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  1. Bob Sweat says:

    Great things to think about! I love #10! Blessings Michael.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Bob…blessings to you as well!

  3. Babylon's Dread says:

    I am pretty sure that you and I are safe from hagiography …
    But I am sure there will be a hageeography-
    I am pretty sure cats are devoted to the idea of eternal conscious torment for all other species
    For at least the next 12 months we are doomed to partisanship on everything
    As for terrorism I also believe we should ask ourselves who the average muslim in the middle east sees as the terrorist. I wonder if drones are less offensive to them than human torpedoes
    I am pretty sure I am right.

    Captain Dread

  4. Michael says:

    BD,

    Well done!

    The drone question is quite troubling…

  5. Kevin H says:

    As to #3, it seemingly only takes minutes after a tragedy for Facebook and other social media to blow up with both sides trumpeting their political ideology and blaming the “other side” for what just occurred. Especially when it’s a shooting. Just a sad commentary on what we have become. There needs to be discussion on these issues and happenings and people should be able to voice their opinions. But our approach is often severely lacking.

    As to #4, it is senseless for those who try to use this tragedy to equate modern day Christianity with radical Islam. But who cares about sense and logic when you need to make a political point? Even on the other side of the coin for those who seemingly want to completely ignore the facts that this lunatic had some kind of Christian background and influences in his life. Yes, there is no Christian organization out there teaching that you should go shoot up an abortion clinic and 99.9999% of professing Christians would say what the guy did was completely wrong. But for those who only want to declare that this man was not a Christian or what he did was not a Christian act while refusing to acknowledge the man’s apparent past Christian ramblings and experiences is a stubbornness that is done so only to try to win a political fight.

  6. Michael says:

    Kevin H,

    Very well said…

  7. Jim says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever criticized our president here, but does anyone wonder why gun owners get worried? 80-100 million of us didn’t shoot anyone this weekend.

  8. Laura Scott says:

    Concerning #4: No, we Christians do not maraud around as shock troops do but we do our fair share of damage with people who look unloveable to us or to Christians who are not towing our particular line.

    In my opinion, that carnage is just as bad as the fall out of any terror attack. Hence, #9.

  9. Michael says:

    Laura,

    Both points well taken…

  10. Michael says:

    Jim,

    I don’t think the gun control that many desire will ever happen in this country.
    If it does, then we’ll see carnage untold…criminals will always find a weapon.

  11. ( |o )====::: says:

    Happy Monday, Michael!

    “There has been no doctrine responsible for more mischief in the church than the one that declares pastors and worship leaders as more “anointed” than the flock”
    -couldn’t agree more!!!

    “May God deliver us from the need to be right and deliver us onto a thirst for righteousness”
    -how about a thirst for love, which is greater than righteousness?

  12. Michael says:

    Good morning, G!

  13. ( |o )====::: says:

    Good morning Michael!
    Wishing good to you and your boy, and even your temperamental feline!

    Dashing off to finish a couple design projects, then gearing up for some music practice.

    Hoping you’re feeling the love and beauty of the season as it unfolds around and in you.

    Peace

  14. Em says:

    lots of good thinking today – IMO
    “When I read the “biographies” of “great” people in the Bible I read of redeemed sinners, not sinless saints.” NOW there’s a good ponder!!!
    -pondering cats’ thinking about heaven at all…
    -“partisans” are party poopers
    -a career that involves selling parts of human anatomy to which transaction the human has not consented is about as low as a the human race can go, so it is not surprising that some human beings are so disgusted that they go berzerk is a natural outcome, but it has nothing to do with Christianity (IMHO)
    5,6,7, AMEN!!!
    8 that question’s answer will tell a whole lot about our present state of affairs (IMHO)
    – i live in a FACEBOOK free zone – am i denying reality?
    10 AMEN and FWIW – i think one can have love without righteousness, but one cannot have righteousness without love… this thing we identify as self-righteousness is not righteous, is it?

  15. Michael says:

    Well done, Em!

    There’s a lot of good stuff on Facebook…sometimes it gets overwhelmed by all the negatives,however.

