Blooming idiot

See our little blooming idiot in the basket? That’s 8-Ball. She’s the one that got hurt last week, requiring a trip to the vet. What you can’t see is that basket is on the top of a bookcase that’s about 5 feet tall. She is named 8-Ball because her stripes form a figure 8 on her side. We still don’t know how she got hurt, but I’m not at all surprised.

8-Ball  

Friday Five: Army Capt. David French

‘It’s one thing to talk about “sacrifice” and “patriotism” in the abstract; it’s another thing to stand attention as an honor guard carries the bodies of men you knew and loved to helicopters.’

The mainstream media provide one view of the war in Iraq. David French provides a very different one.

French, a graduate of Harvard Law School and David Lipscomb University, is a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Army Reserve. He’s also an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).

He’s the author of four books and is regularly interviewed by both print and broadcast media.

French told his story to CitizenLink from the front lines in Iraq.

1. What made you, a husband and father of two, join the Army at age 36?

In late 2005, I was reading an article about recruiting shortfalls in recruiting, and I can remember turning to my wife and saying, “I’m not sure that this country has what it takes to fight a long war. We’re too prosperous and comfortable in our own lives.”

As soon as I said those words, I felt a deep sense of conviction. Why was I regretting other people’s choices when I had made the same choice? There is no doubt that it is unbelievably difficult to leave my wife and kids, but my wife and I both believe that my year in Iraq will be a formative year in my kids’ lives — teaching them at this young age to value their country, to understand what it means to sacrifice, and to persevere in the face of uncertainty, fear (my kids know what happens in war), and separation.

2. What has been your most eye-opening moment in Iraq? And what would you say to Americans who are tired of the war and just want it to be over?

I can’t even begin to describe the shock and despair of suddenly losing friends, men who are husbands and fathers. It’s one thing to talk about “sacrifice” and “patriotism” in the abstract; it’s another thing entirely to stand at attention at 3:30 a.m. on a desolate landing pad near Iran as an honor guard carries the bodies of men you knew and loved to helicopters to begin their long journey home.

At the same time, the depravity of the enemy has to be seen to be believed. In America, we have no frame of reference for this kind of evil, for individuals whose ability to inflict pain and death on innocent people is limited only by their imagination and power. We have no option but to defeat them, or we (and others in the world) will face truly barbaric terror.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

If a Christian doubts that fighting al-Qaida and trying to give Iraqis a chance to live a decent life is not “doing good,” then they neither understand our enemy nor the plight of the people of Iraq.
 
3. We see your name in ADF stories. What motivates you to use your legal skills to defend liberty?

Simply put, this is what I feel called to do. We all have our parts in the Body of Christ, and this is my part. There is no question we must constantly defend our most fundamental liberties, and it makes little sense to only defend them after they’re gone. As I’ve told my friends at ADF, their work defending liberty at home helps keep America a place worth defending abroad.
 
4. How would you encourage Christians to stand strong, even in the face of same-sex “marriage” and other crises?

I’m puzzled that Christians would be tempted not to “stand strong” in the face of things like adverse court rulings. Rulings like the recent (same-sex “marriage”) case in California should only motivate us to be greater witnesses for truth. If cases like that don’t tell us that this nation truly needs a humble yet confident (in God and his grace) Christian witness, I don’t know what does. Yet we have Christians who more afraid of disapproving looks or social awkwardness than some of our soldiers are of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and snipers. Don’t be afraid, too fearful, to exercise the freedoms that good men died to give you. 
 
5. Why do you have hope for the future of our country?

Even as the cultural winds seem to blow against us on some vital issues, we are making real progress elsewhere. This generation of young adults may be the most pro-life since Roe. So many of the most radical ideas of the Sixties — ideas that seemed poised to completely dominate our culture — have been discredited. We must remain vigilant and have the courage to speak the truth with grace and love every day, but there remain millions upon millions of Americans who have not “bowed the knee to Baal,” and so long as that remains true, there is great hope.

If you don’t believe me, spend five minutes out here in eastern Diyala province, then go back to America. You’ll see our country with new eyes.

9th Circuit to Decide on Constitutionality of Anti-Catholic Resolution

San Francisco calls the Catholic Church’s teachings hateful, defamatory and insensitive.

The liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether a scathing anti-Catholic resolution from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is unconstitutional.

The resolution, passed unanimously in 2006, accused the Vatican of operating as a “foreign country” and called the Church’s teachings “hateful,” “defamatory,” “insensitive,” “ignorant” and “insulting to all San Franciscans.” It was issued in response to the Church’s requirement that adoptive children be brought up by families with a mom and dad.

“They’re condemning the Catholic Church as ‘hateful’ and ‘harmful,’ and that is clearly a violation of constitutional law, where no government entity is to be hostile to any particular religion,” said Brian Rooney, an attorney with the Thomas More Law Center, who represented the Church in court this week.

