It's been three years and I'm still praising God for the staff that I inherited in our family of faith.
One of 'em, typically underappreciated and undercompensated in the mainline's consonance with RCs to impose a vow of poverty on ecclesiastical employees, asked, "Is next Monday or Wednesday best to go out to lunch to celebrate my birthday?"
I responded, "Wednesday is better because Monday is a hump day when I work on a longer KD which no one reads and a sermon for Sunday which few hear."
I was reminded of the ignorance and apathy which have become the hallmarks of Election 2008 as well as mainline denominations.
SP spends almost as much for her VP wardrobe as BHO/JB have designated as the income of fatter crackers ($150,000).
MO spends almost as much for her afternoon snack of lobster and Iranian caviar at NYC's Waldorf Astoria on 10/15/08 at 4:00 p.m. as I chuck over for my monthly contribution to Chrysler and Visa ($447.39).
It's the common refrain of Election 2008: "Trick or treat!"
Speaking of trick or treat, BHO or JM will be elected President in a week.
Actually, it's all over but for the counting according to The New Mexico Sun News: "Obama Wins!"
It's a bi-monthly rag and its 10/26-11/8 issue had to hit the streets before 11/4; so they decided to take, uh, a leap of faith and declare BHO the winner.
According to www.CNNPolitics.com, "The liberal leaning alternative newspaper ended by imploring its readers to get out and vote 'even if we did spoil the ending for you.'"
Anyone remember 1948?
JM says the last 72 hours of modern elections determine the outcome.
Maybe that's why he hasn't started his campaign yet.
He's waiting until it's almost over before it's over.
Yeah, that sounds like his campaign thus far.
Mainliners aren't the only ones having problems with constituents who haven't made the connection between Biblical faith and modern morality.
Bishop Rene H. Garcia is running an ad in English and Spanish: "This is Bishop RHG, reminding all RCs that they must vote in this election with an informed conscience. A Catholic cannot be said to have voted in this election with a good conscience if they have voted for a pro-abortion candidate. BHO is a pro-abortion candidate."
Bishop W. Francis Malooly, who was installed as Bishop of Wilmington [Delaware] last month which comes as a relief to Delaware Senator/VP JB who isn't from Scranton, Pennsylvania, wrote in The Wilmington News Journal (10/26/08), "JB presents a seriously erroneous picture of Catholic teaching on abortion. He said, 'I know that my church has wrestled with this for 2,000 years'...This is simply incorrect. The teaching of the Church is clear and not open to debate. Abortion is a grave sin because it is the wrongful taking of an innocent human life."
Mainline churches are awaiting JB's letter of transfer.
Speaking of Joe the non-Scrantonian, you gotta watch him and Murtha the redneck-baiting Congressman on SNL: http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/road-to-the-white-house/787141.
O.K., some mainliners still love Jesus and respect Biblical authority.
Dr. Robert Gagnon, a Pittsburgh Theological Seminary professor, comes to mind.
Take a look at http://robgagnon.net/ArticlesOnline.htm.
Here's a tease in his own words: "Regardless of how one votes on election day, it is important to be aware of how BHO interprets Scripture to fit his political views and what kind of impact this will have on..."
Joe the Plumber is voting for JM because "a vote for BHO is a vote for the death of Israel."
Now that's really extreme.
I know lots of Jews who are voting for BHO.
They've assured other Jews that BHO's friends who have held fundraisers to support Islamic terrorists dedicated to Israel's destruction will lighten up just as soon as President BHO has a sit-down with 'em.
Does anyone remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Martin Niemoller or that Neville what's-his-name?
I know nobody remembers The Theological Declaration of Barmen.
It's no longer required reading in seminaries or churches.
Just ask the OGD what happened to TULIP; and don't say you don't understand the first clause of this sentence or The Westminster Fellowship is gonna get you!
A sarcastic subscriber is happy that I'm praying His best graces for BHO.
He said he's been praying for BHO in the spirit of Fiddler on the Roof.
Anatevka villager to rabbi: "Rabbi, is there a blessing for the tzar?"
Rabbi: "Yes...Lord, bless and keep the tzar...far away from us!"
From Roll Call (10/27/08): "DNC Chairman Howard Dean said...that he's looking forward to one party controlling all aspects of government despite GOP charges that it would be disastrous."
Dean said on MSNBC, "Republicans had a chance to rule. They failed miserably. I think it's time to give the other party a chance."
The GOP has done a miserable job.
I feel much better putting everything into the hands of BHO, JB, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.
Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga wants to sell the team before 1/20/09: "BHO wants to double the capital gains tax, or almost double it. I'd rather give it to charity than to him."
I've always said sports are a metaphor for life.
Go to www.amazon.com and look it up under Golf in the Real Kingdom.
Speaking of charity, do you know how much JB, JM, BHO, and SP gave to charities last year?
KD'll let you know as soon as somebody leaks the information to moi; but I've heard it'll be a stunner for folks waiting for their handouts from...
Remember, if you want to know what a person really believes, take a look at her/his checkbook.
Another tease regarding days after 1/20/09: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C3383QdT2g.
I got a request to be dropped from the official KD list of subscribers: "I hate you because you make me think! I hate to think about what's going on! I hate to hear you being so negative about everything but Jesus!"
It reminded me of the business manager who I had back in Kansas City: "Pastor, will you look at how beautiful those polished and buffed tiles look in the narthex? It's a shame that it'll all be scuffed up on Sunday."
Ah, yes, ignorance and apathy.
Blessings and Love!