Saturday, January 16, 2016

Time For Another Paradigm Shift In American Religious and Political Thought


  • Back in the mid to late nineties the word paradigm became popular and there was lots of talk about paradigm shifts.  For those that did not get the memo or who may not know what a paradigm shift is, it is merely a change in the way things are thought of, accepted and/or done.  You could say that it is not doing business as usual.  The 1990s showed us that there had been a paradigm shift in business, religion and in politics.  It became adapt or die and no longer business as usual.


    It was the 1992 presidential campaign in which we saw a paradigm shift in that the Moral Majority of Jerry Falwell, that was given credit for electing Jimmy Carter once and then Ronald Reagan twice, was crushed by Bill Clinton. In business, technology became king, and in religion churches with a great IT and audio video departments grew while others did not.  We saw another paradigm shift in 2008 when Barack Obama defied the old schools of thought and combined the use of technology and change in social mores to win election.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Russia Did Not Get the Memo

 
I do not know how many people have seen the video clip from the Obama Russia visit in which man after man refuses to shake his hand moving on to enthusiastically shake the hand of the Russian president 

  • The "Mainstream Media" obviously buried it and that is a disgrace. Imagine if this had been President Bush. Do you really believe the media would have overlooked it? Not a chance.

    But I do have to say that after my initial shock and thoughts of how typical this is of the MSM, I was hit with a few other surprising reactions.

    1) I thought how childish and blatantly disrespectful of the Russians. They are acting like grade school children playing a cruel joke on one they do not like and wish to humiliate.

    2) Regardless of what I may think of his policies and character, he is still my president and when he is disrespected we all are disrespected.

    3) As a black person growing up in the 50s and 60s, I could not but bristle with anger at the appearance of racism.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lessons From Die Hard- Where's John McClain?



  • In 1988 Bruce Willis stormed on the scene as Officer John McClain in the first of the highly successful Die Hard Movies. While the others were mostly good, as is so often the case the first installment took us all by surprise and is hard to beat.

    No, I am not turning movie critic but I recently had a startling revelation regarding the Obama administration and their posse that fits so well with this analogy, I surprised myself.

    Let’s go back and look at the story. A group of terrorists took control of the Nakatomi Bank building. They gave every impression that they were intent on causing a terror incident, and some of them even had prior terrorist credentials and ties. While the local police have no clue as to what is going on, the FBI thinks they do. They are convinced that they are dealing with a terrorist situation. But they are wrong.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

GOP Misses Great Opportunity

 


  • You probably missed this, but last Thursday the U.S. Senate voted to formally apologize for slavery.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090618/pl_afp/uscongressslaverypolitics

    There are a few things very wrong with this apology Bill and Republicans missed a great opportunity here. This also highlights the gutlessness of the GOP leadership in Congress on the issue of race. Republicans should have refused to sign onto this Bill unless language was inserted making clear that in the 211 years between 1854 and 1965 the Republican Party fought the Democrats tooth and nail for emancipation and against Jim Crow.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Real Sign

 
In the 80s Franky Schaeffer, the son of one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 2oth Century, Francis Schaeffer, wrote a book entitled Addicted To Mediocrity

  • Addicted was written to evangelicals challenging them to break out of the box of narrow thinking with regard to reaching "the world," culturally and otherwise.

    I want to borrow this idea and apply it to those, particularly blacks, who are looking at race in America today. I am specifically speaking to the thought put forward by many that America will be judged on how far it has come by whether we elect a black president or not. I beg to differ and offer a counter idea. Is it possible to judge how far we have come by how we react if we do not elect a black president.

    If Barack Obama is elected President in November it will be a great milestone in our history, however, it will be too easy to say Hallelujah, we have arrived. That will last until the first time he runs into a rough patch with legislative battle with the Republicans in congress. The first reaction will be to say that "they are only opposed to him based upon his race." I assure you that this will be held up throughout his term in office.