MInTheGap

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

Amazon as Big Brother

July 29th, 2009 Viewed 2167 times

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In Ray Bradbury’s book, Fahrenheit 451, the society at the time has been out burning different books in an attempt to quash contrary ideas and exalt the trivial:

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don’t put out fires–they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal–a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs…. Don’t give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.”  [Amazon.com review]

When Amazon’s Kindle removed illegal copies of Orwell’s books (like “1984” and “Animal Farm”), many were likening it to Big Brother behavior found in “1984”.  I would liken it more to Fahrenheit 451.

Time for a Reboot

March 11th, 2009 Viewed 2281 times

bluescreen.jpgIt never fails.  You’ve been plugging away, working on your budget, writing that blog post, or just surfing when your operating system claims that it’s installed some new software and you need to reboot your system for it to take effect.  Or an application stops responding, and you find that the best thing that you can do is to end the offending program and start fresh.

The interesting thing is, despite how much we don’t like restarting an application or an operating system, it’s perfectly natural.  You see, all systems have built within them the need for change, because we are far from perfect.

Whether it’s your computer, the seasons, or the economy, all of these complicated systems occasionally need a reboot, and our current situation is no different.

President Obama and Good News

January 20th, 2009 Viewed 2209 times

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In an hour from now, this country will have a new President.  President George W. Bush will no longer be in power, and the decisions that face the nation will no longer be his to make.

In some ways, I’m sure that he’s thankful for leaving his post.  I can’t imagine the amount of stress that a President has in making the decisions he makes, and we tend to get stressed when the coffee doesn’t come out just right!

Should Everyone Have a Vote?

January 15th, 2009 Viewed 2184 times

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Yesterday we considered the Electoral College, but in order to fully appreciate the discussion, I think we need to look into the system that was set up by the Founders.  When we look at this question, however, we have to start with voting, and what we find may be shocking to some of you.

Presidential Qualifications

December 19th, 2008 Viewed 2646 times

Obama Header If President-Elect Obama does well in office, what does that say about the qualifications to be president?

Stimulus Package as Socialism

October 13th, 2008 Viewed 2410 times

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So, the Democrats are discussing having yet another stimulus package to help us through this crisis.  We have come a long way from when stimulus packages were just a gimmick when Pres. George W. Bush had one in his first year in office.

However, I think that this is a bad idea.

Would You Know What Hard Lemonade is?

May 1st, 2008 Viewed 1778 times

0842892319_042808_Hard_Lemonade Again, what justifies the government taking a child from their parents?  Could it be as simple as not knowing what “Hard Lemonade” is?

The way police and child protection workers figure it, Ratte should have known that what a Comerica Park vendor handed over when Ratte ordered a lemonade for his boy three Saturdays ago contained alcohol, and Ratte’s ignorance justified placing young Leo in foster care until his dad got up to speed on the commercial beverage industry.

When Children Are Taken Away

April 25th, 2008 Viewed 3386 times

family at seaside A call is made at night from a place three states away by a person who has a history of making claims of abuse1.  Claims are made that young people are are being forced into marriage and sex, though at worst they’re probably consenting minors.  Regardless of the current moral acceptance of teacher/student sex, homosexual sex, and pre-marital sex, people get up in arms.   (See the end of this post for an update!)

  1. Hat Tip: Vox Day []

5 Reasons You Should Not Become a Member of Your Local Church

January 13th, 2008 Viewed 14085 times

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Ever since I was young I thought it was cool to be able to vote in church. You know, all those formal meetings and the Pastor asking “all those in favor, say aye.” I think I said aye just because that’s what good Baptists do– right?

But lately, I’ve gotten to thinking, and there are good reasons not to become a member of your local church.

Jefferson’s Creator

March 31st, 2007 Viewed 2271 times

One of the arguments that Christians like to try to use is that the acknowledgement of the Creator is in the Constitution.  It isn’t.  It is in the Declaration of Independence– and regardless of its location it has a lot to tell us about what the founders of this country believed and the framework from which they conceived this great country.

The arguments that people are trying to use today is that the Declaration of Independence can mean any Creator God.  The problem is, Jefferson knew exactly who his audience was.  To quote Benjamin Hart,

There were no Moslems, Buddhists, Confucianists, or Hindus present at either the signing of the Declaration of Independence, or eleven years hence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  Jefferson was addressing Christians.  His entire argument about people having “unalienable rights” is contingent on the existence of God, and One who cares deeply about each and every individual.

Jefferson is the origin of the logic that I’ve used many times here– if God is not the originator of liberty (if they are not gifts of his) then the state is the highest moral authority and has the rights to determine what is right or wrong based on the whim of those in power.

MInTheGap

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