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  1. Linn says:

    Thanks, Michael! We enjoy many freedoms and opportunities to participate in our government than some in other countries. That being said, I think that Christians should set the example for civic engagement. I keep hoping that will happen.
    And, Ally Cat, wants me to comment that she can do without the fireworks.

  2. Michael says:

    Linn,

    Fireworks have become another battle over “rights” here…where the whole damn town burned to the ground last year and we’ve been in a heat wave…

  3. Em says:

    Another little town in British Columbia burned to the ground last week – up here we’ve got folks setting out bindles of firewood ($5 a bundle)! And campers are buying them.
    I am daily (maybe hourly) asking the Father that none of these yahoos from the west side of the Cascades set the woods on fire…..
    Fireworks? NO – NO – NIO

  4. Steve says:

    Just got back from my local 4th of July Parade. I must say, it was an incredibly enjoyable time to just get out and see may neighbors and pay tribute to our local emergency volunteer fireman, ambulance, police and veterans. We wouldn’t be here without them! The other thing I noticed was none of this was remotely political. These celebrations are organized locally because people honestly want to celebrate their freedom which is nothing like the communist military type parades that are sanctioned only by the highest levels of government in places like China.

  5. Em says:

    From the sermon telecast today from the late Adrian Rogers
    “You cannot legislate morality, but you can legislate against immoralty!” If not using God’s kingdom as the standard for the human race, i guess i agree
    he followed up by saying that Christians have a duty to speak up when God’s standards for the human race are violated…
    Do we? Not sure…

  6. bob1 says:

    Wowee. This is amazing — Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter will celebrate their 75th anniversary on Wednesday!

    That’s really incredible. There are no words.

    https://apnews.com/article/rosalynn-carter-lifestyle-religion-government-and-politics-680befbfed51cfa661f83f11d20f4609

  7. Jean says:

    “Christians have a duty to speak up when God’s standards for the human race are violated…”

    Do they do that when (1) those standards are violated by church and ministry leaders, or (2) those standards are violated under the pretense of America first or conservatism?

  8. Em says:

    good questions, Jean
    we should ponder them…. God’s standards for the human race (Soddom) are not quite what He expects of followers (born again) of His Son… so…
    do we stick our Christian necks out, speak against the falling standards of the nation or?

  9. Linn says:

    Michael,
    Yes…I live not too far from where the CZU Lightning Fire occurred. Fireworks are illegal in my part of the county, but we still hear them. And, you only have to drive 30 miles south, and it’s legal to buy them.

  10. Linn says:

    Em,
    I think we do, but it’s how we do it. Example: peaceful protesting in front of abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy clinics is a far cry from bombing them. And, whatever our “passion” might be politically, it should never be a substitute for faith in Christ. That’s my take on it, anyway. As you read through the NT, you don’t see the apostles taking up political causes. They call believers to good citizenship and exemplary lifestyle. I also believe that we shouldn’t question people’s relationship with Christ if we differ with them politically. I’ve been quite persistent during my 48 years as a believer in working with immigrants. I know the ones I deal with don’t all have a green card, but I believe in showing Christ’s love to all. I just think it’s what Christians do.

  11. Linn says:

    Jean,

    I personally think they speak up in both cases, but always respectfully. If a church ever pinned me down and told me I had to vote a certain way, I would probably find the door pretty quickly.

  12. Dan from Georgia says:

    I remember driving from my home in MN to a cabin in northwest WI, and crossing the border via Hinckley (MN) and stopping in Danbury, WI. The big stuff was legal in WI, with only the small stuff legal in MN. I think there was a MN State Trooper vehicle parked nearby the Danbury Fireworks store for some unknown reason…

    Now in GA it’s a short drive from where I am to the Fireworks Warehouse in eastern AL off of I85. Always was entertained by the big blue inflatable gorilla with long blue arms that was on the roof of the store. Wilton was his name.

  13. Xenia says:

    I must live fairly near Linn. My town, right next to Monterey, permits the sale of so-called Safe and Sane fireworks, mostly for kids, but even those can start fires and now’s not the time to be messing around with kids, fireworks and matches. I hear explosions all over right now, but they’ve been going off every night here for years. People blame the police, but how can you pinpoint a loud bang coming from someone’s back yard? Our town tried to make the so-called Safe and Sane fireworks illegal, but people objected because their sales fund youth programs so here they are again. But it’s the illegal fireworks that make all the racket, but I suspect they can all start fires. And that’s not even taking into account the terrified critters hiding under beds or worse, running away.

  14. LInn says:

    Xenia,

    I’m north of you, but not that far. Going farther north, I have some friends that attend a church in Yolo County (not too far from the fires that have taken out so many homes in Napa and Solano counties) proudly displaying their church’s fireworks stand on Facebook. We don’t learn.

  15. Em says:

    Good thoughts – good ponders all

  16. The New Victor says:

    San Jose enforcement was a joke. A few roving patrols would have caught many.

    My son’s 4th grade teacher posted on FB that this was a tragic day, not one to celebrate at all. She also advocated burning and looting “that’s what insurance is for, ” despite people being murdered, many minorities (I stopped counting when it went over a few dozen). She seemed to be a good teacher in the classroom though.

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