Today I’ve posted the first ever Word on the Street video. Word on the Street takes the latest headlines and news talking points and goes deeper. Reading past the headlines and between the lines, connecting dots and presenting the word on the street that makes sense of what is really going on.
Sometimes that word on the street is rumor, other times conjecture. Sometimes vast conspiracy of the dark web, and other times intuition and old-fashioned logical thinking.
I haven’t written an article in a while because I’ve been a bit preoccupied with a project. I find it strangely fulfilling to be so engrossed in a project that I have time for little else,
even eating on some days. My latest home project consumed all of my attention from early-September until December first, when I put the finishing touches on my full home-makeover (it shouldn’t have taken that long, but Home Depot and I had some… disagreements).
What I find most fulfilling, however, are all the life lessons that God is teaching me through this work which are applicable to every other facet of my life.
1. You Must Have Vision
The ability to see, or imagine, what is literally not there is essential to creating transformation and a beautiful outcome. Very often, the mess or dis-repair of what we currently look at clouds our ability to make things right, or make things new. But when you can tap into an imagined reality, in full detail, it’s that mental image that allows you to let the first sledge hammer fly. And as a matter of fact, you can become quite good at seeing beauty where others only see mess.
God has given each of us a measure of faith and a creative spirit; to solve problems and bring wholeness and beauty.
What do you see here?
2. Intention & Focus
Here are some takeaways in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday August 12, 2017.
I disavow all people and groups associated with, or representing, Nazism, national socialism, and the KKK.
Nazism was dead and gone long ago. It’s only trotted out by simple-minded fools who are trying to be edgy, or when there is a legitimate target to smear, as the corpse of David Duke keeps doing.
President Trump disavowed David Duke 17 years ago. Now he endorses Trump as revenge. Dukes comments wreak of a paid smear job.
National Socialism is of not the Right; it’s of the Left. National. Socialism. Is. Not. Of. The. Right. Nazi LARPers are not a part of the right, let alone the One Real Alt-Right.
“White Nationalism” makes no sense. Only Americans with a vague sense of white/black/other nationality distinctions use the phrase.
Most Americans don’t stop to realize that Swedes, Poles, French, German, Brits, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Finns, Swiss, etc, are ALL WHITE, but of DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES. Have Europeans found solidarity in the color of their skin, or do they value a much deeper understanding of their own distinct peoples and culture? When the white nationalist William Wallace fought the white imperialist English, was he the good guy or bad guy? Continue reading
At least the portion applied to freedom of religion.
The City of Belle Plaine has received pressure from atheists and Satanists to remove a war memorial that
featured a cross. After their efforts failed, the Satanic Temple proposed their own monument, called the “Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom.”
It is a black, steel cube. Inverted pentagrams (a universal Satanic symbol) are etched into the sides of the monument. A pitch black, overturned soldier’s helmet is planted on the top.
It is named after Baphomet, an androgynous half-goat, half-man demon.
Satanists are claiming that this monument respects veterans. And the city of Belle Plaine has accepted it.
I wonder how many years out America is from restricting or amending the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Or more likely, no legal change will be made, but rather the spirit of freedom and tolerance for other beliefs, which is quickly eroding, will simply disappear.
This is the catch-22 of American freedom that allows the existence of beliefs and behaviors that undermine the core values it rests on.
For example, Libertarianism is completely untenable; as follows. Libertarianism > freedom of commerce, association, and travel > libertarian values allow no restrictions on who can move into the community or what values they should hold > new arrivals much prefer authoritarian policies > poof! Your free society is gone. Libertarian values restrict the group’s ability to maintain its libertarian community. Sown into core of the system is its own self-defeating value.
Same is true for Christian communities (or those who wished for one). When your societal ideal rests on freedom of religion, tolerance, acceptance, and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you’ll soon find you have no ability to influence your culture or community. Your own values require you to support the rights and access and influence of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and even Satanic worship.
Well, that certainly is diverse.
As opposed to how I used to do it in high school, I actually read books now. I can’t believe how easy it was to get through class without actually reading the material, and I probably missed out on some classics. I have to re-read Animal Farm, but I digress….
I have more books that I’m currently reading than have completed for 2017.
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