Thursday, February 5, 2009

February 5, 2009

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)


A young pastor up the road in our neck of the woods is attracting lots of people by saying things like, "Religion sucks! Jesus saves!"

I'm more refined as, uh, a missionary to the mainline: "Any connection between Biblical Christianity and too many of today's churches is coincidental."

He's really, really, really mad at what's happened to churches that have accommodated and compromised with our sociopoliticoreligioeconomic culture.

While I'm not a typical agree-with-the-last-person-you've-talked-to mainline cleric, I'm slower and more sophisticated or, uh, cultured, about it.

His church is growing really, really, really rapidly.

While we're doing a lot better than some others in our franchise, they're just tricklin' in.

I'm glad Jesus brought the young pastor into my life; reminding me of how I used to be when I was really, really, really passionate and purposeful and persistent and persuasive for Him before I accommodated and compromised and committed all kinds of adulteries to climb to the top of the ecclesiastical ladder of success only to find my life and ministry were leaning against the wrong building.


Prophets don't play footsies with the culture's proprieties.

"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."
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking


From San Diego: "You wrote, 'But what really disappointed me during the SB half-time show was PBHO did not show up to join the Boss for a duet of Born in the USA.' Thanks for the satire! PBHO cannot dance. What makes you think he can sing?"

Another metaphor.

BTW, did you know only one President had a higher approval rating than PBHO at inauguration?

President Jimmy Carter.


Pseudo-conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is at it again: "Understandably, parents worry that their kids will emulate their idol, but the problem isn't Phelps...The problem is our laws - and our lies...Phelps may be an involuntary hero...It's time to recognize that all drugs are not equal - and change the laws accordingly...Our marijuana laws have been ludicrous for as long as we've been alive. Almost half of us (42%) have tried marijuana at least once...The U.S., in fact, boasts the highest percentage of pot smokers among 17 nations surveyed...Other better-known former tokers include our current President and a couple of previous ones, as well as a Supreme Court justice..."

Yeah, like PBHO, I did it.

I liked it; but it didn't take too long before realizing I was spending too much $ at Burger King and not enough time in studies.

My daddy was/remains right and KP is/remains wrong: "Just because everybody jumps off a bridge..."


With the majority of Americans, nearly all of the MSM, and mainliners idolizing PBHO, former Teflon Presidents Reagan and Clinton look like sandpaper scapegoats by comparison.

Nothing sticks to PBHO and criticism/dissent is treated like, uh, blasphemy.

That's nothing new for evangelicals in the mainline.

The covenant with Jesus as attested in Holy Scripture has been challenged by the covenant with denominational allegiance even if the denomination advocates beliefs and behaviors that are anathema to Jesus as attested in Holy Scripture.

Most mainline clergy are caving because, well, uh, uh, uh,...

Anyway, just as the self-perpetuating bureaucracies of the mainline have launched an attack to silence critics and squash dissent under the guise of upsetting the peace - exposing their total ignorance or defiance of the Biblical understanding of peace as inferred in the fourth sentence of this section - there's an increasing movement to restore the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" to silence PBHO's critics.

PBHO has said he has plans to "review" the "obligations" of broadcasters.



Quickly, the Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the FCC that required the bearers of broadcast licenses to present both sides of controversial issues to insure "honest, equitable, and balanced" reporting.

Introduced in 1949, the doctrine was abolished in 1987 by the FCC as an "intrusion by government into the content of programming...restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters...inhibits the presentation of controversial issues..."

In short, the doctrine was deemed unconstitutional.

It's coming baaaaaaack!

Illinois Senator Durbin: "It's time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "The interest in my caucus is the reverse. Yes, I support the revival of it."

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman: "I would want this station and all stations to have to present a balanced perspective and different points of view."

PBHO: "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."


As PBHO said, "I won."

With most Americans and nearly all of the MSM and mainliners idolizing PBHO, this could be very interesting/dangerous.


Yeah, Rush along with Hannity and some others have caught PBHO's attention; and some are suggesting our President is a tad more thin-skinned than assumed (scroll down to the 1/26-27/09 editions of KD).

Joseph Farah of "I warned you it was coming...PBHO sees talk radio as a threat...I hope you...will join me in this life-and-death campaign to save free speech in America from the political frauds and robber barons currently in control of Washington."

Wikipedia: "The Fairness Doctrine has been strongly opposed by prominent libertarians and conservatives who view it as an attempt to regulate or mandate certain types of speech on the airwaves...[it is a]...response to and contempt for the successes of conservative talk radio."

The Heritage Foundation: "If the fairness standard is reinstituted, the result will not be easier access for controversial views. It will instead be self-censorship, as stations seek to avoid requirements that they broadcast specific opposing views. With the wide diversity of views available today in the expanding broadcast system, there is a simple solution for any family seeking an alternative viewpoint or for any lawmaker irritated by the pugnacious talk-show host. Turn the dial."

Ken McIntyre: "Buried speech isn't free."


Personally, I think things are pretty balanced already.

For every Rush Limbaugh, there's a Joy Behar.

For every Fox, there's a MSNBC.

For every evangelical, there's a mainliner.

So the only reason to restore the FD would be if somebody wants to tilt the balance in, uh, somebody's favor.

Oh, come let us adore...



Blessings and Love!

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