Sunday, May 24, 2009

Recently heard at our house at random moments

Tracey: "I'm the Jack Bauer of knitting!"

Casey (holding an egg and trying to teach Miles): "A chicken made this! It came out of a chicken's body! ...Would you like some eggs?"

Miles: "Mom, don't touch my casey-dilla (quesadilla). It's mine casey-dilla."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Are You a Coldplay Fan?

If so, then here is a link to download -- for FREE! -- their live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft. This might only last today, I'm not sure.

So go get it -- NOW!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Score One For...Nobody

It's been too long since I last posted, and I really do want to keep up with regular posting. Sometimes, though, I don't have a whole lot to share. Well -- I don't have a whole lot to share that might be interesting to those reading, anyway. I could go on for a very long time about things that I think are worth talking about...but that's mostly going to cover my husband, my son, and how much I still want another baby but am trying to be okay and have faith with that situation not being the way I'd hoped. See? Forever. And now you're bored.

But today I do have something to share, and it involves an article that caught my eye: "Student Wins Suit After Teacher Says Creationism 'Superstitious Nonsense.' " (Click here to read the article. And I don't even know how I came across it, because I don't read the Fox News site.) Now, you might already be thinking that you know what I'm going to say about this. Something like, "Yeah, way to stick it to 'em!" or "That's what happens when somebody messes with us Christians!"

This was a 16-month 'legal battle' between a junior in high school (really? He did this all by himself? No help from any adults? Hmm...) and his former history teacher over some 20 statements made by the teacher that were 'hostile to Christian beliefs' and 'made Christian students feel uncomfortable.'

I read the article, and the statements made by the teacher that were quoted in the article (one example: "...when you put on your Jesus glasses, you can't see the truth."). Obviously, the teacher is a bit of a jerk and needs to rein it in. He has some very strong opinions about religion and Christianity and God (who doesn't, right?), but sharing them in that manner, in that venue...not wise. I know that I personally wouldn't have been happy hearing the things he said had I been a student in his class.

But a 16-month legal battle? Seriously? And I'm sure there are Christians out there cheering this 'win,' but what bearing, if any, does this have on the two commandments that Jesus said were the most important (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; Love your neighbor as yourself)? Can you tell me that this high school teacher -- or the kid, for that matter -- are any closer to God (or anything remotely good) for what went on in a courtroom over a dozen or more statements that were made in a classroom?

It's like, "Hooray! We won! We proved that we were right and he was wrong (according to the law). Woohoo! What a coup for the Christians!" what?

When these students were being made to feel 'uncomfortable' because of someone else's decision to spout their own bitterness...was there ever a thought of how the first-century Christians were treated for their beliefs? They were THROWN TO THE LIONS. Now that, kids...that is what you call uncomfortable. As Christians, we are called to carry a cross, to face persecution, to be scorned, to be made 'uncomfortable' in our everyday lives. Not only that, but we are called to rejoice in all of it:
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. ~ 1 Peter 4:12-14
For me, this article brought about no happy feelings. Somebody said something negative about Christianity, a young Christian kid took him to court (I'm still not sure that was all his doing), and for what? So that those in the world who already have a bad image of Christians can say, "Yeah, that's how I thought they were -- vindictive, vengeful, bitter, self-righteous..."?

I'm sorry, but I don't see anything good or right or godly in any of it.

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