There have been several things going on in the news that I haven’t taken the time to write about. You know, just some things that have made me go “GRRRRR“. I’ll get to that in a moment.
In my Praise On The Inside post, a commenter asked that I let them know how my first church choir rehearsal went. I’m happy to say it went very, very well. The choir director, who is also the pastor’s wife, had the new members introduce themselves but we had to sing our names. That was cool!
Now they say when you decide to align your will with God’s will, the devil will attack you from all directions. Given my fight against a sinus infection and a sore throat over the weekend, I can testify to the truth of that statement! While sitting in the choir stand on Sunday, I had a coughing fit triggered by a tickle in my throat…this happened during both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. But how many of you know the devil is a liar!! It all turned out good and even though I still have a little raspiness in my voice, I will be at rehearsal again on Wednesday!!!
HAAAA…take that!! 🙂
Bill Cosby was in Atlanta last week speaking to students in the “Up the Path of Success” discussion Thursday at Benjamin E. Mays High School. His message has not changed. Many in the black community are pissed with Mr. Cosby for “airing the dirty laundry” of some in our community. I’m not angry with him for that but for showing up to speaking engagements looking like an old scruffy stray dog!! WHY must he look like the dirty old drunk uncle at the family reunion? Mr. Cosby, uhmmm….blow the dust of your dayum razor, get your slacks and shirt out of the cleaners, take off the freakin shades and lead by example when speaking to a group of young impressionable teenagers!!! Read the full story here.
I really want someone to put a muzzle on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor. He’s been all over the news in the past few days just recently speaking to the Washington press corps and some black clergy. Whatever gains Obama and his campaign made since the initial “Wright” fallout and his race relations speech, Rev. Wright is sure to sandbag with his latest “press tour”. I find the timing suspect and I have to ask WHY is he doing this now? Surely he has to know this will not help Obama. If he really cared about the Obama and what he was trying to accomplish, he would S.T.F.U. until after the elections. But let’s face it…no one outside of Chicago would really give a dayum what he had to say if Obama wasn’t running for president and wasn’t a member in his church. Read the related story here.
Hell hath frozen over! It would appear as if Newt Gingrich and I are in agreement on something! OH, THE HORROR!!! It’s being reported that Newt thinks Rev Wright is deliberately trying to hurt Barack Obama. Interesting. Read the story here. It is the only point in the entire interview in which we agree, but nonetheless.
With that being said, I DO NOT think Rev. Wright is a looney tune or loose cannon nor do I think he is unpatriotic. You want to know why? Read this post at The Mo’Kelly Report. He lays it out for you better than I can. 🙂
Dale and Leilani Neumann will be charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of their 11-year old daughter, Madeline. The Neumann’s failed to seek medical attention for their daughter’s undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis because they felt God would heal her.
Leilani Neumann, 40, told AP previously she never expected her daughter to die. The family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, but they are not crazy, religious people and have nothing against doctors, she said.
You’re NOT crazy? Oh really? The story goes on to say:
Dale Neumann, a former police officer, has said he has friends who are doctors. He started CPR “as soon as the breath of life left” his daughter’s body, he said.
Madeline, a straight-A student who was being home-schooled, was in good health until she started getting tired about two weeks before she died, her mother has said. When the situation got worse over Easter weekend, “we stayed fast in prayer then,” Leilani Neumann said. “We believed that she would recover.” Read the story here.
This is beyond sad and it pisses me off! I believe in religious freedom and all of that but it doesn’t excuse you from excersing common sense. I’ve been taught that God is a god of free will and answers prayers but you have a part to play. Faith without works is dead – the act of believing God will move on your behalf – but shouldn’t you do EVERYTHING within your power to seek any “earthly” assistance? God will use others as a vessel to get your blessing to you! In this case, God could have used the many doctors and healthcare professionals to “heal” Madeline. It’s too bad her parents were too blind to see this miracle right in front of them.
I have had a couple of relatives that belonged to some church/religion that didn’t believe in doctors and when an uncle became ill, they didn’t seek out medical help. He died. It seemed stupid to me then as a teenager and it still seems unbelievably stupid to me now as an adult.
I feel so much better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest! 🙂