Friday, February 16, 2007

On Being " RIGHT"

Saying for the day- Sometimes right is wrong.

Since I am now an on again off again candidate for President I have been thinking of what makes it possible for a person to be elected to that high Office.
One would think that we want to elect a man or a woman who would be willing to think through a problem after considering the best possible information and then decide on the best possible decision for the good of the nation. The great Presidents have done that.
But if you think that is the kind of President Americans want you would be wrong. People want a President who thinks right and does what is “right”. Where once we were a pragmatic people now we are an issue oriented people.
So we look for a candidate who is as right as we are. If we believe in abortion then the candidate must. If we don’t believe in abortion then the candidate must be against it. If we believe in gay marriage then the candidate must. If we don’t he shouldn’t. If we think Jesus has a plan for the nation then the candidate should share that plan. WE know what is right and we won’t elect a candidate who is not as right as we are.
This is why I can’t be elected President. On all the big issues I see too much gray and too little black and white. I read the newest material and change my opinion. I have no idea what Jesus wants for the nation except to care for the poor and that desire of Jesus is not popular.
A candidate has to state his right position and then never change it. To change position is to flip flop. If you flip flop the press eats you up. The very characteristic we need in a President that of flexibility is against the rules. You must never change. If you wanted your mother to abort your baby sister because you didn’t want a sibling then you must be in favor of abortion now. The press will play and replay your old statements against your new ones. I would be the flip flop king.
So we will keep getting “right” Presidents and they will be locked into mediocre Presidencies .
The elections will continue to be close because the nation is divided in its “rightness”
. Someday, perhaps, we will elect a candidate because she or he is honest, open to change, caring, and capable of independent thought. But I wouldn’t count on it.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and Nancy has a computer.– Nancy looked for “Laughing Lutheran” on the internet last night. She found their website. There she discovered that this Sunday they would be voting on Pastor Marvel to be their head Pastor. Now she was stuck with that information. What should she do. Should she tell people. Shouldn’t she wait and let Pastor Marvel tell them. But he won’t tell them unless he gets voted in. Otherwise it won’t make any difference. He won’t know until after the service on Sunday how the vote went so he couldn’t tell them until the following Sunday. That means she would have to sit on this news for over a week. By then somebody else will have found the website. If she was a reporter she could claim the people’s right to know overrides Pastor Marvel’s needs. But she is not a reporter she is a caring coffee shop owner who likes to gossip. For the moment she has decided to not say anything but a week is a long time for Nancy to hold a secret. Perhaps she will tell Tommy, the writer ( from now on referred to as Tommy TW). When he stops in for his daily coffee and saffron bun.
Pastor Marvel sits this morning in his study at the church. He has been praying that if the vote is positive that God will help him decide if he should take the call. None of this was his desire. He was happy being the Pastor at Last Lutheran ( even if some colleagues made fun of the name). Then the call had come from The Bishop in Florida who had talked to his Bishop. It seems that an old friend of Pastor Marvel belonged to Laughing Lutheran and had convinced people they should consider Pastor Marvel. The Bishop who cares very much about what people want ( at least in churches that give as much to benevolence as Laughing Lutheran) had made the proper contacts. Pastor Marvel felt that this was a chance for an all expense paid Florida vacation ( The congregation even got them passes to Disney World). His wife had always wanted a Florida vacation so he agreed to consider it. When he met the leaders of the congregation, preached his sermon, and ate with the people he discovered that this was a wonderful Christ centered group. He liked the two other pastors. The Bishop was okay as Bishops go. He saw where his talents would fit nicely here. Then he began to think ,maybe , this was a call from God. Pastor Marvel was an old fashioned Pastor who believed that God called you to a parish. He had turned down numerous invitations from his Bishop over the years because he didn’t feel called to those churches. Some of them were very big churches with very large salaries but that didn’t move him. But this was different .So he sits in his study almost praying that he will lose the vote. Then he won’t have to decide. God will have decided for him.
Today's LinkWelcome to Jeffery Some thoughts on Vista and Mircrosoft. Leave the usual Dr. John.
Iy was another dull day. you would think that a potential Presidential candidate would have exciting days. But you would think wrong. I blogged. I watched soap operas. I blogged. Betty went to the Post office. I watched Judge Judy. I blogged. Wow what a day. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Tommy TW? How about Tommy TA (the author -- easier to pronounce). Which then means that Tommy Uk could be Tommy Tuk.

The colleagues who made fun of Last Lutheran's name must be from the Laughing Lutheran church.

