PBHO has declared his first war; speaking to GOP leaders who were invited to the White House to discuss his trillion $ stimulus package: "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
Repeatedly declaring his desire for PBHO's policies to fail because their success would usher in socialism, Limbaugh fired back, "There are two things going on here. One prong of the Great Unifier's plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me...Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress...If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of this trillion dollar debacle."
During the meeting with GOP leaders, Republican Representative Eric Cantor (Virginia) had a simmering exchange with the PBHO about the proposal; prompting PBHO to raise his voice to assert, "I won!...I will trump you on that!"
Surely, Limbaugh is no match for PBHO because the former may have a prominent niche in talk radio yet wasn't very persuasive in derailing the-junior-State-Senator-to-junior-U.S.-Senator's ride to Pennsylvania Avenue while the latter has unrivaled control of both Congressional chambers.
Just as surely, I'm praying both of 'em will allow a love for America's best interests to, uh, trump their ego needs.
Rush and friends better get used to PBHO being the darling of the media and majority of Americans.
He won and he's winning; observing how he can get scofflaws like Geithner confirmed without barely a whimper.
Two related notes.
Remember that neat classical number on 1/20/09? It was taped like a re-run of American Bandstand. Can you say Milli Vanilli?
Purported fact from a man on the scene: "1.5 million people attended the inauguration and only 14 of them missed work."
Speaking of cheap shots, somebody asked KD, "Why not just renounce the jurisdiction of the church if you find everything about it so objectionable?"
When has yours truly ever said I find "everything about" mainline denominations so objectionable?
I'm just asking questions and disclosing reality and encouraging anyone to, uh, disclose my errors about the idolatries in our sociopoliticoreligioeconomic culture so I can recant publicly after confessing my sins to Him.
All I'm doin' is saying Jesus is Lord as attested in Holy Scripture; and that faith and morality for Christians and friends of Christianity are more about Biblical Christology than personal prejudices and indigested ideologies.
I've never claimed to be absolutely right about anything but Jesus being Lord and Savior.
Before I get too defensive, here's my response:
Thank you for your kind question.
While I think I've answered your question many times since
KD went public and over many years in many columns in
many publications, I was wondering why you think I should
leave our heritage, property, and assets to folks who are
defying Biblical Christianity as upheld in the constitution
However, in short, I like Buechner's response to questions
like yours: "A prophet's quarrel with the world is deep-down
a lover's quarrel. If they didn't love the world, they probably
wouldn't bother to tell it that it's going to Hell. They'd just
let it go."
Some, friend, are called to remain faithfully while others
are called to separate to be faithful.
For those who stay, I always recommend this strategy:
salt, shine, sow, and live with joy in the knowledge that
He wins in the end and probably sooner than later.
Again, thanks for your kind question, read some of my
old stuff which remains new for me, and, uh, salt,
shine, and sow for Jesus!
Blessings and Love!
What has happened to the spirit of Protestantism: ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei?
You can't even ask questions or try to make funnies or mock idolatries without somebody coming after you like a Muslim in heat.
Speaking of humorlessness (scroll down to the 5/1/08 edition of KD), Rush and folks who think like him should note not even comedians who make a living by making fun of other people - unlike KD who still hasn't parked a chrome pony in the garage for his/her efforts - are, uh, racing to give it to PBHO.
SNL's Fred Armisen comes the closest; but he shows lots more deference to PBHO than he or his peers have ever shown GWB, one-and-done Sarah, McCain, Cheney, or even Slick Willie.
Tommy Davidson: "It's a really touchy subject right now."
Kathy Griffin: "It's harder with this guy. People want to give him a chance."
Frank Caliendo: "People don't know what to do with Obama. The race issue is obvious."
James Downey: "What's hard is Barack doesn't give you a lot of things that you can get at right away."
If you think Presidents Clinton and Reagan were coated with Teflon...
Speaking of slippery subjects, the mainliners are still fightin' over sex.
Here's the latest volley: http://www.pfrenewal.org/issues/320-renewal-veterans-covenant.
Essentially, a bunch of mainline clergy who still believe in Biblical faith and morality signed a statement that says they, uh, still believe in Biblical faith and morality.
Check it out.
It's pretty, uh, Biblical.
Anyway, I was kinda blown away by who signed it and who didn't sign it; reminding me of the quip that we'll be surprised to find out who's in and who's not in heaven when the roll is called up yonder.
Again, I was kinda blown away by who signed it and who didn't sign it; so I asked some subscribers, "Do you have any thoughts about who signed it and who didn't sign it?"
