What Really Matters

This blog is of my musings…my “nibbles and bits.” As such, it’ll sometimes touch on “third rail” topics. I ask for your charity and forgiveness if ever I offend you (or worse). No matter what subjects inspire my posts, in the end, you matter more to me…and love matters most:

1 Corinthians 13:4–8, 13 (NIV):

Jesus

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Even if we disagree, you have my love.

“Anatomy of an Evangelical Scandal”

What this article suggests wouldn’t be so sad if it wasn’t so true:

The point of Mefferd’s article is that when big name evangelical leaders fall, they (through multiple machinations) are not truly held accountable and often stay in the pulpit (or return quickly).

God can forgive anything. However, if you are a minister (or Christian leader) and you fall certain ways, it permanently disqualifies you from getting back in the pulpit.

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

– 1 Timothy 3:2, NIV

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,

– Titus 1:7, ESV

Certain sins make it so we are (permanently) no longer “above reproach” and, thus, disqualified. If we repent, we are forgiven, but that does not wash away the disgrace we brought upon our ministry and, worse, upon the name of the One we serve.

“For I am sure…”

For I am sure that
neither death nor life,
nor angels nor rulers,
nor things present
nor things to come,
nor powers,
nor height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

– Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

Scripture verse

Hmmm…

Is this, at least mostly, true? (In no way am I sharing it to say what was done to Native Americans was “okay.”)

Why Are They Asking for Amnesty?

Why are they asking for amnesty? Perhaps because nothing will prevent things like this from finally coming out:

The gotcha is that they cannot claim ignorance. People literally warned of these results and were treated horribly by those who smugly claimed “science” was on their side.

P.S. The underlying story that generated the article above is this:

“1 in 6 Hiring Managers Have Been Told to Stop Hiring White Men”

I would think what this survey found was problematic, even if I wasn’t a white guy:

You should read the whole thing, but…

Key findings include:

  • 52% believe their company practices “reverse discrimination” in hiring
  • 1 in 6 have been asked to deprioritize hiring white men
  • 48% have been asked to prioritize diversity over qualifications
  • 53% believe their job will be in danger if they don’t hire enough diverse employees
  • 70% believe their company has DEI initiatives for appearances’ sake

And I question even the “good news”:

The good news is that the vast majority of hiring managers ‘somewhat’ (30%) or ‘strongly’ (67%) believe their company has overall good intentions when it comes to DEI initiatives.

Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Lest I be misunderstood: I believe there are benefits to diversity and that everyone should be (and feel) included. I am cautious about the word “equity,” given what it can really mean, but am 100% behind equality.

However, discrimation is discrimination, and it is both illegal and immoral.

Did We Really Not Know?

Part of the argument for “COVID-19 amnesty” is that we didn’t know early on how COVID-19 behaved or what the outcomes/effectiveness of certain approaches would be. Is that true?

“The tyranny of a Covid amnesty”

I could have added this as an update to an earlier post today, but it deserves its own entry. Well-written, thoughtful piece by Mary Harrington:

The penultimate paragraph:

We all knew every pandemic policy would come with trade-offs. The lawn-sign priesthood forbade any discussion of those trade-offs. I don’t blame the class that so piously dressed their own material interests as the common good, for wanting to dodge the baleful looks now coming their way. But no “amnesty” will be possible that doesn’t acknowledge the class politics, the corruption of scientific process, the self-dealing, and the self-righteousness that went to enforcing those grim years of lawn-sign tyranny.

P.S. That may be the first time I’ve ever used the word “penultimate.” Did I do it right? 🙂

UPDATE: Francis Turner has a point:

I’m willing to forgive people but has to be a quid pro quo that is an acknowledgement that there is something to forgive.

The Three Rs of Forgiveness

In this article:

It has an interesting prerequisite to forgiveness:

After watching this video, I was reminded of the “Three R’s” of forgiveness promoted by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, talk show host, and author. She was one of my must-listen-to hosts in the early 1990s…

The approach Schlessinger offered to avoid “toxic forgiveness” involved Remorse (expressing real regret), Repair (taking action to fix the consequences of behavior), and Not Repeating the action.

That is worth considering.

This. Is. Unconstitutional.

You can hear one of the authors, Lee Fang, discuss the article with Tucker Carlson here:

More commentary here:

There are few terms more calculated to cause a political ruckus than “deep state.” Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidency almost six years ago, “deep state” has been a catchphrase for anything connected with the U.S. government that is opposed to Republicans .

For a few reasons, I broadly oppose the use of the term. But now we have incontrovertible evidence that, since President Joe Biden took office almost two years ago, powerful federal agencies have acted in exactly the manner that many Republicans feared. They’ve colluded with Democrats and Big Tech companies against free speech and conservative interests.

UPDATE: This is a worthwhile read: Read More

COVID-19 “Amnesty”?

Scott Adams’ Happiness Formula

Although I would put this “happiness formula” first…

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33, NIV).

…this one from Scott Adams (in <em>How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big</em>) seems pretty good:

Book cover
Image from Amazon.com

Recapping the happiness formula:

Eat right.
Exercise.
Get enough sleep.
Imagine an incredible future (even if you don’t believe it).
Work toward a flexible schedule.
Do things you can steadily improve at.
Help others (if you’ve already helped yourself).
Reduce daily decisions to routine.

What do you think?  How do you rate?  (I’ve got a ways to go on quite a few of them.)

List from book

(Cross-posted on my 30 Day Quest blog.)