If you’re in the United States and not dead, you’ve heard about our new president Trump. He’s moving and shaking a lot of things, the most notable lately being an executive order that prohibits everyone who’s not a U.S. citizen from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
Trump Tip: Terrorists are bad men, very bad. It’s a yuge problem, and we need to fix it, very yuge problem. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the terrorists are yuge threats to American security, and we. Will make. America great again.
Now, let me put this out here first and foremost. I’m a Christian first and an American second. That order is important.
Trump isn’t an idiot. Bully, maybe, but it’s hard to tell when the media seems to be doing more of it these days. Bigot, probably, but no more than anyone else who was raised an American or born with a sin condition. One thing I can say for sure is that he’s moving fast!
This man doesn’t seem to waste time! If he’s not meeting with world leaders he’s making executive orders, meeting with administrative staff, holding press conferences or updating his Twitter account! Say what you want about the man’s morality, but I honestly don’t think America has seen one so productive.
I’m not “pro-Trump”, I’m pro-Christian and pro-American. As a Christian, I support the man running the show, since God makes it very clear that He put them there (Romans 13). As an American, I value our electoral system’s usefulness to prevent the tyranny of the majority, and apparently people weren’t paying attention to Reagan taking over from Carter or that silly Adams/Jefferson fiasco a few years back.
Politics Tip: The American government has nothing on British Parliamentary proceedings. Bureaucratic process permits House of Commons Order Papers to be sufficient for bludgeoning.
If you want to be a Christian, stop trying to be an American first. “From sea to shining sea” can’t happen without a sea, and Revelation 21 does away with that particular attribute of geography. Instead, live for the eternal kingdom that God has created without hands and is building within the hearts of anyone who believes in Christ.
The situation in our personal lives has served to highlight the absolute necessity of staying spiritually focused. New developments make life more worth living, but boy do some of them hurt!
A few days ago I called my Yooby Snoobers’ mother to bury the hatchet and reconcile whatever injury I had or had not potentially caused in some perceptible or imperceptible way, shape or form towards her.
Marriage Tip: Reconciliation requires two people. Role-playing as the other person to reconcile on behalf of them causes more mental sickness than answers, and usually makes you lose friends, especially when with them in fancy restaurants.
I would say I wasn’t going to speak negatively about her, but then I’d have nothing to say about it. The short answer is that I don’t anticipate much family drama during the holidays from her side of the family.
In-Law Tip: Only speak well of the extended family of your Sweetie Nuffers, even if they’re so full of crap that they get the carpet dirty when they stand up. You never know when they’ll grow up and talk to you with the boundaries and respect becoming of adulthood.
I’m not angry, and neither is my Honey Blunders. She actually saw it coming, and I’m one of those people that are lousy to go to those haunted house carnival things. Sadly, life will go on like nothing happened for her.
Life Tip: To keep living, avoid things that might kill you or overwork something in your body so that it fails. Parenting is the same thing, but with smaller and faster versions of you.
As the certainty that my Wobbly Frumps and I are Third Culture Kids sinks in, we have realized that our ministry just might be the country we were born in! We’re already kicking around ideas of traveling through the RV lifestyle, which will become even more certain if I can secure an electrician’s apprenticeship.
Oh, by the way, I’m trying to secure an electrician’s apprenticeship to help feed my ever-growing Preggy Bumpers and the ensuing third person that will help my Funky Groaners drop 50 pounds in only one day!
Diet Tip: The second-quickest way to lose weight is to not eat. The fastest way is to give birth. Provided, Method #1 requires being pregnant first, but that’s the best way to trim off pounds for your summer swim bod. This also assumes, of course, that you were thinking ahead enough to get pregnant the previous fall, but the details don’t matter.
In light of all this, God has been cranking up the relevant life and love lesson learning, alliteratively!
One of the most recent developments has been in the discovery and confirmation of a rather hard-to-follow logic:
- God is love, and that is an essential characteristic of Him
- Man was created in God’s image, meaning man is built to love and be loved
- Love forms through making meaningful connections with other people
- All of man’s dealings are inherently one of 3 possible things:
- The effort of making meaningful connections with other people
- The sin of self-promotion through pridefulness
- Some perversion of the first by either mixing in the second or relocating the first to a non-human object
Let me elaborate from another angle. If you came from a dysfunctional home like my Whopper Snobbers and me, you’re going to live with the ambition that something you don’t have yet is going to provide the fulfillment of connection with those around you in some meaningful way.
For example, my Yipper Gimpers and me hoped that we’d never feel the rejection of inadequacy by becoming the best accountant ever and being accepted through creative works. My Philosopher Accountant site was made in the hopes that some unknown guy would sidestep my dumbest life decisions, my video game hobby and her beach pastime was an escape into the connection with an inanimate object. I can name anything under the sun, from pets to food to work to money, and it’s the object of affection that predominates a relationship above all else.
This should all be on God above, first and foremost. If we place the relationships related to our children, jobs, networks or hobbies above the One that made us breathe and eat and learn, we are making an idol of that person/place/thing/animal/mineral/vegetable. Since it’s our sin condition bred into us with the original fall of man, we all have one. Mine is my intellect, my wife’s is her experience; what’s yours?
Encouragement: If you’re reading this, you conceited hunk of sinful man, you should be aware of your pathetic nature. I’m in this too, so I’m just as dirty on this one as you, you pathetic piece of spiritual refuse fit for the kingdom of heaven only through God’s powerful saving grace!