Aside from the redundant, the responses were typically KDish.
From Pennsylvania: "I have mixed feelings when reading the impressive list of names...who have signed...to uphold current ordination standards...I would have signed the declaration had I been asked to...On the other hand, I wonder how many of these same signatories would sign a petition calling for an end to our denomination's support of abortion rights?...How many of the signatories would sign a petition calling on the denomination to re-examine its acceptance of divorce? I share the desire...to resist the acceptance of homosexual sin in our denomination. But what about heterosexual sins like abortion and divorce? Can we summon up the same energy to fight those evils?"
From a Princeton Seminary alumnus: "I noticed that none of my peers signed it; perhaps showing: (1) They've become numb to the heresy of the left by living in it so long that they've slowly accepted it; (2) They have lost their faith in statements such as this and organizations such as PFR; or (3) A combination of the preceding suspicions."
From a Calvinist: "It seems like it was signed by people who have been fighting the libs for 20 or so years...[and can't accept that they've lost]."
From Long Island: "There was a time when we had the bad guys on the run...Most conservatives thought we had won...Meanwhile the bad guys didn't take a breather. They knew they had only lost a couple of skirmishes and so they regrouped and planned and here we are...with apostasy abounding and the liberal coup almost complete...Personally, I will stay in the PCUSA and pastor my flock as I fulfill my call - not to be faithful but because I have not found a way out yet. But should God ever open the door to a call away from the PCUSA, I will be gone in a heartbeat; shaking the dust from my shoes as a testimony...even if I have to wait until honorable retirement to do so...That's what I think of the signatures."
From the Northwest: "I see a couple of names I know or knew...General impression is one along the lines of one of my basic difficulties with the PCUSA: resolutions of this or that sort line thousands of birdcages all over the world. Man's words, however well-intentioned or even Scriptural, do not endure. Scripture does."
A trumpeting sound from lllinois: "My first thought was cutting those whose names did not appear a little slack in that they may not have been aware of the document. Not signing out of ignorance of its existence is different from not signing because one doesn't want to take a stand. But upon a few moments reflection, I found I wasn't really surprised by the names I noted for their, how do you put it, uh, absence. Likewise, I was proud of those whose names did appear."
Ringing the bell for practical involvement in Illinois: "My first thought is that signing a statement, while a good thing, is not as effective as showing up to vote; so I hope all of the people listed will speak with their votes. My prayer is G-6.0106b will be upheld by yet a higher margin that any of the previous votes. Proposition 8 gives me hope that this is a possibility. Let the people speak. Then let the leadership show their unfaithful tendencies by attempting to violate the constitution."
A Volunteer: "When I left for seminary, I told my family that if America continued to go in the direction it was going that I fully expected to be arrested for preaching the Gospel in my lifetime. Given that Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas has reintroduced the 'hate crime' bill (1/15/09) and that President Obama has indicated that he will sign it into law, I believe that those of us who signed this statement may well have volunteered to be the first to go to jail under this proposed law. I signed it anyway. God's standards do not change simply because we do not like them."
From Texas: "Strong core of faithful Godly pastors who have been in the battle for years and some newer folks signed it. Folks who read it and didn't sign it have caved to the culture. I signed because I am called to stand publicly against all heresy and these are the folks I want to stand with for the Lord."
From South Carolina: "While words of appreciation and thanks won't help you pay off that Caliber or pay down that plastic or put that new pony in your barn, thanks for
keeping the KDs coming to me...Having just read about PBHO's move to once again make the USA the world's biggest funder of abortion, I shudder to think of what lies ahead at the hands of the new administration. Thankfully, I am comforted to not only know what His hands hold securely for us until we get to His many-roomed mansion, but also to enjoy the so-sweet mercies He sends every day. In fact, I'll thank you again for being so faithful to share through the KDs of the mercies He sends you on a regular basis."
Though I pray almost every Sunday morning with our family of faith for PBHO's success in keeping with God's will as revealed in Jesus and reported in Holy Scripture, I know some folks want him to fail for reasons ranging from racist to religious.
That saddens me.
I think of the elder who exposed herself to me about seven years ago as I predicted intense contention in a meeting scheduled later that evening: "Oh, good! I just love a good fight!"
I scolded more than asked, "When did Jesus ever say that?"
The problem, uh, discloses the solution.
Moretheless, substitute Jesus for peace and sing along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6plnBtRqFM.
Blessings and Love!
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