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  1. Steve says:

    #3 is exactly right, and what I’ve thought for years… the hypocrisy is astounding…

  2. Kevin H says:

    Nah, the Dallas Cowboys are #1 on my hate list. Always have, always will. The Patriots, however, have solidified their hold on the second position.

  3. Em says:

    Federalize the police? yipes!!
    i am grieving over what is spreading over the nation now… we have a serious problem… it is beyond outrageous…
    police who are just out doing law enforcement can be assassinated? sitting ducks? shot by cowardly, malcontent, ignoramuses who – IMO – don’t even deserve a firing squad, let alone a lawyer…
    the trouble with my opinion is that it leads to a Federal Police… that’s worse than the apologist who says that the police are reaping what they’ve sown – they aren’t and i pray for their safety and a good housecleaning that leaves their honor and our system in tack

  4. Re #3: This morning as I drove my handicapped son to work, we drove by a car plastered in pro-choice stickers. Statements such as “I’m pro-choice and I vote!,” “Pro-family, pro-child, pro-choice,” and “Freedom means choice.” I felt deep sadness and anger at the same time, because the one who has no freedom or any choice is the silent life within the womb. Both my kids are adopted and were prime candidates for abortion. They are survivors in a pro-death culture.

  5. Em says:

    football? from what i hear said among my family, folks in Seattle aren’t all happy with Russell Wilson these days… seems he overestimates his importance? dunno

  6. Em says:

    don’t know if my comment on football fits under #6 or #9 😆

  7. Babylon's Dread says:

    Federalizing Police?

    The catalyst of course is police violence against minorities… which is a community problem and no doubt has some reality, but what is really going on is the desire to dip into the Federal well. State and local governments inevitably have to face real budget issues. The Federal government has no budget constraints. You will see more and more federalizing for money reasons.

    I am constantly hearing about this program and that one which are being propped up by the news that “they are finding federal money” to take care of this “need.”

  8. filbertz says:

    the irony of periscope is that so many of its users decry the surveillance in everyday life, then they broadcast their less public behaviors.

    federalizing local police will weaken both

    Brady will get a slap on the wrist & Kraft will whine incessantly…reinforcing people’s distaste for the Patriots. Deflategate is a minor violation of a broad rule book.

  9. Babylon's Dread says:

    Been thinking about the gay agenda more….

    Here is a theory, the Catholic church will survive and thrive in this scrum and the Protestant church will a) capitulate on the left as it always does b) be marginalized on the right as it increasingly is. The more a church depends upon market share the more they will lose adherents and yes, money. The children of Bible believers a) never read the Bible b) have been convinced by media and education that they shouldn’t read it c) therefore think secularly rather than with the wisdom Paul described in 1 Cor. 2

    The Catholics have learned to thrive while hated for their unpopular moral theology; birth control, divorce/remarriage, celibate priesthood, etc. They NEVER move at the whims of shifting secularism. People looking for a solid community will begin to look to the Catholic church for moral stability, for educational insulation, for institutional clarity and courage.

    Jackie Alnor and her kin will be aghast because what they feared will happen on other grounds. I will not be surprised to see the masses go home to Rome. They provide a haven that is not nearly as susceptible to secularism and market share. They provide a place where every preacher is not a Pope and though they have a Pope it is not as singularly authoritarian as the Moses Model.

    Wish I could live another 100 years. I really do … It will be interesting.

  10. Michael says:

    BD,

    I think Eastern Orthodoxy will continue to grow as well.

    It is entirely possible that the gay agenda has run its course.
    What I am seeing and hearing is that people are about done with being pc as most things politically correct lack common sense.

    The majorities in this country are weary of being enslaved by every minority view…and the backlash is coming.

  11. Ixtlan says:

    #6
    I think I hate Seattle more than the rest, except may Oakland and now San Francisco. I often wonder why such venues, that are nothing more than means of entertainment, receive so much of our attention, particularly when you consider that they contribute such enormous nothingness into our lives. We faithfully attend their houses of worship, and wear their stupid jerseys that makes us look like elementary school age children at play. The NFL was the nation’s first multi-site.

