Archive for July 8, 2008

We have already discussed the unveiling of the Wizard. This magical, mystical man of faith evidently reads his comics in church, instead of the Bible. That said, you hear about his desire to seemingly liquidate faith-based organizations?

You know, not in so many words. Actually, the words Obama used were, “[I’ve] made the connection between public service and religion in my own life. It makes sense for faith based organizations to help, because, as the argument goes, they know the people who are hurting and where to find them.”

So, in a concentrated effort to get cozy to the Church in their own pew, the Democratic presidential candidate wants to expand Bush’s faith-based initiative. And expand is literal, and this why it’s important to know the issues.

He “signaled he would not fund church groups that make hiring decisions based on an applicant’s religion and would make sure federal money was not used to proselytize.”

Dude, if you are so interested in every civic organization being like the YMCA, then go there. If you want a “Big Brother”, you know where to go. If you want a MINISTRY, I know where to go. Every organization on the planet serves it purpose, and tell me, what good does it do a church… a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus-respecting CHURCH… to hire someone who does not believe in Jesus?

I love this statement from the Catholic League’s President Bill Donahue, where he says:

Any church or religious agency that agrees to take federal money on the condition that it must operate in a secular fashion-in hiring and in disseminating its values-is selling out. If Orthodox Jews running a day care center are not allowed to exclusively hire Orthodox Jews, there is nothing kosher about it.

Look at Billy here, getting nice with the Jewish pun. He’s right too. The EEOC was created for people to have an equal opportunity to work at commercial enterprises, NOT faith-based ones. There is a Supreme Court war here just waiting to be fought. Question is, “Who will be leading the soldiers out to battle?” Stay tuned, Wall watchers.

P.S. Has McCain come down from the mountaintop yet? He’s got some Christians waiting to hear from him.

Last November, there was a government sting operation of sorts with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sending some hate mail to six TV ministries. Maybe you heard about it?

Fast forward these many months, and Grassley has results, answers, thoughts and much ado about nothing, as seen here from the Dallas Morning News.

In short, he handpicked six known ministries to be dragged through a finance/IRS loophole to have their money placed under a microscope. Now, before the deluge of mail begins, my two cents: And?!

That’s it. No big litany of words sewn together in a tapestry of angst. You have six largely successful, powerful and blessed ministries – Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Paula (oh yeah, and Randy) White and Bishop Eddie Long – all being called upon for never disclosing their public finances, yet living lavishly. People talk, perception spreads and supporters get concerned.

MEMO to all evangelists coolin’ out in Easy Street: We get it.

God wants us all to be blessed. And although several of you (not just the listed) are doing it right by having a successful ministry and parlaying that into stimulating for-profit ventures like book deals, movie rights and public speaking appearances; others of you need to get straight (maybe, some of the listed).

I agree, personal finances should have no part in this scope, BARRING those funds aren’t accumulated largely by the offerings of others who desire to pay for your ministry, not your ghastly mortgage.

However, we’ve all seen the investigative reports on TV. Some of you better recognize… the longer you wait to become affiliated with the ECFA or some such, the larger that “loophole” is going to get. Maybe next time it will be set on fire and featured at the circus.

The Birds! For God’s Sake

Posted: July 8, 2008 in IJS, Networking

And you thought Alfred Hitchcock just had a sick imagination. I’m telling you, “P-L-A-G-U-E.” It’s the one Pharoah missed out on, but later to be captured in a movie… and creepy too!

And don’t bother. There’s no sound, and why would you want them? So you could hear them cry out, “Let’s find a colony of humans, pelt them with our evil poop and scare the bejesus out of the pets.”

No thanks!

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