for the same reason that to brag about your modesty is to undercut the truth of the claim.

I do have to agree with Peggy, though, that it is glaringly obvious in our elected officials, but I have to disagree that it’s just a problem there.  I just think the cameras are on these people more, and they have more power.  True, there are people that are humble and don’t make a big deal of themselves.  For every one of them, however, there are many more that are bragging about themselves: Their looks, their talent, their ability to eat things on TV shows that no one ever thought of…  This is our society– much different than how it started out.

This Should Get You Upset

June 30th, 2005 Viewed 845 times

Ann Coulter’s article today isn’t for those that don’t want to be offended.  In fact, that’s her point.  She starts with the recent Supreme Court rulings about the Ten Commandments displays and then goes to listing other offensive speech and displays that are funded by our tax dollars and protected.

I especially liked that she pointed out that our country was founded on a contract with God (“Endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”).

What to do if you’re cancelling a wedding…

June 29th, 2005 Viewed 2339 times

I’m sure you have heard about this one, or maybe you haven’t. Katie Hosking of Everett Washington called off her wedding, and threw the reception for the homeless! For some reason she decided to cancel her wedding on June 6, and her parents had already made a down-payment for the reception and had to pay full price:

More than 50 family members and close friends were joined by about 40 homeless people, shelter workers and volunteers. The shelter staff arranged rides to the club.

Instead of a wedding cake, chef Michael Greb produced strawberry shortcake to top off a menu that included baron of beef, salmon, shrimp cocktail, fettuccine and fruit.

I guess that if you’re going to call off a wedding, this is a pretty good use for the food. Makes you wonder if churches should be doing things like this?

Amazing Story

June 28th, 2005 Viewed 1352 times

This is a pretty amazing story. I saw the image on Yahoo! Popular info, and looked around for the man’s story. He’s in the news because he won a lawsuit against a magazine that labeled him one of the ugliest men in America.

Jason Schechterle was in his patrol car answering a call when a taxi cab whose driver was suffering from an epileptic siezure back in 2001. It took most of his face and hands off, and he’s been trying to reclaim his life ever since. He’s had over 30 surgeries, and has just had another child! Talk about someone who exudes the desire to live, though he does not look attractive.

Also this is the testimony of a faithful wife that had her husband as the “third child” for a time being, but hung in there. Check out this story for yourself… you’ll be encouraged, and hopefully remember to be thankful for your everyday life!

A Fitting Development

June 28th, 2005 Viewed 807 times

I love this idea.  A developer has sent a fax to the local government of Weare, New Hampshire to propose to build “The Lost Liberty Hotel” where a house belonging to Supreme Court Justice David Souter currently exists.  Certainly a hotel would bring in more money for the city than his house.  I doubt it will actually happen, but you never know!

Weird News

June 27th, 2005 Viewed 1168 times, 1 so far today

I generally like to check out News of the Weird by Chuck Shepard every Monday.  Here are some weird news I thought I’d pass on:

  • British entrepreneur Colin Dowse recently introduced Sprayonmud (about US$14 a quart), dirty water chemically treated for greater stickiness, mainly for urban SUV owners to pass themselves off as all-terrain adventurers. [Wired.com, 6-10-05]
  • In the last few years, Taiwan entrepreneurs have opened restaurants with motifs such as prisons,
    zombies and Mao Zedong, but the latest is Eric Wang’s “Marton,” in Kaohsiung, whose theme is the toilet. All seats are what you would think, with food served on a glass tabletop resting on a bathtub, and some of the delicacies are presented in miniature toilet bowls (among them, curry hot pot, and disturbingly, chocolate ice cream). [Agence France-Presse, 5-23-05]
  • Recent scholarly findings (reduced to their essence in a May Wall Street Journal column): It’s much easier to identify someone if he is physically near you than if he is up to 450 feet away (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, February). People who choose their careers carefully, rather than on a whim, experience greater job satisfaction (Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 26,
    no.3). College students tend to drink more alcoholic beverages than they realize (Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, April). If patients voluntarily tell a doctor about a bad side effect of a medicine, they are more likely to be switched to a safer one than if they don’t (Archives of Internal Medicine, January). [Wall Street Journal, 5-27-05]

Here’s a few, I hope they give you a good laugh.