Susan Fani, director of communications at the Catholic League, called the resolution a scare tactic that had to be challenged.

“So many times we’re told the Church needs to butt out of the state,” she said, “but here we have a perfect situation of what the First Amendment is addressing.

“Our goal is that they don’t do this again, that they learn to step back and not overstep their authority.”

Around the same time, the San Francisco board also voted to banish 25,000 evangelical teens who had gathered in the city to pray.


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13 thoughts on “Blooming idiot

  1. @JusticeMom – :wave: Thank you, Carolyn. I was hearing this rustling sound. When I looked up, I saw her back end sticking out of that basket. That would have made a great pic if she hadn’t scrambled down in there before I could grab the camera 😆

  2. “”I’m puzzled that Christians would be tempted not to “stand strong” in the face of things like adverse court rulings. Rulings like the recent (same-sex “marriage”) case in California should only motivate us to be greater witnesses for truth. If cases like that don’t tell us that this nation truly needs a humble yet confident (in God and his grace) Christian witness, I don’t know what does. Yet we have Christians who more afraid of disapproving looks or social awkwardness than some of our soldiers are of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and snipers. Don’t be afraid, too fearful, to exercise the freedoms that good men died to give you. ”   AMEN!!!!!!!!!!   THANK YOU AND TO THE SOLDIER FOR THIS COMMENT.  BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHAT A CUTE PICTURE OF 8 BALL, THE LITTLE WALKING WOUNDED CUTIE!!!!!!!!!! 

  3. @DKT1978 – :yes: I am so glad he said that.
    One day after VBS was over for the day, several of us were sitting in the kitchen talking. Chris and I were talking about the politically active things we do…signing petitions, calling senators, that kind of thing….and we were talking about “gay marriage.” Lois said, “Well, we might as well get use to that, ’cause it’s gonna happen.”  :what:  😮  I looked at her and said, “No, ma’am, we don’t! God does not want us to just lie down and take it.” We have a battle to fight. We might not win…but we have to go down trying. We can’t give the impression that Christians think these things are ok. The world will eventually reach such a depraved state that we Christians will just be taken out and the tribulation will begin. But we should continue to fight against what God says is wrong, and let God decide when he’s had enough.

  4. 4. How would you encourage Christians to stand strong, even in the face of same-sex “marriage” and other crises?I’m puzzled that Christians would be tempted not to “stand strong” in the face of things like adverse court rulings. Rulings like the recent (same-sex “marriage”) case in California should only motivate us to be greater witnesses for truth. If cases like that don’t tell us that this nation truly needs a humble yet confident (in God and his grace) Christian witness, I don’t know what does. Yet we have Christians who more afraid of disapproving looks or social awkwardness than some of our soldiers are of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and snipers. Don’t be afraid, too fearful, to exercise the freedoms that good men died to give you. Dr. James DobsonOne gets it, one does not.When you pass laws making non-Christians act like Christians, you create a system in which Christians can be forced to act like non-Christians.I don’t understand how “standing strong” for your faith would involve pushing legislation, as Dobson does. Salvation doesn’t come through the ballot box; it comes through a personal faith in the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Politics can only corrupt that gospel, no matter what intentions are driving it.The church can fight gay marriage…by…not marrying gay people. Fighting a futile political battle over the symptom (gay marriage) and not the cause (moral depravity) will only 1) foster resentment among those who might be open to a less compulsory message; and 2) make the Church appear weak when they lose. Contrast with the Biblical model.(Link check: 6 links total). :goodjob:

