Change is inevitable
Seeking ILLUMINATION --- Random thoughts on FAITH, PERSONAL EXPERIENCES and My Defining Interests
So, I told the wife my story and she posed the question, my knowing he was a Christian, "Why didn't I invite him to Church one Sunday?"
"Have kept my mouth shut regarding this issue (HRH BHO not attending the Reagan Funeral) until it was verified. Congratulations Mr. Despot in Chief, you again live DOWN to my expectations."
A P (ordained Clergy) - C -- please do some research. The only two funerals of former first ladies that were attended by the then sitting president were for Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy.
C S - It could be my partisanship, it could be my distaste for his prior failure to attend Justice Scalia's Service, and it could be my belief that one should "Always Attend the Funeral". (Google it on NPR) Not sure which but I still consider it "Poor Form."
A P - As was Justice Scalia's in refusing to attend the last three State of the Union addresses.
S R - President Clinton did not attend the funeral mass for Jacqueline Kennedy. Mrs. Clinton did. President Clinton met the plane in D.C., when it arrived with her body to be buried at Arlington, beside the late president. He then eulogized her at graveside. I have read the eulogy. Michele Obama was at the funeral. I can think of no reasons why the sitting president should have greater expectations from the American public, except that he is black, and we have a lot of angry old white men who are racist. If you contact the Secret Service, you will learn that one of the reasons for the sitting president not attending is that it creates mass chaos, every person who attended the funeral would have to be cleared by the SS and it would be a logistical and traffic nightmare. It would also have great impact on air traffic, with other dignitaries trying to get to the funeral. This post makes me want to throw up. Instead, I will pray for all the bigots out there. Kyrie Eleison. (Lord, Have Mercy)
C S - If you believe I'm an angry old white man who is racist, I feel sorry for you and will keep you in MY prayers for openess and respect for points of view which are not in agreement with yours. My personal politic is NOT based on skin color, but rather a personal belief in the role of government. BTW, I'm NOT a Republican; but consider myself a Constitutionalist, a Federalist, a Libertarian, and a Populist with (in certain cases) leanings towards SOME Tea Party positions. I believe this Nation was created in recognition of man's FREE WILL (witness the words of the Declaration of Independence - "...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights", " Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"); and further believe that in the ensuing 240 years (as predicted by our founders) we have lost sight of most of those foundational principles and look to "government" as our new god, and are a lesser peoples for that shift. I've been frequently told, by Episcopalians as well as folks of other denominations, that the ONLY path to God is thru Christ, - " that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" i.e. the only way to earn the "cookie." I choose to believe rather "That God so loved the (His) world, He GAVE His only begotten Son." One either believes that our God is one who requires justice or that He is one who only asks us to love Him and His creation. Obviously my position is the latter and as such I see politics as a necessary EVIL rather than a way to cure that evil in this world. That can only be accomplished by love. Peace & grace, C
S R - C, you are way off your original subject. That is an easy way out. Many are insulted by the fact that president is held to a different standard than all others, and you do it often. I will not be replying, anymore. May you have the approval of your conscience.
C S - Thank you, and you likewise of yours.
What is the greatest sin you have ever committed?
What was the greatest sin you committed yesterday?
And don’t try and say you were sinless yesterday, you weren’t.
In God's eyes are those actions any less sinful than that those you accuse others of?
As Christians we find salvation in the grace of God’s atonement upon the cross of Christ, and not by our good works alone. If He is willing to offer that to us, as folllowers should we not be willing to offer it to our brothers and sisters, likewise?
Excerpted from an op-ed piece in a local newspaper:
" The total of human knowledge is increasing at an astonishing rate. It is estimated that it took 300 years for knowledge to double after 1450, but only 150 years for it to double again. From 1900 to 1950, it doubled once more. It is now believed to double every 900 days, and after 2020, it is expected to double every 72 days.
" Regarding God, we debate our axioms and truths as if we have complete and comprehensive knowledge about God. We must always be reminded by the words of the prophet ( Isaiah ) when God says, " My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not your thoughts. As the heavens are above the earth, so are my thoughts above your thoughts. "
What say ye?I was tempted to respond with a reasoned reply asking him if he did not understand this as an indictment of his attitude to having a hard and fast knowledge of God, but chose not to. I was reminded of the quote about: "dragging you down to their level and then beating you with experience." Pax y'all and have a Holy Lent.