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I wrote this 4 years ago but it is still so relevant:
I love Christians, but I can’t stand Church folks. Some will ask what’s the difference? Well here’s a list:
Church folks tear down other members.
Christians build up everyone they meet.
Church folks act like they are happy for your successes.
Christians really are actually happy for your success.
Church folks are extremely critical.
Christians will give correction, but they will always do it in love.
Church folks will give big so they can be viewed as big shots.
Christians cheerfully give what they have no matter how much it is.
Church folks worry and fret about what they wear to church.
Christians realize what is in the inside is more important than what is on the outside.
Church folks have a need to be seen doing good things.
Christians simply do good things
Church folks will come and see you when you are sick and tell everybody they did it.
Christians will come and see you, bring you a meal, and clean your house and not tell a soul.
Church folks say they love everybody.
Christians actually show love for everybody.
This is far from an inclusive list. Feel free to add to the list via the comment section.
Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. Lebron James has taken this cast of characters on his back and placed team on the big stage. They wondered in the wilderness while James took his talents to South Beach. Owner Dan Gilbert put the “Celie” Color Purple hex on James when he left. Gilbert pointed his finger at James and said “until you do right by me every thing you touch”…well you know the rest. No, this is not a quote from Gilbert you will find his words below, but last night 5 years later he was all smiles. Yes, you can go back home and yes for the right price the owner will welcome you with open arms.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted this letter on the team’s website after LeBron James’ announcement he was leaving for the Miami Heat.
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment. Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you. There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you. You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE” You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels. Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there. Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become. But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Just watch. Sleep well, Cleveland. Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only: DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….
Last week In Touch magazine broke the story of Josh Duggar molesting some young girls when he was a young teenager. His parents handled the matter as a family matter. They talked to a friend in law enforcement but there was never any formal adjudication of this matter. The parents protected their son maybe to the detriment of his young victims. The Duggars show 19 Kids and Counting is on hiatus with the possibility of cancellation looming. Over the weekend the big question was would TLC keep the show on the air, but the sponsors prompted by the consumers are speaking loud and clear. They are jumping off the show like rats abandoning the Titanic. No sponsors no show. Ever since we met the Duggars we have been served a heaping helping of purity on all levels. Well, if purity is your brand you better be pure. Christians are not perfect they are just forgiven. Questioning the Duggars is not an attack on Christianity. They are human and their actions deserve to be questioned. I believe Josh Duggar was forgiven if he asked for it, but forgiven in the eyes of God, and not guilty in the eyes of man are two truly different things.
Prayer changes things. A spontaneous prayer during a high school graduation goes viral.
I read an article the other day about the cheap clothing sold by places like H & M and Forever 21. People flock to these places because of the prices, but the conditions that the workers endure are often deplorable, but does it matter to the average consumer? What about those Apple watches that are made in China, a country not known for coddling their workers people are proudly sporting the watches. We love the latest and the greatest. Do we really want to know the origins of the watch? Do we want to know the life stories of all the people who helped create that piece or art you proudly affix to your wrist? Do we read the articles and simply shake our heads or do we actually feel compelled to make a change? Share your thoughts.
Columnist Matt Walsh asked are the Duggars being punished for the acts of their son or is it because they are Christians?
Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
This morning on Twitter I looked a link to a Time magazine article. The headline said Robert Deniro gives the best commencement speech ever. I read the link and saw Deniro had told those in the creative sciences that they were
f—ed. Call me crazy but I fail to see the brilliance, and I question who are we choosing to deliver commencement addresses. The graduates have worked hard to receive their degrees and wouldn’t it be nice to give the graduates words of encouragement? No it does not have to be rosy nonsense but it certainly does not have to be you’re f—ed. Share your thoughts.
Mike Huckabee’s response to Josh Duggar’s confession:
Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.
The one word he did not use was “crime”. Josh Duggar committed a crime and he was not prosecuted for it. We often have heard the phrase”no one is above the law”, but the problem is the law is not applied the same way to everyone. This is not a case of a blood thirsty media. The Duggars over the years have cultivated a brand and that brand is purity, goodness and godliness. They have held themselves up as an example. So when you do something that contradicts that brand you are going to have to take the heat. The Duggars are not the victims in this scenario. They received special treatment. Josh Duggar did make a mistake but this mistake was a crime and I wonder would Huckabee extend this same level of forgiveness to a kid from the southside of Chicago.