Archive for November, 2008

For the past few months, the Writing on the Wall was illuminated with an LED on the Republican Party basically showing if John McCain didn’t bother to entertain the Church like his competition, he would be bothered to keep his tail in Arizona.

Thanks to the Pew Forum, we find that was the case as more than 53 percent of the headlines were aboutany-candidate-will-do Barack Obama’s faith – some about him being a Muslim, others about him being the Antichrist, but all of it about Christians discussing him… and not John McCain.

The “culture war” issues that have been prominent in past elections, such as abortion and gay marriage, received minimal attention in 2008. The coverage they did receive tended to come in the form of reaction to statements by the candidates and quickly receded without generating any sustained narrative.

Why? Because we – in a word – are meddlesome. And instead of people wanting to discuss the wiles of most on each coast legalizing gay marriage or the intricacies of late-term abortion, we choose to hear the gossip surrounding Nostradamus possibly foretelling Obama as the son of Lucifer or, even worse, the second coming!

Now, that’s politics. And that’s also why the Church was so focused on the BarackStar and not McCain. How could the old man hold a candle to that kind of pub?!

more-story-lines-from-the-electionWhat made the news cycle spin wasn’t the winds of change. It was the old fashioned rumor mill. Check this graph out:

Issues were scarcely what entertained the Church. It was the misguided, haphazard passer-by traffic of the BarackStar’s middle name.

Way to go, Christians! And then to prove how inquiring minds just had to know… you made Sarah Palin’s baby mama issues a strong #2.

You know, the GOP will have a LOT of time to sit back, recollect and reconsider the many ways it lost this election. Among them are:

  • Cease & desist with noted evangelical endorsements. If they aren’t calling for the death of all Muslims, they were calling all Catholics whores. Neither are that endearing to swing voters, I don’t think.
  • Get younger at that position. Be an old man with a fat wallet in a mid-life crisis. The next time you want to trot out an septuagenarian for cross-country campaigning, make that person has already been president.
  • Don’t underestimate experience. Yeah, yeah. Obama didn’t have “experience”, but at least he can handle his own on friggin’ Katie Couric! The one thing he did have experience at was public speaking. You don’t have to be the next “Great Communicator” to sway indie voters, just able to speak in coherent sentences.
  • Don’t overestimate one side of a two-sided ticket. No, we don’t vote for the Veeps. But yeah, we kinda do. Biden was a good choice, because he was everything in foreign relations the BarackStar wasn’t. [Then, of course, he hires HER as Secretary of State. Did I miss something?!] Palin? Well, she was an executive… hot… loves the snow… hot… family woman… hot… evangelical… and um, oh yeah, HOT. In short, she was a few fries short of a happy meal, and in this economy, it’s about the whole value meal! And folk get angry about their food. graphs-middle-finger1
  • Do your homework. McCain wasn’t the country’s first choice. Heck, he wasn’t even the GOP’s first choice. But of course, he wins the nod through politicking and a whole lot of money… and loses his shirt. You see, straight-ticket GOP die-hards, if you don’t wake up and smell what the Barack is cooking, there will be another graph developing (seen pictured here) and that will be reflective of what the country thinks about your and the elephant you rode in on. I’m just sayin’.

As you file through the malls aimlessly gallivanting through the sale sections, rummaging through boxes of tube socks & bad ties and pandering to customer service representatives to get that extra three percent off on a $5,000 TV, keep in mind this salient HOLY-day reminder:

Not a lot of retailers care this is CHRIST-mas. The only care that we – the consumer dolts, they call us – spend ourselves into debt purgatory during the “season” and tell Santa all about it.

So, Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family had a recycled idea and have it a genius makeover with this video about “Merry Toss-mas”. And during this economy, it makes cents. Get it? Ah well, the video is brilliant.

If you are intersted in making a statement as the frantic rush to the shopping epicenters of your fare burgh begins, may I recommend the American Family Association?

