Monday, May 18, 2009

The Coolest Photo.

You guys know I love winter. And what better than an eerie photo of downtown Minneapolis in the middle of winter?

*Loves it*

Friday, May 15, 2009

Prayer Dilemma.

There is a Christian dilemma I'd like to put before you. If you can, please help me understand.
  • Christian prays for X to happen, and it happens. Christian praises God.
  • Christian prays for X to happen, and it does not happen. Christian says, "No one knows the mind of God."
  • Christian prays for X NOT to happen, and it happens. Christians says "God works in mysterious ways.
  • Christian prays for Gay Marriage not to happen, and it happens. Christian says, "AMERICA IS DOOMED!!! The end of the world is near!"
Help me out here. Why is it that when God doesn't answer their other prayers they embrace humility and accept that they don't understand anything, yet when Barack Obama gets into office or gay marriage passes they say the end of the world is coming? If there were a God, wouldn't he have more power over Barack Obama and Gay Marriage than you finding a close parking space in the Wal-Mart parking lot? Wouldn't the prayers over national sovereignties be at the top of God's prayer list?

So if God really exits, and he really is listening to everyone's prayers...could it be possible that this is his answer? Is it really a terrible assertion that maybe, just maybe, God DID answer their prayers?

The notion of a God is utterly insane to me. But, to those who do believe in God, why don't you take a step back and seriously ask yourself this question. Why don't you truly ponder that if there be a God, he is in control and has allowed this to happen for a reason.

But then again, that would mean they'd have to love their neighbor as themselves. That would mean that the enemy they've created ("the left", "the liberals", "the homosexuals", "everyone-else-that-doesn't-think-like-me") are actually real people. That would mean they'd have to pray for them just like they pray for their children. That would mean they'd have to serve others like they serve yourselves.

I'm amazed at the amount of money and energy the Christian community has spent trying to work against gay rights, democrats and liberals. I wonder how different a country America would be if all that time and devotion had went to solving real problems--homelessness, poverty, starvation, destroyed families, dilapidated school systems, gang wars...think of the millions of commercials that have been aired (at $1,000s per pop) trying to get people to vote to take away Americans' rights. How many families would that have fed? How many children would that have put through college? How many lives could have been turned in a new direction?

Perhaps Christians deserve the answer they got. Perhaps they need to realize that holding signs such as "Fags Go to Hell" will not turn people towards their God. Maybe they need a wake-up call. And hopefully this wave of political change will be that call.

Friday, May 8, 2009

"Unnecessary" Quotations.

I "love" the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotations. It just makes me laugh. It also makes me realize how huge of a dork I am!

Yeah, that one girl...the one who slipped and broke her face...yeah, she doesn't count. "ZERO" Accidents!


Probably the worst idea I have ever had was to play Tee Ball with my sister. The reason why? She was the tee.

Think about that for a second.

I broke her wrist in seven places. Strangely enough, it really had not occurred to either of us that our little game could even remotely be dangerous. It's funny now that I am pursuing a degree in Logistics (read: difficult) and this weekend I will be going to watch my sister graduate with her Master's degree in Education. Obviously, we have come a long way since the times we thought bashing baseball bats on our wrists seemed apropos.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Genuine Hospitality.

A chunky, bearded-man with a scowl stands at the register counter. His nametag reads "Chaz".

Me: Hi! How are you doing today?
Chaz: ...
Me: ...
Chaz: ... *staring right into my eyes* ...
Me: Well, alright great to hear! May I have a bagel, egg and cheese please?
Chaz: ...
Me: Umm...
Chaz: ...
Me: Err...Bagel, egg and cheese...please?
Chaz: ...Do you egg and cheese bagel?