Thursday, September 18, 2008

You might be a Pastor if---

(this is from an e-mail someone shared with me. I'm not that clever!)

~ You hesitate to tell people what you do for a living.

~ You've ever dreamed you were preaching only to awaken and discover you were.

~ You've ever wondered why people couldn't die at more appropriate times.

~ You find yourself counting people at a sporting event.

~ You're leading the church into the 21st century, but you don't know what you're preaching on Sunday.

~ A church picnic is no picnic.

~ You jiggle all the commode handles at the church before you leave.

~ You've ever spoken for free and were worth every penny of it.

~ People sleep while you're talking.

~ Instead of getting "ticked off," you get "grieved in your spirit."

~ You've ever been tempted to take an offering at a family reunion.

~ You read sermons to your kids at night instead of bedtime stories.

~ You'd rather talk to people with every head bowed and every eye closed.

~ You've ever wanted to "lay hands" around a deacon's neck.

~ You often feel like you're herding cats rather than shepherding sheep.

~ Your greatest joys have been in the church.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Be careful WHAT you vote for

I'm not one for a lot of YouTube political messages but by clicking on the Title link, you will see one that I think you need to consider. I realize that it is made by an anti-Obama organization but the truth of it is alarming. It is designed to tug at your heart strings but frankly, I think we need that tugging in these days.

Barack's disdain for the Iraq war really sticks in my throat. When he refers to it as a mistake, I get angry because it disrespects our Soldiers and our Nation. Then throw in the hypocrisy factor and it's a wonder the guy doesn't choke on his own words.

What's the hypocrisy factor? It's in the fact that we have lost more people to gun violence in Chicago this year than we have lost Soldiers in the Iraq war this year. Isn't this his Hometown? Isn't he a Senator in this State? Where is the outrage over that? Oh, that's right! Our own people killing each other in the streets is not a political issue!

We've had more babies killed by abortion this year than we have lost Soldiers in the entire Iraq conflict but we call it a Law and a Right. May God have mercy on our Nation.

I will be voting Christian this year and while John McCain may not be the most ideal representative of that, he has Illinois "favorite Son" beat, hands down.