I really believe the majority of Americans believe almost anything they see on TV. They take it as Gospel. The same is true if something is in print or on the web. That’s dangerous. In fact, it’s very dangerous!
Everything you and I read or see comes from a particular worldview or perspective. Think of a pair of glasses. Think of how you might like at the world…
Did you see this latest article just before Christmas (got to love the timing)…
Can you see the subtitle? It says, “So Misunderstood it’s a Sin.” Oh my! In fact, the writer of the article gets it so wrong that it truly is a sin!! Yikes! It’s one of the most pitiful attempts to degrade and slam the Bible I’ve ever seen. Yet, people will read this article and fall for the lies hook, line and sinker.
This is the guy who wrote the article:
Thats Kurt Eichenwald.
I must say that he has an impressive reputation as a writer and reporter for newspapers like The New York Times and magazines like Vanity Fair and Newsweek. He was even a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Most of his writing has been on business and financial matters, including business scandals. But, he decides to write an article about the Bible where he totally lacks any journalistic credibility because he only sources critics and haters of evangelical Christianity, and he does not even represent some of them accurately.
Look at how he begins the article:
“They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations of homosexuals. They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments while demanding prayer in school. They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats. They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.
They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words, [they] claim to revere it but don’t read it, in the process creating misery for others.” Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek Magazine
Isn’t that a sad way to describe us? Did some “Evangelical Christian” run over his dog when he was 8 years old? If you read the article, it won’t take you long to see that his agenda is not veiled or hidden. In my estimation he desires to summarily destroy faith in and the authority of the Bible.
So be careful what you read and what you watch and what you believe. Just because you see something on the Science Channel, or Discovery Channel, or Animal Planet, History Channel, PBS, NPR Radio, etc., etc., doesn’t mean it’s right and truthful.
If you watch the Weather Channel long enough you’ll think the world is going to implode tomorrow because of carbon dioxide because of “Climate Change” (a.k.a. Global Warming). Yeah right. Pick the study you want to use. Most “scientists” today are being paid to write for journals and publications that support their contention that the world is warming. Therefore, greed sets in and a scientist will slant his findings to give the “paying publication” what they want.
Now, please understand, I’m not saying this happens across the board on these channels or in these publications. No. That would be unfair and would be painting with too broad of a brush. What I am saying is to be careful and understand the worldview and set of lenses a writer, reporter, journalist, etc. is looking at when discerning fact from fiction.
Let me give you another example…
See…things aren’t as they always seem.
Here’s another one: College.
Did college prepare you for your job? Let’s see what Barna.org (Barna Research) has to say in a recent poll.
Now, I say all of this to simply point out: BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION, and please, please, please, believe something because you have researched it, not just because somebody like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres or Dr. Phil tell you to believe it.
Because over time this is what’s going to be covering America…
That’s a video of an Atheist who was allowed to come to pray at a local commissioner’s meeting. It’s pathetic.
You’ll also note (if you watched the video that it comes from “The Blaze,” which is Glenn Beck’s site. I will tell you I’m not advocating his site or all of his views… But, I did think this video was worth putting up on my blog because it shows the absolute idiocy that is pervading our nation. This guy made a mockery of that entire meeting. And did you see those who stayed actually folded their hands and bowed their heads? Oh my!!
Do you think some of those commissioners have been listening to enough of the “tolerance,” “compromise,” “don’t offend,” mantra that’s out there and just finally caved in? I sure do.
We have to be proactive and intentional in knowing and understanding the Scriptures. We have to use the Bible as our plumb line. It squares all knowledge and all information. If it doesn’t square with Scripture, then chuck it. It’s that simple.
Well, all good things come to an end. Charlotte left us over the weekend and my heart aches for her (so does my family). We miss her, Katy and Josh. Parting is indeed “such sweet sorrow.”
Yep…those are tears in my eyes.
We’re all missing her…
Josh gets out of the Marines in July and Lord willing they’ll be back in Wilkes shortly thereafter. We can’t wait!!
Are you ready for the cold? These are the wind chills for tomorrow night at midnight.
People are asking me about snow since it’s going to be so cold. Well, it doesn’t look likely for the next 10 days…
But, I wouldn’t rule out some potential freezing rain into early next week. Right now the models are jumping around on it, but it’s about 30-40% chance.
By the way, do you have a weather app on your phone? I have FOUR! 🙂 You will notice that they are often different. Why? Because they are following different computer models. Some follow the European Model (ECMWF), some follow what the US model also called GFS. Sometimes the Euro model have things pegged better and sometimes the US. Honestly, the European model has been better than the US most of the time for the last couple of years. We actually need better programming into our models. There are other models. But, these two are the biggest and most used.
Here’s the forecast for Jan-Mar in temps. You’ll have to look hard for the US. We are near the right-top corner.
See all that blue? It looks like we’ll be colder than normal, but remember the temps fluctuate from week to week. Look what we are having this week. 50 today and 24 on Thursday. Remember we live in the south. We don’t live in Michigan. So, it will be up and down and we’ll see if the southern jet can mix with the northern and get us some snow. February is usually our best shot for snow.
God knows. 🙂