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Posts by HiTech RedNeck

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  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:42:16 PM PST · 130 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to be-baw

    Touch of irony maybe, in the context of “KEEP IT SECULAR.”

    Keeping it secular won’t be a direct aid to help America go where America needs to go from here. America was built to be believing, and believing in a specific vein. Anything less, and its institutions become preposterous, with all manner of imaginary “rights” popping up while real rights languish.

    And neither does an “everybody’s right, in the end” theology help. Like God launched this thing we call a universe as a scientific study rather than as a love farm.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:37:55 PM PST · 129 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to papertyger

    Do you want edification, or do you want argument?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:37:13 PM PST · 128 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to samtheman

    I think it’s possible that Donald Trump won’t even bother with FR.

    He’s already got a vision and its implementation seems to be getting him applause in most cases.

    He has better than a skilled amateur peanut gallery with a distinct rightward drift. He has people with little or no vested interest in a tendentious political attitude.

    Now maybe ideas will spin from FR to others whom in turn will pass on ideas that figure in Donald Trump’s calculations.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:29:32 PM PST · 123 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to papertyger

    When righteous bible writers delve into the question of what God intended, I think it’s safe to say that your attempt to characterize a line of inquiry as categorically wrong (when the bible doesn’t — it was theologians who did) is poppycock.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:28:18 PM PST · 122 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Peter ODonnell

    Well whether or not we get giddy, that is the most important question.

    I fully expect, based on criticisms of Trump I have seen here already, that Trump is going to be criticized many a time on FR and similar forums for having gone too weak on something. Oh, he just asked a lefty to do something! Oh, this plan of his looks socialist!

    Maybe you should have elected me president, if you expected a perfect centrism. (Snort, snort, snort)

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:25:24 PM PST · 118 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Nifster

    Well on one level, I’ve trolled up 90 posts or so not counting my own.

    On another level, maybe I’ve just told the tide that is rolling in to be wet. Maybe it’s superfluous. Maybe it will happen whether or not I comment. Maybe I can’t (here) be the rooster whose crowing makes the sun come up any faster.

    I’ve found that getting proud before God about something good that looks like it is poised to happen, is a good way to see it postponed if not altogether canceled.

    I think we can count on acts of God to look just like that, acts of God. Not acts of you and me (if honest, we will see that we were caught up in something, more than choosing to initiate it).

    Let’s just be patient, and watch. Not everything has to be about you, or me, or FR, or Jim Rob.

    “Teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.”

    And with that, the stream of consciousness endeth. Back with me in Kansas again.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:16:33 PM PST · 113 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Nifster

    Gasp... gasp... gasp...

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:15:06 PM PST · 111 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to al baby

    Don’t you! Don’t you! — “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

    I’ve never walked onto a yacht with a scarf of apricot, so I don’t really know.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:13:13 PM PST · 110 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to GRRRRR

    I guess, for some definition of “stupid.”

    Wisdom looks, more and more, like taking the 2nd Commandment seriously, as well as the 1st Commandment which serves as the fuel for the 2nd. I don’t know... can a red neck also be cosmopolitan? I’m trying to be both. The humbler the red neck, the more likely.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:10:13 PM PST · 108 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to orlop9

    If a 16 year noob is too noob then FR should be virtually vanity-free (though I hope this is a non-vain vanity).

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:08:28 PM PST · 107 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to papertyger

    Also it’s possible to misuse many divine dicta. Things are often not privileged to be absolutely black or white from our ability to perceive them.

    Was that an oink? Or a grunt? Or maybe a squeal? Can other circumstances bring about such expressions? Could we be projecting? Are we up to the task of deeper exploration? All these things need to be taken into account in what often cannot be an initially 100% clear picture.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:01:42 PM PST · 104 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to papertyger

    Oinks are individual.

    Your approach said volumes. Sometimes a manner of acting is, in itself, a witness to the otherwise unspoken.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 4:00:46 PM PST · 102 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to mumblypeg

    I think you pegged it, mumbly.

    I expect it very possible that the MSM, squirming in the light of Donald’s “wicked” tweets, will eventually back off its pride enough to start telling first half truths, then 3/4 truths, then 7/8 truths, etc.

