This was my first, visceral reaction when Jenna told me she’d found a new dessert. I thought, “It’s a gimmick. It can’t possibly be any good, and certainly the cake will be soup-like gloppy, or so dry and hard we’ll have to throw away the cup and all.” But she Jenna persisted, gently urging me to try something which just didn’t sound good. Begrudgingly, I agreed to sampel this “cake in a mug” concoction. Soon afterward, Jen brought me the fresh-from-the-microwave mug warning me it was hot (this was an understatement, it was near surface-of-the-sun temperatures) I waited, then stuck a bite in my mouth sure I wouldn’t like. But I did like it. I really liked it!
As Daniel Horowitz said in his recent article, “The real problem is that Republicans have already adopted all of the premises and messaging of the other side [liberals/democrats]. As Mark Levin said earlier this week, ‘Rather than confront the Left at the base of their arguments, Republican officials by and large live in fear of principles they proclaim at election time but reject at governing time‘” (emphasis mine).
Have you ever opened a dark closet and had the shadow (darkness) totally black out the room? No, probably not. Darkness isn’t like that. It cannot “take over” light no matter how meager is the light.
Light, on the other hand, is peculiar in that unlike darkness, light needs a power source. The sun isn’t running on nothing, neither does the light in your home, or the display on your smart phone. It has to have a source of power or fuel. The sun’s primary source is helium in the form of a nuclear reaction, light in our homes generated by resources at the power plant, and our smart phone from chemical reactions in the battery.
So what, you might ask? Why are you telling me this?
The Bible uses the analogy of light and darkness frequently, and we can clarify our own spiritual understanding by exploring this concept. As with everything I write about spiritual topics, test what I say by the Bible because it is the final standard, not I.
I had a few short thoughts today about health care I’d like to share (which means it isn’t as refined as normal).
When the insurance companies are forced to cover preexisting conditions they are no longer insurance companies. Here’s why. This is like someone having their $100,000 house burn down and then getting fire insurance policy for $100 per month with an up front payout (it would take about 83 years to pay $100,000). The insurance company isn’t going to make that deal. Insurance covers what might happen in the future, not what has happened in the past.
This is perhaps one of the most important teachings for a Christian. Hopefully, you will see this by the end of the post.
A holy and righteous God, cannot abide with any sin. Sin cannot stand in His presence. When we sin, our relationship with Him is blocked or broken, though, our salvation is not lost. Because He loves us, He gave us a device to resolve the problem of sin in our lives after we are believers in Jesus: confession of sin. It is employed to restore our fellowship with Him.
I am seeing a lot of people talking, opinion pieces, and news articles about how we should get rid of the electoral college due to the popular vote higher for one candidate and the electoral college being higher for the other candidate. Notice I’m writing this AFTER the election and not before. That’s because few people are concerned before their candidate loses. If you believe in a pure democracy and do not support the republican form of government, I can totally understand why you would want it dismantled. I hope this musing a reminder of its function and encourages you regarding our system of government—while it’s not perfect it’s one of the best the world has seen.
Let me tell you a story: The convict was a man was caught for a crime punishable by death. His life was forfeit. The jailer gave him two options. He could be executed by firing squad, or choose the black door. The convicted criminal was not told what was behind the black door, but he was given a day to think and make a choice between the two.
The next day, the jailer asked him what his choice. The convict said, “Firing squad, because at lease I know how I will die.” He was promptly taken out and executed by firing squad.
After the exchange a new guard asked the jailer, “What’s behind the black door?”
“Freedom,” the jailer responded, “but few men have the courage to choose the unknown…”