21 September 2008

The LONG Awaited Post

Not having days off for two weeks coupled with having terrible allergies has made it difficult for me to catch up on things I have to do as well as those things I just want to do. Last night, miserable with allergies, I took a 24 hour Zyrtech. It worked well, I think. I am not sure that sleeping 12 of the 24 hours makes it worth taking the medication but while I slept, I wasn't bothered my allergy symptoms. I did, however, miss church because I couldn't justify driving with a medication fogged brain. I won't be taking the 24 hour variety again.

Did I say drugs? (How's that for segueing?) Perhaps because I am wondering... is our entire culture medicated out of their minds or is it just those who profess to be Christians? I am asking because it doesn't appear that anyone is paying attention to what is going on here. I am reminded of that bumper sticker that says "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." One of the reasons I put the Craig Ferguson monologue on my blog is because it appears he is paying attention and trying to get the rest of us to do it as well. Is it working? Sadly, I don't think so. If the other folks can pay attention, what can't we?

For a while I double majored in college, taking both History and Psychology and have benefited from the former much more than the latter. You see, history is cyclical and if you've learned to identify a few of the cycles, when the next set of circumstances appear, if you're clever, you'll recognize them for what they are. For instance, Obama's political fix sounds suspiciously like the old "New Deal" brought to us by FDR which nearly killed us on the first time. Sure, the battle cry sounds absolutely brilliant, "Relief, Recovery, Reform." The truth was it took a war (WW II) to fix the economy fixes that FDR initiated to fix the depression. Depression? My mom would correct me, "The Great Depression."

Now before anyone goes crazy and wants to argue the merits of the New Deal let me say it wasn't all bad. We have state parks, dams and roads as a result of putting people to work, which we still have to this day. Unfortunately because the cost of maintaining these things requires government and people being what they are.... the bureaucracy and red tape to keep the parks and roads open has required exorbitant fees and salaries and oversight.... so most of the parks are either too expensive for families to visit or closed because the government doesn't want to pay for the salaries necessary to keep them open. Of course that means that they are pointing the fingers back at John Q Public saying "It's not our fault, you didn't want to pay more taxes, remember?" We seem to forget that whatever system we put in place it takes energy to keep that system in motion. In this case, energy converts to tax dollars. The simpler the system the less energy it takes to keep it going. Bottom line? I am saying it didn't work when FDR tried it, it's not going to work now. It will never work. How do you mix socialism and capitalism? You have to pour energy into them to keep the two whirling around chasing each other in a blender of confusion. If you take your finger off the button and the energy stops, the lines of demarcation become evident as the layers stratify.

Speaking of socialism, isn't that what you call it when the government steps in and bails out failing businesses? Why are we willing to believe that the entire economy of the world is dependent on AIG? First of all let me say this: Christians, WAKE UP! It is Almighty God that holds the world and all that is in it in His capable hands. Quit freaking out about the global economy and start paying attention to God's economy. Let's put the cards on the table, shall we? While I think that McCain and Palin are better political leaders than Obama and Biden, neither ticket hold my hope. I will vote and I will debate the issues with anyone but I hope in the absolute sovereignty of God.
Daniel 2:20-23
20 Daniel answered and said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 "And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding.
22 "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.
23 "To Thee, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for Thou hast given me wisdom and power; even now Thou hast made known to me what we requested of Thee, for Thou hast made known to us the king's matter."(NAS)

Perhaps we should be looking at the lessons learned by those who navigated both the Great Depression and WWII. The Great or Silent generation has much wisdom to offer us. They knew the difference between want and need. They learned how to make do and how to use something up. They lived in smaller houses and grew victory gardens. They worked hard and saved more. In a world where the church had abdicated its responsibility to the government to take care of the poor, orphans and widows, they knew the power of giving someone a hand up versus a hand out. No, they weren't perfect, but by God's grace they made it and we will make it the same way.

I feel a nap attack coming on. More later, Lord willing.

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