    It was a heady venture for the MSM itself when it began to realize that it, alone, could push the progress of world events. It doubtless hastened the ignominious end of the Vietnam War. What was sacrificed needlessly in doing such a thing did not weigh upon their minds at that moment.

    And, as a side observation, not every war deserves an equal amount of rah-rahs. Some began with bumbles, though defusing them through diplomacy would have been preferable to defusing them through an ignominious political strangling. Political correctness can come at us from the hawk side as well as the dove side.

    If perfection were the only good thing, we’d be railing right on at these media no matter what. But perfection does not exist on earth.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:51:50 PM PST · 99 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to papertyger

    Any attempt to smuggle in the idea of “once swine always swine” (which is easy to do with the English language because of its poverty of certain verb tenses) is simply dishonest. It’s also a moral cop-out before God.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:50:10 PM PST · 97 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Company Man

    Who doled out that diktat? God?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:49:08 PM PST · 96 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to T-Bone Texan

    I remember when tag auto-closing was added.

    FR had its share of lefties (MurryMom?) well before then, yet they were somehow still respectful enough not to throw a thread visually off kilter with an unclosed tag.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:45:31 PM PST · 91 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to infool7

    So how do we give out the rabies shots?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:44:47 PM PST · 88 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to BraveMan

    Heh heh heh.

    This lampoons cynicism quite well

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:43:54 PM PST · 87 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Stentor

    Heh heh heh, then I don’t mind going native at all.

    I think that’s better than being in the Venus or Mars groups.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:40:24 PM PST · 82 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to papertyger

    One always has to test the audience before concluding “swine.” FR has a number of ex-swine.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:39:38 PM PST · 81 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to SgtHooper

    And our dear (or maybe we’re feeling not so dear) Left is in such a situation.

    A lot of pride, not very much knowledge.

    But that’s what has to be started with, if a quest to embrace them into some kind of sanity is to succeed.

    Acts of God are required, in fact. I believe in acts of God. Acts of God took me out of a reflexively-left attitude (voted twice for Carter, and then Dukakis!) and mellowed my attitude over and over to boot.

    Catgone it, God really cares about our souls, not just our earthly hides and guts. This is PERSONAL. I’m not proud of me. I’ve effed up in many common ways and in some uncommon ways too. I’m proud of God who keeps pulling me out of sin, over and over and over (and yet little by little, I stumble less and less and less badly with time).

    God looks everywhere to see if anyone will answer His call. Questions about how this is staged on a deeper plane (predestination) don’t detract from the initial truth.

    I don’t believe God arranged for Donald Trump to be here without any bigger picture in the plan.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:30:03 PM PST · 76 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Stentor

    In fact that is going red neck. The red neck who can see a little more than the surface.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:28:50 PM PST · 74 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to posterchild; bankwalker

    Without an even greater context, such as what world realities and social beliefs lay beyond both the Left and Right as outlined here, we really don’t have the right to equate descriptive to prescriptive.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:26:52 PM PST · 72 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Gen-X-Dad

    I think the getting sick of winning is partly metaphorical, partly an insight into human nature.

    Could it be we just didn’t WANT to win, because the effort required, even with a perfect leadership, seemed to be too massive to embrace? That rather than winning, we just wanted to be Deplorable Group 1 vs. Deplorable Group 2, and now our worlds were very simple?

    Part of winning will be negotiating.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:23:34 PM PST · 67 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to bankwalker

    (1) Where is it?
    (2) Why get back to you specifically? You think you have some overweening lesson to teach?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:22:40 PM PST · 65 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to SgtHooper

    True... we can venture into hypotheticals about their subject matter.

    I got called a troll too. I took it in good humor and spoke of “trollery.”

    Anyhow, there’s a point where the discussion is simply enough for the situation. If I push past that, I’ve made it about me. I am glad God is merciful, or every time I ventured into that region, things would immediately go to hell in a handcart. The reality is that the degradation of a situation under supervision of God can often be graceful. There is some window of opportunity in which to correct, and even the correction does not need to be perfect to be effectual.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:17:26 PM PST · 61 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Stentor

    Native of what?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:16:46 PM PST · 60 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Gen-X-Dad

    Oh, FR most certainly has been a keystone of my political education.

    The general press is so sickeningly bowdlerized. I’d sooner take some righty opinionation in the context of a broader open debate (notice Jim Rob has not deleted any of my sentiments, nor have I asked for others’ to be treated in that manner) than the rotten pablum that most American news treatment has become.