  16. Francisco says:

    Re #5. If there was one was person who knew what it meant to be God’s anointed it was John the apostle. We can conclude by his writings that if a person is indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God then by definition…………… they are God’s anointed. I think John gave us a clear explanation in 1John 2:27. I don’t think this meaning has changed today. The bride of Christ is God’s anointed.

    And yes as undershepherds we often need to be reminded not to touch God’s anointed but to serve her instead.

  17. Michael says:

    Francisco just nailed it…

  18. filbertz says:

    Statesmen Quartet petered out in the mid-70’s. 😉

    I don’t have a Facebook account, but occasionally plunk down some dinero on a Powerball ticket. When I win a jackpot, do I love my enemies with cash?

    anointing is a highly misused/misunderstood term–its like the ‘like’ button on facebook. Instead of saying the worship band is talented, they’re anointed. Instead of saying the pastor’s sermon was stirring–he’s anointed. Funny, the custodian does a great job of cleaning the facilities–he’s not anointed?

  19. Michael says:

    “anointing’ is a power word to serve those who wish to rule.
    It is an excellent help to tyranny.

  20. EricL says:

    You can’t fool us, Michael, by pretending to be offended by the title “anointed”. Everyone here knows that your super-hero alter ego is The Anointed Blogger! Your costume has golden wings and tail feathers. You swoop down on abusive ministries and breathe fire toward corrupt pastors.

    Don’t worry, your secret identity is safe with us.

  21. Michael says:

    Eric L,

    I think my anointing fell off around 2007… 🙂

  22. Judy says:

    Regarding #9: We are supposed to be peacemakers, not adversaries.

  23. Michael says:

    Judy,

    That is a fundamental of the faith that has been swallowed by politics and social media.

    We need to reclaim it before it’s too late…

  24. passin throgh says:

    #7

    But the truth is, you’re seven times more likely to die from right-wing domestic terrorism than from a Muslim terrorist.

    God gave us the gift of reason — why not use it?

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/11/30/3725562/you-are-more-than-7-times-as-likely-to-be-killed-by-a-right-wing-extemist-than-by-muslim-terrorists/

  25. Michael says:

    passin,

    Let’s use the gift of reason.
    I have no doubt that your statistic is currently accurate.

    Part of the reason for that is that so far we have been able to successfully thwart such attacks from organized Islamic terrorists for the most part.

    The key phrase there is “organized Islamic terrorists” which we know exist in large number and can create chaos in ways that exceed that number.

    I don’t know of any “organized Christian terrorists” who are seeking the destruction of the West and elimination of a faith group…and this country.

  26. Em says:

    what is a right wing domestic terrorist? what am i missing? Oklahoma City? that one wasn’t quite and cut and dried, wrapped and tied as we like to think…
    FWIW and IMV, we are much closer to mob rule in this nation than we seem to see – perhaps, terrorisms are the red herrings? – dunno – but it is time for those who follow Christ to focus or refocus … or so it seems to me – dunno, tho, do i?

  27. Em says:

    #24 had me wondering what i’d missed and so i decided that i needed some education and here’s what a quick googling came up with on a site called securitydata.newamerica.net
    jihadists=26 killings
    those attributed to right wingers=48, if memory serves me
    Plot name Persons killed
    2015 Charleston Church Shooting 9
    2014 Tallahassee Police Ambush 1
    2014 Las Vegas Police Ambush 3
    2014 Kansas Jewish Center Shooting 3
    2014 Blooming Grove Police Shooting 1
    2012 Tri-State Killing Spree 4
    2012 St. John’s Parish Police Ambush 2
    2012 Sikh Temple Shooting 6
    2011 FEAR Militia 3
    2010 Carlisle, PA Murder 1
    2010 Austin, TX Plane Attack 1
    2009 Pittsburgh Police Shootings 3
    2009 Holocaust Museum Shooting 1
    2009 George Tiller Assassination 1
    2009 Ft. Walton, FL Shooting 2
    2009 Flores Murders, Pima County, AZ 2
    2009 Brockton, MA Murders 2
    2008 Knoxville, TN Church Shooting 2
    2004 Tulsa OK, Bank Robbery 1
    i am puzzled as i didn’t realize the above were all right-wing attacks ? ? ? … but politics is gradually killing us all, it seems

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