It’s your right – it’s legal

It is apparent that the Supreme Court of these United States believes that homosexuals and lesbians have a basic right to have their “unnatural” and “abnormal” sexual desires and activities regarded as being legally approved by the civil act of securing a “marriage” license in a civil court and going through a public ceremony of sharing “loving” pledges. This legal decision has many repercussions for other sexual activities between “sexually mature” individuals.

Pedophiles have already started to talk about and to make plans for court cases to secure their “legal” right to practice their sexual preferences with other sexual individuals, particularly with children under the age of 18, as long it is mutually consented activity and not done in public. This logically raises a question as to whether or not “sexual mature children” under the age of 18 have a legal right to be sexually active with consenting partners of their choice. Since relationships between same sexed individuals can’t produce any children; and, if the female in a heterosexual relationship gets pregnant, she can have an abortion that some insurance plan will probably cover. So why shouldn’t it be legalized?

Polygamous men and women are also talking about and I assume making plans for the extension of these “rights” to their sexual relationships and family covenants. Why not legalize them as they are mutually consented to and as long as the dependent individuals are not going to be a financial burden on the general population of their communities?

And what about prostitutes? Are they entitled to the legal “right” to practice their “business” in all 50 states to serve their naturally driven consenting “customers” to seek their sexual services like any motel or hotel is generally legally free to rent its rooms to non married adults. Logically I don’t see how their activity with a sexual partner is legally any different from that of a consenting “sleep over” with a person after a “date”. Why should that activity of the prostitute be judged as “illegal” when that of the other individuals in a “sleep over” is not so judged?

And what about the practice of incest within families? Do heterosexual couples as well as homosexual couples now have the legal right to engage in sexual activities with their children as long as such activities are not forced and particularly if they are done in “loving” expressions of sex education and training in legal sexual activities?

I think that all expressions of non-consensual sex, rapes, and public displays of sexual activity between adults will still basically be considered to be illegal in our country. But the line between sexual “rights” and the “legal” expressions of those “rights” and what is “illegal” and “immoral” is changing, at least in how some judges rule in these matters. The public discussion of these matters is already underway. Let’s talk about this on this blog.

Shopping made easy

When you know exactly what you want, which familiar store carries it, and where you will find it on the rows of shelves, shopping is easy. Then all you have to do is to decide how you are going to pay for it, cash or plastic or a paper check.

Difficult shopping
It should be readily apparent to most shoppers that shopping online or shopping on the internet is far from easy. Sometimes it is difficult to even figure out exactly what brand of “stuff” you want or is going to meet your need, because there is so much available in the world-wide market. And you may not be very familiar with some of the producers of the new “stuff” that has caught your attention, because they are foreigners who are so far away. And you may be somewhat overwhelmed by their persistent “flashy” ads or figuratively “caught” by their technical intrusions into your shopping experience and their keen knowledge of many of your personal interests and personal data. And you are becoming very tired of the hard personal work that is daily required to easily scan some interesting “shelves” of stuff that may meet your needs and be “safe” to use. You don’t like to be constantly hit with “spam” (unrequested ads) as you go through the “markets”, and you are having a hard time making reasonable searches by using available search engines to try to spot what it is that might meet your need or particular interest. The search engines seem to be constantly changing the way that they index “stuff” and make information about it available to shoppers.

Making shopping easy
The following suggestions might make shopping online or in the world-wide market of the internet easier for you, if you are willing to put them to use in your shopping experience.

    1. Learn the difference between “necessities” and “luxuries”.
    2. Learn the difference between what is “cheap” and what is “worthy”.
    3. Learn the basics regarding what makes the “stuff” for which you are shopping work in a dependable way or to do what it claims to do for you.
    4. Check out the fine print regarding the “stuff” and the terms of your purchase and the precise “guarantees” or promises of helpful “support” for your purchase.
    5. Trust the Lord, the creator of all of the “stuff” that is in this world to enable you to discern the difference between what is “good” and what is “evil” among all of the “stuff” that is available to you in the vast markets of this world.

    Let’s talk about this
    What is the nature of your shopping experiences online or in the world’s marketplace of the internet? What makes such experiences “easy” or “difficult” for you? What do you think of the 5 cited suggestions above? What questions do you have about this matter that we might discuss?

