So yesterday I developed an irresistible urge for a quick hot juicy burger. Coincidently I was at that very moment driving right toward the entrance of a drive through…Burger King – Home of the all American WHOPPER! As I spun my wheels sharply to the right so not to miss the driveway the saliva began to flow. I’m not kidding, I was drooling. All I could think about was that quarter pound flame broiled ground beef sandwich stacked with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles with mayo mustard and catsup. Back in 1971 it was so wide and thick I could hardly hold it with one hand. I usually had it cut in half just to facilitate its polite inoffensive consumption. Remember the slogan “It takes two hands to handle the Whopper”?
As I perused the outdoor menu, crowded with more choices than I coud ever imagine at a burger joint, there it was…the WHOPPER! But the options had changed a little. My choice was either a single, double or triple. TRIPLE? Who could ever consume a sandwich that was not only too big to hold with one hand but with 3 huge patties stacked between those two plate size buns? Well, to each his own. “I’ll take a regular Whopper and a medium coke,”I told the speaker phone outside my driver side window. I could not wait to dig into that luscious piece of heaven. I took the bag from the pimple faced kid and drove to the first open parking spot I could find. I reached in – pulled out the paper wrapped bit of nostalgia that so affected my glands – but what did I see? A drooping soggy sloppy keizer roll the size of my wife’s hand. Nothing at all like what I had remembered from back in the day. I thought, “what ever happened to the whopper”?
So this burger, like everything else wonderful in our lives, we want to experience again in the same way we remember it, fails to meet our expectations! “The good ole days” will never be again. So hang it up, enjoy what you have in the now and stop wondering what ever happened to the Whopper!
The great thing about Facebook is you meet some of the most interesting people. Friends of friends of friends. For me, the most fascinating aspect is you have the chance to engage in political as well as theological discussions with people you may never have the opportunity to engage in real life circles of friends.
This weekend was one of those times. I found myself participating in a string of comments in response to the parody of Thanksgiving‘s Black Friday and the Friday during Easter week when Jesus Christ was crucified. The post declared that the Crucifixion was the most Amazing Free Gift ever offered.
In response to this discussion an agnostic chimed in with a rebuttal to the fact that Eternal Life was free, and that he understood that to be a Christian one must surrender his life and that by no means is free.
This then caused a barrage of comments from others, including myself, in an attempt to explain God’s free gift to the agnostic. After several failed attempts it was finally agreed to let him die in his sins if that is what he insisted on doing. This then soon unveiled that one of our defenders happened to be an antagonist of Grace being the sole path to Christ and eternal life. He was strongly opposed to the idea that a person is saved through Grace alone and appealed to his interpretation of scripture as a defense for human works being an integral element to receiving eternal life. He said he had been a preacher for over 30 years and would never subscribe to the idea of CHEAP GRACE.
How can a Christian say they understand who Christ is, the creator of everything, His love for mankind, His sacrifice and suffering, then refer to it as CHEAP?
I refer to the picture above. There is nothing cheap about the Grace (the unmerited favor) God offers us through Christ. He paid an eternal price for every sin of mankind, from Adam’s to those committed by every person in human history, now and until the end of time. That’s the extent of His value to God the Father. To think that a mere imperfect human being could have anything else worth contributing to a perfect Holy God is abhorrent to my very soul. The arrogant pride of man and his belief that he can somehow validate or invalidate Christ’s sacrifice never ceases to amaze me.
If you are an agnostic or a misinformed Christian, please try to understand this. The Gift God offers to all people is not cheap. It’s not cheap or incomplete in any way because it cost Him everything. The price of forgiveness for man’s sin was very high and paid through the death of a man whose existence is priceless, God’s only Son.The gift He offers every human being is Eternal Life by simply accepting through faith that His suffering and death is completely sufficient as full payment for your sin. Anything more than that is not Grace so please don’t refer to God’s gift of unmerited favor He calls Grace as CHEAP!
And that’s a Christian American Opinion
I’m not blogging very much these days since the election. I’m working through the spiritual manifestation of evil that got the hugest pass in American history. But, in the meantime, my wonderfully talented son, who lives in Colorado is barraged by so called reasonable republicans who are mad because we lost due to the Republican Party’s Platform and how our lack of spin and parsing of our position has scared too many votes off. I regret sharing this vile link (to the blogger http://tinyurl.com/arq9arw ) that my son’s friend shared with him. But you may need it for perspective. My son shares it with me looking for his Dad’s opinion. Well, below I share my opinion. I hope it not only grabs my son’s attention but many others being attacked by the recalcitrant RINOS.
This guy is from Vermont – a flaming liberal, just read his language. Please do not get fooled by his warped Godless logic. You have to put the US Constitution and Christian Biblical doctrine in the equation which this idiot doesn’t. For me to start going point by point is a total waste of your’s and my time. Right him and the blog off
Did you know how the Secret Service is taught how to recognize a counterfeit $100 bill? Well I’ll skip to the chase and tell you straight out – it’s not by studying counterfeit bills its by studying an authentic $100 bill so much they can tell a counterfeit practically by touch.