  5. sigh: Here we go again.
    I really do see the point you are trying to make, but I will never agree with it. And I think you know that. So it appears to me that your only reason for voicing your objections to things I post is purely to sway the opinions of other people who read what I post. I don’t mean that to sound harsh…it just appears to be the truth.
    Why do you pick on Dr. Dobson, as if he were the only one in our huge country who wants to outlaw gay marriage? I know you read the polls….an honest to goodness majority in our country are against gay marriage. I’m not saying a majority is always right…just that a majority here recognizes this is not the natural order of things.
    Do you honestly believe that churches refusing to marry gays will “fight against” it?? :what:  Have you seen what gays in San Francisco are doing? They are not content to just marry and leave the Christians the heck alone. They are trying to force Christians to be in legal trouble for speaking out against gay “marriage”. They are trying to push legislation taking away our free speech and our freedom to believe what God says. That’s exactly what they are beginning in San Francisco with the Catholic church.
    “Around the same time, the San Francisco board also voted to banish 25,000 evangelical teens who had gathered in the city to pray.”
    THEY WHAT??? They decided they had the right to banish praying Christians from their city?? Yes, it’s just a resolution….for now.
    Our country is going to that proverbial really warm place in a handbasket. And tooooo many Christians are going, (insert whiny, nasally voice here,) “Let’s just pray and hope it gets better. But we better get use to it.”
    HOGWASH. Yes, prayer works. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. But God doesn’t want us to sit on our duffs and just pray. If that were the case, we would never be told to actually go to the ends of the earth and preach the word. We could just pray it to them. How does it look to the world if we preach what God says to do, and then sit back and say, “Oh, well. Let’s live and let live. It’s in the privacy of their own homes.” Yeah. Unless it’s open sex acts in a gay pride parade. People have been arrested for openly having sex in public place, if it’s a heterosexual couple. But it goes on publicly in gay pride parades, and nobody touches it because they are afraid. (And for those who think that’s not true, guess again.)
    And before you start….there is no God-given right for gays to marry. From the beginning of time, marriage has been between a man and a woman. Society has always recognized that. Societies have always recognized gay sex as straying from the norm. So much that’s been published says we have 10% of our society that’s gay. That’s wrong…it’s more like between 1 and 2%. But even if it was 10%, do people not realize that means 90% still view it as, at the very least, not quite right?
    The model for man/woman marriage was set up by God, even if those who don’t believe in God don’t recognize that. And people have accepted it as what’s right.
    Rom 1:20…..20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. NIV
    And nobody ever even suggested that salvation comes from enforcing marriage between a man and a woman. But when we usher God out of a country, He goes. He says, “Ok, fine. I won’t force you. But you will be sorry.” My paraphrase.
    Matt 8:30-9:2…..30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
    32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
    Matthew 9:1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. NIV
    We are are slowly but surely saying, “God you don’t belong here. This is not your territory. Stay out of our schools and courts.” By Christians not trying to do anything different, we are just as guilty.
    You’ve said before that this is different because it’s not a violent crime. So why is that any different? We pick which one of God’s laws we want to enforce, and say, “Weelllll….the others are not so important, because they aren’t violent.” Huh??
    When we allow gay “marriage” to appear normal, and children to be raised in this kind of society, then the children are pretty much forever damaged. Their minds are set against any other way. And it will be set against God, too, because they won’t even recognize the true and living God. The wool will have been completely pulled over their eyes. Oh, they might acknowledge some “god” (little g). It might be the god of whatever the heck I want to do because I’m not accountable to anybody. It might be the god that says we all get to the same place, just by different roads. And then Satan has won his victory.
    So how is that furthering the Gospel message?
    You said: make the church appear weak when they lose.
     When Jesus appeared to non-believers to lose the battle for his life, did it really make him weak? I don’t think so. God has said what is right and what is wrong. And when He gets fed up with people doing what is wrong, He’s going to put an end to it. He’s far more patient than I am. Thank God.
    Churches (Christians) who are neither hot nor cold make Him sick.
    Rev 3:14-18…..14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
    These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth . 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. NIV
    Of course, that is the church as a whole today. Unwilling to take a definite stand on things God says are right and wrong.
    I know that you disagree with me on this point, and I’m not trying to change your mind. Likewise, you will not change mine against it:
    I believe that this country was given to the Christians similarly to the way Israel was given to the Jews. It was founded on Christian principles eventhough not all in the country were Christian. And I don’t believe that non-Christians cannot live here. But I do believe that God intends for us to keep his commandments. America’s blessings and protections are being pulled back, because we have not kept his commandments.

