I pay attention to the news and other stuff.
Here’s my take on some news and stuff that I find interesting. Here we go:
Tim Challies writes a thought-provoking piece on the now taboo behavior for Christians of smoking. My two cents: smoking is not inherently sinful. It is sinful inasmuch as it draws you and your affections from God and to smoking. So, it will depend on each person and whether or not they are bound to it in a destructive way. Having never smoked myself, my insights are limited.
Of course, I do think it is foolish from a health standpoint. But plenty of things are foolish and not sinful. I’m thinking of things like sky diving or bungee jumping or hockey or eating at Long John Silvers.
Clinton calls on authorities in Beijing to keep buying US Treasuries in order to jump start the US economy. She also avoided any sticky human rights issues. Apparently when we’re at the economic behest of a people-squelching country we lose the right to say that people-squelching is wrong.
So we’ve traded our collective conscience about things like religious liberty and free speech in order that the US Treasury has the funds to send converter box coupons so no American has to go without TV. I’m more than a little concerned.
So says Hugh Jackman, the host of the Oscars. As I watch for the first time in a few years I am greatly enjoying the musical numbers done by Jackman and a plethora of others. I definitely go for theatrical musical entertainment over the smutty comedy that I’ve heard in the past. Not to say there still isn’t plenty of undesirable junk around, but still lovin’ the musical.
A new book by my pastor, John Piper, promises to be one of the most important reads outside of the Bible. I’m only a few chapters in and am loving it for the simple and profound Gospel truths that it preaches. If I had to write a blurb I’d say, “Finally Alive is a wake-up call for all who call themselves born-again.” Maybe someone has said that already, if so, my apologies.
At the end of this NY Times piece, Alan Greenspan, former fed chair, remarks that, “the government might be forced to temporarily nationalize some banks.” I know Greenspan is a really smart guy, but does anyone seriously believe that if the gov’t got a hold of the banks that they would ever be given back to the private market? This seems very naive to me. Since when has gov’t ever willingly given up power?
Feedback is welcome, as always.