  12. Babylon's Dread says:

    Michael,

    I think it is just beginning because homosexual behavior is growing rapidly especially among young women and we are reaching a point where everyone knows and loves someone who has been sexual wounded and is finding refuge in alternative behaviors. I think it is just beginning. The PC thing may and should get backlash but gay behaviors are rising and will rise. Marriage will become whosoever will. I hope I am wrong but I think we are seeing the apocalypse of traditional family… it has been battered and likely will fall. That is not the final word though…

    The sower will reap the whirlwind.

  13. Michael says:

    Ixtlan,

    I must confess that I do love my sports…and I probably do put a disproportionate amount of time into following them.

  14. Babylon's Dread says:

    I suppose you are calling prayerlessness practical atheism…

    I am on mission with you as I believe He hears…

  15. Michael says:

    BD,

    This isn’t the first time in history we’ve witnessed these things.
    My guess would be that the homosexual “movement” will eventually collapse under the weight of it’s own depravity and the pendulum will swing again.
    One of the things I’m thinking about is that the family is an institution founded by God…and he tends to keep His institutions intact one way or another.

  16. Michael says:

    BD,

    I do believe that prayerlessness is practical atheism and is also the Achilles heel of the church.
    We have sought power everywhere but where we can find it…

  17. Papias says:

    3. Foxnews does the same thing. Its not any prettier on this side of the aisle.

    4. One thing you DO NOT DO when you go south of the Border – make eye contact with a Federale. JUST DON’T.

    BD, I would rather go EO than RCC any day and twice on Sunday, but otherwise I agree with your statement.

    The Patriots were cheaters before (Spygate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_New_England_Patriots_videotaping_controversy) and will likely cheat again. Its in their DNA.

  18. Ixtlan says:

    I would rather go Anglican than either RCC or EO, and perhaps one day I will. Trouble is, my wife just get rekindled with here inner charismatic…. 😉

  19. Papias says:

    And GO DUCKS! 🙂

  20. Papias says:

    Wow… can I kill a thread or what? 🙁

    PapiasPersonaNonGrata

  21. Em says:

    #5 – it wasn’t until my grammar school age children were bullied for being practicing Christians that i took up praying daily… it was duty praying on my part as i saw no visible answers… but one morning, as i prayed, i “heard” a voice saying, “if you love your children, pray for ____.” The adult daughter of some dear friends. A young woman that never EVER even crossed my mind in a normal day. Just as i got off my knees, the phone rang; it was her dad asking for immediate prayer as they’d just got a phone call from the highway patrol in another state – their daughter had been hit by a car as she attempted to cross the freeway on foot – that’s a side story – there was miracle after miracle of mercy that followed – including this: the hospital she was rushed to had been the sight of a meeting of emergency room specialists from the surrounding area. She arrived just as their meeting was breaking up and those doctors (5 if i remember correctly) all turned to and saved her life and, while she is somewhat pinned together, she has lived a good and productive life.

    My take away? Not the miracle, but the message: if you love your children pray for others’ children … as they come to mind – that and the fact that, even when you don’t see results, know that God is not only listening, He’s processing, processing you and your prayers.
    “Lord, teach us to pray….” He might now answer, “I did. Now go and do it.”

  22. Xenia says:

    Regarding # 2:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=fxCSy7tpUME

    I remember when I was part of the CC women’s ministry we used to have a very nice Christmas tea every year. We had a feature where ladies could, if they wanted to, get up and tell us of some happy Christmas memories. We heard tales of dads unexpectedly coming home from overseas in time for Christmas…. things like that. It was quite lovely and uplifting.

    Until this one woman came to us and informed us that she has no happy Christmas memories and was offended to hear about ours. So insensitive. (She also complained about Mother’s Day, Valentine’s dances and married couples’ groups. She felt slighted.)

