Somebody posted a picture/story on the facebook where (allegedly) a pastor was preaching that being gay was a sin, and the congregation agreed with a chorus of "amens." Then th epastor said that you know what else is a sin? Divorce. And the same congregation got entirely quiet.
The point of the story, I suppose, was to point out that we all sin, and we shouldn't judge each other based on perceived sins.
What I don't understand is that in most cases, news of a couple divorcing is greeted with muted feelings and "ooh, that stinks for them. What about the children?" Whereas when news of someone coming out as gay is celebrated and welcomed by all the open-minded (except for people who have different views) people as great news of critical importance that must be shared and discussed and accepted and embraced.
So on one hand, there seems to be tepid agreement that divorce and homosexuality are not part of God's plan. It seems that, when pressed, people will admit that being gay probably misses God's mark. Yes, there are the arguments that Jesus never came out and said "gay is not the way," but there are other words, deeds, and actions that indicate that that lifestyle is not completely in accordance with God's law. And yes, the commandment to love one another trumps everything, but not to the point of ignoring and condoning blatant sin.
And so we return to the disappointment associated with the news of hearing that a couple divorces, contrasted with the enthusiasm of the bravery when one comes out as being gay. If both are sins, how can one be welcomed with open arms and the other be quietly accepted with a sad shaking of one's head?
We still love the divorced family, just as we love the openly gay people. At the end of the day, we here are not the final judge of any of it. We accept the divorced ones, we accept the gay ones. Oh, but we can't counsel the gay ones as we counsel those going through divorce, because the gay ones were born that way. And if you're born that way, you get special acceptance and dispensation for your sins.
Sorry to waste your time :-\
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I was so certain that I was going to sell the Mighty Corolla to Carmax that I only put in 4 gallons. It was the first time I have not put in a full tank at the gas station. But, I didn't sell the car to Carmax and a few days later put in a full tank and here we are.
Last year we moved to a new (to us) house. This year, we are adding another licensed driver to the family (darn birthdays!). It is becoming apparent that our future will involve more mulch and trees and rocks and things to maintain the new (to us) yard, and while the minivan can accommodate such things, it is a pain to remove the center-row chairs to make more space in the back, and it's also a pain to clean it all up inside afterwards.
My wife had decided that this fall the new-licensed driver shall inherit the world's fastest minivan, our 2008 Toyota Sienna, and she (my wife) will acquire a new vehicle that has all the comfort and convenience of the minivan but isn't a minivan. So she bought a GMC Terrain, a small SUV with a smaller engine that gets better fuel economy. Indeed, as the minivan struggles to achieve 20 mpg per tank, this Terrain is likely to get 25-28 mpg over the same roads, an increase of at least 25% in fuel economy.
I have "decided" to use this opportunity to replace the Mighty Corolla with a small pickup truck, like a Ford Ranger. It appears I may be able to sell the Corolla for enough money that I can buy a similarly old Ranger with the proceeds. Or get an old beater and leave money in my pocket. The 4-cylinder Ranger can get up to 28 mpg highway. The Corolla was advertised 32 highway, which I was easily able to beat, so it's probable that I could get about 30 mpg in a Ranger, which stil is almost a 20% decrease in my own mileage. And since I drive a lot more than my wife does, it's likely our consumption will increase. But if I remain timid of confrontation and selling and buying a car, I might stick with the Corolla for a while longer.
So the mileage experiment of the Mighty Corolla may be nearing its end. Or maybe not. We'll see what happens in th enext few weeks and months.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
2) Identity theft
3) Internet pornography
4) Junk mail
5) Under-tipping your waitress
5b) Over-tipping your waitress
7) Skipping school
8) Sleeping at work
9) Abuse of the 911 system
12) Playground bullying
13) Crush films
15) Fur coats
16) Cheating at sports
17) Universal health care
Just because Jesus didn't have anything to say on a certain topic doesn't make it okay, and it definitely doesn't mean that He endorses it.
Jesus loved all people, that's true. He also rebuked sinners and told them to sin no more, showing that it is possible to love the sinner but hate the sin. Unfortunately, many people today seem to have forgotten this part, as they immediately marginalize anybody who tries to make that point, marking them as intolerant bigots.
If you have the ability to do something, that doesn't mean you absolutely should and must do it. And it doesn't mean that you can put other people down who disagree with it.
There's no calm discussion about anything any more. People immediately take it to intensity level 100% and demonize their opponents that disagree. How is that right? Oh, it's because Jesus didn't have anything to say about it. My bad...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Things are getting worse. In the last couple of weeks, several websites I go to have informed me that I need to change my password. And I can no longer use the same general family of passwords that I have used in the past. Typically, my passwords have been a version of a certain set of numbers/words, with "1234" added to the end in the event that it needs to meet some length requirement. But now different websites are implementing new and different password requirements.
"It can't look like your username or real name" (so the letters McK are out of the game)
"It must use a special character but no more than one special character"
"It must use two or more special characters plus a number that is not in your phone number or date of birth"
"It must be 15 or more characters long!"
Oh, man this is just getting to be too much for me to handle. I can't remember all this stuff any more!
And the stupid website I go to to check my pay stub, that password is only good for like 60 days and then I need to change it again! And it can't be similar to any of my last FIFTEEN passwords! Just to look at my little pay stub on the internet!
And in order to change it, I have to answer like SIX security questions. Luckily, I made the answer to all the security questions "givl this djoy!" so I con't have to remember the name of the first street I lived on (what" the first street I lived on? Do they mean Stafford Road? Because I don't remember the name of the actual first street I lived on! HOW WILL I ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF I MYSELF DON'T EVEN KNOW THE ANSWER?)
It's not even like I have a life that's so excitong or lucritive that somebody else would even want to steal my identity!
Can you imagine the lurking thief, browsing identities, trying to pick the perfect one to steal. "Oh, look at this guy, what a catch! Government job, sensible car, rarely-viewed blog, bifocals. Now THERE'S someone who is living the type of life I want to steal!"
I don't know if it's worth it any more...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The cool thing that I notices is that this last tank stopped when I had pumped in 11.336 gallons of gas. Three tanks ago, less than 20 days ago, this exact same thing happened, where the pump stopped also at 11.336 gallons.
So two tanks of gas each stopping at exactly 11.336 gallons of gas. That's got to be pretty rare. I mean, there has only been one time in 381 tanks of gas where it stopped at a round dollar amount, and that's just out to the nearest penny. This is going out to the thousandth of a gallon. And I got two matching tanks of gas out to the thousandth of a gallon in less than a month.
So that's kind of neat...