Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Alternative Truth


Just as certainly as advances in technology created the information age; the abuse of that technology has created the age of misinformation.  Truth is defined as a verifiable and undisputed fact, proposition or principle.  Truth is not someone’s personal perversion or misinterpretation of facts, but the actual, unadulterated facts themselves.  While someone’s personal perspective will affect their perception or comprehension of facts, perspective and comprehension do not change the facts.  The pursuit of knowledge and truth has benefits. Adherence to the alternative to truth has consequences.  SC

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

An alternative planet?


So, along with health care and public schools, now they're doing away with the Environmental Protection Agency. Its only the planet at stake. Surely they can find some alternative planet to go along with their alternative facts, their alternative truth, their alternative reality, and their alternative love of God and Creation.  SC

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Would you like to have your prayers answered and grow closer to God?


I’ve been following Christ, with varying degrees of success, for a long time. During that time, I’ve sent up all variety of prayers. In my experience, if you pray to receive a blessing, the results may be discouraging, but if you pray for opportunities to be a blessing, you’re rarely disappointed.  SC

Monday, February 13, 2017

Never diminish the future in deference to the past.


There are those among us who stubbornly deny reality and cling to the past. I sympathize and share your tendency. That being said, science is the observation and classification of provable facts, and denying facts is foolish and expensive. While knowledge of the past is admirable, a bright future depends on science and technology. Some see a bright and prosperous future as a result of education, while others continue to believe the world is flat. I myself am a reasoning person of faith. Cherish your faith, but not at the expense of reason. Never diminish the future in deference to the past. SC

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Under whose god, you may well ask.


I Pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all
.

Under whose god, you may well ask. The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion. Unfortunately, there are those who choose to interpret these words very differently in order to support their own biases and agendas. They have entirely missed the true, original, and intended meaning of our Constitution and its very first amendment. They prefer an alternative meaning. That, in my humble opinion, is at the heart of our problem. What we have here is a failure to communicate and comprehend the basic principles of our American ideals of Liberty and Justice for all. We have citizens who passionately wave the flag and the Constitution, while entirely overlooking the very first amendment which the founders believed essential to the Republic’s success.  SC

Monday, February 6, 2017

The only thing we have to fear is ourselves. 


Down through the eons of time, empires, dynasties, and eminent civilizations, have achieved great heights, and then come down like the salmon leaves of autumn, brought low by the same troublesome human nature that has hobbled mankind since Cain cudgeled Abel. Learned philosophers and renowned historians have devoted their lives to the study of these events, producing ponderous, voluminous anthologies, which grace the shelves of celebrated centers of higher learning all over the world.  And today, when similar behavior threatens our own aspiring metropolis, we scratch our head and wring our hands and wonder what the hell happened.  I feel tremendous empathy for people as individuals. As a species, I think we’re highly overrated. The only thing we have to fear is ourselves.  SC

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


My Savior suggested we give up our jacket, walk the extra mile, forgive as often as necessary, give to any who ask, and love unconditionally. To believe and behave otherwise is not Christianity, but some alternative faith. It certainly does not reflect the American values I cherish. Turning desperate people away reflects neither Christianity nor America’s principles of liberty and justice for all.  It reflects not only alternative facts, but a dark and alternative America. SC

Immigration


Matthew 18:10-14New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Wandering Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. [11] [a]

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

Being human and encumbered as we are by our needy robes of flesh, we tend to approach any issue by first choosing the solution which is cheap, easy, expedient, and in our own best interests. If we profess to follow Christ, the proper solution is rarely that easy.  If we truly follow Christ, we must address each and every issue by asking ourselves, what would Christ do? In almost every instance, including immigration; regardless of ethnicity, religious or partisan divides, or gender issues, the answer is the same; The Good Sheppard would shelter the lost sheep. In my humble opinion, a God-fearing government of, by, and for its people, would do likewise. SC


Saturday, January 28, 2017


Every day I see fb posts from people who say the election is over; it’s time to shut up and move on.  Well, the election is over, but I still love this country and the principles that America stands for. I’m still a proud American who appreciates the sacrifices that have been made to achieve the freedom and justice we enjoy today.  And I’m still a Christian who strives each day to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.  And I intend to continue standing up for the things I love and making my voice heard when I see those things being threatened, especially when they’re threatened by duly elected officials. SC

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The fact is: while some facts may be subject to debate and alternative interpretations, others represent Truth, which is indisputable. SC

This is not a time to be silent and blame others.


Whether our President is Donald Trump or Howdy Doody, there are strings attached. The President’s authority is subject to the will of the people. Our democratic republic provides all variety of safeguards in order to assure that no branch of government, including the Executive branch, ignores the voices of our electorate. Through the access available to us through the Legislative branch, our senators and our congressmen, we the people continue to pull the strings, and are ultimately responsible for our government and its effectiveness. If our government runs amuck, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Be peaceful, civil and respectful, but be vigilant, and honor your responsibility as a citizen.  This is not a time to be silent and blame others. SC   

Sunday, January 22, 2017

We won’t need to wait very long. 


