Friday, February 23, 2024

Six Verses Later . . .

The life of Jesus seemed to disappoint, at times, almost everyone. For instance, the authority figures of His day, Herod and Pilate couldn't get Him to answer most of their questions. Then we have the Pharisee's - who were the spiritual leaders, who grew tired of Him always answering their questions, and in fact, even most of His own family didn't understand who He was and the message He was teaching. 

His closest confidantes, His disciples, who spent an extraordinary amount of time with Jesus, even a great number of them became disillusioned and eventually fell away, except for a diminished few. 

So lets recap. 

The greatest person who has ever walked the face of the earth, God's very own Son, perfection personified, and human beings still found fault and reasons to prevent them from giving Him their devotion.

People are fickle. (And sometimes worse . . . )

Loyalties change.

Obedience is difficult.

Faith, without God's help, is impossible.

Friday, February 16, 2024

The New Normal

A recent news article was revealing in its details and its timeline. We are discussing the case of Commander, Joe Biden's dog who was finally expelled from the White House after over more than two dozen attacks on White House staffers. This incident is not unlike many other occurrences in the Biden's administration. For instance, for months we have been assured that Commander was not a threat to others, as Biden's spokespersons pretended that everything was normal, when it was in fact, abnormal. 

This is, however, the least of the pretending currently being cast as normal in the Biden White House. Whether we are analyzing Biden's mental capacity, or bringing light to Biden's previous promise to serve only one-term, the communication from the Biden administration is breathtaking in their pronouncement that the abnormal is truly the normal. 

And yet, the American people have not been fooled. Over 73% of Democrats agree that Biden is too old to serve another term as president. And I think most of us can agree that there is nothing normal about the fact that we, as Americans, are being forced to choose between two grouchy old men, both way past their prime, and perhaps even past their abilities to be effective leaders of the United States of America.

Friday, February 09, 2024

Political Figures in the Past

It might seem, to our modern day perspectives, that we are facing an unparalleled dearth of choices in our presidential candidates for our upcoming election. But in the sense of fair play, let's examine a few not so shining examples of political candidate's in our nation's history. For instance, Richard M Johnson, who was President Martin van Buren's vice-president.

Johnson captured the nation’s attention after he killed Shawnee chief Tecumseh during the Battle of Thames in 1813 (he later campaigned for vice president on this achievement with the campaign slogan “Rumpsey Dumpsey,  Colonel Johnson Killed Tecumseh”). The country’s adoration did not last. Later dubbed “the most vulgar man of all vulgar men” by a Senate aide, Johnson scandalized his colleagues by taking one of his slaves as his common-law wife; as a result, he barely garnered enough support to serve in Martin van Buren’s administration. Also while in office, he proposed an expedition to the North Pole so Americans could drill to the center of the Earth, believing the planet was hollow (his resolution was defeated). 

Friday, February 02, 2024