Posts Tagged ‘God’

What were they thinking?

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

NH PlateSome times we have to dig into history to find out what our nation’s founding fathers and mothers were thinking.  Other times we might find their thought staring back from the car in front of us at a traffic light.  Such was the case the other day as I was behind a vehicle licensed  in the great state of New Hampshire.   “Live Free or Die” was the state motto staring back at me from one the first states to join the union.  There seemed no question what they were thinking oh so long ago.

And it got me thinking,  so I looked up the first 10 states.

Delaware Liberty and Independence
Pennsylvania Virtue, Liberty, and Independence
New Jersey Liberty and Prosperity
Georgia Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation
Connecticut He who is transplanted still sustains ”referring to God who brought us from Europe still with us in this land.
Massachusetts By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
Maryland Manly deeds womanly words or Strong deeds, gentle words
South Carolina Prepared in mind and resources /While I breathe, I hope
New Hampshire Live free or die
Virginia Thus Always to Tyrants or stick it to tyrants

Nope you don’t have to go too deep to understand that our founding fathers and mothers were all about liberty, independence, prosperity, and virtue as well as standing up against anyone that was going to take these from them.

Not a one of those mottos spoke to redistribution of wealth nor collectivism.  What a good lesson to be learned.  I think President Obama needs to go out and play in traffic ;)

Unburdening

Monday, March 30th, 2009

BH1 You may have noticed a little downturn in the frequency of the postings here at Wally Wonders Why.  With our President and Congress moving forth with their plans for a secular socialist nation, there is no shortage of topics to write about.  However, instead of writing, we’ve been loadin’ up the truck to move in our relatively new home;  the old home being built in the early 30’s or before and the relatively new one having been put up in the 70’s

There will be more than 1 toilet in the house and we won’t have to walk through the weather to get to the garage, so even though it is only a move to East Ferndale, it will seem like Beverly Hills to us simple folk.  We will miss our 5 acres of heaven in West Ferndale, but will feel a bit more freedom as we shed the chores that go with the acreage and unburden a huge chunk of time in our day to day lives. 

I’ve made certain to say a bit more freedom rather than a lot more freedom, because what we are to do with that time has been allocated by the Big Guy for quite sometime now.  Until recently, the how and when of his plan has been a little fuzzy, but over the last 60 days or so, we have accumulated quite a list showing that He has indeed ordained this move.  I’ll be sharing more in the near future.

Blinded by Science?

Friday, March 13th, 2009

“We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

Albert Einstein

Science is the study of God’s work, and religion the study of God Himself.  I’ve found that studying science strengthens my faith and studying God’s word deepens my understanding of science. As Einstein found “there is an order in the arrangement.” It should be expected that we find cohesion between science and religion; between a man and his work, so to speak.  I don’t think anyone would be surprised to find an artist’s fingerprints embedded in a clay sculpture, so shouldn’t we likewise expect to find God’s fingerprints upon His sculpture, our natural world.

And what artist would not attend an exhibit of their work?  Why would anyone expect God to create and dash?  No, I think He is here standing back watching people view His work, listening to their impressions and interpretations, yet open to step up and answer questions when asked.

At least publicly, Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientific minds of all time, appeared to have understood only the science of God and not the religion.  I hope privately he asked the Artist a few personal questions regarding faith and religion.

Let’s not be blinded by science without recognizing that the bright light of science is God; the Way, the Truth and the Light

Timeless advice

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Sloth This is a sloth.  Not a bad looking guy as long as you are in to lots of hair and don’t mind 3 long toes.  I’m sure my wife would love this guy; I’m a bit on the hairy side and even though I have 5 toes, they have been described as freakishly long.  (I end my digression now.)

Not this cute guy, but sloth whether it be spiritual or actual, is also one of the ominous 7 Deadly Sins preached by the Catholic faith.  Even though I don’t personally see a reason to classify one sin above another, I can’t fault anyone who would focus on eliminating lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride in their lives.  Not that my approval means anything, but that’d be A-OK with Wally.

What got me thinking of the 7 Deadlies was not a bolt of lightening and clap of thunder, it was more a like a bad 70’s song going over and over and over in your head, kind a like ABBA.  See if you can hear it…

Larsen says focused stimulus package will bring money quickly

State could get $4 billion from federal stimulus package

Feds to give Whatcom County governments $4.5 million for street work

They’re going to give you money to spend, and then they’re going to give you incentives to spend it.”

Ferndale: Improve an existing section of Second Avenue…  $2.7 million, with feds to pay $1 million of that.

low-income workers who don’t make enough money to pay income taxes would get checks from the government

give consumers a state sales tax and excise tax deduction

Plenty of Washington projects await fed stimulus

A similar family making $35,000 a year would get a payment of $4,100

$17 billion to give one-time $300 payments

Once it arrives, the stimulus money will be channeled…

Who’ll get what? Local cities bid for funds

Some local officials started compiling a wish list back in November

…projects they think have the best chance to win money

Get, win, wish list, get, bring money…. did you hear what I heard in these cuts from the Bellingham Herald?

What I heard was the sound of greed with covetness doing the background vocals.  Greed, desiring what you haven’t earned or don’t deserve, is usually right there with covet, desiring for yourself something that belongs to another.  People who make wish lists of what they will do with money they didn’t earn are ugly.  Yes, ugly with a capital U.  Greed is ugly and electing officials to take money from faceless other people and deliver it to us in the form of checks and benefits is one of the ugliest form of greed I can think of.  At least the mugger on the street has the decency to steal from you in person.  .

We should all strive to take care of ourselves and our family and all people deserve to receive and keep what they earn and spend it how they wish.  We should use Paul’s example as we strive not to be a burden to others.

I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
(Act 20:33-35)

Beyond not being a burden to others, Paul also reminded us that Christ said it is more blessed to give than to receive.  Christ asks us to make a good choice and be charitable, He does not command us to forfeit large sums of our earnings for government redistribution.  He does not command nor even suggest that that we form governments to collect large portions of our earnings for redistribution.  Do you suppose he might have had a reason for this?

Certainly feeding and clothing the less fortunate is a good thing that we as a society should strive to do, but the manner in which we do it should also be a good thing for our society.  Our basic sustenance social safety net of the past has given way to the idea that everyone has a right to an equal standard of living.

I have no doubt that the socialist model currently in use by the Obama Administration will show immediate boost in income some at the lower end of the income scale.  But the cost of that money comes at too high a price.  If we reward people for not producing and not contributing, then they will continue to not produce and not contribute.  Additionally, many of those who are producing and contributing will see their toil as folly and cease to produce and contribute.  Our nation will become a nation of dependants with increasingly less and less of those with which to depend.

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
(Pro 21:25-26)

Again, this is not about starving those who are unable to take care of themselves, it is about motivating others to do the best and the most that they can.  That is Christ’s model; be the most you can be, be content with what you have and give charitably and joyfully to those in need.  I wish this were again

Several hundred years ago, long before any credit crisis or bursting bubbles,  Martin Luther offered this advice regarding the last of God’s ten commandments to His people.

We must fear and love God, so that we will not attempt to trick our neighbor out of his inheritance or house, take it by pretending to have a right to it, etc. but help him to keep & improve it.

God’s words are timeless.