Pastor Marvel must have put that website up! There is no Kickme in Florida. What is he up to? Is he trying to stir things up at Last Lutheran?

The only reason to be President would be to get more people praying for you. That has got to be one tough job making decisions that effect so many and knowing you would not be able to satisfy everyone. We all should get in the habit of praying for our President --- whomever that is.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous stacy said...

I really like how you expressed what we need in a president and I think you are right. We probably won't see someone like that in office any time soon. We, as a society know what we know (facts be damned) and we want a president who knows it, too. Even the "open minded" aren't as open minded as they think since usually they aren't willing to examine and consider any of the "closed minded's" thoughts....except of course to bash them. What a world.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

Most Christians do not believe in abortion...there are no gray areas for us in that. It is taking a life. We need a President who lives by the word of God.

You would make a great President b/c you are honest, do your best to live the word of God and care about the poor.

The first thing I would do if I was President would be to put prayer back in the schools. I would say this is the way its going to be....we will raise our children on prayer. So therefore I will be your vice President b/c I am a woman, I dont really care if they get mad at me if I am standing up for what I believe in, so I will take all the heat for you! You can blame everything on me when your looking like an unpopular President!! We will be quite a pair...and I promise to watch my language!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

i think you'd make a great President Dr John!!

8:44 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

I can vouch for your sympathy if you need a reference for this President malarkey.

9:07 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

The truth is even more mediocre or middle of the road in the uk.

Both sides: Labour (Socialists) & Conservatives (I'm alright jack sod the rest - party), both want the middle ground (or higher ground).

Divorce, homosexuality and gay marriage are no longer an issue
They are a State given right.

The clamour is vote for me, I'll make sure you earn more, you'll be taxed less and your homes will go up in value.

Of course Conservatives can count on the steady vote of those who are already on the ladder (well paid job, and low mortgage on high value homes) - some Socialists or New Labour have seen their lot improve, higher wages and higher value homes (albeit with larger mortgages and debt).

And Old Labour are becoming marginalised - not a two tier society, but a slide back to 19th century three tier society, where some will never earn enough to own their own home (and see their rents rise), where only a certain portion will get access to higher education - after Blair and his government enjoyed higher education as a Right, not a privilege for those who can pay - and where a health care with record government spending is being put in the hands of the private sector - The private sector does not feed or cure the sick (where is the profit in that) the private sector feeds & treats those willing to pay for whatever you put on their plate - and the rest - "let them eat cake"
Or as is the brit way - let them be happy with the crumbs that fall from their master's table - and we abolished slavery?

When Israel needs more land, they just remove more palestinians from the land, and in England when the conservatives need more land (and less wokers/labourers) they simply remove treatment available free to the sick.

I think the Nazis also viewed this as a legitimate way of making way for the german Master Race.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

I'm starting to think that other than being over 35 and native born, there aren't any qualifications. :)

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Good Luck on your run for President Dr John. If I could vote I'd vote for you

3:27 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I'd still vote for you. =O)

Jon, my husband wants to run for Mayor and maybe Congressman someday.

I support him, but I'll be running away from the cameras.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Quilly said...

You wan exciement? Call FD and try o ge hem to deliver flowers. My order for he 13th should probably arrive next Tuesday, the 20th. Pft. I think it would be easier running for president.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You made a very good point. We vote for who we think is right, like us. Not who would be right for the nation.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

So the problem doesn't lie with who we elect. It lies with us. We are wishy washy and impatient.

Just like with God we want him to do what we want, when we want and also smite our enemies..

5:40 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Me again! I got this lovely forward this morning I thought you may enjoy:

But Is It Right?

You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers.
Deuteronomy 6:18

When Henry Clay was about to introduce a particular bill in Congress, some of his friends warned that it would damage his ambitions.
"If you do this, Clay," said one colleague, "it will kill your chance for the presidency."
Clay asked, "But is the measure right?"
When his friend agreed that it was the right thing to do, he replied, "I would rather be right than be president."

We don’t have to be rich, well-known, powerful, or successful. But we are required to be honest and to do what’s right. The quality of our Christian faith is seen in the way we handle our taxes, pay our bills, keep our promises, and guard confidential conversations.

People are watching us all the time, and the best way for us to live out our Christianity is to practice it before them. If they see it modeled in our lives, they’ll be more likely to take our faith seriously and, perhaps, desire to know the Christ we follow.

Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

8:17 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I'm still writing in a vote for you.

4:59 PM  

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