From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Watch What You Say

My friend Pastor Ted Weis had this sign on his blog – thought it a great example of how we need to watch what we say…Sign, Jesus, sign!churchsign


2 responses

  1. Dale

    I am slightly perplexed as to where to leave this comment; but it sort of falls into the “watch what you say” category. February 15th we prayed for the current administration; which is fine just as we did in previous years. There was a slight political comment that peaked through… paraphrasing something like “that this administration does not know what it is doing”. While we certainly are in uncharted waters, I dont think it should be characterized as “not knowing what it is doing”. In previous years I don’t recall that phrase ever being used when there actually was more than ample evidence to confirm it … unilaterally invading the wrong country, breaking the Geneva Conventions (in fact there are discussions of war crimes trials for Cheny, Rumsfeld and George W), restricting family planning in developing countries, entire books of Bushisms, rewarding the greed of the wealthy (I heard that a study found 65% of the tax cuts for the wealthy were invested outside of this country; there is little if any evidence documenting that tax cuts actually create jobs) … need I go on? šŸ™‚ I guess this could be a ranting!

    February 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

  2. Earl

    I’d have to hear the tape to know what I actually said. You’re right that I tend to keep my prayers appropriate for ANY political administration – we’re to pray for the king, whoever he is. I want Republicans and Democrats both to hear my prayer and think “that’s what I want”.

    In the prayer you’re referring to, what I meant was NOT that the Obama administration doesn’t know what it’s doing, but that WE don’t know what we’re doing – we really don’t know the long-term effect of what we’re doing on our economy. My impression is that we’re throwing money at the problem and hoping for the best. That’s not a slam on Obama or his administration. It’s an admission that we are in uncharted waters – especially for us Boomers who have generally had everything handed to them instead of having to work for it.

    I think you’d agree, especially after the “rush” into the Iraq War, and the “rush” to bail out our economy a few months ago (both without enough due diligence), that it’s time for humility about what we can accomplish, and time for more reliance on God to do what he’ll do.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Dale – rants welcome!

    February 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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