Sunday sermon-ettes, the sequel

Good Sunday morning all and enjoy the day. A few tidbits have been bouncing around in my head, so I will commit them to writing for your review and critique. The tidbits are light on religious tone.

Guns and butter: For some reason, in the US we spend more time discussing protecting the right to own a 34th assault weapon than feeding 34 people. We have far too many food deserts in our country where the closest food is a convenience store. Far too many in our country are undernourished. Yet, pick up any local paper on any day of the week, and you will find multiple gun killing stories. Better gun governance is essential, but it is a nonstarter with the NRA who is more interested in gun sales. I think our priorities are off.

Kicking poor people in the teeth: Along those same lines, our President is pushing the Republicans in the Senate to vote on whether to kick 22 million Americans in the teeth or 34 million, many of whom are in poverty or near poverty. It should be noted the President said he would not touch Medicaid. I guess that detail escapes him in his desire to have a photo op of him signing something.

Brexit is a hard pill to swallow: The word Brexit sounds like one of those new fangled drugs to cure something you did not know you should worry about. I think voters were not told the whole story and many are wishing they had a do over. As foretold, the financial companies who based their EU regional business in London, are making definitive plans to move. Bank of America just announced a move to Dublin, Citigroup is moving folks to Frankfurt and other places, and Japanese banks are doing likewise. While I  understand the desire to fully govern your future, the UK is harming its future growth. That is not just my opinion, but that of financial experts.

Shrinking to greatness is not a good strategy: Speaking of financial growth, limiting relationships with other countries is not conducive to growth. And, a venture capitalist noted that what creates jobs is customers. Plus, when we discuss global trade, we need to reflect the whole picture and that is the foreign owned companies who make things here with American workers. Why? Selling big durable products is more cost effective and less risky if they are not shipped from abroad. Just ask BMW, Toyota, Husqvarna, Michelin, Mercedes, Volvo, Mitsibishi, etc. about their plants here in the US.

The bible says many things: There is a minister who upsets a few applecarts by preaching that the bible should not be cherry-picked to support points of view. His obvious example is in Genesis where God tells Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply and then gets mad at them when they like being naked with each other. The question is how did they know how to go forth and multiply? The minister’s premise is we should take away the overarching messages that are taught therein and remember the context of when the bible was written.

So, on that note, go enjoy your day, whether you choose to practice your multiplication tables or not.


9 thoughts on “Sunday sermon-ettes, the sequel

  1. I love this post! Your mind bounces like mine does!

    On the first one … I fully agree that our priorities are way off. In fact, I wrote a while ago about a family that ardently protected their right to own an arsenal, yet allowed social services to remove their children from the home due to neglect. Granted that this is not the norm, it is disturbing. And on a larger scale, we keep opting for an ever-growing military budget, yet at the same time are cutting programs involving education, health care, the environment, and social welfare.

    The supporters of Brexit may be in for an unpleasant surprise. I fear that the economics as well as security issues were not well thought out ahead of time. I don’t see many positives that can come out of it, but I hope I am wrong. I also hope that other countries do not decide to follow this path, for I see the EU overall as being good for the security and economy of Europe. The UK, like the US, has a contingent of people who simply want change, want to ‘shake things up’. Change, simply for the sake of change, is usually not a good thing.

    And lastly … no multiplication tables for this ol’ gal!!! 😀

    • Jill, that is a sad story about the kids being taken away. Brexit may be worse than expected if many companies bail on their UK headquarters for Europe and move them. That takes residual jobs as well. As for the multiplication practice, my reference was the practice not the result. Keith

      • Yes, I read that some banks are already relocating their headquarters. Brexit, I believe, will turn out to be bad for not only the UK, but will also diminish the strength of the EU.

        And … thanks for the clarification! 😀

      • Jill, to me it would be akin to California, Texas or New York leaving the US. The rest of the US would survive, but be much lesser as a result. Keith

  2. Dear Keith,
    I wonder if there could be a referendum to have a re vote. The UK could have been manipulated by the same forces that caused havoc in the USA. It is hard to miss that the same players here were involved in the UK with the exception of DDT, but the UK had Nigel Farage. The conductors at play on both sides of the pond are the Mercers, Steve Bannon, Cambridge Analytica and Russia, among others..

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, it would be hard to convince me that some of the same meddling that impacted our election did not impact the Brexit vote. I think Parliament has already realized they have a crisis. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: With respect to using the bible to support discriminatory arguments, a great book to read is Former President Jimmy Carter’s “A Call to Action.” The book could be deemed a supplement to Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s “Half the Sky.” They both talk about the maltreatment of women around the world, often with the support of religious texts which diminish women.

    Carter, who has taught Sunday school for years, notes there are parts of the bible which can be taken out of context to treat women as second class citizens. What is ironic about this cherry -picking is the significant role women played in perpetuating Chrustianity after the Romans put their foot down about thirty years after Jesus was crucified. If it were not for the secret religious meetings around the Mediterranean often hosted by these women, Christianity would not have spread as it did.

    I have a friend who refers to people who cherry-pick language as “cafeteria Christians.”

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