Saturday, November 23, 2019

All That and a Chicken Sandwich


Is Chick-fil-a my moral compass?

Recently, the fast food chain announced, it was changing some of its cooperate non-profit supports.
     Noticeably was the halting of support for the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
     Immediately everyone jumped on the "I'll never eat there again" bandwagon.
     I find it a bit curious, with all the other moral and ethical violations and abuses, that permeate our society- That chicken sandwich is what we set our moral compass by.
     Chick-fil-a is a privately own corporate business in our country. Last I checked, they have the right to conduct and run their business as they choose, as long as it abides by current laws of the land.
      I, personally, think we Christians are too quick to go straight to judgement/condemnation of acts/positions outside of our perceived standards.
     CFA still has an open hiring policy, they will still contribute to areas of social need- By their own statement, they are looking to focus more on their own local community needs, as opposed to a nationwide outreach. Can we really blame them? 
      Some would say they have taken the first step of capitulation to the extreme voices of social engineering. That may be, but-
      It also remains to be seen if that is so. With so many so-called prophets/experts predicting everything from global mass extinction to to the collapse of our economy- AND GETTING IT WRONG EVERY TIME- I'm betting they are wrong on this one, too.

     Anyway, If we base our moral/ethical compass on the business decision of a fast food chain- We got bigger issues than just chicken!

That's My View From the Coffee Cup

PS- It really is a good chicken sandwich



Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Few Good Men


THE VIEW FROM THE COFFEE CUP

    What is a leader? Not the fishing line. What makes a leader? Are leaders made or born to lead? How do we know if we are a leader?

     The US Military is always looking for 'A Few Good Men", not just a movie, but an attitude as well.
     As I progressed in my Army career, I soon found out that one of the constant, ever-evolving aspects of military life is that, the search for new leaders is never-ending.

     Unlike the corporate world, where you hang on to position/authority/power for as long as you can, building power bases and support groups along the way- The military is a constant revolving door of personnel and leaders.
     Now, one would think all that turnover would lead to chaos and loss of focus. And you would be right if not for one overarching element to this story.

     The US Military has one mission. And daily focus on the mission is what makes it work. 
     We Veterans take an oath to protect this great nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The people and faces change, have changed over the last 243 years. But the primary goal/mission has never changed.

     My point to all this is simple- We have folks in leadership all across this country, from the White House to the dog house, who are trying to lead us somewhere. Some simply want to do it their way and expect the citizenry to follow blindly. 
     That's not leading, that's brow beating and bullying.
      Others think the country, gov't, city, church can be run like a business. After all, they have run successful private businesses, so it should work on a grander scale too, right?
      I am not throwing down a political gauntlet of some sort, as I truly believe that both parties in our current system have sold the American people down the river for their own pursuit of wealth, power, fame, agenda.
     I am saddened by the current state of affairs our country our country has found itself in. 
      I am saddened that elected officials on nearly every level, have failed to represent those that actually put them in office.
     I am saddened by the fact that personal agendas have overtaken the motive of striving for the greater good of the country.

     Everyone is a leader in some fashion. 
  • If you have pets, you have responsibilities- You're a leader
  • If you have off-spring (kinda like pets) you have responsibilities- You're a Leader.
  • If you have a job, own your own business, You're a Leader.
  • If you are a Pastor or Elder in a church, You're a Leader.  
The fact is, it doesn't matter if leaders are born (certain personalities tend to lean this way)
It makes no difference if leaders are made, other than the influences that mold them must be pure.
It matters less if good people, seeing a role/need to be filled, step up and do great things (This is where most leaders come from)

What this country needs, right now is A FEW GOOD MEN and WOMEN

My View from the Coffee Cup

     

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


WHAT ARE WE TO DO?

     The Apostle Paul warns his young protege', Timothy to be wary of folks attitude, "In the Last Days" ( 2 Timothy 3)
     That's a very "churchy" term, "The Last Days". In the discussion of what that term means, I think, is lost a very good teaching on the human condition.

     Paul is clear, to Timothy, that there will be dark days ahead, verse 1, "...There will be difficult times"
  • People will love themselves and their money.
  • They will be boastful, proud and scoffers of God. 
  • Considering nothing sacred...
    • They will be cruel, hate what is good, Puffed up with pride and lovers of pleasure, rather than God
  • They will ACT religious, but reject the power that could make them godly    

So, What Are We to Do?

1- Follow Good Mentors. Good Leaders follow Good Leaders.
      Good Mentor's develop good leaders.

 One who does not submit to authority, has no authority and has no reason to be followed.

2- We must see the world from a realistic point of view. Not a pie-in-the-sky attitude nor a gloom and doom outlook.

Paul reminds us that there are evil people and imposter's will flourish, Deceiving others and being deceived, themselves.

3- We are to rely on the Holy Scripture of the Bible.
  • Because it shapes the Christian worldview that is profoundly contrary to that of society, today
  • It is the gateway to deeper understanding of God's love for us and growing/maturing our faith in Him.
  • Last but not least, Scripture is "God-Breathed" and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
     To much of the modern church model is made up of extra-biblical teachings. The actual meaning, context and teaching of the Scriptures has been churned into warm, fuzzy sound bites and Church has become an event of motivational speaking/ encouragement. 
      Not bad, in itself, if it were not for the total lack of mention of Repentance, Our sinful nature, and our overwhelming need of a Saviour

4- Preach/Teach the Bible. Sola Scriptura, Scripture only. 
  • There is no need for "Extra-Biblical" revelation.
  • The full revelation of God, for mankind, is complete and sealed in Scripture
  • The church is being led astray by those who would make God and profitable business/cash cow.
Final Thought- 2 Timothy 3.14

      We must remain faithful to the things we have been taught, it is trustworthy and true. 

My View From the Coffee Cup

      



Friday, November 1, 2019

A Contrast in Family




Family, Difficult to live with...Can't exist Without Them


     Another year passed on October 29th. Life, for me, started that day in 1959, and, yes, I am beginning to show my age...

My devotion that morning recalled the contrasting story's of two mothers.

Briefly: In 2 Kings 11, the story of Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, the king of Judah.
     Athaliah learns that her son, the King has been killed in a purge, led by Jehu, in an attempt to rid the idol worship that had infiltrated the entire nation, (the kingdom was split into Israel and Judah)

     Now, one can only surmise how any parent would react to such news. However, Athaliah's reaction goes beyond the pale, for she orders ALL the Royal Family to be killed, HER children and grandchildren executed by the palace guard. Only the infant Joash is spared, hidden by his mother with Joash's wet nurse. His mom probably executed as well.

     Athaliah ends this royal slaughter by assuming the throne, herself, and declaring herself Queen of Judah.

     Seven years later, the Priest Jehoiada, brings the young Joash to the public's attention and has him declared the rightful King.
     Athaliah's response to this? A cry of "Treason, Treason!" ringing a bit hollow, all things considered

     For the sake of power, murder was committed- Not that unusual. The removal of family, children and grandchildren was/is extremely rare.
     When caught in her lust for power Ahaliah tried to cry fowl and no one listened- IN fact, she meets the same fate as those before her. She is taken out of the House of the Lord and executed,

     Now balance this with a story in 2 Timothy 1.5

     Two women who barely get a notice in scripture at all, a single verse. Grandmother, Lois and Timothy's mom, Eunice.
      The great faith of these two women, Paul recognizes as dwelling in young Timothy as well.
     Which legacy will we, as parents/ Grand parents, pass on to our next generation?

My View From the Coffee Cup