Observations and Lessons From the Chik-Fil-A Fracas

The fourth week of July, 2012 saw some tumultuous division occurring in our country due to one man’s personal views being publicly stated.
Dean Reynolds of CBS wrote, “The controversy is prompting politicians and activist groups on both sides of the issue to organize events where like-minded people can demonstrate their discontent.” (see full story)

As usual, I am not reporting from the trenches. I stand on the sidelines observing the two sides going at it with one another. This is how I learn (or in modern techno-lingo, this is how I roll). I have not taken a strong stand in favor of, nor against either side. I did, however, post a comment to one of my virtual friends on FB who appears to be a warrior against anything labeled as conservative.

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Be a Good Little Do-Bee

” I followed all of the rules, man’s and God’s. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my… even my own wife.” Alfred (at his wife’s funeral in Legends of the Fall, played by Aidan Quinn)  

I saw this film at a time in my life when I was struggling with my personal identity, and these lines struck me in the core of my being.
I began to weep.

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Christian Karma

Christian Karma
The title probably sounds like an oxymoron to some. After all, karma is a distinctly eastern-religion term that the Buddhists and Hindus use in reference to reincarnation.
It is not found in the Bible, nor in any of our orthodoxy.
However, in our day-to-day speech, we often hear someone referring to the concept: “What goes around, comes around.”
Each and every Christian–in point of fact, everyone–is subject to karmic experiences.

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Prayer is not a Panacea

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”–(often attributed to P.T. Barnum, though history shows otherwise.)
People will fall for most anything that they think will help them in the moment. The selling of snake oil in days gone by, the current weight-loss pills, the almost daily introduction of a new pain reliever, or depression destroyer, etc.–virtually anything promising to move me away from pain and toward pleasure.
These are the two motivations upon which all persuasion is built.
Christians and pre-Christians are no less gullible.

“Prayer Changes Things.”
“God Answers Knee-mail.”
“Seven Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak.”

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Bound by Tradition

Lovely on the outside, but hiding a grotesque reality on the inside.
This type of slipper was placed on the feet of Chinese women to hide the ugliness of the foot-binding that was thought to enhance the beauty of the woman.
Jesus scorched the Pharisees with His statement, “You are white-washed tombs. On the inside is nothing but dead men’s bones.” (Matt. 23:27)
In another place, He spoke against using the traditions of man as doctrines of God (Matt. 15:9).
Paul told Titus (1:14) that the commandments of men could turn people from the truth.
Yet, the practice continues today across Christendom, and few can see beyond the apparent beauty provided by the slippers.

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