Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Endorsements for President and CE Director
This edition includes KD's endorsement for President of the United States of America.
Before that, I just endorsed my wife to become our church's next Director of Christian Education.
All of the details are available in First's Family Undershepherd Script (39) via www.belvpresbyterian.org.
I've been getting e-mails all week from members and friends who keep saying how great that/she is...
Nobody ever writes to say how great...
I guess that ruins any chance for me to leave; or as a suitor representing a pastor search committee wrote upon hearing about it, "Seems like an affirmation of your belief that the Lord has called you to stay there indefinitely."
I don't know.
I've heard from three pastor search committees in less than a week.
Am I getting mixed messages or what?
Please don't get me wrong.
I'm not flattered.
I figure some people who've left our church since I came have recommended me elsewhere so they can come back to the open arms of folks who will say they're glad I'm gone along with presbytery members who wish the same along with...
Et tu, wifey?
Really, go to Script 39 and read about it.
I'm gonna live it.
I've been asked how I'm gonna handle being her boss and husband...[Which order?]...at the same time.
Never been there or done that before.
She's been a stay-at-home-mom with our boys foruhuhuhever.
Certainly, she'll be better at what she'll do than what I do; which goes without saying no matter what the pastor search committees have been duped to think.
And, no, I do not have an updated PIF (resume) on file with anyone and you can check that out if you're one of the many who don't believe me via www.pcusa.org.
I'm serious about my call on the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois even if _______ (fill in the blank from the plethora of possibilities) isn't/aren't/weren't/current.
Getting back to my wife, she'll be great for the church; as the countless e-mails/calls confirming that without ever mentioning, uh, moi...
But, really, how will I relate to her as...?
Again, I'm not sure.
I guess one advantage is I can make out with a staff member and not get into trouble.
It's been suggested that there's some kinda "conflict of interest" in the call.
That's insulting to me in so many ways that I won't/can't even count/list 'em.
On the other hand, I'm used to insults.
It's a vocational hazard.
Be that as some people will always think regardless of the truth, I've always been tougher on folks hired during my watch rather than inherited upon arrival.
While I was fortunate to inherit a great staff at First and hadn't entertained changes and praised God for the stability of our staff with no changes over the past seven years, I am convinced my wife will do His best to build upon the best of the past entrusted to her.
Even if I'm part of the deal.
So why am I telling this to you?
Not sure about that either.
Maybe it's because I've been reminded of His always gracious yet often mysteriously unexpected providence.
He has His ways of surprising us.
He's always up to something fresh and new requiring us to stretch our proverbial wineskins to make room for His, uh, fresh and new...
My wife wasn't even on my radar for the job.
Confessionally, at first, I was selfishly sinful and scoffed it off because I didn't want anyone to think I was up to something that would rekindle recently exorcised distrust, suspicion, and cynicism.
I did everything possible to make it difficult for her call to be confirmed by requiring unanimity of the search/transition team, session, and...
Maybe I'm telling you about this because, maybe like me, you need to be reminded every now and then that He's always up to something gracious yet often mysteriously unexpected in His providence.
Read Romans 8:28.
Even if, uh, "they" keep her and get rid of me, it'll all be part of His plan.
As far as KD's endorsement for the big house goes, I'm not for the incumbent secularist who's killing the country along with the selfish partisans on both sides of the aisle or any of the pachydermian insurgents who may scare me even more than the incumbent in enough ways not to garner this coveted endorsement.
Ergo, I offer two candidates - one who is non-declared while the other is pseudo-declared - for your consideration: Robert J. Kopp (my dad) or Stephen Colbert.
You can write in their names (primary and general elections) to exercise your displeasure with the sorry sucker selections being offered to us.
My vote will be determined by one factor.
If Stephen Colbert is convinced by KDers to pimp my book on his show or website, my dad will have to remain retired.
So write to Stephen Colbert and help ignite the KD revolution to take back America from the Democrats, Republicans, and the rest of the...
It could be the start of something as gracious and mysteriously unexpected as my wife having me as her...
Blessings and Love!