so… here’s my answer

Ok… after much thought… here goes:

Yes, I am proud to be an American. I am not always proud of America.



Proud to be an American?

Michelle Obama said, in a recent speech, that “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country” and this started a lot of chins wagging and fingers typing. Columnist Michelle Malkin wrote a response to Mrs. Obama which you can read here: I was emailed Ms. Malkin’s response by my favorite Conservative, my Dad. I read it and then I responded to it.

Now, I want to hear from you, faithful readers. Are you Proud to be an American, why or why not? What does it mean to you to be “proud to be an American”? What does it mean to you if someone were to say they are not “proud to be an American”?

I am desperate for your responses, my fellow Americans and gentle readers. Don’t let me down.

“Happy Holidays!”

Over on Facebook, I asked the question, “Do you say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’ or both or neither and why? or why not?”  I have gotten three responses and they have been pretty much what I expected.  I’m going to give it a couple of days to see if I can get some more varied responses, then I’m going to write up my responses and thoughts and opinions over here on “the ‘blog!”… I will also be asking the question on myspace… if you aren’t on either myspace or facebook and you’d like to weigh in… comment below!


Serve my Enemies?

The Bible Blogger wrote a piece today about an image that is making it’s way around the internet. The image depicts Jesus kneeling before several people and washing their feet, including Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush, and others.

The bible blogger questions the validity of this depiction, asking, “Would Jesus Wash Hilary Clinton’s Feet?” (The woman seated in the foreground is said to be Hillary Clinton… I think it looks more like Madeline Albright…) He quotes Romans 12:20 and then makes this profound assertion:

As a Christian, we have no choice but to believe our Savior would do that exact thing because He commands us to do it. The problem is that way too many Christians equate showing compassion on your “enemy” with giving into someone else’s beliefs or not standing up for Christ because you’re afraid of offending them.

As a counterpoint, this guy views the same poster/image and makes the following statement:

I guess the point is to show just how forgiving and loving Jesus is. He’s so loving the he’ll even wash Osama bin Laden’s feet!

Sorry, I aint that kind of Christian. My Jesus would use nunchucks on Osama bin Laden. Or maybe rip his still beating heart out, Temple of Doom style.

Quite a difference! The same Jesus? Which blogger is right? Which blogger is wrong?

My feelings run along with “The Bible Blogger” to the extent that forgiveness is our “prime directive” as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“What Would Jesus Do?” if face to face with bin Laden? I have no idea…. what do you think?