10 10 2008

i am disturbed.

first, there’s this.  louis farrakhan, leader of the nation of islam and silver-tongued deceiver of many, has gone as far as to hail barack obama’s words as the words of “the messiah”.  excuse me?  there are so many things that are disturbing about this.

the only thing more disturbing than that has to be this, a site dedicated to crowning obama as a deity. you must be out of your mind!

as i was reading all these things, this passage from the gospel of luke immediately came to me…

what sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
for their ancestors also praised false prophets. – luke 6:26

the niv translates it this way…

woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets

and the message translation says it like this…

there’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.

all this is disturbing on many levels and i can’t get away from it.

i know this isn’t going to make me popular, but i really don’t care.  but i must be honest and say that i have great concern, as a follower of Christ, supporting someone in this capacity who has the glowing adulation of so many who not only do not espouse my views and values, but many of whom have views and values at the far other end of the spectrum.

when i see so many people in morally-bankrupt hollywood practically foaming at the mouth to get obama into office… i’m not going to lie to you… i must ask deeper questions and wonder why.  i must question the motive.  what is lying underneath and driving this seemingly unquenchable passion that they exhibit and I must ask myself…

is my voice synonymous with those whose vehement disdain for anything of virtue is second only to their lust for power, money and greed ?

does oprah winfrey, who can’t seem to make up her mind exactly who it is she serves, represent me?

do i lift my voice in concert with those whose “art” vigorously decries the values that are central to family to say, “i’m with you”?

do these people who day in and day out push the envelope of godlessness, immorality and indecency on a global scale actually speak for me?

i’ll tell you.

hell to the naw!

EDIT:::  for the record, this is not necessarily an anti-obama post, but rather a look at some of the foolishness going around as well as a “people get it together and learn to think and make decisions for yourselves” blog.

just because someone has a hot song or a hot movie does not mean their political opinions carry any more weight than yours do.  find out the issues, get the facts, pray for wisdom, and vote based on your conscience.

which ever way you vote, it needs to be because it is the conviction of your own heart, not because diddy is fresh to def and says “obama”.  it’s wrong when it happens on either side, but i see a lot more abuse and irresponsibility of platform and status when it comes to the entertainment world waving the obama flag high than i do on the other side.  don’t think for a second that folks aren’t banking on the ignorance of the many who wont’ take time to educate themselves on the issues, but will blindly do whatever celebrities day do.  hell, burger king even has a ad campaign featuring diddy based on this entire premise.  “diddy says bk is open late” and the masses come running.  sure, it’s tongue in cheek, but there’s a thread of unfortunate truth in it that should not be winked at.

don’t be a puppet.


God does not belong to republicans

12 08 2008

rarely ever do i post anything of a political nature.  i’m not as well versed in the area of politics as i would like to be or as some of my friends are, so i typically don’t offer my thoughts when it comes to things of a political nature.  however, i couldn’t let this one get by.

yesterday, focus on the family action (a politically-focused group who claims to be “completely separate from the dr. james dobson-led focus on the family, legally”) removed a video from its website in which people were encouraged to “pray for rain of biblical proportions” during barak obama’s aug 28 speech at mile high stadium, when he will accept the democratic nomination for president.

stuart shepard, director of digital media at focus action, has said the video he wrote and starred in was meant to be “mildly humorous.”  in the video, shepard says he is “praying for unexpected, unanticipated, unforecasted rain that starts two minutes before the speech is set to begin”.  and why is shepard taking to the internet encouraging the masses “who feel like I do” to beseech the heavens for such a precipitous out pour?  because he’s “still pro life” and is “still in favor of marriage being only between one man and one woman.”  after several complaints from their own support base, the video was removed.

regardless of your party affiliation and who you plan on voting for, this was pure ignorance on display.  believe what you want to believe, but many of us would prefer that you keep these particular public displays of idiocy (not to mention erroneous biblical context) quarantined away behind closed doors.  perhaps shepard should have sought counsel, consulted the word of God and “trusted in His wisdom” before he made this video encouraging people to pray for misfortune to befall someone whom he deems to be the enemy.

this is just another unfortunate example of the foolish belief espoused by many that God loves republicans… exclusively.  no, that’s not what they said, but it’s what they meant.

guess what… God is not a man, God is not a white man, not even american, and God does not belong to republicans.

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