Category Archives: big feelings

When the interwebs are for us…

…who can be against us?

Probably not the TSA. And it’s a good thing too. Nude body scans and genital pat downs in the name of dubious security are a poor trade off for our newly threatened right to keep our privates private and safe from excessive radiation.

If you’ve been forced to subject yourself to porno-scanners or an invasive grope from the nearest TSA agent, make some noise about it! The Electronic Frontier Foundation is making it easy. This form goes directly to the TSA. Be sure to choose “Inappropriate Screening/Pat Down Screening” from the drop down list. And then shoot the EFF an email so that they can include your complaint in their Freedom of Information Act request to the TSA.

While you’re at it, be sure to shoot your congressperson and senator emails also. Remind them that a reduction in air travel means an increase in road traffic deaths. Remember that those lucky blokes aren’t subject to the TSA’s screening procedures. If we don’t push them to care, they won’t.

With a bang and a whimper…

Health care comes at last. With half of us kicking, screaming, wailing, and digging fingernails into the door frame and the other half throwing a kick-ass victory party, America will at long last join the ranks of developed countries who have recognized that health care is a critical piece of the social fabric and the legitimate province of government regulation, even if we are still fidgeting uneasily at the end of the line.

It’s certainly not a perfect bill. And it’s not a quick fix either. The pieces will take several years to fall into place, and there will be kinks along way. Good people will look at the same fact sets and differ over implementation and scope. But finally – finally!! – we are moving in the right direction.

I hope to flesh this out a little more thoroughly in the days to come, but let me put forward just a few salient points:

  • Just for the record, the procedural maneuvers that brought us reconciliation and deem and pass are no more illegitimate than the use of a filibuster to require a super majority of 60 votes.  The Senate was designed to operate on a majority vote, and an excellent case can be made that requiring 60 votes thwarts the expressed will of the majority of the electorate. Reconciliation and deem and pass serve as a check to a dictatorial minority in the Senate.
  • Requiring citizens to purchase health insurance is no more tyrannical than requiring them to purchase car insurance. Uninsured people impose huge costs on the rest of society. It’s just good economics to require everyone to participate in order to minimize costs across the board.
  • Health care cannot be unmoored from its moral implications. I don’t want to get mired down in a debate over whether it’s a right or not. I don’t care what you call it so much, but it is important to recognize that we’re talking about services that make the difference between living and dying, and that changes the terms of the debate in important ways.

If you really can’t bring yourself to find a scrap of good in this, I hope you can at least enjoy the political theater. It’s been unusually exciting lately, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon.

Bon voyage, Rushie baby! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord!

This. is. stunning.

Statement about Race at Bob Jones University

At Bob Jones University, Scripture is our final authority for faith and practice and it is our intent to have it govern all of our policies. It teaches that God created the human race as one race. History, reality and Scripture affirm that in that act of creation was the potential for great diversity, manifested today by the remarkable racial and cultural diversity of humanity. Scripture also teaches that this beautiful, God-caused and sustained diversity is divinely intended to incline mankind to seek the Lord and depend on Him for salvation from sin (Acts 17:24–28).

The true unity of humanity is found only through faith in Christ alone for salvation from sin—in contrast to the superficial unity found in humanistic philosophies or political points of view. For those made new in Christ, all sinful social, cultural and racial barriers are erased (Colossians 3:11), allowing the beauty of redeemed human unity in diversity to be demonstrated through the Church.

The Christian is set free by Christ’s redeeming grace to love God fully and to love his neighbor as himself, regardless of his neighbor’s race or culture. As believers, we demonstrate our love for others first by presenting Christ our Great Savior to every person, irrespective of race, culture, or national origin. This we do in obedience to Christ’s final command to proclaim the Gospel to all men (Matthew 28:19–20). As believers we are also committed to demonstrating the love of Christ daily in our relationships with others, disregarding the economic, cultural and racial divisions invented by sinful humanity (Luke 10:25–37; James 2:1–13).

