02 August, 2005

Restless, Forgiveness, Question of the Day, Freak O' the Week

Restless
The natives were most definitely restless last night - I was up at least once an hour because one or the other of them was crying or fell out of bed.

I am tired! So maybe it was not the natives who were rest-less, but Mom! They have nights like this every now and then, and it just absolutely kills me. Bob, somehow, sleeps through it all.

Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a tricky thing.

For many of us it is one of the tenets of our faith - God forgives us, and so it is our job to forgive others.

In fact, it is a line in the Lord's Prayer (or the Our Father if you are Catholic)

Forgive us our debts (trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (trespassers).

Dr. Carl once preached a powerful sermon on the word "as" in that statement - asking God to forgive us AS we forgive others. So if we forgive others cheerfully and without reservation and with love, He will do the same for us. On the other hand, if we forgive grudgingly and only because we "have" to, well, you see where I am going.

Yesterday on the radio people were talking about why they don't go to the movies anymore. I know, this does not appear to have anything to do with forgiveness, but trust me - we'll get there. This guy called in and said he does not like Jane Fonda, and that is why he did not go see Monster-In-Law. He disagrees with what she did and said during the Vietnam War, says he believes she committed treason, and not spending his dollars on her movies is the only way he feels he can be heard about this issue.

Host: "Are you a Vietnam Vet?"
Caller: "No - I'm too young."
Host: "She apologized for her actions back then, but you don't accept her apology?"
Caller: "She did not do it to me - so it's not my apology to accept."
Host: "So we forgive sports stars and presidents who have had problems in the past. Why can't you forgive Jane Fonda?"
Caller: "She didn't do it to me. It's not mine to forgive."
Host: "But you still won't go see her movies. Because of something she did, not to you, and she has apologized for. But you won't accept her apology, or forgive her, because she did not do it to you."
Caller: "That's right."

Huh? If someone does something, but not to you, then you have no responsibility to your faith or yourself or all of humanity to forgive them, and you can go on being mad at them indefinitely?

I don't profess to have a hotline to the Father above, but I am pretty sure that is not what He means when he tells us to forgive, to treat our neighbors as ourselves, to turn the other cheek. Very seldom has God given us any loopholes.

Question of the Day
What the hell is Bush doing?

He appointed John Bolton the minute Congress recessed. How do you appoint someone to be ambassador to the UN when said person does not believe in the UN?

George Bush is a rogue cowboy, a loose cannon, and we are well rid of him in just 3 long years.

Freak O' The Week
This weeks FOTW - drumroll please.....

WILLIE AAMES

Did you see Celebrity Fit Club? What an idiot. He is supposed to be Bibleman.

I think he needs some remedial Bibleman training.

He sprayed a 3-time world champion kickboxer with the hose. Now dude came to Willie's house at the behest of Harvey to help ol' Willie get back on the fitness track. He said at the weigh in that they were "lucky they weren't staring down the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun." He walked out. He and Harvey got in a yelling match and he chastised Harvey for not answering his phone. (Harvey had been at the funeral of a Marine buddy killed in Iraq.) There were insults, there was extreme cursing, and there was Willie Aames. Buddy Lembeck.

And after all that, he gained a pound.

FREAK O' THE WEEK!

Check back next Tuesday for next week's big ol' freak!

sfw

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