    So, we canceled the share-a-long for several years, out of kindness. But guess what? This woman was just as miserable as ever. It didn’t make one whit of difference in her level of (non) happiness; she was just glad no one else was happy. So we re-instated the share-a-long. (I shared this story before, I think.)

    I think the measure of big-heartedness can be seen to the degree that people can rejoice and be glad for everyone, even if you yourself didn’t get to experience that particular joy. Small-hearted people pout; big-hearted people rejoice with the rejoicers and weep with the weepers.

  23. Em says:

    lxtian, don’t hate Seattle; they are/were the “Moneyball” of football… don’t know if they’ll sustain it and i do think the fans over there are certifiably nuts… but it was a long wait and that does things to people 🙂

  24. Em says:

    “I think the measure of big-heartedness can be seen to the degree that people can rejoice and be glad for everyone, even if you yourself didn’t get to experience that particular joy. Small-hearted people pout; big-hearted people rejoice with the rejoicers and weep with the weepers.”

    worth repeating and … i’m pondering 🙂

  25. Em says:

    pondering BD’s wisdom up there also… i think my head hurts… too much wisdom here today

  26. Xenia says:

    If you are having troubles with prayer, get a simple prayer book and make it a point to have morning and evening prayers, using the prayer book, until you have the habit of prayerfulness well established.

    Often people with be critical of written prayers (too popish) but will readily admit that they rarely pray. So think of a prayer book as a crutch until you can walk on your own.

    If your sort of church does not publish prayer books, locate four or five Psalms that express your heart and pray them morning and night. Print them out and call it your prayer rule. Just be sure to pay attention to the words; don’t just rattle them off.

    Again, this may sound artificial and rote to some but it is better than not praying at all. And if you pray with Psalms you are praying with the mind of Christ. When I used to just wing it I was probably not praying with the mind of Christ too terribly often.

  27. Xenia says:

    I think because of the so-called sexual revolution of the 60’s and the invention of the Pill, women are in more peril now than ever before. When I was in the Navy, every sailor who took me out to dinner expected payment, even on the first (and always the last!) date. So as Dread noted, a lot of young women just don’t want to participate in today’s meat market and find safety with another woman. And as he says, I think this will increase. Since many girls’ fathers won’t protect them they will flee to the arms of a woman who will.

  28. JTK says:

    Here’s the best ive heard re: traditional marriage, opposing gay marriage, in a LONG time. And her take on the demographics of youth is right on.

    Arise, church!

  29. AA says:

    Xenia,
    I just want to say I really appreciate your posts, and the wisdom you impart. I have learned about EO and much more. THANKS!

  30. Em says:

    ii am in total agreement with Xenia’s #27, i think. Sex did not need the revolution of the 60s

    i don’t know where all that criticism of our fathers and mothers came from… were they suppressed? dunno, but those old, tired ethics seemed to produce better, more stable lives than what we have now… or so it seems to me…. even, tho, birth control seems like a good idea, isn’t interesting how the Pill came along at just the right moment to facilitate what we’ve seen?
    and when that wasn’t sufficient? well, go on a crusade for clean abortions and get rid of the little inconvenient embryos…
    and then when it became clear that the men were brainwashed, irresponsible little weasels, themselves? i’m afraid Xenia is correct – i think what we’re seeing now is in a big part due to that revolution of reason in the 60s … both men and women are victims IMV sigh

  31. Xenia says:

    JTK, that was a great video and she comes at the question with an angle that might stop some people dead in their tracks. “How was your parentless childhood? Would you wish that on your own children?”

    Aw, shucks, AA. 🙂

  32. Kevin H says:

    AA,

    I know you don’t post here much, but are you who I think you might be? If you are, then maybe you remember me from a couple years ago. Or maybe you’re not who I think you may be and this is all just senseless rambling and you would have no clue as to what I’m talking about. 🙂

  33. AA says:

    Kevin H
    I’m not that person, so I haven’t a clue. Sounds interesting though.

  34. How did people ‘celebrate Mother’s Day in church? We passed out a small flower to women as they walked in – didn’t ask if they were Mothers. No mention of Mother’s Day or mothers once in the sanctuary.

