being a Christian

A good and dear friend whom I love and respect recently invited me to join a group on Facebook which has the purpose of boycotting the new film, “The Golden Compass”.  I was curious and read up on the film.  It seems in the novels upon which the movie is based the main character has a quest to “kill god”.  The author of the books, Philip Pullman, has even been quoted as saying, “My books are about killing god” but I can’t find that quote anywhere.  What I have read is the typical fare of an Atheist (which I used to be)…. things like… organized religion does more harm than good… or science can’t prove the existence of god… or the Church is just a bunch of power hungry white guys…  there isn’t any new ground here, so, my further research leads me to believe Pullman’s books are about killing organized religion, which is an idea I can strongly understand.

In summary, I will not be boycotting this film.  In fact, I look forward to seeing it.  In addition, I’m going to read the books if I can find them at my local library…  As Christians, we shouldn’t be afraid of what the world throws at us… So many people called for the boycott of the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” when it was released in the 1988, but it was a fantastic film and it challenged my faith and gave me insights I had never before discovered.  I believe that my GOD is in everything… that HIS hands are at work in my (our) everyday lives… HE isn’t threated by Phillip Pullman… I’m sure not going to be

SDG,
Matty

Gutsy some more…

Mom’s Dell Lappy is running Kubuntu Gusty with NO HICCUPS!!! It’s even connecting to my WPA protected wireless network like a champ!  I’m so excited to get my mom running a Linux distro… she’s going to be so much happier… now, just got to get her a new battery!!

SDG,
Matty the Geek!

As promised… the “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas” post…

Ok, so, here’s the short answer….

I say “Happy Holidays” unless someone says “Merry Christmas” to me, then I return the “Merry Christmas”.

Here’s the slightly (yeah, right!) longer answer…

I have said “Happy Holidays” since long before Bill O’ Reilly (may he rest in peace, SOON!… sorry, that was uncalled for… i don’t wish the man dead… i just wish he’d shut the hell up ) declared the practice “A war on Christmas“. I began doing so during the Holiday Season of 1995. I was a jr in college and spending my fall semester back in Massachusetts, attending Gordon College. I was working at the North Shore Musical Theatre and many of our patrons and guests were Jewish. Trust me, you only need to say “Merry Christmas” once or twice to a couple of old, cranky Jewish ladies before you change your vocabulary. And I ask, “Why shouldn’t we?”. When you say, “Merry Christmas” you disregard the fact that there are other holidays celebrated by all kinds of people all over the world at this time of year. The Muslim month of Ramadan is around this general time. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah is also during this time of year as are the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa and the “traditional” celebration of Yule or Midwinter. It is arrogant and pig-headed to discount all of these celebrations, simply because we may or may not celebrate them. I guarantee the celebration of Hanukkah is as sacred and somber and joyful and blessed to my Jewish friends as the celebration of Christmas is to me and my brothers and sisters in CHRIST. The same goes for those who celebrate other holidays at this time of year.

What are we, as Christians, afraid of? This isn’t persecution… this isn’t lions in the coliseum… this is the natural result of living in a country which says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; yearning to breathe free“. We are a melting pot… diversity is what makes this country great.

Let’s try to show some respect for our fellow human beings at this time of year. Would our LORD JESUS CHRIST have encouraged us to go out and offend others? I can hear you now, “Well, some people just like to be offended and they’re going to be offended no matter what!” Yup, you’re right… congratulations. What does the Word of GOD have to say…

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18

As we continue to enjoy the Christmas season, let’s ask ourselves… “Are we doing whatever we can to ‘live at peace with everyone’?”

As always, just my 2 cents!

SDG,
Matty

flashback

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece called “Serve My Enemies?” (click for the original post). It is still, according to my ‘blog stats, one of the highest viewed pages/posts on my ‘blog… I read through it and some of your comments again this morning… I am forever grateful for my brothers and sisters in CHRIST who challenge me and encourage me to grow. Thanks!

I have ordered a copy of the poster which was the subject of the post and I look forward to hanging it in a prominent place very soon!

Be well, everyone!

SDG,
Matty

Jabberwocky

Ever feel like nothing makes any sense? Enjoy the poem by Lewis Carroll and remember… it doesn’t have to make sense!

  ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Take care, my readers! I love and appreciate you all more than you will ever know!  God’s wonderful blessings to you all during this Christmas season!

SDG,
Matty