Although this is an unsolicited advertisement, I appreciate the sentiment noted on the sticker here.

ok-to-say-christmasSo, ACLU and God haters everywhere. You can keep your “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Beatings” hype and hubbub. There is a singular reason you have this day, at least in America.

  • No, it’s because of the Norse god, Yule.
  • Sorry, it’s not because of the German god Oden with his “naughty or nice” list.
  • And those funny, toxic plants gift-wrapped to the States from a 19th century Mexican foreign minister named Poinsett.
  • Also, the Turkish patron saint of sailors, a Mr. Nicholas, has nothing to do with it.

This is a birthday party for Jesus Christ. Every country has its different means to celebrate, and quite honestly, has created this global HOLY-day as an amalgamation of each history, but when it comes down to it, this day is because men sought after the Christ child.

I’ll save the argument for commercialism for another day. Have fun shopping and grab a sticker, Saints.

P.S. For those who didn’t know the aforementioned examples of global Yuletide folklore, grab the DVR and find the greatness of the History Channel.

Not to cast aside the many Jewish fans of this cyber Wailing Wall (although you will love this one), but let’s all visit the imaginarium, shall we?

[Cue harp music]

Your parents have lit the Menorah and begin commemorating the victorious Maccabees those 2,500 years ago. The kids break out the lyrics to “I have a Dreidel” and begin begging “Mama” to fry up some latkes, flanken and gefilte fish (yeech). The eight small gifts are buried deep in the closet and the holy-days are festive.

You with me so far, Messianic Jews and Zionists alike? Now, let’s amp that example up to say you are the leader of the ADL or some highfalutin Rabbi with ties to the White House. You traipse out to your mailbox and crack open a card with a Presidential seal.

And inside, you see a Christmas tree and the phrase, “Merry Christmas”. What the…

the-bushs-last-christmas-cardWell, note the link from CNN and you’ll see that was one of Dubya’s final mistakes in office. DOH!

Yeah, the card (pictured here) would have been enough of a shock to make most of the recipients sport a Yuletide log of their own.

Mrs. Bush’s press secretary, Sally McDonough, attributed the snafu to a “staff mistake” in not printing separate cards for the different White House holiday events, as has been the custom in years past. “Mrs. Bush is apologetic, It is just something that fell through the cracks,” she said, referring to the role of the First Lady’s office in sending out the invitations.

Good thing, most of the generic “staff” has been sent out on the street with bags packed, otherwise, I’m sure some Yamikas would roll over this one.

I have been known to crawl up on a petrified soapbox and rant aloud, if even just for a little.

That said, ofttimes the picture can be worth a thousand words, as the axiom says. And since my betrothed Cowboys are playing football today and I need to save my vocal chords for yawping during certain – and expected – touchdown celebrations.

However, I’ll say this if you will extend me the levity, I have a few things to be thankful today:

  1. My Jesus. I don’t often praise and extol him the way I should, but my heart is there. Completely. Which is why I created this blog and gave my life wholly to him. Thank you for saving a wretch like me.
  2. My Fair Lady. With Jesus, I have salvation. Without her, salvation wouldn’t seem as rich and lovely.
  3. My Lil’ Wall Watchers. Perfect extensions of God’s love. Mercy I don’t deserve. Grace I didn’t earn. Love I can’t fathom.
  4. The Writing on the Wall. I have wanted to scribe for the Lord for decades, and have under other notable minister’s and evangelist’s names. (Don’t ask, I have signed contracts). For years, I have seen the news and heard the rumors and didn’t think anyone was calling B.S. and issuing honor and praise where it was due. I was wrong, as noted by the “Another Brick in the Wall” section. Wall Watchers, thank you for promoting the rants, re-publishing the diatribes and proselytizing the truth with vigor and passion.  Knowing the Lord is using this cyber home of mine in some fashion is more of a blessing that I could have ever imagined. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not close to being content with its growth, but I am humbled. Thanks to you.

Peace & Blessings,

HiScrivener

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Cross Eyed for the Holidays: Give Tha…“, posted with vodpod