Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

Judging Judges

August 25, 2010

This November, in Iowa, three of the judges that made the decision to allow gay marriage in Iowa will be on the ballot.  The people of the state are given the opportunity to ratify their appointment, or not.  This is an opportunity to express how we feel about their work.  It will not change any laws, but it may send a message about what the majority of the  public thinks about their decision.  This could make a difference in what happens in other states.

The Iowa Supreme Court  created something new in our state by allowing gay marriages.  It is my opinion that the judges exceeded their authority.  I am glad that I will have the opportunity to express my opinion with my vote in November.

Community of Believers

November 4, 2009

Community is not necessarily uniformity.

For people who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, Savior and Lord; there is a range of expression of that faith.  The Bible is read, interpreted and applied.  It is understandable that we will have some variation in that process of applying Scripture to  our lives.  God works in our lives at different rates, and in different ways.  Who are we to judge another man’s servant?

Believe in Jesus.

Love God.

Love one another.

Yet, the scripture tells us that if we love God, we will keep His commandments.  It is appropriate to interact with each other over the application of the Word.  There are serious consequences for behaviour or beliefs that go too far in the wrong direction.  Dialogue with individuals with whom we disagree, can bring change either to ourselves, or to them, if each other’s position is honestly considered.

Ultimately God is the judge.  May God guide our thoughts, words and deeds, so that they may be pleasing and acceptable in His sight.

Brain Drain??

October 27, 2009

I read an article the other day about the steep reduction in pay being forced upon the executives of the large banks that had received a government bailout.  The concern that was expressed was that these individuals were brilliant in their fields, and that if they were not paid what they thought they  were worth, that they would quit their jobs to work for someone else.

If they are so brilliant, then why did the government need to bail them out?

For most people, if their area of responsibility had failed miserably, they would be looking for a new job, not cashing bonus checks.  Are they going to put on their resume  “We oversaw the destruction of our last company, now what can we do for you”???

If the government had not bailed them out, either they would have worked themselves out of the hole, or they would have been fired and replaced, or their entire business would be consumed by other businesses that were run more efficiently.  The business world can take care  of itself.  The strong survive, the weak are devoured.

Why did we interfere?