February 24, 2005 § 4 Comments
Woo-hoo! I am sooo happy to be done with that CUBE! The cube of death and dismemberment is finally done, and I must shout for joy! Ok so it is less craft-worthy than I could hope for, and it is a 1/2 inch shorter than necessary… But I’m out of wood, there’s a snowstorm outside, and Utrecht is closed by now anyway.
Besides. I DON’T CARE I DON’T CARE I DON’T CARE!!! *happy dance* I’m done! I’m Done! I’m so happ-eeeeeey! *snoopy dance*
I never dreamed that perfectionist me could be satisfied with a less than perfect product. But I think i’m learning to be satisfied. lol Big time!
Now, it is possible that class will be cancelled tomorrow due to the storm. *pursed lips* I hope not. I am DONE and want to turn this thing IN and be done with it FINALLY.
Tonight I was thinking about something frodo-esque said to me on ASF yesterday. She was surprised at my… progressive view of proselytizing: I believe that we Christians should not be involved in legislating morality. It is a no-win situation. When it comes to such hot button issues as abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, marijuana, and so forth, we have a voice, yes, but we should not scurry about trying to enforce laws that may or may not stick. We saw how badly THAT backfired with the 19th amendment. This is not to say that I think that legalized pot weighs in as equal to children’s lives. My point is that we are not going to convince anyone of right and wrong if they just don’t see it that way.
Christians have been called out of this world and are *supposed* to be mere sojourners, just passing through here. Just like we would resent it if some French tourists came in and started haranguing our judicial system, so the World feels about Christians coming in and telling them how to do things. It just does not compute– it’s a different system.
You can’t tell the government of Singapore it’s wrong to cane evil-doers. It’s their law and the way they do things.
Should we be outraged about the millions of children that are murdered each year for the sake of convenience? yes. But they would be better served by coming up with real solutions for both mother and child, rather than trying to scream at them till we’re blue in the face.
Better counseling up front– before girls become pregnant; better faster access to the families that want children but cannot have them, more love and grace in meeting the needs of the girls and women who find themselves facing these difficult choices.
The fact is abortion is a reality. That won’t change quickly. How are we going to meet the needs in the present state of things with grace and mercy?
I explained how in this response: Who said I don’t preach the Word? Oh, I preach, sister, let me tell you! lol
Yes, Christians are called to go out into the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But Jesus said nothing about overthrowing governments and making them adhere to “our” way of thinking. We are instructed to serve, honor and respect the governing bodies and leaders placed over us, but we are also told to come out from among them. To be a separate people. I fully believe in separation of Church and State, tho maybe not the way liberals in this country may try to define it.
The apostle Peter called the Church a “Holy Nation”, and Christians “strangers in a strange land.” We are told in Scripture that this world is not our home, so don’t get too comfy here.
Arguing over legislation isn’t going to save anybody (in the metaphysical sense– I guess I should qualify.) No one is going to listen to me if they don’t believe that I love them and truly have their best interests at heart. I am concerned with real people. Not faceless masses. All I can do is relate the truth to those I come in contact with. If I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and nurturing true loving relationships with the people around me, then that love will be infectious. You cannot (or should not anyway– if I’m doing it right) know me without knowing the Love that lives within me. And if your heart is open to that Love, then you will know my God the way I know my God. Without me beating you over the head with platitudes and screaming at you that you need to be “saved”.
I think it is important to note that for me it is a forgone conclusion that most folks will not hold to or understand the views I have. I also assume that they won’t believe me just “’cause I say so.” So in presenting matters that are spiritual, I am always ready and willing to explain when asked, but KNOW that what I have to say probably will not be embraced and so I don’t take it personally, and I try not to force it down folks throats (stop giggling Donna. I said *try*. 😉 )
I suppose rather than progressive, my stance is a tad bit more philosophical. For those who have ears to hear, listen. 😉
*singing the “I’m Done Song”*
February 24, 2005 § 2 Comments
This cold sucks. Ah well, theraflu is my bro right now.
So last night as i was groggily making my way back to my dorm, I passed a bunch of girls playing poker. Apparently it is the new poker club where everyone is learnig to play (I got the impression that no one really knows how to play– they had books they were looking at.) They asked me to join in, so I sat down, knowing absplutely nothing about poker beyond what I have picked up from obsessivley watching the Celebrity Poker Showdaown. Of course, this wasn’t Texas Hold ’em, so I was a tad out of my element. But the hand i sat down to was really good. I had three of a kind and an ace (is that an ace kicker?) so I won that hand. I lost the next hand, but in the end, won the whole pot. Who knew? I just walked into the game, and took it away. So, I’m thinking I’m going to join the wed. night poker game at school. It was fun!
Today, I plan to walk thru the snow (so pretty!) to Utrecht to get my necessary implements for my CUBE OF DOOM. I am giong to be so sick of cubes by the end of this class…