    So did some use the time when Christ could have been preached to ‘talk’ about mothers and motherhood?

  35. Kevin H says:

    AA,

    Well I’m glad you’re here anyway, whoever you are. 🙂 I was just going by your initials and a comment you had made last week sometime. I thought I might know who you were. The AA I was thinking of I’ve never actually met in person, but was aware of a year of service they did south of the border a couple years ago that I helped support in a small fashion.

  36. AA says:

    I have only met Erunner years ago & a couple of ladies who I don’t remember their names.

  37. Eric says:

    Around here the Mothers Day memes were about how good mothers are. (Also with compassion for those for whom family hasn’t worked out well).

  38. Steve says:

    #29 – interesting video, but I’ve long felt that traditional marriage didn’t break down because of feminism or younger generations being immoral, but rather because those traditional marriages looked great on the outside (white picket fence, dad reading the paper, etc.) but were as full of dysfunction and sin as anything, plus hypocritical to boot. And so the 60’s generation chucked it and said “who needs this?!”.

    So as long as we look to the “does it work?” measurement of family values, I think we’ll always be disappointed. My marriage is just as dysfunctional as anyone else’s out there. It’s just that my wife and I daily forgive each other as Christ forgave us and all we can do is point our kids to the cross that covers all our sins.

    I guess I’m just not sure that my marriage would make a great advertisement to any generation that is looking for guidelines about how to live life. I can only point to Christ and his forgiveness, and then his word which instructs me that marriage is for life.

  39. Kevin H says:

    AA,

    Well then, you must not be who I thought you might have been. Just ignore me. Carry on. 🙂

  40. Linnea says:

    Xenia…an interesting comment on your dates in the Navy driving lesbian behavior. I’d never thought of it that way.

    Dread…I think you hit the nail on the head…while some of us are weary of the pc line, the younger generation thinks differently.

  41. brian says:

    1. I know I came here about a decade ago looking for some hope and answers. I did get some answers, I have discovered about myself I will not let myself have hope, it is beyond my pay grade, it also costs way too much at least in the religious sense.
    2. I went through my mother’s pictures and almost wept, I then preceded to do the “evangelical” thing as I understand it and berated myself for being so weak and pathetic. I did manage to keep myself from throwing all the pictures in the trash, thank God. I went on a picture memorial jihad when my mother first died, I got rid of some things I wish I did not. I was happy to throughout all the mementoes she kept of my work when I was a kid. Its all sentimentality any ways or at least that is what I have learned.
    3. Both right and left are hypocritical and play to sexual stereotypes and sexual subjects. It sells and that is always good. Always.
    4. That has been coming down the pike for a while and there is some big money behind it and some big money to be had, which is good and blessed I get that. But it would destroy our nation and constitution, I understand that a few people getting richer is much more important but I don’t like it.
    5. I use to teach the bible and I really enjoyed it, I have stopped and will never do it again, I wont go into why. It hurts to much.
    6. There are patriots in every state even California.
    7. The new Periscope app makes money nothing else matters or needs to be said.
    8-10 I will talk on later

    I don’t believe most of the nonsense I blabbered on about money and such in my head but in my heart I “feel” that way and it so clouds my vision. I hope to put that demon to rest someday soon, God is good, it is good and holy to live a virtuous life, money is just a tool, many rich people live miserable lives, many poor people are actually rich. Jesus was right about that and a lot of other things I have come to see. I am blessed I see Jesus everyday in the lives of my students, I get to touch the face of God through service. Hope that makes some sense.

  42. Em says:

    #39,that’s the real world talking – i love fairy tale marriages – i am very romantic and i love to see people in love –
    pontification (again) alert 🙂
    but truth be told, life in the real world is usually hard and it looks to be getting harder – the partnership core of the family unit must bear the brunt and the stress of life’s demands – that’s when grace and commitment must kick in – husbands and wives, oh how we need respect, which is a form of love – a lasting form of love … IMHO

  43. Alex says:

    They need to move the Patriots franchise to Idaho or Texas and start over.

