PACKER FAN, PASTOR

I really want it to be done on Wednesday…but it probably won’t.  Sure the political ads may end, but the disgust that comes from people who disagree with my views won’t be done.  I dislike that more than the political ads.  Our country is extremely polarized right now, but it’s not so much that we disagree with each other, but we attack each other, and at times it can be pretty hateful.  This situation doesn’t deter me from voting, but it also doesn’t encourage me to vote all the more.  I don’t vote to “stick it” to someone.  I vote because I enjoy the opportunity to have some kind of input into what is going on in my local, state and federal government…no matter how “minor” that input may seem.  I also have a dad who is a veteran, and there’s a piece of me that feels I shouldn’t waste something that men have given their lives to defend.

Back to my original point…I’ve seen a few comments about how pathetic or stupid or ignorant we evangelical Christians are for voting based on our morals, especially when based on Biblical principles.  I’ve seen people go as far to say something to the tune of, “If you vote based on moral conviction, you probably would have voted for Hitler back in the day because he stood for many of our moral convictions during his campaign.”  Nice…see part of what I’m talking about, though?

I don’t hate women, but I feel compelled to stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves, like unborn babies, hence the reason I’m pro-life.  I don’t hate homosexuals, but if you’re going to give me the opportunity to choose whether or not they should be allowed to get married, I’m going to choose to not allow it (by the way, check out this for what I think is a great message on this issue and this for my favorite political ad).  And though I don’t think everything Israel does is good or correct, I’m not about to support someone who wants to attack it or encourage Israel to shrink back from promises that God made to them (like land, go to page 4 to see how big Israel should be).  I’m compelled to vote on these things because of my convictions that I have based on my relationship with God and His word.

His word also gives me the boldness to not worry so much about the economy, jobs, healthcare and taxes.  It’s not that I don’t think those things matter, they’re just not at the top of my priority list based on my convictions.

And therein lies the problem.  A lack of respect for others convictions.  We can disagree until we’re blue in the face on various issues, but to be hateful to each other because we think differently and choose different paths…that’s uncalled for.  So I encourage you to vote tomorrow…and vote based on your God-given convictions and don’t allow man to intimidate you in your decisions.

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PASTOR, PACKER FAN

Ode to Chick-Fil-a

A poem by David Ciske

How dare you, o Chick-Fil-a

You took a stand

And now you shall pay.

Though in America,

Land of the free and home of the brave,

You are to keep quiet,

Take your thoughts to the grave!

 

So some will boycott

And stand against,

While others will balance

On their white picket fence.

Still some will not care

Not saying a word

While a group will rise up,

Chirping, like a bird.

 

From the Word of the Lord

They will show their support,

Pointing to Psalm eighteen

Verse twenty through twenty-four.

 

So do not fear

And do not sway,

Oh sandwich maker of chicken breast filet.

The Lord God Almighty

Will reward you some great day!

 

PACKER FAN

I’ve been away from the blog for almost three weeks…you’d think I have a ton to say, but I’ve got other outlets for release so I won’t make you read half a novel in this blog post.

What a week this is turning out/going to be!  First, I painted our kitchen and my office.  Second, the Packers start training camp this week, technically Thursday (physicals and what not today).  Third, the Olympics start Friday.  All of these things have one thing in common-preparation or prep time.

Painting the kitchen and the office took quite a bit of prep time.  In the kitchen, there was a layer of wallpaper and then two wallpaper borders over that at the top…not cool.  At the office, I have a wall of wall board with four layers of wallpaper.  Because it’s wall board, scoring and spraying glue remover was out of the question.  Lots of scraping, elbow grease and sweat on that wall.  Couldn’t get it all off, so now I have what I call a “textured wall”.

Packers training camp is prep time and I’m telling you what, there’s not a single U.S. Olympian competing over the course of the next couple of weeks that did not put in a ton of prep time.  There was a Snickers commercial a few years ago…shoot, it might have been 15 years ago…with a soccer player kicking around a soccer ball talking about all he had to do for practice.  He ends the commercial with the line, “I hate practicing, but I love to win”.

The interesting thing about prep time, though, is that results vary.  Not every U.S. Olympian is going to medal.  The Packers aren’t the only team heading to training camp this week and only one of 32 teams will win the Super Bowl (that one will, of course, be the Packers).  You should see my “textured wall”.  Prep time doesn’t guarantee perfection or even winning results, but it does help a team, athlete or painted wall look formidable/presentable. 

We can all fool each other for an hour or two and make it look like we “have it together”.  That was a common message preached in church on Sunday mornings when I was a kid.  How many families were like mine frantically getting ready, looking for shoes, yelling at each other to get out of the bathroom or out of bed or into the car or whatever?  Then we get to church, and everything was “perfect”.  No problems at all…our clothes, smile and hair looked nice and we treated each other like angels.  I’ve come to learn that many people do this…not just church going folks.  Married couples going out to dinner with each other, moms at play groups, guys heading to the golf course…they all seem to “have it together” for the time that they are hanging out and some do, while the others are completely “messed up”.  Maybe the couples argue all the time, maybe a mom constantly berates their kid, or maybe one of the guys struggles with alcoholism.

I guarantee you, though, the difference between those who actually “have it together” and those who don’t is prep time.  Those who “have it together” in public are working on their marriages throughout the week.  Whether it’s having a date night alone, calling each other during the work day or just talking to each other every day (you might be surprised at how many married couples don’t do that).  Those who “have it together” in public are working on their relationship with their kids through out the week.  Playing with them and giving fair and productive discipline at the right time. Those who “have it together” in public practice self-control and don’t let occasional pleasures become horrid addictions.  I can go on and on with examples, but I think you get it.

Do you want to actually “have it together” instead of just playing the part around your friends?  Take a lesson from a professional sports team, Olympians and a painted wall…put in the prep time during the week when no one else is around.