Better To Speak Truth or Live Truth?

In my last post, I talked a little bit about the merits of criticism and judgment. Reading comments that others have shared and just taking some time to meditate on this over the course of the day, I feel like I have a little more to talk about with this one.

Like I said before, I think that it’s a bit naive to say that there isn’t wrong in the world, in the same way that, feeling ill, it would be naive to say “I don’t have pneumonia” until one is bedridden and debilitated. Sometimes something is genuinely wrong, and it needs to be addressed. I think the crux of the matter of criticism lies in the motive.

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A Good Dad Paralyzed In Car Accident, How We Can Help

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I found this on Reddit today. I’ll let this man’s son explain what happened.

This past Monday evening my father was involved in a serious automobile accident close to Atlanta, Georgia. He was on the way to catch a movie with my two brothers when he was hit head on by a driver

Unfortunately, my fathers injuries are extensive. He is permanently paralyzed below the neck, can’t breath without a respirator, and has to have a feeding tube for the rest of his life. On top of that, he isn’t expected to live for more than a few months.

While this terrible event has humbled and pained all of us, we are most concerned about our fathers’ state of mind. He can’t speak to us but can nod his head and use a message board to communicate. He has told us he is frustrated and sad. We are trying to do all that we can to lift his spirits.

That’s where we are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle here on reddit. I’m trying to find some personality/celebrity that my father is fond of, to make a visit to his hospital room in the next week or two.

Here is a little bit about my father and his interests. He is a HUGE NBA nut, specifically the Lakers. He is conservative politically and enjoys Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, etc. (Hope I didn’t lose 90% of Reddit with that one!). While the NBA is his first love, he loves sports in general. Does anyone here on r/pics have any connections to anyone in the NBA, Fox News, MLB, or something along those lines?

We are desperately trying to get some personality/celebrity that means something to him to come and visit him in the ICU unit. He will be in the ICU in Atlanta Medical Center for the next week. Feel free to post here or send me a PM. Here’s hoping! Proof and some pictures of my father: http://imgur.com/a/xwtS3 (I’ll be posting this to a few subreddits, for maximum visibility. You can submit it elsewhere too if you have an idea of what might make this plea more successful)

Another commenter said this: “Oh man, this one is personal. I know Jim, he is an incredibly person and helped me on my path in life. If anyone has any contact PLEASE HELP THIS MAN. He has helped endless lives for the better and has made the world brighter.”

So here’s the deal. I’m going to push this out. Let’s start tweeting using the hashtag #AGoodDad to talk about the things we love about the father figures in our lives, and start pushing this out to the people this man said he wants to meet. I’ve already reached out to the OP about this.

I know to some this might not seem important to some, and I know that a lot of the people in my circles are investigative journalists and news bloggers. I know we like to focus on the big shocker stories. Let’s do something for this family.

#RestoringLove.

Here’s a link to the Reddit post, so upvote that if you can. Here’s a link to his twitter, let’s give him follows and RTs. 

Please give it a share. Thank you, and God bless.

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People Are More Than “Voters”

If there’s one thing most people in America don’t like, it’s being objectified. However, that’s exactly what has happened in this last election, and it is likely the underlying reason everybody is so angry these days.

During the 2012 elections, both the Republicans and the Democrats used rhetoric that emphasized the vote of the individual than the individual themselves. Discussion of winning over “undecided voters,” “Hispanic voters,” “Black voters,” and all the other “voters” under the sun sets the precedent that the values and beliefs of the individual aren’t really relevant – instead, the way they fill in the boxes on their ballot are what truly matters to today’s politicians. When I say “forget about the party lines” this is one of the major things I’m referring to. Being grouped is natural – it’s bound to happen because we all like to think of things in terms of groups – but the problem is that we’ve let those groups define us, and the politicians are following suit.

So how do we change from being voters back to being… people? I believe the answer is simple. We need to stop viewing elections as the solutions to our problems. So much of our culture now hinges around these elections every four years, and  for the rest of the time we sit around unengaged and uninvolved with the process. No wonder we’re considered nothing more than voters! As far as American culture and politics go, that’s really all we are!

It’s the classic case of workload buildup. The further we get out of touch with what’s happening in the world, or in the country, or even what’s happening down the street at our own city hall, the harder it seems to get back in touch. But the reality is that it’s only as hard as you make it. If your intention is to get involved with a national campaign to support local business, you’re probably going to feel overwhelmed. Getting involved nationally is daunting. Instead, don’t forget that city hall is right down the street. When you start getting engaged, you’ll find that even local issues are far more relevant (and sometimes even interesting) than you ever imagined. Instead of a national campaign, start a local campaign to support local business.

Really, it’s all about community. In your community, you aren’t just a voter. You’re a neighbor, a friend, a colleague, a confidant. You’re somebody who is important to a lot of people, and you can do so much more good in your local community, as opposed to beating your head against the wall trying to start a national movement. Sure, some boneheads (like myself) enjoy slamming their foreheads against that brick wall of national culture, but if that doesn’t feel like your cup of tea, I strongly recommend that you start something local. Running for school board, starting a charity event, organizing a gathering to support a cause you believe in – it’s all about restoring love, principles, and integrity.

We need good people in the effort to restore the heart and soul of America, and it starts in your neighborhood. So stop being a “voter” and start being a neighbor! If you do, then honestly, who cares what Romney and Obama called you during the election? Your community will thank you for it.

Keep going, and Keep the Faith.

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If there ever was a time to start a movement, that time has come. Did we really think that our everlasting freedom would be won by a few funny tweets, a handful of hashtag hijacks, and a charismatic duo in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? To believe that freedom could be won so easily does a disservice to the immense worth of freedom, and also a disservice to the things we are capable of.

Will we be fair-weather patriots? Because our battle just became more difficult than any of us could possibly imagine. Are we going to sit down now, and say, “take me away,” or are we going to stand up and show the world what we are really capable of.

We have not yet begun to fight.

But it is a bittersweet moment, now. We’ve just watched an election slip through our fingers, and with it, the chances for an easy fix. But once you see God’s hand in it, things become clear. We will prevail.

I want to leave you with a song. I wrote it months ago, and the lyrics are even more true today. I pray that it gives you hope, calms your heart, and prepares you for the long voyage ahead. We will be walking together as patriots, every step of the way.

God bless you, and “Keep The Faith.”

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Wal-Mart and the Early Christian Church: An Investigation

As both a free-market conservative and a vocal supporter of small, local businesses, there comes a time when grey areas emerge. One of those grey areas is a little bitty company by the name of Wal-Mart. I think it’s high time that we get the discussion started about big, faceless companies like the aforementioned Wal-Mart, and figure out where they fit in with the America we are working to build. Continue reading “Wal-Mart and the Early Christian Church: An Investigation”