Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fire Them All!

At least that’s what Barack Obama said we should do. Responding to John McCain's call for the firing of the chairman of the Security Exchange Commission, Christopher Cox, Obama called for voters to "fire the whole Trickle-Down, On-Your-Own, Look-the-Other-Way crowd in Washington who has led us down this disastrous path. Don't just get rid of one guy, get rid of this administration, get rid of this philosophy, get rid of the do nothing approach and put somebody in there who is going to fight for you."

In my humble opinion we should fire them all. That is everyone in Wall Street and everyone in Washington, Democrats and Republicans both. They have in essence all let us down. Their partisan politics is about to cost us 700 billion dollars and maybe more.

I know this is politics and I shouldn't’t be talking about politics but I think the lack of communication and trust in politics is really only symptomatic of what we see in every institution today including the church. We have let partisan politics divide the church and it’s institutions. It’s nothing new. Every church in the first century experienced it, even the church in Philippi.

Paul, when he dealt with conflict in the church said, I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord, Philippians 4:2. He doesn’t say what the conflict was nor does he say who is to blame but pleads with them BOTH, for God’s sake, to get along.

Whether in Washington or in the church there is plenty of blame to go around. Let’s stop pointing fingers and blaming each other and start being part of the solution. If we don’t it will cost us more than 700 billion it will cost the souls of millions of lost people who need to see us working together.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Like "Ike"

No, it's not a political statement, it's my opinion of the recent hurricane named Ike. I like Ike not because of the death and devastation it left in it’s path but because of the brief moment in time in which I experienced what it was like before electricity. I doubt I would ever want to go back to life in the “dark ages,” but there were some elements of not having electricity that I enjoyed.

For one I didn’t have to worry about answering any e-mails. (I was glad for my cell phone though) . . .For another I got to meet neighbors I haven’t seen all summer. It seemed like everyone and his proverbial brother was out looking at the storm. We sat out back for a little while and then Carol moved to the shelter of the front porch just in time to watch our neighbors chimney blow over. I told him he won for the house with the most damage. (I don’t know if he thought it was funny or not, but I tried)

Another reason I liked not having electricity is that we went to be earlier. We tried reading but that got tough with just candles. Eventually we gave in a went to bed, which made it easier to get up in the morning.

The power is came back on yesterday, almost 24 hours after it first went out, so guess what we did last night. We stayed up later than usual watching a tv in bed. Oh well so much for life in the “dark ages.”

How about you? Is your electric back on yet? I hope so. If not go to bed early and catch up on your sleep while you still can!