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you fail miserably.

example:

this is the “Millenium Gate” here in grand ol’ Atlanta. believe it or not, it’s a recently completed structure and not some old war monument. it’s sponsored or designed or something by the “National Monument Foundation“. who are these guys? what exactly is this a monument to?  read up at their web site. sounds like a self-aggrandizing publicity scheme to me.

it’s small, not very well thought out, and it even sits at an angle to the road on which it was built. it’s pretty pathetic, actually, and it’s an eyesore. it’s a far cry from the modern architecture of Atlantic Station, and it really looks out of place. especially because it sits right in front of a gussied-up retention pond.

i feel like this a lot of times. i’d love to be like the Arc de Triomph or the Washington Square Arch, but i turn myself into a cheap imitation. i do it with my job, my faith, some of my relationships, and many other things. rather than being patient, working harder, or being a better listener, i put on a facade, and it’s not what God intended me to be.

i’m going to back off and try to build a monument worthy of God with my life. slowly.

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i think the third most convroversial topic for modern American Christians is the death penalty. abortion and gay marriage probably take the top two spots, but the death penalty discussion has unique twists that make for good discussion.

it seems, at least to me, that abortion is cut and dry when examined in a scriptural manner. gay marriage not so much, but still fairly cut and dry. scripture deems it wrong regardless of what the government recognizes and enacts, but even Jesus himself said to “give Caesar what is Caesar’s”. our Christianity transcends government and politics. we’re citizens of this country and are bound by its laws. that doesn’t, however, mean that we can’t (or shouldn’t) vote from a Christian perspective. i won’t vote for gay marriage, and it would trouble me if it was made legal, but what should I expect from a fallen world?

that brings us to topic #3 – the death penalty. this is something i struggle with. i’ve heard people say that “only God has the authority to take a life” . well what about the guy who took a life and ended up on death row?

stuff like this makes me all for the death penalty. but compassion and second chances make me wonder. with power comes responsibility, however, so i hope and pray that our leaders and judges make good, sound decisions when it comes to life and death. and stuff like this makes me question it altogether..

what does God say to you about the death penalty?

wow. first, ultra-douche todd bentley leaves his wife, now the Healer guy is exposed for lying about his cancer (read this)..

i’m all about second chances. heck, i need them all the time. i believe God DOES heal and that God can help these two guys through their issues.

that doesn’t mean that there’s no consequence for their actions. it’s hard impossible for me to respect liars and cheats. just trying to be real. edit: i believe in redemption as well, but trust has to be earned again.

pray for these two, they need it and so do we.

racism = stupidity. i think this article pretty much proves that point..

how dumb do you have to be to fail to realize that an action such as this might be considered offensive?

and, just in case you didn’t know, racism is not just a southern/white/american problem. it happens everywhere and with all walks of life. it seems to be alive and well in Spain!

i don’t like tennis, and i’d never heard of ashley harkleroad until today. she is from georgia, so maybe i should know about her? who knows..

listening to the radio i heard that she posed for playboy recently. ok, no big deal, lots of bimbos pose for playboy.

the discussion caught my ear as the DJ was talking about her Jesus fish tattoo that slows plainly in her nudie pictures. some of the radio personalities said it was out of place and wrong while others said it was “super hot” and made her extra sexy.

i think lots of Christians out there would be offended that Jesus is being represented in this manner on the pages of playboy magazine. i don’t like it, because it reinforces people’s misgivings about Christ, but let’s get real.

is posing naked in playboy with a Jesus fish tattoo any more hypocritical than people calling themselves Christians while lying, cheating, stealing and being angry?

the guys over at Deadly Viper have launched a campaign called People of the Second Chance.

we Christians have been called “People of the Second Chance”. are second chances really a part of our brand of Christianity? do you give second chances? do you need a second chance?

does this guy deserve a second chance?

thanks to Bill Day on the POTSC facebook group for the video link.