Stupid Church People doing what they do best… and that would be acting stupid while a whole bunch of other stupid church people clap and encourage them. This might be the funniest damn thing I’ve seen in awhile. (Don’t miss the funniest part with about 1:00 left on the counter – you gotta see it!!)

Thanks to Jeff Marshall for sharing.

Upon Further Review

My son plays on two club basketball teams. By chance, a few weeks ago these two teams met in a tournament. Let’s call them Team A and Team B. Forced to make a decision, my son chose to play on Team B, his school based club team. With friends on both sides, it was an interesting game to watch. I cheered positive plays for both teams and it was a good game, but our side (Team B) prevailed with a score of 68-65.

While watching the game, something occurred to me. When you are watching a team that you are cheering for, rarely do you see things objectively. You want all of the close calls to go your way and should a controversy arise, you are always biased on what is right and fair.

I discovered that while I passionately cheer for Team A when my son is playing for them, this passion waned when he switched to Team B. Not only was I less passionate, but I wanted all calls to be in favor of Team B. Even if Team A had a bad call against them, I could care less. If it was in Team B’s best interest, to me, that was all that mattered.

I think Christian church people are like this. We aren’t interested in Truth, we are interested in our version of the Truth. As long as the calls favor our team, we are fine. But when a controversy arises we want our Truth to prevail, even if the replay shows otherwise.

No place does our bias rear its ugly head than in the realm of apologetics. Most Christian apologists start out to defend Biblical claims by doing what – quoting the Bible.

In my opinion, the only honest way for Christians to view their faith is from an outsiders perspective. They must become skeptics of themselves if the goal is Truth, rather than which team they wish to win.

Not Feeling a God-Shaped Void

I haven’t posted here in quite some time. Not that I don’t have much to say, but I have been busy with the kids, their homework, their weekend sports… and when I find time for it I go to work and clean the kitchen. If you are ever interested in my day-to-day life (who wouldn’t be) you can join Facebook since I seem to post there quite often.

I’ve been reading A LOT lately so that’s good. This reading is priming the pump for some great writing to come I’m sure, but I feel very “un-focused” in the writing area. Again, I have much to say but am I little stymied at the moment.

Here’s one thing I was thinking about this morning when I woke up. In my previous life as a pastor while trying to reach people for God, I spent a lot of time trying to convince them that if they weren’t “fully devoted followers of Christ” that they were missing something.

Well I can assure you that I am not a “fully devoted follower” and I am not missing anything. In fact, although most of my circumstances haven’t changed in the past two years, my internal (or spiritual life if you will) is much, much better.

I don’t go to church, pray or “talk to God”, read my Bible for inspiration or even go to a small group. I know what this sounds like to those of you that are believers. To you, my heart is hardened, I am leaning on my own understanding, and I am arrogant. To some I am even “lost”.

I have never felt more found.

On November 4, here in California, voters showed themselves to be as crazy as most people already think we are. As a case in point, let me pick the three highly charged social issues on the ballot.

We voted to allow chickens to stretch their wings prior to killing them or their offspring. We voted to allow minor teens to get abortions without first notifying their parents. We voted to not allow gays and lesbians to enter into a legal contract called marriage.

Ok, the chicken thing I get. They show you these commercials of these poor, poor chickens packed in these cages and then the next video of these other chickens roaming free in an open pasture. Seriously…which way are you gonna vote huh? Poor chickens.

But here’s what I don’t understand about the next two results. It appears that voters in this state believe that a minor teenage girl should be afforded the right to get an abortion without speaking to her parents or even letting them know. On the flip side, gays and lesbians should be denied the right to make a mature and adult decision to get married.

Without arguing the merits of either proposition, the resulting vote staggers my mind. Apparently the majority of voters in CA believe in chicken rights and abortion rights but not human rights. I just don’t get it.

Regarding the gay marriage issue, for me it was simple. As I have stated before, if I was gay I wouldn’t worry about getting married. Straight people are the ones who have ruined marriage so I would seek for something better, however, it’s a basic fundamental good old American principle that we do not discriminate. To not allow mature adults the right to get married if they so choose, regardless of gender, is discrimination.

I guess I don’t get why we straight Americans cannot get over the “gay” thing. Especially most church people.