Bob Jones University has existed since 1927 as a private Christian institution of higher learning for the purpose of helping young men and women cultivate a biblical worldview, represent Christ and His Gospel to others, and glorify God in every dimension of life.

BJU’s history has been chiefly characterized by striving to achieve those goals; but like any human institution, we have failures as well. For almost two centuries American Christianity, including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist ethos of American culture. Consequently, for far too long, we allowed institutional policies regarding race to be shaped more directly by that ethos than by the principles and precepts of the Scriptures. We conformed to the culture rather than provide a clear Christian counterpoint to it.

In so doing, we failed to accurately represent the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves. For these failures we are profoundly sorry. Though no known antagonism toward minorities or expressions of racism on a personal level have ever been tolerated on our campus, we allowed institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful.

On national television in March 2000, Bob Jones III, who was the university’s president until 2005, stated that BJU was wrong in not admitting African-American students before 1971, which sadly was a common practice of both public and private universities in the years prior to that time. On the same program, he announced the lifting of the University’s policy against interracial dating.

Our sincere desire is to exhibit a truly Christlike spirit and biblical position in these areas. Today, Bob Jones University enrolls students from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries, representing various ethnicities and cultures. The University solicits financial support for two scholarship funds for minority applicants, and the administration is committed to maintaining on the campus the racial and cultural diversity and harmony characteristic of the true Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Please urgently pray and consider

This is a shout-out to every person who has come into contact with Bob Jones University in one way or another. I would urge you to prayerfully consider supporting the effort at www.please-reconcile.org. The letter will be closed to new signatures at midnight tonight PST.

If you have not heard of or experienced racism in conjunction with or at Bob Jones University, please read through the supporting articles at www.please-reconcile.org. The FAQ section is a compilation of thorough answers to many common questions about the letter. For more posts about the need for a letter and the fundamental spiritual principles underlying our effort, please see http://www.drslewis.org/camille/2008/11/18/deadline-is-tonight-at-midnight-pacific/.

I hope that each of you will take the time to pray through this issue and seek God’s glory in your course of action. I will be the first to confess that I have been silent too long because I was afraid (see an excellent post by a fellow blogger, http://brokensilence.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/please-reconcile-the-fear-of-man/). But it is time to speak and to act.

Praying urgently for His will and glory,

Monica

Out from under the knife

To all my wonderful family and friends who prayed and, most of all, to my loving heavenly Father who is the Healer–thank you so much! The surgery well really well, and the pain is far less than I had expected. The doc said that I can do as much weight bearing on the leg as I want up to the point of pain, and he’s already got me working on leg stretches to keep the scar tissue from lumping up in my knee. Therapy starts tomorrow, and in eight months, I”m planning to walk onto a volleyball court and start making up for lost time. 🙂

Under the knife

Tomorrow morning I go in for an ACL graft in my right knee. I’ve been too busy to fret about it up until now, but I can’t lie–I’m pretty nervous about it. I really expect it to hurt a lot for the next several days, and I’ll appreciate all your prayers. 🙂 Thanks so much!

WARNING: angry words follow

I. HATE. PORN.

I really, really do. Today the mail brought an innocent looking envelope that disgorged a pile of filthy ads into my lap. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t want to see it. And I sure as anything didn’t want it in my home. And I’m not talking about just skimpy pictures–I’m talking about really nasty, explicit stuff.

Normally, for me, prornography is kind of an abstract question. It’s easy for me to say that it’s bad and go on my way. But today, it came right into my home and slapped me in the face. It’s so exploitative! It exploits the very worst instincts in men and women. It devalues men and women. We become nothing more than a collection of sexual (or sexualized) parts. It’s a filthy perversion of something that God created to be beautiful and good.

I’m not a big fan of censorship, but I have a hard time with porn being legal. I really do. I understand in theory why it can’t be made illegal, but deep down in my soul, I. hate. it.