3.13.2009

Are we having fun yet?

Bernard Madoff says he’s sorry.

The net worth of American households fell $11.2 trillion in 2008.

Last week, word came that fewer Americans are Christian. As a Christian, that is discouraging to me, but I understand the need to turn away from the fundamentalism that has infiltrated most Christian churches in this country. Far too many so-called spiritual leaders are not exactly setting a good example for their flocks.

I am listening to “Smoke, Mirrors and Murder: Ann Rule’s Crime Files Vol 12.” One chapter, “The Preacher’s Wife,” details what went on behind closed doors in the Tennessee home of the Church of Christ pastor shot dead by his wife.

A local Baptist pastor is in the Anderson County (SC) Detention Center accused of setting fire to his church. Yesterday he was charged with stealing $5,000 from church funds (LINK). In December, the church was vandalized four times, with “hate-filled messages” written on its walls. These incidents are still under investigation.

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35

A Gallup poll yesterday (LINK) says that 3 million more Americans than last year say they are “suffering” from the current recession. Five percent of Americans said their well-being had been affected when gasoline prices went up last summer. During the first days of this month, that figure has risen to 6 percent.

South Carolina has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Yesterday, some 75,000 unemployed workers did not get their benefits due to “a computer error” which resulted in the inability to print checks. People swarmed their local unemployment offices in desperation. “The money’s there, even though it’s on loan from the federal government. We had a small computer snafu; that’s all,” was the reassuring comment by the head of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. Hopefully, these folks will get their money in a day or two.

The Sears Tower where I’ve enjoyed the view from top on several occasions is now officially “The Willis Tower,” named for the London firm which owns the property. This American landmark, the tallest building in the Wester Hemisphere, once belonged to an American institution – Sears, Roebuck and Company – and has been in foreign hands since 1999.

The pope needs to learn to Google (LINK).

I have no idea what “tweeting on twitter” means.

FOR THE COMMENTS ZONE:

It’s Friday the 13th. Are we having fun yet?

7 comments:

Papamoka said...

Just my opinion and take it for what its worth, I don't think a person truly ever stops believing in God, they do however stop believing in the institutions that foul his name.

Willis Tower, really! Wow.

airth10 said...

BJ, You sound different from a few days ago when you didn't have a care in the world.

tiny said...

Tiny agrees with Papamoka about people meoving away from the religious institutions and the doctrines they teach. However they are not the possessers of the spiritual essence of our inner being. That belongs to each individual and how they choose to manifest it.

Joseph Chilton Pearce wrote a book:
The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit.Subtitle is: A Return to the Intelligence of the Heart. Tiny is eager to read the book. Perhaps people will learn to live from the heart and stop the hate and violence in the world. Wouldn't that be a peaceful world?

Good Southern Man said...

"The Willis Tower"??? That is crazy.

I don't know the "tweeting" thing either. My classmates were talking about it and I felt like I was in the twilight zone with non-sense words being substituted for real words.

As some of you may know, I am no longer a Christian. I am still ethical, moral, and an all around nice guy. I want to keep many things that I learned as a Christian and I have known people who have grown up atheist with the same value system that I learned as a Christian. I think that many people think that if we lose Christianity then we will also loose society and it's morals. This is not true. It is true that things will change but I can only hope for the better.

Good Southern Man said...

lose and not loose.... if spell check or grammar check doesn't catch it them I am in trouble. LOL.

B.J. said...

Airth, because of your comment on my previous post, “Nothing’s plenty for me,” I knew you were going to say exactly what you said. I still do not have a care in the world! The difference in that day and today? I listened to the news, which I merely regurgitated in this post. Oh, I have problems which are hurdles to get over, then I get on with my life.

To all: loving the comments! Thanks for bothering.

Infidel753 said...

I don't think a person truly ever stops believing in God

Oh, it's perfectly possible to think things over and come to the conclusion that something you once believed in doesn't exist. Happens with Santa Claus all the time.

Then of course there are those of us who never believed in it in the first place.