Preaching at Roy Community Church

August 17, 2009

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A Dishonest Debate

September 27, 2008

Q: How do you know when a politician is lying?

A: When his lips are moving.

 

I feel lied to.

It irritates me when McCain takes a “cheap” shot at Obama and vice versa. It makes me feel that they think I am stupid and I don’t know the games they are playing.

Watching this debate reminds me of a recent experience that I had when Ashley and I went used car shopping. I’m telling you the similarities are very relevant. I was talking to the salesman about gas mileage, particularly what was the mileage that this van got in the city, and you know what he told me? 20-25mpg! “What are you kidding me?” was my response, and he told me again with a serious and straight face.

I was insulted because I knew that from previous research that was untrue. I told him what I learned from research and he blew me off explaining that it was because “they” don’t test it accurately for fuel efficiency.

In the same fashion, I feel that both of the candidates tried to sell me a bill of goods last night that I knew was wrong. And just when I try to object with reason and rational they hit me with another one.  Don’t get me wrong, they said some great things as well and got a good debate going on. But here is my problem, they love to distort and misrepresent each others policies and words.

I hate that, and it’s wrong. Now it so happens that tonight I found McCain doing more of this distasteful tactic than Obama, but that doesn’t give Obama a free pass because there have been similar times in the past where he was just as guilty.

Obama in the past has misrepresented McCain’s words that “we could be in Iraq for the next 100 years just as we are in Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc.” and turned that into “McCain wants to continue the Iraq war for the next 100 years” that is untrue and dishonest.

The past has also shown that Obama’s camp has jumped on McCain’s words about the “fundamentals” of our economy being good in poor economic times. But in reality, which is outside the “spin zone” McCain was communicating that the workforce, spirit, determination, etc. are going strong not that the housing market, gas prices, etc. are going well. So that’s my beef with Obama on “parsing” words or lying as I like to call it.

Now McCain at this debate was just as bad as Obama has been on the campaign trail. He distorted Obama’s vote on not funding the troops when McCain also did not vote to fund the troops just for a different reason. That is wrong and dishonest. The issue obviously was not funding the troops it was on a strategy or tactic for the war.

Lastly, when McCain attacked Obama on nuclear energy, he said that Obama was against it, that’s a distortion. Obama does want all forms of “alternative energy” he just has reservations on the safe handling of the waste.

Why do the politicians feel the need to dumb down the debate? I am offended that they think that I and others are just going to blindly take whatever they hand us, unfortunately for the majority its true. What we need is critical thinkers preferably clear thinking non-partisan ones, or non “kool aid drinkers” as I like to call them.    

Those who know me, will understand that I watched this debate very differently than the last Presidential Debate I watched which was in 2004. In this debate I found myself not rooting for either side, I was genuinely interested and sympatric to both arguments.

It is so weird to think that I can sit there and watch these debates and not have a major partisan bias, key word there is “major” I know it’s not possible to be totally “fair and balanced”.

What do you think? Am I fair or balanced or something that resembles it?


A Great Prayer

August 26, 2008

I am a Independent/(Slightly Conservative) Moderate. I know that is long but “Republican” or “Democrat” does not define me, and the labels “Conservative”, “Liberal”, and “Moderate” do me little justice as well. Sad to say, I think that I will end up voting for John McCain in November but I truely wish I could vote for Barack Obama. I am one of those stubborn Jesus followers who can’t get over the whole “life begins at conception” thing. From my days in High School I have had a deep  LOVE to follow politics and that may be an understatement. So as I watched the Democratic National Convention taking place in my lovely Home State of Colorado, I was attracted to what Donald Miller, author of “Blue Like Jazz” had to say at the close of the first day of the convention. Here is what he prayed:

“Father God,

This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.

We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.

We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.

Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.

Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.

Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.

Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

Help us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.

We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.

A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.

Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.

Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.

Lastly, father, unify us.

Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.

And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

God we know that you are good.

Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.

I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.

Let Him be our example.

Amen.”

I love that prayer! I ENDORSE THAT PRAYER. I would vote for that prayer. I don’t know where I really stand on the whole political spectrum, I once did until recently when I started listening to people like Donald Miller, Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, and Dallas Willard. I have seen a new path toward making policy in our nation that is above “Democrat” or “Republican” and that is the way of my Savior who doesn’t endorse McCain or Obama. I see positions on both sides of the isle that attract me, not as an American Voter but as a Voter who follows and tries to live out the teachings of Jesus, the One and Only Son of the Most High God. I want our next President to follow as much of that prayer as possible, because that is where my heart is and I have a feeling that is where the heart of my God is as well.

