“Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, and conscience, and a slavish enthralment to those in power. And as such it is recommended wherever it is preached. Patriotism is slavery.”—
Now this is a quote worth chewing on before allowing ones knee to jerk into ones chin. To me there is much to ponder here, particularly the angle of ‘rich & power’…an angle that James 2:6 sums up with: “Is it not the rich who are exploting you?" A point really worth examining in light of the current political climate. I see a large amount of manipulation around the issue of ‘patriotism’ to fund, fill and fight the agenda’s of the powerful.
“Yet what [Jesus] proposes is not withdrawal into the desert or into mysticism: it is a renewed messianic claim… The cross is beginning to loom not as a ritually prescribed instrument of propitiation, but as the political alternative to both insurrection and quietism.”—John Howard Yoder (The Politics of Jesus)
In a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama noted that when God asked who would go forth to do His work, Isaiah said: “Here I am. Send me.”…After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the president said his “fervent prayer” is that Americans honor their war dead by emulating their heroic sacrifice, brotherhood and love of country.
Command chaplain Col. Steven Berry, in his closing prayer, issued a biblical admonition to resist evil, “defend the helpless, honor God, fear no man. Above all, serve the Lord.”(link)
When will the baptizing of violence and war ever end in this country. How can we criticize Islam for religiously fueling violence when our own President continues to beat the Bible War Drum too? I can not believe the hypocrisy we American’s perpetuate with this kind of bastardization of biblical texts.
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man’s last romance.”—A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (via lifeofliterature)
Today, I took Micah and his friend Spencer, down to Liberty Park to join ‘Pointman Ministry' and some of our folks from Jacob's Well who were serving at the annual 'Memorial Day BBQ' for Veterans. We have a number of Veterans in our church and know first hand the challenges and struggles military families face during deployment and when those who have served return home. We live in a town with a large military presence with Fairchild Airforce Base just outside of town.
Spokane is generally known as a conservative, Republican political area, so support for the military is high in this area. These facts create certain difficulties for me, being someone who is heavily influenced by non-violent political policy and one who advocates for alternative means of international intervention or preferably (non)intervention.
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”—Anaïs Nin (via hydrogen) (via aerugo) (via navyreveries) (via toaststories) (via booklover)
The old white guy got the ‘rapture’ date wrong…but the Mayan wild men of Quezacotl must be correct on the 2012 date…right? um, well…
Will the end of the world happen in 2012? I was thinking about this stuff of late and realized that if one holds to the typical, dispensational, pretribulation view of eschatology…(the whole ‘Left Behind’ type stuff)…then a few things are already in motion for the end of the world to happen on December 2012. First of all according to the view, the whole premise of the rapture, tribulation, millennial reign of 1000 years, and second coming are all wrapped up together in the final missing ‘7’ year segment of time revealed in the book of Daniel. The 70 weeks stuff, that when calculated out is one of the precision point prophecies in the bible, but also produces the ‘gap issue/present church age’, a slightly difficult, illogical conundrum, in my opinion. So, anyway these folks are looking for that final ‘7’ years or ‘week’ to arrive on the endtimes scene. If 2012 was the end…then that means the 7 year ‘week’ already began in 2005, which would mean that the ‘rapture’ already happend according to standard pre-trib endtimes 7 year timeline of events. So…..um, either you and I were left behind already or the whole 2012 thing is a crock of pagan prognostications. Now…2012 could be the date of the rapture…that those jungle dwelling mathematicians somehow figured out over their sundials and roasted sacrificial heart dinners? But, I am not hanging my hat or maxing out my credit cards on that possibility. Just a few bunny trail thoughts on this sermon prep afternoon.
Oprah shares her faith in her last words on her show.
Here’s the transcript of what Oprah said about her faith on her last show:
“People often ask me, What is the secret of success of the show? How have we lasted 25 years? I nonjokingly say, ‘My team and Jesus.’ Because nothing but the hand of God has made this possible for me. … I know I’ve never been alone, and you haven’t either. And I know that that presence, that flow—some people call it grace—is working in my life at every single turn. And yours too, if you let it in. It’s closer than your breath, and it is yours for the asking.
“Playing any instrument, as well as practicing—and especially mastering—any art, requires that you step out of your comfort zone and teach your body/mind skills that are not natural. It is only with discipline, commitment and practice that these skills eventually become natural to you. And the transcendent rewards of sitting in the midst of an orchestra playing a masterwork such as Shostakovich’s 5th —head rushes notwithstanding—are well worth the years of practice it took to get there.”—Charlotte Bell
"Remember then: there is only one time that is important— Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!”
Our dear sister in the Lord, Heidi Warga passed away this last weekend, her long battle with cancer is finally over. When LeeElla and I were last with Heidi at hospice, this passage from Jonah was one of the portions of Scripture I prayed over her with:
“I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me! I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death. As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. -Jonah 2
Barista:"So I see you survived the ‘Rapture’…I wasn’t worried, I already knew I would be left behind…I did love the ‘post-rapture’ give back all you looted parties though."
Me: Awkward pause, scrambling for a response to yet another ‘rapture comment’…then: “Well, there’s always a crazy uncle giving the family a bad name.”
With the Harold Camping false prophesy this last week, I’m a bit worn out on it all, but yet again, I had a ‘post-rapture’ conversation at my local coffee house. I find all this stuff difficult because on one hand, a lot of the commentary going on in the media, both jokes and insights have made me laugh. I just think so much of it has been hilarious and yet, some has been pretty sacrilegious too.
But, I would rather engage topics that are usually way in the cultural background and have to pull the reigns than crack the whip conversationally, so this latest preacher blunder has provided much convo and I think evangelistic opportunity. When the crooked is revealed…we can use that as an opportunity to speak about the straight. I think that is something ‘good’ that can come out of all this stuff.
"Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.” -1 Thess. 5:20-21
How many websites a day (on average) do you visit? Do you browse the web looking specifically for awesome quotes and amazing pictures? Or you do just happen upon them?
I’m in the work of inspiration, education, information and transformation. A large amount of my study, reading, writing, preparing, connecting, ministry and advocacy is online. I gather images and info continually, anything that I see that will help me highlight, expand or use to accentuate issues..I snatch it up. I have a Apple macbook pro laptop and an iPhone…so the internet is always with me. The work of internet gleaning takes place all throughout my day, anywhere and anytime for good or bad, that’s my world.