Things I Think
1. bigot: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
That’s the dictionary definition of a ‘bigot”.
The real world definition is if you are “intolerant ” of any idea or group that I am tolerant of, you’re a bigot.
For some reason, those who label others bigots are not stained with bigotry themselves, as long as they are bigoted against the people that their group considers bigots.
It’s one of our new “weapon” words meant to inflict shame and stifle discussion.
It’s an accusation that you cannot defend yourself against with words because it requires looking at the totality of a persons life and relationships.
It’s character assassination that even the unskilled can inflict with ease.
“Bigot” used to be an important word, because it applied mainly to those who opposed segregation of the races and it was used to eliminate this wrong from the public discourse.
Today, I’m a bigot because I don’t believe I should use the womens restroom, don’t believe that gay marriage is wonderful, or that radical Islam is just a few Arabs with a bad attitude.
Those who have labeled me such have the same goal that we all had fifty years ago…to mark and eliminate people with such thoughts from the culture.
I’m not going anywhere…
2. Very few people get the Trump phenomenon. I’m here to explain it to you.
We live in a world were all things have become terribly complex and difficult to understand.
When I was a child our TV had a dial.
When you wanted to change the channel to one of the other two or three that were available, you walked up to the TV and turned the dial.
Today we have hundreds of channels that you access with a remote control that has dozens of buttons with scads of options.
Many folks have yet to figure out how they work and they are a source of constant frustration.
They wish it were simple.
Trump simplifies all the issues into black and white, good guys and bad, and he speaks what the simple, common person is thinking.
They don’t believe anyone else is.
3. When I’m reporting on some scandal in the church, I invariably get emails telling me that I should just let God handle it. My reply is that He is…God almost always works through means…even bloggers.
4. The blood moon over Medford was something to behold last night. It spoke to me of the renewal of the creation, not it’s destruction.
5. I have no desire to live in world where there is no difference between the sexes.
6. God answered some big prayers this weekend…then presented situations where even bigger prayer will be needed. God always gives you more than you can handle so that you will seek the God who can handle it for you.
7. The only defense the Christian has is sacrificial love.
8. May the Lord keep me from being known for my political opinions more than the Gospel.
9. The Sermon on the Mount is the most radical, counter cultural, document ever written. It is the “constitution” of the kingdom of God. It should be consulted before any other document when we’re deciding what’s “constitutional”.
10. Phil has laryngitis, thus no podcast today. Pray for his recovery…he talks for a living.