Supreme Court vs. the Constitution

June 27th, 2005 Viewed 1059 times, 1 so far today

It seems that this round goes to the Supreme Court against the Constitution.  In a set or rulings, the courts determined that

  • 10 Commandment displays inside a court house– even if they include other historical  documents– are against the Constitution,
  • The same displays are legal outside the court house!
  • Cable companies don’t have to share their lines
  • And those who provided programs to share files can be legally held responsible if copyright material was sent.

It’s crazy, and it’s not getting any better

God’s Control of Our Mind

June 27th, 2005 Viewed 1144 times
Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan

Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever since Ronald Reagan and then a member of my church fought with Alzheimers, I started trying to wrestle with the effect of a brain altering disease on a person– his identity, his ability to function and how all of that relates to his salvation and his state with God. Seriously, if what we think makes us who we are, if I’m effected by a disease that changes what I think, am I who I was? How does the fact that a person can no longer remember their friends, family, etc. effect that person? Many say that the person is totally different, like a child.

Last night, I may have found part of the key to my question about how that person relates to God. It was hiding in Daniel 4. In this chapter, we have an account from King Nebuchadnezzar about what God showed him in a dream and then what happened to him. He was given the mind of a beast for 7 years in what I believe was his opportunity to believe on the one true God– and I believe that Christians will see him in Heaven someday.

The interesting part of this study for me was that God gave Nebuchadnezzar a brain debilitating disease that totally changed his identity– and yet at the other side he was able to make conclusions about God and his power– he wasn’t totally absent from his surroundings.

Should you or someone you know go through this, it’s important to remember that God is in control, and that person will be restored– if not here, than in Heaven.

I’d be open to hear what you think on this one (as I’m always).

Whatever Happened to Life, Liberty and Property?

June 23rd, 2005 Viewed 901 times

Michelle Malkin documents the latest Supreme Court ruling and what other bloggers have to say about it.  In fact, I find this ruling extremely scary.

My father always made the argument that you do not own your own land since you pay property taxes to the state.  His argument is basically that if the government can take your home away from you because you don’t pay taxes and sell it at auction, how can the land possibly be yours– you’re just a renter.

Now we’ve taken the next step.  Not only can they take your house because you didn’t pay taxes, but if
the city decides that a new supermarket would make them more money than your house (or church!), they can authorized that your place be taken via eminent domain, and then put up the latest store to get money.  This is especially scary for churches, since the land they sit on is tax exempt, and is definitely making less money than supermarkets.

Just having read through the Levitical law a few months back, you can see the importance placed on owning your own land.  The Jewish people were guaranteed their land and that land would be given back to them.

Having purchased a home in the past, you look at the deed and the fact that you have to do a title search to see if someone has claim through inheritance to the land you can see that the founders definitely put a high price on people owning and having their own land.

This ruling is a slap in the face to all of that.

Married Men Earn more than Bachelors

June 22nd, 2005 Viewed 1505 times, 1 so far today

From Reuters in London, it appears that not only is heterosexual
marriage honoring to God and the best way to raise offspring!  A survey
done in England showed that married men whose wife stayed home earned more than singles:

Academics Elena Bardasi and Mark Taylor found that a married man whose wife does not go out to work but is primarily responsible for the cooking and cleaning earns about 3 percent more than comparably employed single men.

But that wage premium disappears if wives go out to work themselves or don’t do most of the housework.

So, there you have it– a study showing that the traditional family pattern has yet more advantages.  Don’t expect the feminists and liberals to accept this study or advocate this kind of thing any time soon.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.