Archive for March, 2004
On the employment side of things, I have put applications into Fort Worth ISD, Crowley ISD, and am almost finished with the application for a private school called Fort Worth Country Day School, which is a very affluent private school down the road from our current apartment. Now, I just sit back, pray and let God do His work.
Our Metochai meeting last night was a blessing to many, and was even more blessed by Susan Millsap's angelic voice! Her gift amazes me time and time over, and I just know that God is going to use that powerful instrument in ways she cannot even comprehend. Thank you Susan, for being an inspiration to me to be a godly example to others.
Well, since I have a 40 minute commute ahead of me tomorrow, I should wrap up and get some zzzzz's.
I recognize that the 9/11 commission has some importance. However, it can not change what happened on September 11th. The assertions by some guy, who coincidently comes forward at the same time his new book hits the shelf, are that the Bush Administration knew about the Al Qaeda threat and failed to do anything. In other words, Bush did nothing to stop an impending attack – September 11th.
President Bush and members of the 9/11 commission came to some agreement to allow Rice to testify. Former Republican governor and commission chairman Thomas Kean said of Rice's testimony, “We recognize the fact that this is an extraordinary event. There are all sorts of reasons why this is different. This does not set a precedent.” Ummmm, okay. Just because President Bush got the commission to promise that this would not be a precedent doesn't mean they can even fulfill that promise. Do they even know what a precedent means? Well I do! According to Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary a precedent “is an action, situation or decision which has already happened and which can be used as a reason why a similar action or decision should be performed or taken.” By definition Rice will set a precedent as soon as she testifies.
Personally, I believe Rice need not testify in public to defend against erroneous testimony by Clarke. What is the difference if she testifies privately or publicly? Bush, Clinton, Cheney and Gore are all speaking to the commission privately. It doesn't seem that will hamper the commission's work. This decision will sends chills to future Presidents and presidential advisers. Now President's can expect safe, guarded advice. Although, if last week is any indication of the commissions work, all I can say is “yawn.”
Looking forward to tomorrow. After church we will have our “supper club.” The Millsaps, The Sinclairs, The Raglands, and us. And the menu? I am making Dad's spaghetti. I am going to have to roll them out the door when it time to leave. Hmmmmm … spaghetti.
This weekend “The Passion of the Christ” is on target to make a domestic total of $310 million. I figured before it came out this movie would push past the $300 million mark. Now those movie analyst say that this little project by Mel Gibson “could end up bringing in anything from 400 million to one billion dollars at the box office, putting it well within range of becoming one of the most successful movies in history.” (Yahoo News). I wonder if these are the same guys who predicted the end of Mel's career because he made this film? Probably, but only about 1/3 of those whom in a poll said they would see the movie have seen it.
The Passion is a very disturbing movie. And not because of the trumped up criticisms the main stream press have put forth. First the movie is not anti-Semitic. It is anti-everyone who had a role in putting an innocent man to death, whether it be Jewish or Roman leaders. But the real disturbing thing about this movie is how real and true the death of Jesus is portrayed. This will stir the Passions of the believer and some non-believer will be driven to know more about God. Some will see this as just a movie. But you think of influence and no one has impacted the world more than Jesus. He was more than just a man who died on a cross. For those who miss that … we can only pray.
I say kudos to Mel for waking up another sleeping giant called the Church. Refocusing the church on what their mission really is. There will always be politics and disagreement between Christians and denominations but the most important work should never be called into question. Jesus died. For what? He died for every person's sinful lives. We are all inherently bad people, we do stupid things. We all need God. Those who deny their is a God let alone they need Him are delusional. Likewise delusional are those who think that all of the world's religions worship the same God. But that is a soap box for another time.
My only fear is that the awaking of the sleeping giant will be short lived. Today our culture has become so enamored with looking out for their own self interest it will be hard to embrace and celebrate something that teaches to put other's needs first. After our country's worst attack on native soil, September 11th, there were many who made life changing decisions. Many more made efforts to go back to church. Yet this “seeking God” mentality seems to only happen in times of tragedy, so when the right amount of time passed – they put God pack on their shelf. There must be more than a surface feeling than brings people closer to God. And we must do more than sit our fannies to reach people.
Thank you Mel for the nudge, I pray that the nudge is big enough to make a difference.