Archive for December 13th, 2007
Here is an excellent perspective posted on CRN.com about the shooting that took place at New Life. It is even in tone, and sensitive to the emotions involved in this sort of thing, and perhaps most importantly stands in stark contrast to the opinion of the general editor of CRN.com. Lets hope we see more of this kind of thing.
For those watchdoggies out there who agree with Chris P when he said:
Anyway I can see what kind of Christ you worship, the kind that blows people away.
I have a question.
You are living in a culture that only exists by virtue of men with large guns standing by to make sure that evil men don’t hurt you. Your taxes pay for them, and you live the comfy, nerfy lives you do only because of them. How can you justify statements Chris P made while living in the exact same scenario multiplied by millions of times?
I remember when I was a kid and my mom found out that I had misbehaved on the school bus (I put some sticky candy in another kid’s hair), and she asked me about it. Rather than fess up, I told a lie. When she confronted the lie with contradictory evidence, rather than fess up, I dug the hole a little bit deeper. And then deeper. And deeper. Until it was a complete mess, and I was then struggling just to divert attention away from my sin.
It seems that some folks just never grow out of such behavior.
Last night, I posted this article on the shootings in Arvada, Colorado, the providence that God provided in preventing the tragedy from being much bigger, and the typical watchdoggie response of gut-punching someone when they’re down (because it’s easier to do it then, you know). Ending the article, I suggested that rabid watchdoggies out to be “put down”, which any sane reader, even a non-Christian one, would understand as being in line with our contention that if CR?N, SoL, AM, and the like were all shut down (not just because of a computer glitch, from which they would arise like putrid zombies from Day of the Dead), Christianity would be blessed for their non-existence.
As I talked with Tim before our podcast last night about this article, I made a prediction (and it wasn’t that hard of one to make, so I will not credit it to spiritual foreknowledge) that 1) We’d pretty much get no apology from CR?N or their pups; and 2) rather than address the sad situation at hand, they would try to divert attention from their gross, callous sin and hypocrisy by taking the last line of my article and try to claim I was threatening them.
It only took 12 hours for this prediction to come true. To make this even sadder/funnier, I posted a clarification in the comments section when the “Pastor/Teacher” with more titles than parishoners questioned the intent of the final phrase in the aricle, and this clarification was posted right along with the accusation that it proved false.
So, just to be clear for any future reference, the only extermination involved in “putting down” a watchdoggie occurs when a bunch of one’s and zero’s all become just plain ol’ zero’s…
And Ken (and Ingrid), if you were TRULY concerned that I was threatening you, I apologize. If, however, you were just looking to “score points” in the same fashion as your modus operandi, then I would say it a million times more without apology. Only you know which is the case…
I chuckled at this article that was generally edited by Ken Silva.Â Apparently all you need to be emergent is a strong sense of community, a concern for the environment and a close family.Â walla!Â You have yourself an emergent.Â Heck, even the pope is part of the emergent network now!Â This all reminds me a few trials they had in a little town called Salem.