  6. it appears to me that your only reason for voicing your objections to things I post is purely to sway the opinions of other people who read what I post. Rather, It’s to respond to the content in a place where I know you at least take the time to read what I write. As you say, we don’t agree on the issue, but we both care enough to consider and understand the other viewpoint. If I were to write a letter to the FRC, it wouldn’t even get read, much less given serious thought. (Not picking on the FRC–pick any syndicated organization or individual, left or right or otherwise, they understandibly don’t have the time to participate in that personal a level of discourse. On the other hand, I think that explains the origin of us-versus-them-and-only-two-sides-to-an-issue columnists.) a majority here recognizes this is not the natural order of things.I don’t disagree with the majority on that. But likewise I agree with the majority that this shouldn’t really be a political issue (or at least, a federal issue). My point with Dobson is that I don’t believe his political activities cosntitue what the Captain called “a humble yet confident (in God and his grace) Christian witness.” Reliance on the State to further these issues demonstrates (to me) a lack of reliance on not only God himself but the much more personal influence the Church could have if it stood on its own.Have you seen what gays in San Francisco are doing? They are not content to just marry and leave the Christians the heck alone. They are trying to force Christians to be in legal trouble for speaking out against gay “marriage”. They are trying to push legislation taking away our free speech and our freedom to believe what God says. That’s exactly what they are beginning in San Francisco with the Catholic church.That proves my point. We’ve accepted that State power can be used in this area. If gay marriage can be banned by majority in Virginia, why can’t opposition to gay marriage be banned by majority in San Francisco? The better solution is to say the government can do neither.tooooo many Christians are going, “Let’s just pray and hope it gets better. But we better get use to it.”Please don’t misunderstand me. That’s not what I’m advocating, nor would that be a Biblical position. But I am asserting that relying on the state to do the job actually leads to this attitude among Christians. Some churches spend more time praying that national leaders enact “moral policies” than they do praying that sinners would come to Christ. How unfortunate, because the latter would solve the former, but the former cannot, by definition, solve the latter. prayer works. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. But God doesn’t want us to sit on our duffs and just pray. Of course not. I hope I don’t come off misunderstanding you. The Great Commission doesn’t say “Read ye therefore about the whole world, and pray.” It says “Go ye therefore and preach the Gospel.”But the Gospel is not about outlawing gay marriage. It’s about Someone who died so that gay person could repent and be saved from their sins. there is no God-given right for gays to marry. From the beginning of time, marriage has been between a man and a woman. Society has always recognized that. But marriage is a fluid concept. No–I’m not going for some relativism here, no equivocation, but marriage as a legal concept today bears little resemblance to marriage even 200 years ago, much less back to creation. Genesis 2:24 says “a man shall…be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” The next verse does not go on to say “and they shall be eligible for tax credits and hospital visitation privileges.”That’s why, given our current system, I support civil unions. I’d be happier with no state recognition at all, but as long as we’ve created a civil, secular defintion of marriage, equal protection is still a Constitutionally-granted right, if not God-given.And nobody ever even suggested that salvation comes from enforcing marriage between a man and a woman. But when we usher God out of a country, He goes. God’s still around. I talked to him recently. (I’m not being glib here.) He’s still working, too. I’ve got too much evidence to believe otherwise. We are are slowly but surely saying, “God you don’t belong here. This is not your territory. Stay out of our schools and courts.” By Christians not trying to do anything different, we are just as guilty.This goes back to my rejection of two concepts: a notion of “we” that groups Christians and non-Christians; and the idea that “anything different” can only have a political connotation. Jesus said Christians are in the world but not of it. God said in 1 Chronicles that “His people” should pray and turn from their wicked ways. And just because a Christian rejects a political solution doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to do anything different. You’ve said before that this is different because it’s not a violent crime. So why is that any different? We pick which one of God’s laws we want to enforce, and say, “Weelllll….the others are not so important, because they aren’t violent.” I don’t believe the state—as a secular institution—should create or punish non-violent crimes. God’s laws aren’t at issue. I repeat: non-Christians aren’t going to act like Christians.When we allow gay “marriage” to appear normal, and children to be raised in this kind of society, then the children are pretty much forever damaged. Their minds are set against any other way. And it will be set against God, too, because they won’t even recognize the true and living God. The wool will have been completely pulled over their eyes. Oh, they might acknowledge some “god” (little g). It might be the god of whatever the heck I want to do because I’m not accountable to anybody. It might be the god that says we all get to the same place, just by different roads. And then Satan has won his victory.So quit letting society raise your kids (no not you–your kids know right from wrong, and I don’t think that’s thanks to the great state of Texas ) So how is that furthering the Gospel message?Furthering the Gospel message is the job of the Church, not any government. Government by its nature corrupts, look at historical example of governments that tried to further the Gospel. They all —all, with no exceptions— set back the message of the Gospel instead. He’s far more patient than I am. Thank God.He’s teaching me patience. It’s a long schooling. 😆 (Again, not being glib.)Churches (Christians) who are neither hot nor cold make Him sick….Of course, that is the church as a whole today. Unwilling to take a definite stand on things God says are right and wrong.I honestly believe that this apathy sprang from reliance on politicians to do the dirty work. Why preach against drunkenness when you can just outlaw alcohol? Why teach Christians Genesis when you can just ban the teaching of evolution? Why pray at home when you can require it in schools? As each of these (and other) “battles” was lost, instead of moving back to its calling, the Church inexplicably moved to further entanglement in politics. It became unable to take a stand on right and wrong because it was part of a system where right and wrong have to take a back seat to winning and losing.I have seen too many good people be corrupted by politics to believe it can ever be a tool to spread the Gospel. And those who remained uncorrupted could have done more (or anything at all) elsewhere. Politics is the practice and methodology of acquiring and maintaining power. That is contrary to the message of the Gospel in all respects. There is but One to whom the Christian should ascribe all power. I’ll trust God to mete out judgment, and I’m not prepared to delegate that for acts of non-violence.

  7. @MrParadox – We might as well stop this, Doug. I started to type my reasons for disagreeing, and then just decided it was pointless. We will always disagree. And I disagree very much with the things you have written in the last comment. I just don’t have the will or the energy right now, and it won’t change anything anyway.

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