Don’t Be Evil

Google is still doing it wrong:

Google ads has refused to do business with a Christian publishing house “because of the faith we express on our website,” said Concordia Publishing House CEO Bruce Kintz in a Facebook post today.
“Google ads will no longer accept anything related to the cph.org domain. They stated the reason is because of the faith we express on our website,” Kintz wrote. “[A CPH associate] was told, as an example, that things like our bible (sic) challenge on our [Vacation Bible School] webpage would clearly need to come down before they could consider us for ads.”

Let that sink in. They take exception to a church publishing house hosting apps for Vacation Bible School.

Ever been to a Lutheran service? Not exactly filled with the fervent faithful speaking in tongues and tossing snakes around. Google is afraid of a bunch of exceedingly polite people doing…what exactly? Teaching manners to their kids? Believing in a higher power? Holding another Sunday potluck?

If they’re this bad with the Lutherans, you can imagine how they really feel about the rest of us knuckle-dragging rednecks.

It’s like the whole country is a field of dried grass and the hard left just can’t stop lighting matches to see what happens. As Col. Schlichter has pointed out, if they’re this afraid of the “Christian” right, they’re really going to hate the non-Christian right.

Happy Easter

Today is the day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. I don’t typically flog my religious views much here, but today is different. It doesn’t take much to look around this world and see how mankind has fallen and cannot be redeemed by our own actions. We are imperfect and to think we can each somehow achieve perfection by even our own standards – much less the Creator’s – is wishful thinking.

God knew this, because he knows us. Much better than we know ourselves, I might add. Our Creator became human to take on our failings, in order that we could be redeemed into His glory.

How? Like this:

End of the World Roundup

Well, you can’t say nobody warned us. Jesus told the disciples, to paraphrase, “There shall be wars, and rumors of wars. Do not concern yourselves with these things.”

Or if you prefer fire raining down from Heaven, dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria!

Like I said, it’s not like we haven’t been warned. And much of this is just simply the result of people who should’ve known better acting in defiance of common sense.

So much to comment on, so little time. Short version: the world’s gone nuts. A picture being worth a thousand words, it’s probably just better to juxtapose a few images and point out some obvious contradictions…

1. The flag of our enemy flies over our embassies. A U.S. Ambassador is dead, along with an aide and their security detail – two former SEALS. Bloody handprints on a column at the supposed “safe house” speaks to the horror of their demise: Continue reading “End of the World Roundup”

Happy Easter

Yeah, I’m late posting but it’s been a long day. Long weekend, too. I just cooked my first Easter dinner all by my lonesome, as the wife was busy whittling down our tax bill. She was amazingly successful, so perhaps I should cook more often.

Spent the first part of the weekend at my brother-in-law’s, and watched some of Passion of the Christ before it was time to hit the road for home. Mel Gibson caught a lot of flak for that movie (wrongfully) and for his personal behavior later on (rightfully). In the meantime, an awful lot of churches got themselves worked up into a lather when it first came to theaters and were awfully quick to hitch themselves to the Mel bandwagon. A few drunken tirades later, and we all learned that what Hollywood giveth, TMZ taketh away.

An unfortunate object lesson in placing too much faith in one person. And of all people, we Christians should know better. There is only one who we can put our faith in who will not disappoint or leave us high and dry, and today we celebrate His resurrection.

Another thing that movie reminded me of: however unpleasant it was to watch, it’s an accurate portrayal of Jesus’ scourge and crucifixion. What was already an unpleasant way to die was made it all the worse for Him. Our kids saw it for the first time, and it made them think.

Not much more to say but that. If you believe, wonderful. If you don’t, please consider that which God did for you that we honor today.

Nothing to See Here, Move Along…

P.J. O’Rourke once wrote that “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” Keeping that in mind, ever notice how all of the really scary news remains out of sight until it just can’t be concealed anymore? Then it all pops up at once like crabgrass in your back yard…

Like the huge new Big Brother-ish NSA data collection center. If it’s transmitted, they’ll not only read it; they’ll store it for future reference. Combined with the CIA’s excitement about spying on people through their TV sets (I mean, really…did they just flat lift the idea from 1984?). It makes you wonder if anything is truly private anymore. Continue reading “Nothing to See Here, Move Along…”