    But I can answer the righty opinionation as well as the lefty pablum. I believe a wise God has put Donald Trump in a wise center. If anything, I’ve followed in the coattails of this.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:09:51 PM PST · 56 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to TrueFact

    Can we ever master truth that is powerful enough that it is the lefties, not us, who come away from the encounter saying “Wow”?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 3:07:08 PM PST · 52 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to samtheman

    Ah, I remember that. George Herbert Walker Bush.

    Was it he, or Bush the Younger, who had been into pagan rituals in college? Or both?

    Try to do kinder and gentler, but DON’T do it in the name of the God of Israel and of Christians, but rather in the name of some hypothetical god, and yes! It will be a flop!

    To refer to this as a counter example to a godly application of the principles, is simply to stumble over a silly straw man.

    Once God has your back, then you can dare to be kinder and gentler (as the bible says, meek, even if the Harley ads claim they don’t inherit anything).

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:56:15 PM PST · 43 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to SgtHooper

    Well yes, this can be picked apart.

    But it could be picked apart respectfully. Not that I did such a bad job even where I was coming from. They deleted the whole thread. But I want to constantly improve.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:54:48 PM PST · 41 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to catnipman

    I saw that, and I counter with “how about helping them on the way to where America needs to be, if we now have the wind at our back for the purpose?”

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:53:45 PM PST · 40 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to HiTech RedNeck

    Well anyhow, this is sort of a mini-opus.

    Not the opus that says “I quit this place” — but the opus that says “I intend, so help me God, to quit this attitude.”

    The Left has been such a colossal nuisance for the last however many years, that the devil has managed to use it to distract us into painting ourselves into our own little corner.

    When did we even see a president so bent on defending what he honestly thought was true? While at the same time willing to negotiate about what is wise? We’ve had so much politeness and parochialism that it’s sickening.

    Can we doubt that God set this up? Politics sure as hell (literally speaking) didn’t! This is not Donald Trump’s first try. Many factors added up in the zeitgeist to “make way for the way of the Lord” if I may wax biblical about it.

    Generally, in history, when people are suffering, if it isn’t for the sake of helping other sinners on the way to God, then it’s because they got stupid towards God. Refusing His blessings, the only thing left was the devil’s curses.

    Let’s, of course, not worship Donald Trump. The God who set Donald in place is worthy of the worship. But let’s try not to fight him when he does things that are biblically correct, either. And no, the bible didn’t stop at the Old Testament.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:46:36 PM PST · 34 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Responsibility2nd

    FR was also standing in pretty much the same political and spiritual national chemistry that it had been standing in from the start.

    Bush was feebler than we wanted to give him credit for. We learned that especially during the Trump campaign. The other night, a friend of mine pointed out that trouble was brewing during both the Bush and Obama regimes. Remember how we complained that Bush never really robustly defended the GOP point of view?

    The earth is not the only place that the climate could change.

    “Let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor 10:12

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:41:56 PM PST · 33 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to catnipman

    And so will you be really even helping Donald Trump? Or will you be digging in against him?

    When the atmosphere changes, when the waters change, so do the chemical reactions that take place in it.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:40:33 PM PST · 32 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to rlmorel

    Watch out for bald assertions that can fail under circumstances that we may even have some power over, or see other factors having some power over.

    Like that “one way ratchet.” This did not happen in a vacuum. It is not independent of all other factors.

    I’m glad that we’re at least trying to think beyond our existing box at all. Even saying that not all Leftists are the same is a start. Let’s not stop with just a start. And the FR of the past is not our manifest destiny.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:34:08 PM PST · 20 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to Pravious

    What if the Left could give up things that are keeping it from coming within the space of the center?

    Then you would be getting along with transformed people.

    Your assertion is ludicrous on its face. Haven’t you ever known anybody at all who shifted politically? Hello, Ronald Reagan?

    Remember, “Freeze and polarize” were notably cited as strategy by, you know who? Who hinted the devil was his inspiration?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:31:57 PM PST · 19 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to FatherofFive

    All this granted — maybe it would become easier if we tried to understand the Left’s underlying language. Sometimes we could almost swear that their equivalent of “Cogito ergo sum” was “I feel, therefore I am.” Actually both aspects are equally important to mankind. Mankind was created to give glory to God, whose word embraces both kinds of actions of soul.