DISCLAIMER: Could be wrong, seeking the Holy Spirit constantly for guidance. Just my opinion as a PASSIONATE follower of Jesus and politics.

Feel free to voice your thoughts, I would love to hear them.


A Fathers Legacy

June 15, 2008

I hold his face in my hands and my heart fills with an over-abundant and exuberant love for him. Oh how I love him. Will he have passion? Will he have zeal? Will it be for the Master? My hearts deepest desire is for that to be true. Where will he go? Who will he meet? I ask these questions now but they have been asked before. They were asked 50 ½ years ago of a boy named Joe by a dad named Dub. They were asked 22 years ago of a boy named Cole by a dad named Joe, and I ask them now of my son Oren. What do we pass on to the boys we love? What is the legacy we leave? The lyric to this song sums up the Chambers family legacy as I know it from Dub to Joe to Cole and with the blessing of the Almighty to Oren.

 

Carolina Blues

by Tyrone Wells

 

Grandpa was a preacher and he lead the singin too

 and grandma use to yodel and tell us what to do

 and grandpa drove a limousine but just on Saturdays

 and he would tell the crying families about Jesus by the grave

 and he was always smiling and whistling a tune

 Grandpa had the kindest eyes Carolina blues.

Once I knew this girl whose grandpa was a millionaire

 and when he kicked the bucket she was the only heir

 and he left her with everything more than she could dream

 truckloads full of money with a castle by the sea

 but he was always lying as selfish as he could be

 so he left her with empty words and painful memories

 now grandpa didn’t leave me money I could spend

 I guess that he didn’t have much money in the end

but my grandpa was an honest man seeking after truth

and grandpa had the kindest eyes Carolina blues.

Now Grandma had a daughter and then she had two sons

 and one became my father when he and ma were done

 and I might be the richest man to ever walk this earth

 cause I was left with so much more than money could be worth

 and my dad’s just like my grandpa he wearing worn out shoes

 but hes a man that I can trust he always tells the truth

Now maybe dad won’t leave me money I can spend

 my guess is that he won’t have much money in the end

 but my father is an honest man seeking after the truth

 daddy got my grandpas eyes Carolina blues.

 

The only comparable love I can find to this one shared between a father and a son is this from 1John 3:1 “How great is the Fathers love he has lavished upon us that we should be called Sons of God.”

I have received lavish, rich, liberal, and exuberant love passed on to me by the men that bear the same last name as me and how I long to have that said of my love for my son. A fathers love can pierce the heart of a man so deep words cannot express. I find comfort in this passage from Proverbs:

“As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another”

 This is the legacy that I have inherited. There is a strong likelihood that if I don’t screw up this whole fatherhood thing, what has sharpened me will sharpen my son and the generations to come.

Thank you Dad and Grandad.  

 

 


Brief Thoughts on C.S. Lewis

May 19, 2008

I just wanted to share how much I love reading and studying the works of one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis. My family and I just went to see the latest Narnia film, Prince Caspian on Saturday. I loved it! So go see it and enjoy. I am starting here a series of posts based on excerpts from Lewis’ books that i have found especially thought provoking. My hope is that they will intrigue you so much that you go to the source and pick up one of his books, it will blow you away like it did for me. So here is the first reaction I had to C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” shortly before my son, Oren was born.

I am just going through a very exciting time right now and God is really moving in me and preparing me for something HUGE I can just feel it. He is speaking to my heart and working within me. He is the Great Healer and He can heal your broken heart and stir you in ways you cant even dream of. God loves you and wants to captivate you entirely, He longs to be your whole world. Just give into His awesome mercy and grace, He will take care of you. But be careful because once you go to Him there is no turning back. C.S. Lewis says in “Mere Christianity” coming from the perspective of our Lord Jesus Christ :

“Make no mistake,” He says, “if you let me, I will make you perfect. The moment you put yourself in my hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that. You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push Me away, understand that I am going to see this job through. Whatever sufferings it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect, until my Father can say without reservation that He is well pleased with you, as He said He was well pleased with Me. This I can do and will do. But I will not do anything less.”

God Bless