Monday, November 29, 2004

Pain in the foot, culture, and family

Thanksgiving was a great day. Lots of food, and great company. Spent the day with my gf's family and learned a new card game called hand and foot. I'll refrain from trying to explain that game, as it has more rules than I could ever remember.

I have been thinking a lot about culture and how culture relates to the church lately. Christ was at times extrodinarily counter-cultural, but at other times was very much in the culture. Too many in the modern church would have us go one way or the other. We are called to be seperate from the world, but are required to work within the world. We must leave it up to God to cover our shortcomings beyond that. While I may not always agree with the methodology of President GWB, I do appreciate that he is making an effort to affect change. Whether or not that is the route to properly make change occur is a second seperate issue to me. I personally think this needs to come from the church as an out-pouring result from the body of Christ being built up and filled in their personal and coporate faith. I see the great failing here in the Boomer's generation and on moving into a consumer form of faith. People are not taking as much personal responsibility for their faith, and instead are relying upon others to "do" it for them. This covers thinking deep about faith matter, service to others, ministering to others and studying the Word of God. This results in their spiritual tanks running on near empty, and because of this there is not the over-flow of faith into the world. Their views have changed. How they interprete life and church is no longer how it once was. This is part good, part bad. Maybe if I have more time later I'll expand on some of these thoughts.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Republicans, Bush, and a night of prayer

Last night I attended the Republican Victory Party in Minnetonka, Minnesota with my girlfriend. Got to shake hands with some party officials and politicians etc. The cool part was that a friend of my girlfriend had two rooms he opened up and used as prayer rooms for whoever wanted throughout the night as election results came in. They put up signs all over the hotel for it, and throughout the night strangers walked in and were able to pray with other Christians for the elections. What a great ministry. I am excited that Bush won (more excited that Kerry lost), but I am most excited that John Thune defeated Tom Daschle in South Dakota. With a majority in the Senate and House, it will be interesting to see if the Republicans can build on the election momentum. With Daschle out, and the people of the USA speaking on the importance of morals through their votes, I think great things can happen. I know you cannot legislate morality, but you can create an environment where the laws reflect more closely the values of the majority of people in your country. McCain/Powell 08!

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