    If we want to unite, we need to teach the Left about “think” at the same time we learn about “feel.”

    “Righteousness and peace kiss one another.”

    The Left could possibly be persuaded to realize that it has been running on a treadmill. The Left can’t just feel things into being. It has to think them into being too, or they never ever last. But when we ask them if they are tired of it, that speaks the feeling language.

    I don’t either feel or think I have the time to spend extended effort on this right now. I’m trying to tame other tigers in my life. But maybe we can allow that nice thoughts are actually backed up by nice realities, once we actually allow ourselves to penetrate to God (and allow God to penetrate to us).

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:23:37 PM PST · 11 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to be-baw

    That is certainly another point of view. Let FR be what it always was, and don’t really care what impact it has upon the country.

    I would predict, however, that if FR does not move to embrace the conciliatory space... then someone else will, and FR itself will be marginalized.

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:22:06 PM PST · 9 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to stylin19a

    And this is a morass that has gotten so enticing that even I am seeing an impact in quality of life. Yes, putting too much energy into something can even sap our health.

    “We’re absolutely correct about everything, and everything else has to budge for us” is going to leave us right where we were before. As well as that much worse for the mental labor we spent in asserting it, even against the Holy Spirit.

    Hillary might have been too stinting on her identification of deplorables, if we are that way. She has hers, we have ours, and they, of course, deplore one another.

    That’s a sad condition for a country to get into. (Ahh, ahh, ahh, what condition my condition was in.)

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:16:51 PM PST · 4 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck to samtheman

    And this is an example of the kind of brick wall that has to come down, unless we are going to be working at cross purposes with both God and Donald.

    “[You] sincerely doubt.”

    Are you even willing to entertain a look at counter examples?

  • Is there a wiser way to use FR?

    01/19/2017 2:10:23 PM PST · 1 of 152
    HiTech RedNeck
  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 1:58:02 PM PST · 37 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to NorthMountain

    The Natural Law can, at best, tell us there is an order of things. It can’t tell us that we should expect there to be a Savior. This is a feature of God that, in a sense, was pushed beyond man’s horizon by the fall in Eden. The hint about the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent was the first view of this.

    America was built on robust salvational expectations. Trying to get it going on anything less is to openly invite it to fall into an abyss of self righteousness... which, come to think of it, seems to suggest our modern Left and the stereotypically harsher elements of our modern Right. I think this Left does know more about Natural Law than we might think. Not all of it... there are some points it wants to revise. But not all points. Notice they are big on the care of the poor, at least in abstract principle. While this piece of the Right is big on other things. But without God all are lost.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 1:43:53 PM PST · 36 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to Mrs. Don-o

    And I could go further. I could aver that needing to answer the challenges of the reformation movement, which also was not perfect, also brought the Catholic church into a more generally spiritually reasonable situation.

    But these are high-voltage questions. They weave a course among many hot-button church issues. Even thinking about them can sap our spirit, if we are not ready. I’d be a fool to get any deeper into it than necessary... and maybe I have. I was hoping for Susie’s sake that she might be a little less Savage about it. Susie, please bring Jesus explicitly into your picture. How does Jesus want us to address the society? Could it mean something more along the lines of giving a reason for our faith, with meekness and respect [fear], than in trying to make it Constantine’s Kingdom II?

    Thank you for understanding. I believe embracing such issues will eventually be necessary if the Christian church is in fact to reunite. You don’t just roll back the reformation for this, if it were even possible. You have to roll back the rigidity (yes, Francis has some general things right) that caused the Catholic and Orthodox to walk away from one another, too.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 1:32:51 PM PST · 35 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to Mrs. Don-o

    I wouldn’t necessarily concur that the moral pagan is always the first in line for the Gospel... if he’s proud of his morality.

    It might be the dissolute, looking sincerely for a helping hand out of the mess into which he’s plunged. These were some of the cases that Jesus really caught heat from the Pharisees about addressing. Jesus’ own answer was that wisdom is proven right by its children (meaning the wisdom of approaching these sad cases).

