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During the first century, the church was radically different from the culture. Then we had Christendom / Western Civilization - where there was a broad cultural consensus that defined biblical morality as the societal standard. Christians got used to this arrangement (which was always a mix of pros & cons), however, and has now come to the conclusion that, as the culture abandons traditional Christian (biblical) morality, that we are to chase after it - pop culture has inexplicably become 'standard' to which many churches / Christians believe we are to adhere - to ensure that we don't miss any chances to get and keep more 'followers.' :o
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Are Black Voters Turning Against Obama?

Greg3008 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 6:37 PM
I heard that, if there were an election today, that he'd snag - at best - 97.3% of their vote. #makin'progress
Wow, how insightful! .She really nailed it, huh?! :o
I keep seeing scores of angry Facebook comments about how "hateful" all the Republicans are about these "poor refugees who were forced to flee their homeland." Sometimes it truly feels like we as a country are truly done!
A totally manufactured 'humanitarian crisis' ... at a time when our country is already on the ropes economically. Someday, in the history books, people will marvel that a country such as ours would have willfully committed economic and cultural suicide. These past few years have given me so much insight into inexplicable historical episodes that seemed so similarly and bewilderingly irrational. There are plenty of people shouting "Stop" ... but there is also a great mass - comprised largely of unreflecting but partially of a totally malignant element - who are gleefully goading the whole destructive spectacle on.
Outrage fatigue.
"I'm "concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world," she gives as her reason for needing to be in the public eye. Hey, I"m concerned about those things - how come there aren't a bunch of folks wanting to hear what I have to say?? The truth is, there is only ONE reason she is famous, but there are tens of millions of Americans who believe the opinion of anyone who is famous for virtually ANY reason is intrinsically credible and worth broadcasting - because they want to feel like they're 'like them,' because they're famous. In a sane world, this woman-child would be hurling herself in front of the cameras for another round of "Look at me, look at me!!" - but reporters and the public would just avert their eyes and be embarrassed for her. They would NOT decide she needed to be on TV. Just as much of what you read on the Internet (e.g., Yahoo!) is 'clickbait' rather than important information or serious, well-reasoned commentary, most of what you see on TV is designed to appeal to the base side of human nature in order to get the maximum number of eyeballs to watch the paid advertising. The problem is that the 'collateral damage' of all this is the degradation of a once great culture.
I don't know if I want to live in a country where Sandra Fluke doesn't get everything she wants and is entitled to as a result of her extraordinary achievements and the accompanying fame.
Regardless of what view one takes of this matter, I have trouble getting my arms around a perspective that says whether or not this guy deserted doesn't matter; that he "served with honor and distinction." What does honor mean? Exactly what action did he take that is being deemed as honorable? What does it mean to say he served with distinction? What did he do that set him apart from - above - the conduct of *most* of his fellow soldiers?
I hope she's right ... but it feels like we've now gone past the proverbial 'tipping point.' Our side's used to be the prevailing view; if you look at the the arguments today (that are being made by those on *both* sides), however, we are now seem to be on the defensive, and it is now the other side that is speaking with the imprimatur of holding the prevailing view and possessing 'moral authority.' I'm not happy about it, but that seems to be how it is. We may have to learn to live with the fact that the morality as defined by our faith and/or traditional American culture is going to be outside of, rather than defining, the cultural mainstream for the foreseeable future.
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