Archive for November, 2004

A salute to anonymous cowards

A salute to anonymous cowards


I’m always amazed at those courageous people who take a stand for truth but cannot bring themselves to identify themselves in the process.  They are so effective at communicating how right they are.  I see people all across the world realizing their faults.  Where would we be without the people that have the courage to take an unpopular stand but have freed themselves from the obligations of integrity, honesty and any suffering involved.  You inspire me.  You inspire me to question the authenticity of a gospel that calls us to believe a certain way as long as it costs nothing.  Your inspire me to search and seek for a deeper level of faith and conviction so I can never, ever be like you. 

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House Church update and to be content with mystery

House Church update and to be content with mystery


Over the last few weeks I’ve been gathering together with some new and old friends on Sunday night.  This is my second house church experience and I’m still very sold on it.  We eat together pot luck style.  Each meeting can consist of a meditation, music, sharing, prayer, teaching and discussion.  Our group is pretty diverse.  I don’t think it is a stretch to say that all of us have had difficult experiences with established churches.  We are at different levels of confidence in our faith but we are open.  I’ve lead a couple of teaching/discussion times and those have been really good for me.  I enjoy interacting with scripture as a group.  I do my best to encourage people to let scripture speak for itself instead of reaching for the systematic constructs that can sometimes cloud our perspective. 

I don’t think it has been easy for everyone.  A lot of people are in transition, they feel unsettled and unsure of things.  Right now I’m content to leave a lot of stuff as a mystery.  What is the true nature of God?  How does salvation work? How does prayer work? How much of salvation is for here and now as opposed to a final destination?  How does faith work?  I believe I know God, that I’ve been saved from a bunch of stuff, prayer seems work for me in my life, and my faith as brought real joy and real change in my life. 

I think it is vitally important that people extend one another a liberal amount of grace.  It is sad that grace isn’t a larger theme in emerging church circles.  Jesus challenges me to love my friends and my enemies.  That includes the infamous “red states” and the president they chose.  Blessed are the peacemakers!

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Abortion and social darwinism

Abortion and social darwinism


I found a great resource for statistics at NationMaster.com.  I looked up some health stats and pulled up abortion and was stunned to find that Canada has about half the amount of abortions per capita than the United States.  A stunning fact given that “liberal” Canada has no abortion law.  What is it about Canada that would account for the huge difference?  There must be a lot that could be done in America to reduce abortions without making any laws or limiting a woman’s ability to choose. 

It seems at least somewhat hypocritical to say one cares deeply about human life yet support social and economic policy that results in social darwinism.  In America there is tremendous opportunity but if you aren’t equipped with the abilities and skills to compete you fall through the cracks.  The cracks are deep and it isn’t easy to get out.  There isn’t much compassion for these people.  America’s answer to this is more people in more jails.  There are 7 times more people in jail in the US as there are in Canada. 

If people really believe in a “culture of life” they should work to eliminate the stark economic disparity in American society.  That would likely have a much more dramatic effect on the number of abortions than contentious laws.

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Canadians vrs Americans

Canadians vrs Americans


I followed a link over to Scott’s blog and found 70+ comments.  I found some of the comments amazing.

I support G.W. Bush because he believes in God’s word.
Bush is pro-life, wants to ban gay marriages, and professes faith in Christ.  He also invaded a country under false pretenses, deceived an entire nation, and leads an administration which has manipulated the public like no other in recent history.  He hired Karl Rove who visciously smeared John McCain in the 2000 primaries.  There is more in the bible about honesty, integrity, and holding leaders to a higher account then there is about homosexuality.  Kerry and Clinton professed faith in Christ but they weren’t considered real Christians because they were pro-choice Democrats.  Someone how Bush doesn’t have to pass the “is your faith reflected in your actions” test.

Bush made mistakes, you shouldn’t judge him
Why do people hate Kerry because he is pro-choice, but when Bush is criticized they say people shouldn’t judge him.  I think that if someone is campaigning to lead the most powerful country in the world a little discernment is in order.  That is what elections are all about.

Even though Canada won’t help us we’d help you if you were attacked
Canada does need to spend more on its military but a lot of what do have is in Afghanistan.  Canada joined the US in Afghanistan because we were helping our ally.  There really wasn’t much debate about that.  We didn’t go in to Iraq because we didn’t see Iraq has a clear imminent threat to the US and we didn’t believe the evidence presented to the UN about WMD.  Canada wasn’t spineless, Canada was right.

I support Bush because he is pro-life, regardless of any other policy
I’ll admit that if the Republicans get to appoint a couple of conservative judges they might actually be able to reduce the amount of abortions in the United States.  Most Republicans use the issue to get votes and I don’t actually believe they will ever ban abortion.  They might make it more difficult to get and ban it under certain circumstances.  Ultimately I believe that the religious right is going to be seriously disappointed in the results of legislative action on abortion. 

Why do you hate us when we send so much aid to the rest of the world
The US lags behind most of the industrialized world in foreign aid on a per-capita basis.  20% of that aid is military aid which goes mostly to Israel and Egypt.  Canada isn’t as good as it used to be, although it gives twice as much per-capita as the US.  Denmark gives much more than both Canada and the US.

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Surge in traffic at Canadian Immigration Website

Surge in traffic at Canadian Immigration Website


It looks like a lot of Democrats are thinking about escaping north.  Traffic at the Canadian immigration website hit an all time high on Wednesday.  If things keep going as they are Canada and the United States will have to change their names.  Canada becomes “Liberal North America” and the US becomes “Conservative North America”.  Saskatchewan is set to have their first gay marriages this weekend pending a court ruling today.

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The US Election

The US Election


While I supported Kerry in this election I’m not terribly disappointed in the result.  I didn’t like Kerry.  He was picked by the Democrats because people thought he has the best chance to defeat Bush.  Kerry was weak on the issues and weak in the campaign.  His one great advantage, his war record, was tarnished by a deceptive commercial campaign. 

It will interesting to see how the relationship with the Republicans and the religious right pans out.  A couple of judges are up for appointment.  Will there be an attempt to overturn Roe v Wade?  If it is overturned what will that mean for America?  I think it will be a very hollow victory for the pro-life movement because changing laws will not change the morality of a nation. 

I don’t buy the idea that Bush will do whatever he wants because he has a real mandate and needn’t worry about relection.  Bush did what he wanted in the first term regardless of public opinion, which he seems to control,  or the facts.  52% of Americans believed that the invasion of Iraq was part of the war on terror.  That is great propoganda.   

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