Responsible media

What do you think of the current quality of “news” that is currently being reported every day in the public “news” channels in the United States? If you are like many citizens, you may have some concerns regarding the objectivity of the reporters and various commentators.

It seems to me that many “news” crews are quick to get on the scene of something that has happened or is even happening and they begin to “report” about it and discuss it with various bystanders and some enlisted “experts” or even some officials before many of the basic “facts” regarding the incident are fully known. In many cases the “experts” are only retired individuals who are invited to comment on the incident because they may have some insights into the situation because of their previous experience and expertise in such circumstances. This often means that the “reporters” and the “experts” are basically unknowing observers of something that happened or is happening that they may not understand much better than the ordinary members of the gathered crowd.

In some cases videos of what happened or what is happening are available from “private” individuals or even “official” sources, but in most cases these videos don’t show everything and they often don’t include direct audio remarks of the primary participants in the event. So they often can’t show why it happened or evaluate the legal implications of the various actions of the primary participants in the incident.

Many “news” channels will spend days continuing to discuss some of these incidents with various “experts” and once in awhile with some “officials” while they are still unaware of all of the objective facts and true causes for what happened. I don’t think that such discussions are particularly helpful in enabling ordinary citizens to know how to interpret or to respond to many of the events that attract the attention of our “news” media.

Some “news” media have a better reputation for being “objective” in their reporting of what has happened or is happening in our communities than others do, but I still think there is too much of a “political spin” placed on the “news” that gets reported in our media. What do you think? What are the qualities for “responsible” coverage of public events in our communities that you would like to see implemented by the media? Let’s talk about this.

A child

Every child born into this world anywhere is God’s special creature for the introduction of fresh energy and intellectual wisdom into the process of living that dominate us all. By nature every child is equipped by God with an innate zeal for living, for investigating everything that he or she sees or encounters, for trusting everything that he or she hears from anyone, for experiencing and doing everything that there is to do, and for learning all that he or she needs to learn in order to assume his or her personal role in this world in which he or she has been placed.

Every child learns early in his or her experience that he or she is very dependent on others for his or her survival and training in the processes of living that now confront him or her. He or she learns that some experiences feel good and are comforting and others hurt and create stress and fears, that some things are good to investigate and even consume but that others are to be avoided and discarded and considered to be dangerous or unhealthy, that some words are true and others are lies, that not every new experience is easy to accomplish or that every practical lesson or skill is easy to learn, and that some “older” individuals in his or her social “nest” will be helpful to him or her because they really care for him or her but that others may be harmful or dangerous because they do not care for him or her but only for themselves and what they can get from this young creature in their social world.

These experiences of the growing and learning child not only affect his or mind and his or her perceptive understandings regarding what is good, but they also affect his or her physical growth and development and behavior and the attitudes of his or her spirit and his or her dreams or visions for the life that lies before him or her.

So every child is confronted with the basic task of deciding whom he or she can trust to treat him or her with love and wise instruction and whom he or she should avoid as being a person that he or she should not trust or learn from because what they offer is harmful and ultimately dangerous. But in too many situations, a child is not wise enough or strong enough in his or her early years of development to avoid being damaged or having his her natural powers for living with and loving others severely corrupted by “evil” models and “teachers” or other persuasive individuals.

Abusing a child physically with mistreatment or sexual activity or neglect or mentally with lies or spiritually with unworkable strategies for his or her achievements in life are very serious offenses against God. And every adult who produces a new child is going to have to give an account to God for how he and she treated that child.

But some of us adults in this world have opportunities to rescue children from abusive situations and to help them to overcome the damaging effects of abuse and lies and discouraging unworkable schemes to move forward in their lives. And this is a very special ministry to which God has called and equipped some redeemed parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, social workers, coaches, teachers, neighbors, pastors, friends, counselors, day care workers, police officers, and other specialists in our society to take an “abused” child under his or her “wing” of care and make a positive difference in his or life.

Let’s talk about this matter and what needs to be done to end and to correct all of the child abuse that is taking place in our society.

