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“God doesn’t appreciate what you do if you do not do it for the right reasons.”
- Joyce Meyer Ministries
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And regarding the Joyce Meyer quote I wanted to say this….
Joyce Meyer ministries is an example of the power of tribal superstition. Her ministries receive over $100 million a year yet the Better Business Bureau has given her a poor rating.
She claims that God made her rich. Someone certainly did, she has a $10 million corporate jet, her husband drives a $100,000 mercedes, Her and her kids have over $4 million in houses. She is one of the highest paid televangelists and only 10% of God’s income goes to charitable works.
All that and there are people in her town who are homeless. If people would stop giving money to these tax exempt hucksters and start supporting their local charities, we would all be much better off. WWJD? Most likely, he would smite Joyce Meyer.
I haven’t read Avalon yet, but I definitely agree with his title.
John Adams was either insightful or prophetic in his view of the two party system. At this point, I think the fringe is so entrenched in their ideology they fail to notice that Bush-Obama-Romney are pretty much the same. Meanwhile tribalism has permeated society and inundated us with competing superstitions, customs, and methods of forcing others to submit. And I’m afraid we may self-destruct before we can pull our heads out of our collective arse and realize even a tiny bit of our human potential, as Carl Sagan predicted.
The widening class separation has gained the attention of conspiracy advocates who blame the power elite, all the while ignoring the more simple explanation that we’ve all contributed to a selfish, egomaniacal, and greedy trend whereby sociopaths rise to the top, and nice guys indeed finish last. In evolutionary terms, “no, you go before me” did not pass on his genes while “get out of my way, wimp!” did.
In my view, our system does not need a tune up, we need to re-invent the whole damn thing.
A good friend of mine reminds me frequently that emotion trumphs reason every time. You have to walk the talk to be a true believer. (i suggest reading Eric Hoffer’s True Believer.)
Thanks for those informative comments. Most folks in our community do not realize what is going on. We are in the battle of our lives!
Don’t know where you get the rec’s on what to read. May I offer a recommendation?
I know you and I are both natural born citizens of Madison county and the USA. Our President is also a natural born citizen of our country. All of which surprises me even more when jokes about the President’s nationality comes from the GOP without regard to their nominee’s family past in this regard. Not many folkes are aware that the GOP nominee’s grandpappy fled to Mexico with multiple wives when Utah outlawed polygamy prior to entering the Union. In fact, Gov Robme’s pappy was born in Mexico. Talk lack of constitutional qualification. But I neve heard any jokes about George Robme’s birth certificate. Mitt Robme should be ashamed, deeply ashamed of his feeble and immature attempt to smear a president who has tried to solve our problems in the best interest of all the people, not just the rich.
Wingnut being called out, from this morning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7ZWnyy6pAw&feature=player_embedded
Just finished reading John Avlon’s Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America.
“What’s a Wingnut?” It’s someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of the political spectrum. They are the professional partisans and the unhinged activists, the hard-core haters and the paranoid conspiracy theorists.”
“Parties out of power are often dominated by their most extreme voices. Without the responsibility of governing to ground them, ideological activists preach absolutism. They try to demonize and delegitimize the new president from day one—there is no constructive assumption of goodwill, only a permanent opposition campaign. We saw this destructive dynamic at work during George W. Bush’s administration, when far-left protests erupted into Bush Derangement Syndrome, comparing Bush to Hitler and calling for impeachment. Now the far right is out of power and, for some of them, losing an election feels like living under tyranny.
“…after one Bush-bashing protest in September 2005, Fox News host Sean Hannity had an admirable if unusual moment of clarity: ‘The president was called every name in the book—from a terrorist to the Fuhrer,’ he said, shaking his head, and then turned his attention to one of the protest’s liberal organizers. ‘If you really believe what you’re saying, you need to distance yourself from the extremists that are running this thing.’ It was good advice—then and now.”
Good points, as always, Jim.
However, under our constitutional form of government, the necessity of insisting on our natural rights, especially the ones enumerated in the bill of rights, is a constant reminder of the fact that someone is attempting to oppress someone else.
“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”
1 Corinthians 8:8
The crucial balance between permissiveness and legalism always proves far more difficult to maintain than either of the extremes. It requires much less thought and care simply to prohibit a
certain practice or to tolerate it indiscriminately.
Insisting on one’s rights, even insisting on one’s rights as a Christian, is a sign that something else other than the true God is being worshipped. Our example should be grounded in the Christian ethic of love and should put others’ well-being before our own, yet without allowing good to be called evil.
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