2012 has been a bizarre year. For me personally, a very up and down twelve months with a lot of blind corners and curveballs, with a sprinkling of pleasant surprises mixed in. Here's a few all-over-the-place rambles as we near the end of an all-over-the-place year...
If I asked you to describe your TV to me, I'd put the chances at slim and none you'd quote from the owner's manuel. You'd tell me its dimensions, what you like or dislike about its color, picture quality, et cetera. With that in mind, if I asked you to describe your God to me, could you do it without almost immediately quoting the bible - which is actually another man's interpretation of God from at least 2000 years ago? If this is true of you, you have more of a "relationship" with your TV than you do with God. Your "relationship", where religion is concerned, is with the bible, from which you quote the experiences and impressions of others with God, and not your own...likely because you have little that's convincing to draw from.
If you preach the "gospel" of identifying sin, and have a "no compromise" attitude about it, you're really nothing like Jesus at all, and in fact more like the people he preached at (note that I said "at" rather than "to"). Religiousness isn't righteousness.
When people call President Obama a Muslim, what they really mean is a "N*****".
If you homeschool for religious reasons (ANY religious reason), you're part of the problem with the whole deal.
If you "do courtship"...stop being stupid. Please. Stop. You're being stupid.
We get much of our entertainment from watching non-intellectual people doing extremely non-intellectual things on reality shows, and then we get offended when people rightfully identify the American public at large as perhaps the most ignorant and under/ill-informed populace of any western society.
Never get your news from a source which promotes itself as "balanced". Life isn't balanced, which means the events in life (which comprise the news) aren't balanced. Any outlet offering you balanced news isn't offering you any news. News is no more balanced than truth is always found in the middle.
If gun violence is a "people problem" rather than a gun problem, why is meth illegal?
If you think whatever you buy at the gun and ammo store or gun show allows you to defend yourself against the federal government - you're just an ignorant dumbass. I'm not in favor of guns being taken away from law-abiding citizens, but I'm not so ignorant that I believe taking on the federal government with my rifles and such will end with me anything other than dead.
What does it say about our society that we grieve the brutal murder of 20 children by flocking to gun and ammo stores, in record numbers, to buy the exact same weapon used to murder them? It tells me that we see the federal government as a bigger threat to our culture (even without legitimate evidence) than we do the murder of 20 children (which we know actually happened). Nice job, extremism!
More often than not, the same people who believe the bible is the inerrant, infallible, perfect and inspired Word of God are the people making the most noise when Constitutional amendments are so much as brought up for discussion - as if the US Constitution is also inerrant, infallible, perfect, and inspired by God. How easily some will worship words on a piece of paper.
I catch a lot of flak from my Facebook status updates. Yes, many are controversial and inflammatory - as they're intended to be. Many people don't realize that I'm channeling my inner Andy Kaufman, knowing that you usually don't get an honest response on controversial issues until you get an emotional one. Someone asked on FB the other day, "How do you discuss cultural issues?" My response was, "By attacking sacred cows." Think about it. The foundations of our culture are its sacred cows. Go after those and people get emotional - and usually get honest in the process. Otherwise, everything is empty platitude.
Hope you guys have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2013.