Sharing in the Same Love

If you find any comfort from being in the Liberator, if His love brings you some encouragement, if you experience true companionship with the Spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart, then, brothers and sisters, here is on thing that would complete my joy-come together as one mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love. Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. We will get nowhere if our motives spring from selfish ambition or from indifference to the plight of those around us. Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbor’s interests first.

In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus, your Liberation King. Live with his attitude in your hearts. Remember:

Though He was in the form of God,
He chose not to cling to equality with God.
But poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand-new;
a servant in form
and a man indeed.
The very likeness of humanity,
He humbled Himself,
obedient to death-
a merciless death on the cross!
So God raised Him up to the highest place
and gave Him a name above all.
So when His name is called,
every knee will bow,
in heaven, on earth, and below.
And every tongue will confess
“Jesus, the Liberating King, is Lord,”
to the glory of God our Father!

– Philippians 2, The Voice

The Naked Gospel

I recently received a free PDF version of Andrew Farley’s book “The Naked Gospel.” Out of curiosity, I cracked open my Kindle to get a taste. After getting 36 pages into the book, I had to put it down. Here’s why:

“So what do Saul of Tarsus, Martin Luther, and Mother Teresa all have in common? They all appear to have wrestled under a religious system that brought them no enduring sense of satisfaction or accomplishment, but only misery. Their methods of propitiating and thereby approaching their God ultimately led to a deep sense of failure. Having exerted more effort than nearly any of us will ever expend, they probably found themselves saying, “How much is enough? When will it end? Why is God still not satisfied? When do I get to relax and enjoy? There’s got to be another way.”

So apparently if one struggles with one’s faith or has doubts or is weary in any way, their faith provides them with no satisfaction at all, only bring into their lives an unending misery. If you want to hear Farley talk about the book in more detail, you can watch this video and also check out his sweet t-shirt.

John McCain Is A Really Bad Campaigner

First, let me make it clear that I am very much rooting for John McCain in his primary campaign against J.D Hayworth. While I’m not a huge McCain fan, I’m even less of a Hayworth fan so for the good of all I’ll do my best to root for the better of two not-so-good choices. Unfortunately for those supporting McCain, he really is a terrible campaigner. On the other hand, Hayworth is smooth, well spoken and sharp. While he’s dead wrong on many issues, his tv and radio background come in handy.

To try to stave off Hayworth and his growing momentum, McCain is just flip-flopping his ass off. I certainly hope it works but even if McCain wins, he’s really being exposed for the kind of political weakling he really is. Here are two related stories on McCain’s recent change of heart and/or straight up deceptions on his record. Matt Yglesias highlights McCain’s TARP confusion here and azcentral.com examines his U-turn on the immigration issue here.