Sunday, July 12, 2009

Say so long to Sarah, please

Peggy Noonan, noted conservative, a speech writer for Ronald Reagan, pleads with Republicans in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial to let Sarah Palin's resignation allow a "Farewell to Harms."
In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity.

Noonan challenges arguments for Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin's lack of knowledge and the inability to articulate well what she does know, are seen as easily remedied. Fans claim she is a great symbol of a working class gal. Citing that she is the daughter of a middle class school teacher, Noonan seeks to dispel this saying, "What she is, is a seemingly very nice middle-class girl with ambition, appetite and no sense of personal limits." In response to the idea that she can spend the next few years pondering and studying up to meet the needs of the presidency, Noonan asserts, " But she is a ponder-free zone. "

Noonan outlines the world we live in,
Here are a few examples of what we may face in the next 10 years: a profound and prolonged American crash, with the admission of bankruptcy and the spread of deep social unrest; one or more American cities getting hit with weapons of mass destruction from an unknown source; faint glimmers of actual secessionist movements as Americans for various reasons and in various areas decide the burdens and assumptions of the federal government are no longer attractive or legitimate.

She says, "This is a time for conservative leaders who know how to think."

To my conservative friends who just get such a kick out of Sarah Palin, look for a new voice--find a new leader--but please do not visit her upon us as a serious contender for leader for the free world.

Friday, July 03, 2009

No one's laughing at God

Mike Cope and subsequently Josh Thames brought this video featuring Regina Spektor and her video "Laughing With" to my attention. Lately when I think of my own weaknesses woven with the outrageous public displays of Mark Sanford and others so quick to identify themselves with Christ, I can understand why some find ways to mock God and his followers.

All the while, the God of grace, mercy, and faithfulness speaks to us with such love and conveys his fierce desire for justice, mercy, and humility from us. Reading around the web shows that our follies put a stumbling block before those he so earnestly wants to bless.

May we confess our sins wisely to those who share our confession of Christ--and to whom we are willing to be held in account.

May we walk humbly with God, so others can see his steadfast kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. May we be known for doing justice and loving mercy.

Thank God for his faithfulness--even when we are unfaithful and for his presence in those most challenging moments of life.