Good Links for Good Thinks

Regarding the SCOTUS decision: “His majesty and person define what the word good means, and His majesty as expressed in creation defines what nature means. This requires that it also defines what against nature means.”

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Regarding the Statue of Liberty. It was 128 years ago last week that Lady Liberty took up her post, light of freedom ablaze in her hand at the front door to the country. I wonder, if she were able to look over her shoulder and see America today, would she be tempted to lower that torch a little?

Regarding what a man really is:

Regarding one of my favorite things, adventures in etymology:

My Opinion and $3.75

I just read an article wherein the author told me that if I am “of a certain age” I probably remember The Great Mouse Detective. Seriously?!

“Elementary” is a travesty and “Sherlock” is pure genius. The End.
(For the definition of ‘travesty’ see the 2004 film The Phantom of the Opera or the last few installments of the Harry Potter film series.)

Remember on ‘The West Wing’ when Josh Lyman said “I’m so sick of Congress I could vomit.”   Yeah.
(Though he be a liberal and yea verily though he be fictional, I stand with Josh on that one.)

One of the retired Facebook features that I miss is the ability to throw sheep at my friends.

You don’t really know what kind of person you are until you have “Magnetic Poetry” on your refrigerator and observe the kind of *insert adjective* sentences you come up with. (Then you forget about them and have friends over and suddenly those friends know too.)

When you open the kitchen cupboard and a roach falls down onto the counter in front of you and you don’t even flinch, you might not be winning the battle.

It’s interesting to me that Dr. Sheldon Cooper is pretty much human selfishness and pride personified, yet he’s still such a popular character. Anybody else out there willing to admit that it might be because he simply says about himself most of the things we all think about ourselves, in the privacy of our own little sin-sick hearts? His relatability should tell us something. (I informed you thusly.)

And in other news . . . I just bought a ticket to go far, far away. Canada, gird your loins!




We’ve Locked Ourselves in a Hothouse

Two articles I’ve read this week speak powerfully to two related issues: Reclaiming and teaching to the upcoming generations both inner fortitude and a healthy level of detachment from the screens to which we devote so much of our time.

From the second article:
“Louv tells of interviewing thousands of children in the course of previous research. At one point, he received this candid comment from a fourth-grade boy in San Diego: “I like to play indoors better, ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.’”


“A Nation of Wimps”:

“Nature Deficit Disorder”:

The Gift of a Gift Withheld

Are parents, churches, and mentors giving their young girls — and progressively older single women — the right message about God and His promises? We women know that our ideas about when and why God “will” provide a husband begin to form very early, and can consume much of our thoughts as we approach marriageable age.

If we aren’t careful, the well-intended instruction we receive can settle into an If-Then formula in our minds. We begin to expect something that God has never promised, expecting it as a matter of course if we simply obey the right verses (or the right popular Christianese catchphrase).

A few people tried to teach me which husband-producing prayers to pray, but I am so grateful that my parents and youth leaders were faithful to speak truth to me. Truth like we don’t really know whether or not God has a husband for me. They taught me to seek the Lord without a marriage agenda.  I am still sinful and plenty of false thinking grows up in my mind beside the good planted there, but with truth I am well equipped to pull out those weeds.

One of the most impactful things in my life was my youth pastor’s wife reminding me of Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Specifically, the first. “Whatever things are true.”  True. I love what a rock-solid, concrete word that is. She fed me this verse over and over, and it has stuck with me ever since. Think on what is true. Search the Scripture and see. Is it true that God gives a young woman a husband when she’s become holy enough? When He decides that she loves Him enough? No. God’s ways are not our ways. We don’t really know what makes Him decide who gets a spouse.

But wait. In a way, we do know. We know from Romans 8, from the whole testimony of Scripture, and from what we see looking back that God’s decisions are always whatever will bring glory to Himself, and whatever is best for His child. Without exception. So let’s meditate on that. Whatever God gives, and whatever He withholds, is the best possible action He could take on our behalf. God is not passive, waiting to give something good until we are worthy of it. He is always active, and the purpose is always our good and His glory. If I am without a spouse, then without a spouse is the state which God deems best for me and most glorifying to Him, and that will remain my state for as long as those things remain true.

Psalm 84:11
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.”

Meditate on what is true and remember that even something we see as the lack of a good gift, is a good gift.

Teach your young women, as young as possible, to trust and love God for His own sake, to take with humility and thankfulness those gifts He gives, and to recognize, with that same humility and thankfulness, the gift of a gift withheld.

“Follow Christ for His own sake, if you follow Him at all.” – J.C. Ryle

Turn left, go straight, then turn right.

“Many have dismissed my story with four simple words: “But you are conservative.” Yes, I am. How did I get that way? I moved to the right wing because I lived in precisely the kind of anti-normative, marginalized, and oppressed identity environment that the left celebrates: I am a bisexual Latino intellectual, raised by a lesbian, who experienced poverty in the Bronx as a young adult. I’m perceptive enough to notice that liberal social policies don’t actually help people in those conditions. Especially damning is the liberal attitude that we shouldn’t be judgmental about sex. In the Bronx gay world, I cleaned out enough apartments of men who’d died of AIDS to understand that resistance to sexual temptation is central to any kind of humane society. Sex can be hurtful not only because of infectious diseases but also because it leaves us vulnerable and more likely to cling to people who don’t love us, mourn those who leave us, and not know how to escape those who need us but whom we don’t love. The left understands none of that. That’s why I am conservative.”

This man has some keen insights forged in hard reality and cultivated with common sense. I want to hope that the voices of those like Mr. Lopez would be heard — the liberal machine will not hear Christians, maybe they’ll hear the children of gay and lesbian couples — but even their voices are marginalized and hope is again pushed aside.