    Heavily institutionalized churches CAN tend to push natural law issues so far that they obscure the bigger picture. They start, in fact, to look like the world — like the way that “moral pagan” would see things. By the way, wasn’t Constantine that kind of “moral pagan”? He liked the law and order, which made his kingdom easier to look after, but wasn’t so keen on the soul salvation? Which is an issue that preceded — well preceded — the Catholic/Orthodox split.

    I’ve dealt with spiritual pagans, by the way, and some are pretty easily able to accept the salvational aspect of the gospel. A Hindu who comes to understand that Jesus is an escape valve for karma, for example, will intuitively want to embrace Christ.

    I think natural law is a wonderful concept to contemplate as a witness to the existence to something larger. But the witness isn’t that something larger.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 11:59:33 AM PST · 28 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to HamiltonJay

    America long proceeded under the tone that some variety of Christian or Jewish belief would be the norming spiritual influence. The Christian belief might be evangelical, it might be Catholic (I don’t ever know any attempt of the Orthodox to be in on this picture, but I don’t think it would reject them out of hand; it’s their choice).

    George Washington was bold about it: “our blessed religion.”

    This is a supra-political undertaking. We can’t expect to recreate this through any number of mere political moves.

    I think it was also a risky move since faith depends on believers on the ground. America would fly as long as a sufficient influence of Christian and Jewish faith flew. But those are voluntary. They can’t be politically fiat’ed.

    But God may be on the verge of rewarding this gamble twice as much as He did before.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 11:53:42 AM PST · 27 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to HamiltonJay

    True, a habit is not as all-covering as the burqa.

    It might do the public some good to see more nuns in habits. If I superintended a public school I would not be narrow minded about nuns in habits if there were some reasonable way to accommodate this under the laws that I can’t do anything about. Not all things we have stewardship of permit us all options without losing the stewardship.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 11:45:51 AM PST · 24 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to HamiltonJay

    The habit might be pushing things.

    She might be wise, if the option is really allowed to her, not to push the habit thing, just because it is so close to the burqa thing. If she must, then maybe she would be happier in a Catholic school.

    We’re even in a tricky situation with respect to constitutional values, because “gay marriage” got tacked onto them. Backing this out is something I believe all Christians of all local churches ought to pray and work for, under Jesus of course. But currently we can’t necessarily count on America’s “Caesar” to back up what is sane. Now Donald Trump does reconsider things sometimes as part of his deal art. But anyhow, we have circumstances to consider. As the bible says, walk “circumspectly.” The move that might make sense in circumstance A will lead to a spill in circumstance B.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 11:37:59 AM PST · 23 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to Mrs. Don-o

    Or I might say (and I think I might be channeling C. S. Lewis, so to speak)... what purpose are the morals serving. You can grease a wheel and the wheel will work better. But unless that wheel is on the train to heaven, we’ve just enabled the wrong thing. Nazi Germany even knew some morals. As C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape said, to be greatly and effectively wicked, a man has to have some virtues.

    I’m trying to make sure the discussion is clearly pulled out of this mire. I fear, I really greatly fear, that Susie’s discourse, as well intended as it is, tries to abstract morality out of the specific ministry of Jesus. That won’t work, or rather it will work as well as the folly of the Garden. We ate the fruit and knew good and evil, but we hadn’t a clue what to do with them. Oops, that’s one ego game gone to pot, and humanity is suffering under the consequences.

    That’s where I am coming from, and that’s why I want to see Susie be less Savage.

  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/19/2017 11:30:31 AM PST · 21 of 39
    HiTech RedNeck to Mrs. Don-o

    Let me be diplomatic here...

    There ARE hollow forms of religion, we sometimes call them Churchianity. Just because someone has a hat, doesn’t mean they have cattle. The bible says “A form of religion, but denying its power.” The power is in Jesus. Jesus isn’t always a super strict rule enforcer. He knows what to stress and when, and it’s tied to the divine plan. If He is said to have borne our sins and yet that didn’t impact the plan, then He really didn’t bear them.

    I think in Catholic circles (but also in many evangelical ones) it has become particularly common to assume that because the morality talk is there, God will be there too. But even pagans have morals, though you wouldn’t want to get wrapped up in their spirituality. Let’s not be whitewashing tombs, or putting band-aids on dead bodies, is where I am coming from here.

    Kilroy was here. We see the remains of Kilroy’s lunch. That doesn’t mean Kilroy is here now.