Archive for January, 2009

Abortion Abroad: I Fund It and I Hate It

Posted in Economy, Humanity, Politics, Religion with tags , , , on January 26, 2009 by raingeg

I was recently in a Facebook discussion about the lifting of the Mexico City Policy, which effectively enables the government to use your tax dollars to aid abortions in other countries. I wasn’t really drawn to write about this prior to the discussion, until someone asked how a Christian is supposed to respond to this situation.  In Romans 13:1 we are told “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Now the question still remains, how can we as American citizens and Christians not be held responsible for the millions of babies that will die in other countries when our tax dollars are helping fund it?

First lets point out the obvious reason, moral convictions aside, why lifting the Mexico City Policy is devastating to America. We are in a recession! There is no reason why in these tough economic times we should be sending more money over seas to pay for abortions abroad, that is something I like to call needless spending and it is something we cannot afford to do.

But what are American Christians to do? It seems like your stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand you have the option of breaking the law and not paying your taxes based on the fact that you find abortion morally wrong. And if you did adhere to that way of thinking you would also be going against what the scripture says we are to do. On the other hand you have the option of paying your taxes and providing funding for something that is morally wrong, but at the same time aligning your actions with scripture. Which choice is better? I would submit that the latter option is the way we need to be headed. I think the founders have provided us a way out of this moral dilemma.

America is set up so that the Government is the servant and not the master of the people of the country. In other words, we are in control of our government, we are supposed to provide the government with direction. Effectively, we are the government, this is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Now I could go into how God still remains in control even if the people are in control, but in the name of brevity I’ll save that for another post.

When the majority of the people believe that we should be heading in a direction that is contrary to our Christian beliefs on abortion we have to accept that. Not approve of it, but merely accept that it is going to happen. That does not mean we must be passive and not stand up for what we believe, we must stand up. As Christians the only thing we can do is fight for what we believe, pray that God will provide us with victory over sin and have faith that what God is doing is for our (the believers) own good. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I don’t think we should have to pay for actions that our government takes if we find those actions despicable, and surly not if we are combating those despicable actions. As Americans our job is to find something despicable, we have the God given inalienable right to do that. It is then our job to responsibly speak out and try our hardest to vote in politicians that do not adhere to a pro-abortion ideology. God provided his Son Jesus to die for our sins, so we need not fear that we are sinning by adhering to the scripture and paying our taxes. We must have faith in Christ! Isaiah 53:6 “All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

In the book of Daniel, Daniel cry’s out to God in prayer speaking of all the wrongs that his government has done and asking for Gods forgiveness.

Daniel 9:4-19
4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:
“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.
“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

15 “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

Unlike Israel we have not all turned away. There are many that have rejected God in this country, yet there are many more that choose not to reject God. We should follow Daniels example and pray for forgiveness for our land and the sins that our country commits. But even more important, pray for our country to have victory over sin. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our spiritual arsenal. And we must recognize that we have to have faith in God and that everything will work out for good for us the believer. There will come a time when this country might not be standing but God will always remain. And even though we have a vote and a voice, when all is said and done God and Gods Truth is in control.

All Bible verses were provided by: http://biblegateway.com

Dear Life

Posted in Life with tags on January 25, 2009 by raingeg

Life. It is an interesting thing. My life is changing a lot lately! I feel like I’ve been in an in between world for the last month or so and now I am beginning to see what the future holds. Especially with work, things are very interesting and I have real opportunities that I need to take advantage of. I can’t help but think back to where I was in the past. I can’t help thinking about having 6 days of the week off, then it was 5 days, then 4, then finally three, and then I made it to two. Now I am contemplating a real life of my own, as I slowly peel my self away from familiar ground and make my way into the uncharted territory of life.

The future is uncertain, but its bright. Options, I have options, and by properly aligning myself with Gods will and making practical decisions in life I think I will make it out alive. Without God and His grace I would be nothing, just a person seeking nothing but myself.

So right now I will live my life knowing well that I don’t know where I’ll be a year from now. I don’t know what my job will look like, I don’t know who I will be hanging around with, and I don’t even know where I will be living. All I know is that I am confident that I will be heading in the right direction.

