Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rock the Vote!

Since I have been old enough to vote, I have been pretty good about doing my civic duty in doing so. In that time, I have never been to the place I am now as a voter. I'll admit I have pretty much been Republican to the bone but have never been so blind to not know the right candidate. Today however, I am without a party. Republicans and Democrats alike have ruined the foundation of our nation. Their primary focus being overpowering each other rather than uniting to strengthen our country is exactly what's wrong with our nation. When our forefathers wrote our constitution, they did a pretty darn good job of putting together a doctrine that would have longevity. The Bill of Rights soon followed which essentially allows updates as our world changes. So look at us now. Is this what our forefathers envisioned for our government? Did they see the mudslinging, the corruption, the stagnation of government response to do what is right, what is best for our nation?

I've not yet voted here in Georgia, although many have. Last night while on "The Facebook" and Chatting it up with my Uncle Bobby, discussions went in this direction. Specifically, in reference to our candidates for Governor, I said we don't have anyone worthy of a vote. Fact is, WE DON"T!! It sort of felt that way in this past Presidential election as well and with good warrant. So what do we do? Why vote? Who gets my vote? The lesser of two evils? That is Exactly what Ive been doing for years now. What's wrong?

The answer is simple. We should re-name our country "The States", because we are no longer worthy of calling ourselves "United", one nation under God. Lawyers and today's media are modern day witchdoctors, ,or spin doctors if you will, that have manipulated us as a country, as a culture, as humans, as Christians. Even those that are of other religious factions have suffered. It's not as we are divided from one state to the next, but from individual to individual. The political bickering bleeds out of Congress and into the streets where we pick up the fight and become divided. Fact is folks that after the election is over, we are supposed to shake hands and UNITE to work on our country. Instead we are so busy working on our OWN agenda as soon as the election is over, we start throwing rocks for the next election. It makes me sick at my stomach.

So, what do we do? I'll go back to my discussion with my Uncle Bobby and his response to my question, "Who do we vote for"?. He said the most brilliant thing I've heard in a long time and it is so simple. I quote:
  "Just use the write in ballot and write down GOD." Wow!! So THAT is EXACTLY what I'm going to do!!

Now before you worry about me running off and bombing any abortion clinics let me put your mind at ease. I'm no extremist. But I am ready to take our country back. I'm ready to give it back to God. Let's consider what it would look like if EVERY Christian wrote down God on the write in for every election. How many would God win?? What would our government do with that? Likely they will give the position to the person with the next highest amount of votes. However, it would send the loudest message to our government that our country has ever seen or heard: We are fed up with your political bull crap, we want God running our country again. NOW!!

Vote for God for Governor of Georgia - his record and resume is the only perfect one in existence.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yoga - The Devils Stretch?

I saw a headline today that said and I quote: "Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God.
Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."
"That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press"
 You can see the article here.

Nevertheless, this is what I see as a typical Baptist reaction. Let me clarify that my roots in growing up are Baptist. It's also the reason I quit going to church for better than half my life. I am saddened and somewhat angered by such statements.

Recently I thought I learned my lesson from challenging a Pastor for I certainly don't want to disturb the flow of God's work. In this case I can't help myself and I have to speak up. I feel God wants me to because this is just wrong. I contacted Mr. Mohler and below is my e-mail to him. 

Dr. Mohler -
I'm limited on time here so forgive me for being frank. Your recent stance on Yoga is disturbing to me as a Christian. Yoga in no way is a separation from Christ. It's origins may be from a different culture with another religion but what else will you exclude? Chinese food? Kosher Dills? Martial Arts? Any activity that derives from outside the Baptist culture? I grew up Baptist and this is exactly what drove me AWAY from Christ for many years.

Fortunately I am with a church now that focuses on a living relationship with Christ and the Holy Bible is our Scripture. It doesn't say anything about "Satan's Yoga", or wearing a coat and tie to church. It doesn't place man made rules and ideals above the ideals Jesus set for us.

Jesus went to the wicked and saved. As he parted he asked we do things as and greater than he did. If a Yoga class was filled with Buddhist or Hindu, or simply lost souls, going there would be an opportunity to tell them about Christ. Telling your followers to avoid this exercise, as if it were wicked, is not only incorrect but it robs Christians from the opportunity of following Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

How can we do this if we avoid exposing our self to the world. If I can "walk through the valley of the shadow of death", surely with Christ, I can attend a yoga class and walk out a better Christian.

Sincerely -
James Victor Webb
Christ Follower

If You agree with me I urge you to express yourself to Dr. Mohler as well. Be nice, expose your love for Christ, and let God do the rest. You can contact him here.

Side note - My UGA dawgs are in a bad way and face a pathetic UT that is playing above the talent level they possess.  If we lose to the lowly Vols at home after the season we've had so far, a turd of epic proportions is going to hit the proverbial fan.  Go Dawgs - please!