Senioritis

       I know that we all have the worst cases of this disease right now since we are so close to the freedom that is being offered to us through college. We are all longing to cast aside the chains of our grueling and never ending classes. However, as our days of blissful independence approach we must remember that we are not free yet. There is still work to be done, and I know that it is extremely difficult to focus when you can practically smell the beach. Alas, we must finish strong and endure. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” We are all struggling with finishing our final projects, and turning in our last papers. However, I urge you to strive on, and finish what you started four years ago. If you will not do it for yourselves, then do it in honor of God. End your last year with all that you have left in you. And whatever you plan to do after high school, remember to do it for the glory of God.

Blogging and Your Freedom of Speech

        Blogger Josh Wolf has become quite famous these past few months. Apparently, he attended an Anarchist rally in San Francisco last summer, and filmed the whole thing. During the rally a cop was injured and a police car was damaged. After posting the footage on his blog, FBI agents showed up at his house, demanded that he give them the tape, and tell them who the people at the rally were. Wolf refused and claimed that since he is an Internet Journalist, he should be protected under the first amendment. However, he was thrown into prison for failure to cooperate with an investigation. After much deliberation he was released on April 3rd, 226 days later. The U.S. Attorney’s Office never thought of Wolf as a journalist. The FBI wanted him to tell them the names of the people responsible for the damage, but Wolf refused. The U.S. Attorney’s Office finally broke down, and said that he did not have to testify. Instead he had to release his footage, and swear that he had no knowledge of any criminal activity at the rally. Wolf agreed.

        The point of this is to let all of you bloggers out there know that you need to be careful of what you post. I tend to agree with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we are not official journalists. Sure we are reporting the truth and giving valid opinions, but if that made us journalists then anyone could be one. We need to be respectful about what we blog, and realize that our words can have consequences.

 

Source: Rolling Stone Magazine

Food(Cows) for Thought

I recently received an email with the following:

Two things to think about:
 1. Cows
 2. The Ten Commandments
 
COWS
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. Yet they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow?
  
TEN COMMANDMENTS
The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” and “Thou Shall Not Lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians — it creates a hostile work environment.

Sounds pretty reasonable doesn’t it? Unfortunately, our government has a lot of problems, but we still need to stand behind it. If we don’t we are just being unpatriotic. Emails such as this get passed around daily, and are constantly putting our government down. Sure they get a few laughs and everyone agrees with them. But are they really a healthy view of our nation? Although I tend to agree with the ridiculousness of these jokes, I can’t help but wonder if they are hurting us as a whole.

Fighting for God?

I recently read a article in Rolling Stone magazine called Teenage Holy War by Jeff Sharlet. While there are some positive features about what is going on with BattleCry, a Christian organization started by Ron Luce that trains teenagers to be prepared for the spiritual battle in the real world, I could not help but feel like everything I was reading was a façade. Although I am sure that the way Rolling Stone portrayed BattleCry definitely affected my view, it still just sounded more like a cult than a positive Christian organization.

             “This is how you enlist in the Army of God: First come the fireworks and the prayers, and then 4,000 kids scream, “We won’t be silent anymore!” Then the kids drop to their knees, still but for the weeping and regrets of fifteen-year-olds. The lights in the Cleveland arena fade to blue, and a man on the stage whispers to them about sin and love and the Father-God. They rise, heartened; the crowd, en masse, swears off “harlots and adultery”; the twenty-one-year-old MC twitches taut a chain across the butt of her skintight red jeans and summons the followers to show off their best dance moves for God. “Gimme what you got!” she shouts.” 

Sound a bit over the top to anyone else? Although, according to the article thousands of teens have flocked to the organization, and have given up the things that corrupt their world. Pieces of paper with the words sex, drugs, alcohol, rap and rock artists, and even brand names are among the things that are tossed into a garbage can by teens at the rallies. Getting rid of the things that corrupt your life is a good thing. Holding a protest on the streets of San Francisco yelling that gays are wrong is not a good thing. This gives people the wrong idea about Christians. It shows them as hostile and unkind. I am all for standing up for what you believe in and witnessing to people who are gay, but you are closing doors when you do it with such a harsh public statement. BattleCry has good intentions, and has been a positive impact in the lives of many teens. I just hope that they are being careful of the image they are setting for Christians.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/14021621/teenage_holy_war

Finding Comfort

     Have you ever noticed that when things are going completely wrong in our lives we still tend to shy away from turning toward God? This past week was extremely stressful for me, and yet I did not once ask for God to keep me sane or to make sure that everything went well. I prayed with a group of people, but not on my own. I find that only in the most desperate and hopeless situations do I turn to Him. It is as if He is my last resort if I cannot fix my problems. I know that I shouldn’t do this, but in exceptionally stressful situations you have a thousand things racing through your mind and it seems that God gets over looked. When in reality He should be the first one that you turn to. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” The next time that things get hectic or out of hand (perhaps when you are thinking about college), stop and pray for whatever it is that you are doing. If you put your fatih in the Lord, you will find comfort.