Saturday, September 17, 2016

About peaceful protest


clip art courtesy of freepik.com

This is about Colin Kaepernick and the Miami Dolphin athletes who have chosen to refrain from standing for the national anthem and the U. S. flag in protest of the recent shootings of black men and boys by police officers. Many are very opposed to this demonstration. They say it shows a lack of respect for the United States, for our military and our veterans, and that it shows a lack of gratitude for all the rights and privileges that U. S. citizenship confers.
I see it as a peaceful protest in accordance with the right of free speech guaranteed by our Constitution. Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the act of burning the U. S. flag as a demonstration of protest was a form of free speech. In my opinion, refusal to stand for the flag or the national anthem is also a form of free speech. I do not approve of their action, but I can see their point.

Here is another take on it:
Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

A very interesting, thought-provoking article, but I don't agree. I can see that there are similarities between the modern-day athletes' protest and the refusal of the young Jewish men in Babylonian captivity to worship the king's idol. However, nowhere have I read or heard that the protesting athletes were honoring their faith by their refusal to stand. That is the key point of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's act of faith and courage.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Driving while black

This is a link to a speech by Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., on the Senate floor. Please listen to all of it; it is very moving and thought-provoking. In one year, he has been pulled over by police while driving seven times. He has been refused admittance to an event to which he was invited as a Senator.

Senator Tim Scott

Do I benefit from white privilege? When I compare Sen. Scott's experience with mine, I must say, "Yes, I do." In fifty years of driving, I can remember being pulled over and/or ticketed four times, and all were with reason - driving too fast or running a stop sign or red light. Four times in fifty years vs. seven times in one year. Yes. I do.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Troubled America

It is with a heavy heart that I reflect on the tragic events of the last few days, the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in the twin cities area of Minnesota, and the attack which killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas. It is getting worse, not better. I remember Rodney King's plea, "Why can't we all just get along?" Why indeed?

I am sharing the following, which was a Facebook post by the College and Career pastor at our church:

"When words fail because our own words aren't enough, look to God's words...

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
-Colossians 3:12-17"


Lord, forgive us for failing to love, respect, and honor all men and women, whom You created in Your image. Bring us back to You in repentance and humility, and bring us to each other in love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Amen

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Donald Trump's conversion? (cross-posted from Facebook)

(I wrote this post on Facebook and am posting it here as well.)

Is Donald Trump a new believer in Christ? I have seen rumors here on Facebook and on news sites that James Dobson says he may be. Here it is straight from Dobson's website: http://http://www.drjamesdobson.org/resources/culture-watch?=hp-read

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"Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart. I can only tell you what I’ve heard. First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ. Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can’t say that I do. But there are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them. There are about 45 of us that include Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Jerry Johnson, and many others whom you would probably know. We’ve all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president? I don’t know. It is a good start, I would think.
If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis. "
By Dr. James Dobson (originally posted 6/27/16)
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What I can say is, it is not impossible. All things are possible with God. What we must do is wait and see. If it is true, we will see a change of heart, of attitude, of words and actions. There will be less ego and more concern for God and for people. I do hope that Dr. Dobson and other religious leaders aren't being swept up by politics. There are worse things than another Democrat in the White House for four or eight more years, and that is willingly choosing a false prophet. Matthew 7:17-20 1"7 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." Look for the fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) I am praying for the United States of American and for this election, and for Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton, and for discernment.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cataract surgery

I had my first eye "done" yesterday, and I woke up this morning able to see across the room, down the hall, and out the windows! Without glasses! It seems that my "new" eye dominates while walking about, and my "old" one takes over for reading and playing on my cell phone.

Here's how it went: to prep, I had to use antibiotic eye drops 4 times a day, and must continue for a week. Also, I'll have to use steroid eyedrops for a month. It was an outpatient procedure, and my husband had to be there to take me home. I'll probably be driving again by Wednesday. I was given a sedative to relax me but I stayed awake. Then several different eyedrops, some of which burned slightly. During the procedure, I saw bright lights and felt pressure but no pain. Then they told me I did well, and helped me get up and walk to the car. We went straight to breakfast - I was hungry! The effect of the sedative wore off gradually, and I was feeling better after eating. I had a slight headache, took Aleve and it disappeared. By afternoon, I could already see some improvement in my distance vision. The doctor put in a lens implant to correct my myopia. I've been wearing glasses since I was 4!

I'm really looking forward to having my second eye "done"!