Well, that's the problem with having a secular job. If you're hired to sell Big Macs, you sell Big Macsâ€¦ If you're hired to drive a bus, you drive a bus. The owners don't need your permission to paint it the color they want to. If you have a problem with that, then quit. Start your own business. Don't expect a secular workplace to bend to your rules. I can understand convictions, but Christians are making themselves look stupid when they expect the secular world to bow to them. If the man doesn't want to drive a rainbow bus he should quit. That's not news.
It's difficult to look at events like this and see anything but a win for the devil, but it is proof. Proof that his time is short and he is pulling out all stops. As Christians lose moral battle after moral battle, I see it like a July 4th fireworks show, the grand finale always lets off a bunch of rounds close together, and when that kicks off, you KNOW the end is nigh.
It's all a game... They are in for a rude awakening when people realize that the hyper inflated prices of stock are based on nothing more than imagination and greed. When the floor drops this time, it wil reverberate for more than just a few years.
Christopher; my comment was not to ridicule your intelligence level, it was simply a point of fact. Do I believe that Josh Duggar is a sicko pervert? Of course I doâ€¦ Do I believe that it's quite possible that that was him, even before he admitted to itâ€¦? Of course I do. But at the same time, I am also aware that the media has no love for Christians, even the demented sicko pervert ones. They would like nothing better than to tear us down in any way possible. Hence, I try to take all the information from the liberal media with a grain of salt, and let the facts show themselves before I go anywhere else. I'm glad you vetted the information, but I did not; I went by personal experience, which is that people of the same name will sometimes get confused. There's still a rumor at a nearby school that a famous rockstar went there in the eighth grade, because a kid had the same name as his 'real' name. It happens.
U.S. You are, of course, correct. I was making a statistical point; the fact is, at the end of the day, sin is the problem. It winds its way into everything we do, perverting it and using it to divide and destroy.
If we are going to talk about addictive behavior that influences violence and family problems; let us discuss Professional Sports. I can give verified story after story of gratuitous violence as a result of sports. (Two years ago there was a 'man' (I use that term loosely) who 'spiked' his infant into the wall when she wouldn't stop crying during the Super Bowl. I can name dozens of other stories of the same ilk... And that isn't even considering the fact that it keeps people from Church, incites lust and promotes gambling. But Call of Duty is bad? Hmmmm.
A thought on statistics: (I do this for a living...) a typical high profile FPS video game sells several million copies. Halo and Call of Duty are two of the top sellers. That said, the actual trackable correlation between games and aggressive behavior is essentially nonexistent. Most of these studies that are put out (usually after a major shooting incident,) are usually more conjecture than science. Granted, no Christian should be playing video games like GTA, with drugs, prostitutes, theft and other illegal behavior, (personally I don't think they should even be sold, but that's just me,) but the fact is, playing COD has no more effect on aggression than watching Wile E. Coyote get pinged by the Road Runner. As an afterthought, the same people who tend to fund these studies also push for gun control; the thought is that having a gun in your house leads to aggression as well.
The problem isn't that Christians don't see the sun in divorce... It's that they don't see sin period. We've lost our ability to blush in an effort to be culturally relevant, and as a result we can no longer see sin; we think in terms of situational ethics, and excuse the very things that God has told us to avoid.
Observer; Yes, you must consider the difference between myself and SteveR, whom I believe is a Catholic... With a generally perverse mouth... er, keyboard? Anyway, I am not in Special Education, although I feel like it at times. I work primarily with youth offenders, and I teach Sociology/Criminal Justice for a community college; I am also an independent, fundamental Baptist, (though that title will draw some fun conmentary...) and have been involved in the Prison Ministry for over 20 years. So there are several differences between myself and the man from Mt. Zion, which is why I specify Missouri.
Frank; Consider this... In 2008 everyone thought that Hillary was a shoe-in for office, so the Republican battle plan focused on her... Then Obama came out of nowhere. I truly think she's a shill, and the real danger is lurking in the wings.
Of course, it all comes down to political laziness or incompetence. The average voter casts a vote on who makes them "feel good," and the fact is, anyone lining my pockets usually makes me feel good. With 49% of the populace now on some form of Government assistance, he who throws the most cash at the lazy, will take the prize.
Devils advocate; there is a problem that I have been witness to in Juvenile detention centers with Christian counseling, and that is this; we see many that use it as a social/political platform to vent their views on everything from sodomite marriage to Ferguson, MO, to whatever conservative topic of the day is out. It SHOULD be a place for the Gospel. These young men need Milk, not meat... If they are lost, which most are, all that focus does is make them choke. When a youth ASKS about sodomite anything, I will answer, but I wouldn't dream of preaching anything outside the clear presentation of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit will guide them toward seeking the answers to the rest in His time.
Well, let me play Devil's advocate... Of course it was good that he tried to stop the terrorist, but the fact of the matter is, rules are rules. The rule, stupid as it was, was no private weapons on federal property without express consent, which he did not have. The problem is that he did not follow the rules. We cannot just start disobeying all rules we find stupid; ones that violate scripture, sure... But stupid ones? No. I think he should be prosecuted for rule violation, and then immediately have the sentence commuted, and the rule changed, but they cannot just ignore rule breaking.
I think Jim was speaking in a humanist/socialist worldview perspective. Of course, those with common sense realize that it is right and proper to get the money you work for; in this worldview, since he's not on welfare, or an actor/sports figure/musician... He makes too much money. He's that evil UMC that is likely footing the bill for the 47+% on welfare, and since he had the money to take the trip, it wasn't going into Uncle Obama's treasure trove to find new Obamaphones... At least, that's what I think he was saying.