Life, God, Techonology, and Randomness

Month: June, 2011

The Sports Theology

I love when I get off work early. I get to go get things done before I have to pick up my son usually; yesterday was no exception. I got off of work as usual but this time instead of music I decided to flip the channel to the local ESPN Radio Affiliate (Come On Cowboys!!!).

So I just kind of listen to it in the background for a bit when Scott Van Pelt rattles off something about just not sports..but religion. He says ..

“I mean come on just because I don’t have the same religion as you doesn’t mean that I’m going to Hell.”

Wait…what…how is that about the Yankees or whatever you were just talking about (granted I wasn’t really listening until he perked my interest). Shortly after he said that they went to commercial break and then back to sports, but he got me thinking. Is that what people really think?

That sentence is so loaded. First off most alot of religions don’t have much to say about hell, some have alot to say. Some say that this life is Hell and that the next life will be a lesser hell or worser (not a word) hell than this one based on the way I live through this hell (so full of despair that would be if true).

I’m going to make an assumption that he was talking about Christians, let’s face it, they are the most popular to jab at. The Jesus/Religion/God that I know is not about sending people to Hell. It’s about loving compassion, redemption, salvation, grace, forgiveness, powerful soul-crushing humanity!

Going to Hell for refusing that is more of an consequence of choosing one action over the other. For instance I could interchange it with this: The Maybach sports car that I know and love is about going from 0-100 in 3.6 secs; it’s about speed, adrenaline, torque…soul-crushing torque. The “hell” associated with the consequence of driving that car is that I have a $4000/month insurance premium and $300/ride fuel bill.

Nice Car…

Really Scott…really?

thanks for the headling…you know who you are!


Pirating your Salvation Song

Remember that one song? You heard it and instantly, BAAM, it was in your head. The impact that it left is felt many years after. You remember it the way you remember things as important as say..9-11, Osama going down (way to go Seals!). That happened to me and I feel so guilty about it. Read the rest of this entry »

My Will Not Thine

So I recently watched the movie The Adjustment Bureau and it’s left me in a cogitating kind of mood. This movie is seriously one of the most thought provoking movies I have seen in ages (probably since Inception). This one though I liked for a few different reasons:

  1. Matt Damon is a beast of an actor
  2. That Thompson actor was great
  3. It was blatantly theological undertones
  4. Guy gets the girl (everyone loves that!)
  5. God lives in NYC (wait..what?)
  6. It’s a better, more thoughtful version of City of Angels

Now to the movie: Damon plays a Congressman that is up for reelection and bumps into the love of his life in a bathroom. Problem is…he isn’t supposed to be with her. Well at least that’s what the “plan” says. The “plan” here is what most call destiny, fate, God’s will…choose your own verb here _____.

Here’s the thing though, the whole movie implies that if Damon chooses to fall in love that he is somehow outside of God’s plan and thus is using his free will…but he isn’t supposed to do that. That is not allowed, at least not here, in the world that the director has put together. If man is left to his free will he will just ultimately blow up stuff and cause suffering…thus we don’t deserve free will. Basically we are all “Stepford Wives”.

I just can’t get past that part. And it leaves me asking a few questions:

  1. Is my will different from God’s will
  2. Will he arbitrarily intercede if it is
  3. What would that mean
  4. Is there really only one person that is for me that is in his will?
  5. Why did he choose that building in NYC for His pad…too many doors? There are much better locations on the NW Side of town!

Which lens do you see it through? Are we acting outside of God’s will if we buck the trend or try to rebel or is everything we do always in God’s will regardless of what we do? If the last is true then why do we pray for God’s will to be done instead of ours? AHHH blast you theology!

Last but not least, this is a fantastic movie overall, go see it.

Why Weiner Should Not Resign

I’ll try to keep this brief. While what this man did is inexcusable he should not have to resign over this. His marriage, ego, career (ultimately), and standing will take a beating but resign, nope not necessary.

These are my reasons: Read the rest of this entry »

Scanning for God

My wife and I recently spent our 5th anniversary in Chocolate Town, USA(Hershey, Pennsylvania for the non-Americans reading). We had a blast and I am blessed to have her. On the way home though she decided to try to nap on our almost four hour drive home. Trying to be the good husband I turned the audio down on the radio to a point that I could barely recognize the song (she’s a light sleeper).

BIG downside here though…I was driving along at “highway speeds” so I had to find a new station every 30 or so minutes, annoying. So it began….scan…scan…scan…oh that was a good song maybe the next one will be good too…static…sigh. SCAN!!! Read the rest of this entry »