My advise to you is spend some time studying the Constitution of the United States and the Bible doctrines that apply to the principles that founded our country. That way, when you see garbage like this, cloaked in reason, you can simply hit the delete button. The wolves are out to get you, don’t forget that.
You can just tell your friend you don’t think you’re ready for a political or philosophical discussion until you are more boned up on the Biblical and US Constitutional facts.
We are not a country that was created by a bunch of fools whose logic was based on race, sex and economic conditions. Liberty goes far beyond the spin on the left, as a matter of fact if it wasn’t for the thousands of men who died to preserve our liberty this idiot wouldn’t even have the right to speak his misguided mind. Its not about Party its about values. And if our country’s values have sunk so low that we must appeal to the sexual perverts, baby killers, vote buyers and race baiters or those sympathetic to them we are on the way to losing what America stands for. Jesus Christ spoke the truth and did not put any spin on it to attract a lot of votes…the differences are beyond logic and reason, they are spiritual in nature.
Here is a video of the kind of human beings his logic creates.
And that’s a Christian American Opinion
My son was hoping to give me some helpful advise on why Republican Mitt Romney lost. He expressed the erroneous opinion, that if we were more towards the center of the political spectrum more people would have voted for a Republican as President of the United States. So again I have to hear from my own son its the Right Wing Conservatives fault. It’s never the Left Wing Democrat Liberal’s fault for being flat-out dishonest or creating a division between the so-called “rich” and poor. So I wrote him an email explaining my position and here it is.
I know you’d love to have a more “reasonable” Dad, but I’m not. I hate to be a disappointment to you but I do not agree. The “new america?” Obama only won by 50% of the votes ( and by winning strategic states with enough electoral votes). The other 50% rejects the left thinking of Obama…he’s definitely not center. If our votes were switched by location Mitt would be our new President.
Ungodly social policy is what attracts 50% and moral social policy attracts the other 50%.
There is no middle between light and darkness. Even if we had ”fresh inspiring ideas” but still did not approve of abortion, didn’t promise free stuff, did not promote pro-homo policy we would always lose to liberal lefties or 50% of the country. Even if we did have a candidate that was lukewarm on these issues or “couched” their presentation of his ideas like Mitt Romney (who actually was the least radically right, remember he was the Gov. of Massachusetts a far left state) the least right-wing of all the Republicans in the primaries. Or even someone like John McCain who was as liberal and lukewarm a republican as they come, you would see the Colberts, Stewarts and MSNBCs find other ways to throw them under a bus!
Obama can abandon an embassy to terrorists lie about it and get a pass and even have News programs like 60 minutes hide what he said about it. If America votes their conscience you see where our country’s conscience sits. Some statisticians can be right but at what cost? Jut because his math is right doesn’t make the people right. I can offer additional stats from CU a lefty college that showed an opposite result. See Here.
I could say the same thing you said that for republicans to be part of a ”new america” they have to come to the center but for the democrats needing to come farther to the right to be inline with the Constitution of the US and God’s principles. The Political Media Machine of this country is determined to turn us into a “globally” acceptable country with everybody getting what they want whether moral or not and at someone else’s expense. Look at Greece, Spain today. Obama’s policies will take us the way of those countries and financial condition. BROKE and RIOTING
You can now smoke pot in Colorado. I wonder if the Right Wing Christians or the non-christian left voted that in? Certainly reflects Colorado’s general moral condition.
It’s a way more complicated and complex an argument to debate so I prefer to boil it down to one simple illustration.
For this go-round its:
Hungry Lions 1 / Outspoken Christians 0
But this doesn’t make the Christians wrong, just dead…..but only for now!
And that’s A Christian American Opinion.
A little more on this issue. There is no special morality to being a centrist but there is to be a conservative. As a political Conservative and not a Republican I am passionate about the founding principles that gave us a LIMITED Judeo Christian based government. Limited government has grown to over-sized government and put us into a $16 trillion debt problem from both parties. I’m for any political candidate that uses his political skill and gravitas to influence the opposing party for the basic principles afore mentioned.This would have to bring us closer to the middle of course but you cannot expect a centrist candidate at this time in our history (McCain) to pull us back to where we came from. Our progressive politicians have driven us further to the left and a European style government (that’s going broke I might add) and I believe that was not the intention of our Founders. Just demonizing the few corporations that have exploited its employees doesn’t invalidate our free enterprise system with limited governance.
Government regulations destroyed the corporation I worked for, for 16 years, and the company my wife built from scratch and ran for 14 years. The government put 10,000 out of work in my company and 43 from my wife’s. And also put us both out of work. A whole lot of time invested for a future that never materialized due to government regulations.Regulations created as political leverage to “protect” the citizenry from “Big Corporations”. Bull Crap! I was doing just fine before liberal politicians seized power and attempted to tip the scales in their favor by exploiting a disaster for a few lousy votes. I trust my Lord is able to protect me through the change but attempting to praise compromise,which is a word describing something He never did – put Him on a Cross by the compromisers or liberal/progressive politicians of His day. This short video might help you understand. http://youtu.be/eLbeX5TgGCE