Jesus cautioned, "Woe to you when all people speak well of you."
In other words, if everybody likes you, that includes the bad guys.
That brings up another caution from the real Chosen One: "You cannot serve two masters."
Speaking of the other chosen one, the drooling idolatries in Chicago's Grant Park and from Malibu to Motown to Mecca on 11/4 and since are really over the top and spiritually nauseating.
Yeah, he's America's new chosen one by a decisive majority with a mandate guaranteed by his party's dominance in the House and Senate.
And while I was "impressed" in a James I. McCord kinda way by his acceptance speech - an inside joke for those who still think going to Princeton puts them in the inside - I was underwhelmed by the adoration, affection, and allegiance of his soldier ants.
Worshippers included two young "ice creamed" (a prison term) tarts whose eyes were more dilated than mine during a Mountain concert in 1968, Oprah the Baptist peeking like a pixie through the armpit of her bodyguard (Hey! Why did she need a bodyguard anyway?), Jesse Jackson (No bodyguard! He ain't makin' it to the front of the bus in this administration!) who was crying like a baby because he was so happy or confused why he not him, gays/straights/bi's, and just about every demographic of the culture except, of course, crackers.
It was an outpouring of adoration, affection, and allegiance which I haven't seen since SP was introduced by JM to the crackers as his choice for VP.
Parenthetically, anyone wanna bet about SP being one and done?
Be that as I'll bet in a Christian kinda way, I thought PBHO's speech was great!
Again, it was vacuously eloquent; but really persuading in a mindless kinda way.
Somewhat seriously, if his reconciling rhetoric marks a distancing from his horrifyingly way left voting record as an Illinois State Senator (just, uh, four years ago) and USA Senator with very, uh, junior status and his thin resume of accomplishing next to nothing but talking about lots of really neat things, even crackers will join the chorus, "Everything is beautiful..."
Dang those capitalists!
Did you hear what they did yesterday just after his annunciation?
The market dropped 500 points.
Way to go, guys!
You're supposed to welcome the new guy - apologies to HRC - with a spike in the market.
According to www.bloomberg.com's Elizabeth Stanton, the market "posted its biggest plunge following a Presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect BHO tries to stimulate growth."
Poop on his parade.
I guess he better be the chosen one with resurrecting powers or, at least, a few miracles up his administration or "they'll" be like the de-converts a few days after Palm Sunday.
Parenthetically, I mean the Palm Sunday; not its imitation on Tuesday night in Chicago's Grant Park and from Malibu to Motown to Mecca.
Speaking of sycophants, how you feelin' about Hamas, dedicated to the annihilation of Israel, being so excited about PBHO's annunciation?
Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' chief political adviser in the Gaza Strip, said (11/5/08), "Everybody is looking forward to Obama's change, for a change in the U.S. policy, particularly in the Israeli-Palestinian equation, which is the mother of all conflicts."
Yesterday, I got a note from MoveOn.org: "Last night, together, we made history...Tomorrow, we'll start on the next phase of this journey."
A deeply embedded media source wrote and asked rhetorically, "When do we have to start wearing the armbands with the cross on? I wish I was joking."
Amanpour: "A page of history has been turned and a tsunami of goodwill is rumbling across the Atlantic to the Pacific, from pole to pole and across our many continents..."
The Times of London says PBHO has revitalized American politics.
Der Spiegal calls PBHO's "rise" an astonishing victory for everybody.
The Times of India says PBHO is an "advocate of strong partnership with India."
Al Jazeera says PBHO "surfed to power on a wave of voter discontent generated by the failures of GWB..."
"Actually," Amanpour reports, "the whole world pronounced itself sick of...GWB's multipronged military approach..."
Iran has weighed in too; praising the end of GWB's "defeated policies" and noting PBHO "can play an important role in future relations between the U.S. and Asia and the Middle East."
Amanpour concludes, PBHO "is being urged to lead on climate change, close down the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and restore America's position as the world's main defender of human rights, and work through all of this amid the worst global financial crisis in 100 years."
Pretty lofty expectations.
He better be the chosen one.
Parenthetically (that word again), if you'd like a pret' near prophetic insight into what has happened in the last six months, pick up a copy of Coleen Cook's All That Glitters.
You can get it from www.amazon.com.
I don't recommend many books other than the Bible or my own which nobody buys which is why I'm in Caliber/plastic debt with only $15.23 in my chrome pony fund; but CC is a gem amid the fiberglass.
Bob Dole's wife got whacked in North Carolina after only one term in the Senate.
My tar heeled friends say she was an awful Senator; but it had been considered a safer seat than Kanjorski's in Pennsylvania.
It became a really nasty race when the innocuous Senator said Democrat victor Kay Hagan hangs out with atheists.
Senator-elect Hagan responded with a defamation suit; and declared she is a Presbyterian.
Elizabeth is right.
She hangs out with...
This just in from two hot blondes who are so obnoxiously and hysterically right wing that wild horses dragging me by the tongue couldn't get me to date 'em if I were single.
AC: "Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, MO was proud of her country!...The big loser of this election is CP, whose last-minute endorsement of PBHO put the Illinois Senator over the top. Powell was probably at home last night, yelling at his TV, 'Are you kidding me? That endorsement was sarcastic!'"
LI: "Let no one tell you that this election was a failure of conservatism - it was the product of failed Republican leadership."
Come off it, cracker media babes!
I've been hearing crap like this for over three decades as an evangelical chained to a mainline denomination: "We're center right when you come down to it."
Mainline denominations are ideologically to the left.
America, as this overwhelming victory for PBHO proves, has moved to the ideological left.
You guys (generic for the politically correct) sound like my Steelers-obsessed relatives who can't handle the truth that Rooney - owner of the Steelers for Lions' fans who have no idea what it's like to have a professional team in town - endorsed PBHO, raised funds for him, and is directly responsible for helping the chosen one to, uh, deliver Pennsylvania.
I'm a Giants/Jets fan.
I pray PBHO is successful as long as he rules in consonance with His will as enfleshed in Jesus and explained in Holy Scripture.
Or as a preacher/buddy on the border of Illinois/Wisconsin wrote, "I pray that he will become a genuine Christ-follower and that Christ will transform him from the inside out - and that this change in Washington, D.C. will electrify the world to see that it is only Jesus who can truly make all things new. I challenge the other readers of KD to join me at breakfast every morning to pray that he will experience this Christ-transforming life change. We prayed for the election. Now let's move a mighty army to pray for him. Especially let us join in prayer if this is the eve..."
It's a deal.
11/4's www.buildingoneanother.org devotional is right on: "Pray earnestly for those who are elected to receive our Lord's wisdom and courage and for those who are not elected to be shown gratitude for their willingness and sacrifice to stand for office."
Blessings and Love!