Through the past years after high school I’ve made my way through many tough times and emerged victorious, not by my own strength, but by the grace of God. I know that more tough times are sure to come and I will try my best to prepare myself mentally and spiritually for those times.

For now I will be looking straight into the future and pondering what life has in store for me next.

Speed Cameras Going Down? At Least We Hope They Are!

Posted in Politics, Technology with tags , , on January 15, 2009 by raingeg

These pesky speed cameras might be gone sooner than I thought! In an article on AZCentral.com a new piece of legislation is aimed at taking down highway speed cameras. The legislation’s main sponsor “Republican Rep. Sam Crump of Anthem, said speed cameras are annoying, unfair, intrusive and even dangerous because of backups as motorists abruptly slow down near cameras.”

“Passage would shut down a new Department of Public Safety program launched in September.”

And hopefully these cameras will be history!

Now this particular legislation does not have an effect on the cameras that are on city streets, but I’d be willing to bet that it won’t be long before they too are on their way out.

Click here for the whole article.

Click here for the Camera Fraud website.

What do you think about the cameras? Are they really working? Do you feel safer? Do you speed up right after you go through the intersections that have cameras? Do you know where all of the intersections are? Would it make a difference to you if private companies were not benefiting from the cameras? Feel free to comment.

Looking Forward With Very Little to Say

Posted in Economy, Life, Music, Politics with tags , on January 13, 2009 by raingeg

Well, you could say I took a little bit of a break after the beginning of the new year. In my first post of year I am left with little to say. America is going to have a new president, there is a war going on between Israel and Hamas, and Americas economy is in the tank.

I hate times like this. I just can’t find anything to say. All I can really do is tell you a little bit about what I’m thinking.

On President Bush leaving: President Bush will soon become a regular citizen of the United States again. What are all of these angry song writers, poets, bloggers, and authors going to do now that he’s gone? They no longer have someone to plot against and to drag through the mud. They’ve cashed in year after year bringing out so many cliché lyrics, stanzas and punch lines that my ears are about to bleed. I will be so happy to not have to hear about the evil “cowboy” anymore. Its not that these people lack talent, they lack originality.

Everyone is talking about what his legacy will be. I honestly don’t know. Right now its almost pointless to talk about it, people are still in a bit of a feisty mood and they’re still in attack mode, once he’s gone they’ll either go insane or chill out. Every presidency has blunders, does Bush’s have anymore than Clintons? I don’t honestly know the answer to that question, but Bush’s are fresh in our mind, so give it some time.

24: The duo of Jack and Tony is back! 24 has returned after a two year vacation from the tube. I’m happy, how about you?

On President Obama: I like politics, I’ve liked politics since the 2000 election and I am not going to stop liking it because the guy I didn’t vote for is in office. I’m also not going to turn into a slanderous writer that spends every waking moment trying to make the future president look bad, that makes my country look bad. To those who think we look bad around the world. Those of you that contributed to the efforts that continually attacked President Bush’s character, you contributed to that image. I am not suggesting that any of us should have to bow down before the president, kiss the ring and not hold him accountable. But character assassination of anyone is not something I will tolerate, even if he is not in my party.

Its going to be fun to see which president we’ll get out of President Obama. To be completely honest I don’t know whether or not he will be pushed around by the further left members of congress. His handling of the war on terrorism will also be very interesting to watch.

Video games I’m looking forward to: Killzone2 and Red Faction: Guerrilla.

On Arizona’s issues: Its going to be interesting to juxtapose Arizona to the rest of the country, maybe one of the only places that actually went in a more conservative direction in the 2008 election. With fairly conservative Republicans out numbering Democrats 18-12 in the State Senate and 35-25 in the State House of Representatives. Watching how they deal with the budget deficit will be very intriguing. Also the issue of these traffic cameras that everyone, including me, is up in arms about. Will they be taken down? Visit http://camerafraud.com for more info on how you can get involved and hopefully take them down.

Albums I’m looking forward to: Is there any good new music?

That’s about all there is folks. I hope and pray that 2009 is a great year!

God bless you all,

-Ray AKA eXrai