Amazing love

I am amazed at how our little dog can fill our home and our lives with so much love even though he is no longer present with us. We had to put him to sleep on March 8th after he began to develop a series of strokes every time he tried to walk. He had had a heart murmur for quite awhile, but he just got so weak that he could no longer move without suffering a stroke. Gizmo was a 15 year old Shih Tzu male member of our family for 8 years.

He was my wife’s “sweetheart” and my devoted friend. He was definitely spoiled, and he didn’t always mind, but he always stayed close to one of us. She fed him every day and I took him out 3-4 times a day so he could do his duty. He loved to have me rub his ears and his belly, and he would lick my hand to show his appreciation for my care.

Although it was sometimes a frustrating experience to take care of him, he never really got angry with me and he usually followed me around the house when he wasn’t sleeping. Although his absence has created a huge void in our home, his amazing love is filling it.

His love reminds me of the amazing love that my “master” Jesus has for me. Jesus died for me, being crucified on a cross to redeem me from the destructive power of Satan and the sin that he generated in my life. I have professed to be a “disciple” of Jesus and to follow him as a learning “servant” for many years now, but Gizmo has taught me in a new way what it really means to be a “devoted disciple” and to daily “follow” my “master”.

I hope that you have a devoted pet in your life and that you are being blessed by his or her unconditional amazing love every day. And I pray that you also have experienced the amazing love of Jesus. If you haven’t, I have some resources on my website that can introduce you to Jesus. You will find them here: http://www.christianityetc.org. I will be glad to answer any questions that you may have about any of those materials or to discuss this matter further with you on this blog. Let’s talk about this matter of such “amazing love”.

A good American

Who is a good American? That is basically a fairly simple question, but the different political ideologies, cultural and religious and racial and ethnic and economic differences that mark residents who live within these American states distort any simple answer that anyone might give to this question.

There is no doubt about the fact that the American population consists of a very diverse collection of individuals, perhaps more diverse than any other place on earth. And our public media are full of daily reports and discussions regarding the efforts of various political representatives and various social and private agencies to provide what is “good” for their constituents, but there doesn’t seem to be much consensus on what would be “good” for most Americans. And some of our legal representatives and officials can’t seem to decide what laws of our land and statues of our Constitution would be “good” to enforce and other officials and residents are working to change some of these laws and write new ones. So there seems to be a lot of diverse opinions regarding what would be “good” for the residents of these American states and ultimately who is a good American.

What has respect for our laws got to do with whether or not an individual is a “good American”? In light of the diversity of our residents, what has respect for individual differences got to do with who is a good American? What personal qualities or civic virtues make a person “a good American”? Let’s talk about this.

Good news

Are you as tired as I am of all of the bad news that appears everyday in the public media? Acts of violence are immediately reported on national TV channels even as they are being investigated and before all of the necessary facts can be assembled regarding what actually happened. And the causes of such acts are discussed and discussed again by a collection of “experts” who are not aware of all of the facts. And the reports of “eye witnesses” from individuals who are eager to be interviewed and to give their versions of what happened doesn’t often add any clarifying facts to the news.

Citizens and politicians in many countries engage in sometimes heated discussions and sometimes violent protests as they seek to establish their respective wills upon the people. And sometimes their efforts are not in keeping with the established laws of the land. And the powerful “liars” are seldom prosecuted for their untrue statements and fraudulent behavior. And too many “news” merchants continue to publish their “homogenized” versions of what is happening in their lands in accord with what is going to protect and maintain their financial and political benefits. And some of these “merchants” don’t even pretend to believe in the values of “free speech” for their citizens or “objective reporting” for their journalists. And so the media is filled each day with the ongoing stories of civil wars and violent protests and various “movements” of groups of people to something that is “good” in their lives.

So many basic problems in the lives of individuals in many countries of our world are not getting fixed because those who are “in charge” are not wise enough or compassionate enough or courageous enough to make the necessary changes in the living situations of their people.

What “good news” do you have to report today? What “good” benefits of anyone’s actions have your received or witnessed today? What factual evidence can you cite that would indicate that some of the basic problems that individuals in many places in our world are facing every day are being fixed or even have some hope of being fixed very soon? Let’s talk about this.