Fear Of Whales

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What Are We In Favor Of Again?

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From The Onion: Conservative Christians protest the second law of thermodynamics on the steps of the Kansas Capitol.Christians are against abortion, gay marriage, and evolution. Against the continuing decay of moral values, and the increased need to be “PC” at the expense of frank honesty. We’re against socialism, communism, fascism, and liberalism. We disagree with postmodernism, nihilism, materialism and probably existentialism (though we’re not exactly sure what that last one is)

We know saying “Yes” to Christ means saying “No” to every other religion and worldview including (but by no means limited to) Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Baha’i, Zoroastrianism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Taoism, Jainism,  Confucianism, Rastafari, Shinto, Sikhism, Animism, Druidism, Paganism, Wicca, Scientology, Christian Science, Mormonism, and maybe even Catholicism.

And as well we should.

I want to be clear hear and now that this is not a post about me saying that the church shouldn’t be against things. I know one of the biggest things we’ve been against lately is people telling us we can’t be against anything, so let me say now: I think we should be against things sometimes.

But holy guacamole people, What are we FOR?

We’re for Jesus, obviously, but how does that play out? What does it mean? He died and rose again so that what? We go to heaven?

Is that what we’re for? We’re in favor of going to heaven when we die? There’s gotta be something else…

What about Good morals. Christians are for good morals, and family values. But again, what does that mean?

it means no premarital sex, no adultery, so stealing, lying or cheating, Opposition to militant feminism, insolent children, obscene entertainment. Great things to be against. but I ask again, What are we FOR?

Small government, Lower taxes?

Nope! You’re getting confused. That’s republican, not christian…

I fear we have become an anti- religion. We have become a people, defined by the things we are not. we are like a hole in the ground, not a thing in itself except by contrast to the ground around it.

This is one of the reasons I’m so careful not to enumerate problems without suggesting solutions here on this Blog. It’s not that I think I know all the answers it’s just that anyone can find fault. I want to find answers instead.

And this topic is no exception.I’m not just against not being in favor of anything. I’m In favor of being in favor of some things:

I think we should in favor of Love.

In favor of Faith Hope and Charity,

In Favor of the Fruits of the holy spirit and all the things that bring them about.

And we should be in favor of creative and constructive ways to increase those things.

This week, how can you create something that promotes global goodness?

How can you support something that makes the world better.

If you get an idea about how to oppose something that makes the world worse write it down and do it another week. This week be in favor of something.

Then comment me up and tell us about it.

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Written by RyanGaffney

February 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I’m in favor of baking brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes, cakes, granola, and cookies with my nieces. I’m also in favor of giving away brownies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cakes, granola, and cookies to other people.

    I’m in favor of hand-written letter because they are more personal.

    I’m in favor of reading trashy novels.

    I’m in favor of endlessly discussing Harry Potter and watching Harry Potter movies.

    I’m in favor of answering divine appointments.

    I’m in favor of loving people where they are.

    I’m in favor of humility and graciousness, of generosity and compassion, of love and kindness.

    I’m in favor of the Buddhist Loving-Kindness Meditation, because although I’m a Christian, I find that this meditative practice helps me to be a more humble, gracious, generous, compassionate, loving, and kind individual.

    Oh, and I’m in favor of walking my dog. And puppies. Does anybody want a puppy? Can we start a list? My dog is due in about 3 weeks, and 12 weeks after that we’re planning to say good-bye.

    Is anybody else out there FOR puppies?

    MB

    February 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    • 🙂 Nice

      Anyone else?

      ryangaffney

      February 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  2. This actually is similar to a blog I wrote a couple weeks ago, though mine was more politically focused… 😛

    I’m in favor of justice.

    I’m in favor of accepting other people completely for who they are.

    I’m in favor of hot chocolate in front of a fire on rainy days.

    I’m also in favor of everything MB wrote, except that I’ve never made granola and don’t have nieces 😛

    I’m in favor of rational, polite discourse/discussions

    All in all, I’m in favor of love, to the point of discomfort, to the point of having to call people out even though you know it may not be welcome. Of love without abandon.

    (btw, you have some interesting thoughts. I quite enjoy reading through them 🙂 )

    Deanna

    February 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    • Thanks Deanna

      ryangaffney

      February 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm


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