Thursday, February 17, 2011

Separation of church and state

If you would like a lively discussion centered around this event - Michelle Obama Marks Campaign Anniv. at Andy Stanley's Megachurch - and its ramifications hit this link ...

There's some good reading in the comments.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Foxhole Christians

It has now been a little more than a full month since the shooting in Tucson. The dust (a metaphor for rhetoric) has settled and the suspect has been arrested and has received on of his many days in court.

But with just a bit of reflection on this situation it is easy to observe how we, as a former Christian nation, react to tragedies like this. Great powers of observation are not necessary to see that we act like what we have been. We were at one time a Christian nation (and spare us the secular argument that we were not). God blessed us and we never thanked Him.

I don't think this was an oversight on our part. We just greedily asked for more. So our actions now reflect that attitude. We have become a nation of "foxhole" Christians. We only hit on God for some mercy, justice, understanding or blessing when we're in an "ungodly" mess or tragedy has struck. We don't take time to praise Him or thank Him. When life is going good (or as good as it can be), we seem to exert extra effort to push Him out of our lives, our nation, our schools, etc.

Notice the reaction of our visible leaders following the shooting. Every one of them was asking for prayer and imploring God for mercy and justice. There is nothing wrong with that. But these are the same folks who vote to push God out of our schools or vote for a woman's right to choose.

Well, ya can't have it both ways!