Daily Archives: September 8, 2008

Is This Election Really About Something Else?

Pastor Carter from MCC briefly spoke about the election this Sunday. He said that this election is really about sin. The congregation started to applaud. But he stopped them. He said that his point was not what many in the congregation were probably thinking. Then, he said that the problems we face in this country result from sin. It has nothing to do with which party is in power. It has to do with the failure of our leaders and our failure as citizens to take responsibility and make decisions that benefit society as a whole. 

Our problems stem from the fact that we are a fallen people who need God to get life right. Pastor Carter said that government will never fix many of our problems. He said that it is Jesus who makes all the difference. And God has chosen to work through His Church to accomplish the restoration of all things. We have a role to play in ushering in God’s Kingdom on earth. This has nothing to do with imperialism or domination. Jesus’ focus was faith, hope and love.

Pastor Carter encouraged us to do more than just vote. He said that we should follow Jesus’ example by making a difference in our communities and taking responsibility for the things we can do to join God’s work. Maybe this election isn’t just about the leaders at the top of the ticket. Maybe it should really be about us. We all have a responsibility to do things that bring about a better tomorrow.


Catching Up

This post is kind of like leftover night in the Brindley household. I used to love it when we had leftovers especially after Thanksgiving. Here is a rundown of a bunch of thoughts that I have had over the last few weeks. It includes everything from sports to politics to economics.

  • The Republican convention seemed to be a roller coaster ride for me. First, there was the surprise VP nomination. I don’t know if Palin will be a good leader or if she has some killer secret in her closet that will disqualify her down the road. But McCain’s VP selection at least makes for interesting political theater. I kind of think of Palin as the rugged version of Margaret Thatcher.
  • Mike Huckabee gave a great speech and used humor to politely jab at the other side. He is really a master of the one liners.
  • Fred Thompson’s description of McCain’s captivity experience was brilliant.  
  • Obama messed up in his VP selection. Biden is an establishment, ultra liberal politician. Obama should have picked Bill Richardson, the highest ranking Hispanic public official in the country. That would have helped the Democrats solidify its status with the Latino vote.  
  • No matter who gets elected we will have a liberal in the White House. Obama is far left. McCain is liberal/moderate/somewhat right on the political spectrum. Can I vote for Palin for President instead?
  • Obama has tried to show his bipartisanship credentials by pointing to his work on laws on nuclear proliferation with Senator Lugar. That is hardly a good example of a controversial piece of legislation since it had widespread support from both sides of the aisle. Yeah, he works with Republicans on issues that just about everybody agrees upon. That doesn’t seem like maverick status to me. One of the reasons that I don’t like McCain is that he tends to be too moderate on some issues. He is the true maverick in the campaign.
  • McCain’s acceptance speech had high points and times when I thought Barack Obama had somehow possessed the Republican’s body. I know the economy is tough and Republicans need to be proactive in helping people get back on their feet. At the same time, I thought I heard McCain say something about a program that will help those out of work get new jobs, training and supplemental income. Don’t we already have some of those things through unemployment benefits, the local unemployment office, community colleges and even the Internet to locate new jobs? His comment about supplemental income seemed like a huge new government undertaking.
  • McCain’s talk about fighting for a better America was good. I especially agree with the concept that we need to be willing to work hard and try to do the best we can to make this world a better place and improve our lot in life. I worry that Obama wants to be a little too generous with the taxpayers money.
  • Speaking of being generous with taxpayer money, did you see the bailout that the US Treasury just did to save Fannie and Freddie? I don’t get this at all. Where is the outrage? Why hasn’t the media put a spotlight on this travesty?  Why is there not a huge Congressional investigation into the events that caused this dilemma? If you believe it is just an unfortunate accident resulting from a slump in the housing market, then I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you.
  • Getting back to political campaigns, has anyone ever done research on broken campaign promises? I would like to see the numbers. I am sure that both parties stink when it comes to actually delivering on their platforms.
  • NFL – What happened to all the good teams in the AFC? I believe the balance of power has finally started to shift. The NFC is on the rise. Although it is only week 1, it looks like nothing is certain this season. Here are my top teams in order of rating:Philadelphia, Dallas, Steelers, Giants, Packers, Chargers, Chicago, Patriots, Jacksonville, Vikes, Colts and Titans. Super Bowl prediction: Philadelphia vs. Steelers. Steelers win a close one 24-21.  
  • Switching to baseball, the Cubs are running away in the National League. This may be a sign of the apocalypse. You should get your life in order and hug your family because if the Cubs win it all… well I think that could be it folks. 🙂
  • While we are on the topic of ridiculous things in life, Keith Olbermann used to be one of my favorite sport broadcasters. He and Dan Patrick were awesome on Sportscenter. Keith should quit the MSNBC gig because even the other NBC news staff seems very objective compared to him. His on air rantings don’t help the network. 
  • The “mainstream” media seems to have missed some of the big storylines over the past week. First, the networks fixated on Pahlin’s teen daughter the same night that Sen. Joe Lieberman spoke at the GOP convention and endorsed a Republican. This is huge news. Lieberman was the VP candidate for the other party in the 2000 election. It would be akin to Jack Kemp coming out and backing Obama. Instead, the news media focused on Palin’s daughter. I watched the NBC news that night. Brian Williams was talking about the same thing that Entertainment Tonight covered in its top story. How does that happen? Then, this week all the mainstream media has seemed to gloss over the Fannie and Freddie bailout without really exploring the executives who made the mess in the first place. This is huge news. It’s bigger than Enron or MCI Worldcomm. Where is the outrage?
  • We need a car powered by political bull because both parties are full of it. Political bull is an endless American resource. I think our top scientists should get started on this idea.
  • I feel bad that I don’t really feel bad that Tom Brady got hurt. Something inside me strongly dislikes the Patriots. As a Christian, I should have compassion on Brady. But I kind of think it would be interesting if what happened to Bledsoe happens to him. (just being honest)
  • Getting back to Palin, McCain should outline Palin’s duties. I suggest that McCain should put her in charge of a blue ribbon taskforce assigned to develop a national energy plan. She could chair the study group that would bring together the best minds and leaders on the issue. Secondly, I suggest that McCain put her in charge of a government efficiency/cutting the pork initiative. Clinton did the same thing with Al Gore in the 90s. Hopefully, this time it would work.
  • Interesting new Website of the week: www.blueletterbible.org. It is awesome!
  • ABC should bring back Monday Night Football for those who don’t have ESPN.

That’s all the rant that is fit to print.