We will now experience firsthand what befalls a nation when one third of its voting populace prefers fake news, prevarications, conspiracy theories and innuendo over hard, cold facts. This should be enlightening.

It’s being suggested that we should wait and see.


It’s being suggested that we should wait and see. Should we wait until Social Security and all federal agencies are privatized or defunded? Should we wait until women’s rights are entirely dismantled?  Should we wait until peaceful protest is criminalized? Should we wait until environmental safeguards and the planet are irreversibly devastated? Should we wait until people are denied the right to vote based on their income or ethnicity? Should we wait until the results of our elections are influenced by outside entities who share none of our American values? Should we wait until public schools are abolished? Should we wait until bigotry, intolerance and discrimination are government policy? Should we wait until health insurance is only available to the very wealthy?   Should we wait until tax breaks for the 1% have drained the last dime from our economy and most Americans are homeless, hungry, desperate, and prepared to do whatever is necessary in order to feed their families?  How long can we afford to wait?  Truth, Justice, and The American Way have taken quite a beating, but the pursuit of liberty continues, and the dream shall never die. SC

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day, 2017


Picture a donkey and an elephant, joined at the hip and sharing vital organs.  It’s unavoidably ungainly and not particularly attractive, but it’s how democracy works. Our hope, our destiny and our challenge are to work together.  Our unity is essential to our success. SC

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Best dust off your Bible

We’re cautioned against consuming the contents of our Bible cafeteria style, meaning, selecting only our favorite morsels and disregarding the rest. While I don’t disagree with that admonition, the truly essential ingredient in scripture is Christ’s message of hope, faith and charity. If taken outside the context of Christ’s message of love, many scriptures can be easily misconstrued. There are far too many people in the world today who’ve been led to believe that being gut-wrenchingly conservative is essentially the same thing as following the Savior. Suffice it to say, I respectfully disagree. In my humble opinion, if your actions don’t show Christ’s compassion and mercy, best dust off your Bible, because you’re not following Christ. SC

Friday, January 13, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream.


It’s much the same dream that began in the minds and hearts of America’s Founding Fathers. It’s a vision, a hope, a goal and a passion which began to materialize when our forefathers first set foot on the shores of this remarkable country. It’s alive and well today in the hearts of many. It’s The American Dream.  It’s a belief that people of every conceivable faith, origin, and ethnicity can join together and find peace, acceptance, common purpose, and strength through that diversity, and in doing so, form a government of, by, and for a people, unified by their diverse faiths and their mutual pursuit of liberty and justice for all. It’s dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Many have dedicated their lives to this proposition. It’s a proposition that a person could proudly die for. It’s the dream of a society where each and every individual has the right and the responsibility to pursue and participate in policies and practices which assure fair and equitable treatment of all their fellow citizens. It’s a vision of, not just a shining city on a hill, but an entire country where devoted citizens appreciate their own liberty, uphold and defend the liberty of others, and dedicate themselves to the great and noble task before us, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  SC




Sunday, January 8, 2017

A SOUND INVESTMENT


Silence is invariably a sound investment,
& rarely subject to the volatility of the market. 
SC

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 TESTIMONY and RESOLUTION


The very first day of 2017 is probably a good time to once again share my testimony. I’m a proud American and an unapologetic follower of Christ. I believe in doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God, and I respect the rights of others to walk with theirs. I’m blessed to be a citizen of a country that cherishes and upholds the principles of liberty and justice for all. I am not called as a follower of Christ to force others to conform to my view of morality. I’m called to walk the path I’m given in the light I’m given, and to share that light with those who’ll have it. If you glimpse in any of my humble and imperfect efforts the reflection of a merciful and compassionate Savior and follow Christ as a result, I’m gratified. If you do not, that’s my shortcoming not yours.
I believe many would agree that 2016 has been a long, tumultuous, transitional year.  It remains to be seen what that transition will produce. In any case, our challenge in 2017 is to salve our expectations of what might have been, and reconcile ourselves to what is. With that in mind, what are my expectations, resolutions, and goals for the New Year? Throughout my life, I’ve had the good fortune of membership in some remarkably successful and rewarding groups and clubs.  In each instance, these groups had several things in common. They were comprised of people who were prepared to set goals, participate, and achieve results, with the expectation that they would pay dues based on their ability, and share equally in the responsibilities and the benefits. They were dedicated to addressing the needs of every member, and the greater good of the group. Each member agreed to adhere to basic rules of civil behavior, and each group selected members, officers, or representatives who were given authority to enforce the rules and pursue the goals of the group. When followed, this simple arrangement can prove successful on any level, whether the group is family, community, city, state, or national. Sadly, there are always those who abuse the privilege of membership by thwarting the efforts of other members and refusing to pay their dues, while taking full advantage of the benefits.  My goal in 2017 is to pay my dues, exercise responsible stewardship and citizenship, continue my support for civic minded citizens, and pay forward the benefits of being an American. I wish you a happy, healthy, harmonious 2017. SC