    Tom Brady, Bill Bellicheat and pretty much all of New England isn’t worthy of such a cool name.

  44. Alex says:

    I get to go on a popular boise radio talk show tomorrow and rant about Islam and a refugee program where the US govt. and a local college is flooding our area with Muslims.

    I’m not moving and starting over again. I left my hometown once to get away from a cult with a psycho leader…not moving again. This time I’ll stand and fight.

  45. j2theperson says:

    I don’t understand the point if mother’s day. It seems like it’s just an excuse for people to get together and eat under the veneer of honoring the concept of mothers. Meanwhile a majority of mothers I know (myself included) are stressed out and run ragged by the whole thing. All it did was throw our whole routine off and leave both me and Calice exhausted. I was so worn out by it all that I crashed Sunday night and slept through my child waking up in the middle of the night which resulted in tears and hysterics.

  46. Em says:

    ” US govt. and a local college is flooding our area with Muslims”
    as i think our brian would say, it’s all about the money – tuition isn’t “free” – somebody pays the bill and every student is a ‘cash cow’ for the college … one way or tother

  47. Xenia says:

    J2, I think you might enjoy Mother’s Day more when your little girl is old enough to make you breakfast in bed. That’s pretty priceless. 🙂

  48. j2theperson says:

    Xenia, she (with the help of my mom) painted a plate for me and made me a lovely card. So, she already did sweet things for me which I loved. I would have just preferred to have a meal at some time other than right when she normally goes down for her nap. In a year or two it won’t be an issue.

  49. j2theperson says:

    Re: Michael’s number 1. I think women who think that way just need to chill. It’s ridiculously easy to not be victimized in church if you really don’t want to be victimized. Just go to a church where you’re treated well. I was unhappy with how complementarian churches viewed and treated women. One day I realized it was crazy for me to contribute to my own marginalization by continuing to go only to churches that in my view institutionally disrespected and dismissed women, and I decided from then on that I would only go to churches that ordained women. Problem solved. The idea that everyone one who believes that women shouldn’t be ordained is inherently sexist or abusive is ridiculous. But, even if I did believe that, I have significantly cut down on having to interact with such people in a religious environment that will bring up conflict regarding that issue. Like I said, problem solved.

  50. Alex may be good at many things but his #45 points out that his best quality is that of a racist. Going on the radio to rant? – any racist rant is the Idaho state motto. 🙂

  51. Bob says:

    I’m not sure I would call Alex a “racist” for opposing the relocation, but it (his comment) does smell bad and it borders on a bit of “right wing” fanaticism.

    Yes the Muslim faith is the root of ISIS and much of the violence in today’s news, but the foundation of these United States is the ability to worship freely in peaceful ways. I fully support the rights of Muslims and those of other faiths to practice and worship within the laws of the USA. I also support the proper and lawful emigration of peoples to this Country.

    It’s who we are.

  52. Bob says:

    J2…

    “I was so worn out by it all that I crashed Sunday night and slept through my child waking up in the middle of the night which resulted in tears and hysterics.”

    It gets more interesting every year and now you know why your parents tried so hard to find a parenting method which worked, or at least helped them figure it all out.

    The good news is they grow up and then ask for money to help buy a home.

    Then when you’re alone, the house is empty and you are attempting to enjoy that time you wished for in all those days of hectic, hair pulling child rearing, the silence is deafening.

    Thank you for being a mom. It really does mean so much!

  53. Ixtlan says:

    Anyone can find a myriad of reasons to be a victim. We live in a fallen world, opportunity to do so presents itself around every corner. It takes real courage to accept our incompleteness and to trust in God by embracing what He has given us, rather than the focus of what He has not given.

  54. Alex says:

    Did the show this morning…and one of the many myths I dispelled was correcting the intellectual dishonesty (or it could be simply low IQ and stupidity) about opposition to Islam being “racist”…Islam is an Ideology, not a race, factually so. Thanks for demonstrating the lack of intelligence MLD! Good object lesson 🙂

  55. Anne says:

    So Alex, if Somalians were not muslim they would be welcome Idaho? Some of the Somalians resettled in PDX are in fact christians. The young man solicited by FBI to blow up Pioneer Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony a few years back was brought to the attention of the FBI by his somalian father who was worried he was falling in with bad influences. So rather than using information to re-direct or nip his son’s activities in the bud (as hoped by his father) they used him to put another notch in their homeland security holster. I can’t imagine the hurt and betrayal of the family who trying to do the right, “american” thing calling the authorities re: their son. He could have faced charges for a lot lesser crimes of conspiracy with intervention as a teen rather than a life in prison.

    The “other” is never welcome at first. Whether over race or religion. Irish and Italian catholics stirred up the same fierce protests and hate when they began seeking a better life here too. The outrage over the Vietnamese refugees in SoCal was widespread and ugly in the 70’s. By persecuting all muslims as though they represent the likes of ISIS is a sure way to help ensure the radicalization of their youth. It is as ridiculous as believing all christians secretly support Westboro Baptists, progressives equal socialists like Stalin, all cops are bad, all gun owners irresponsible, etc ad naseum. It would truly be refreshing to see all the wonderful christians be rejoicing that the mission field, opportunity to love like Christ loved the world was popping up in our back yard. My “yard” is plumb full of “others” living in downtown PDX near a university, half way houses for mentally ill, excons, immigrants of all sorts. It has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Not always easy. But a lot more beauty, folks loving their neighbors often out of great lack themselves, than I ever witnessed behind the orange curtain.

  56. Anne says:

    I am also rather weary of the implication from folks on the left, right, believers and unbelievers that disagreeing about one’s politics, philosophy, or theology is an indication of those who disagree suffer from “low IQ and stupidity” or worse.

  57. Alex – yeah, and how do you identify Muslims in your neighborhood if you have never spoken with them and learned of their ideology – you racially profile them.

    But you were the one who used the term “rant” – we know that is code for hate.

    Hey, I’m not the white guy who transmigrated to Idaho to open a gun shop. Talk about an object lesson. 🙂 I am sure one day your story will show up on Dateline.

  58. Alex says:

    “how do you identify Muslims in your neighborhood ”

    The head-to-toe blue burqas are a dead give-away

  59. Alex says:

    The hijabs are a dead give-away as well.

    You can usually tell who the muslim dudes are b/c they are usually in close proximity to the hind-quarters of a goat.

  60. Anne says:

    Alex – sometimes I wonder if your anger, frustration and pain comes out sideways in other arenas. Or the company you run into at your business wearing off on you. Your #60 might go over well at the shop or on your FB, but really uncalled for here I think. Just my opinion . Doesn’t mean I don’t care about you and still hope the very best for you. Sincerely – your most liberal, bleeding heart friend.

  61. Alex says:

    Anne, I don’t like bullies.

    Islam is a big bully.

  62. Alex says:

    I will always be “angry” with things that are very wrong.

  63. “I will always be “angry” with things that are very wrong.” = No Muslims allowed in Idaho and I will sell you the weaponry to enforce it. – LOL 🙂

    I know, some of your best friends have deep Florida tans.

  64. Anne says:

    Alex – in many folks’ minds, christianity is “a big bully”. Their peoples’ histories are filled with with the violence and negative effects of manifest destiny/colonization etc. etc. Ghandi had good reason to say he loved Christ , Christians not so much. We try to seperate the good followers from the bad even in the messiness of our own churches, recoil when others judge us as Americans, rather than as individuals based, on the bad actors of our past and present. I believe we all err greatly when we lump human beings into faceless categories. I think Jesus was on to something when he made a point of eating and drinking with those considered “other”.

    In my fantasies, there would be folks inviting these new neighbors to dinners and weddings, accepting invitations to theirs. I am as cynical and skeptical as they come these days regarding what the faith first delivered to the saints looks like in real life, but still imagine what it might be like if this was the universal distinguishing triait of those who claim Christ: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples.”

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