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Currently a hot topic in political news is this story:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23572671/?GT1=43001

I comiserate with those who have weighed in with their shock and dismay at these allegations. However, I am also somewhat baffled at the reaction from the secular world (I have not heard any opinions from other Christians on the issue).

That a governor of the state of New York, who is supposed to be one that people can trust and emulate, someone who sets an example of high standards and solid character, would choose to follow a path of such moral degradation and sexual immorality is surely a tragedy and an outrage. Isn’t it?

Woah! Wait a second. Since when did our secular, humanistic, and hedonistic society place any value whatsoever on traditional (“old-fashioned”) sexual morality and conservative values in one’s personal life? What happened to the sexual revolution? What happened to the age of tolerance (what’s right for you is right for you and I can’t judge you)? What happened to the idea of monogamy being antiquated and unrealistic? Those are the messages I’m getting loud and clear from my culture. So how come politicians are held to a different standard?

Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not saying I actually agree with any of those things. I believe strongly in monogamy. I believe that extra-marital sex (in all respects) is morally wrong – it is sin. I also believe that leaders should be judged more harshly and that they are examples to the people they are leading.

My problem is that I simply don’t understand where the secular world gets off saying that Spitzer’s actions are disgraceful and that he should resign or be impeached.

“Particularly because of the reform platform on which he was elected governor, his ability to govern the state of New York and execute his duties as governor have been irreparably damaged,” said Citizens Union, a good-government group that supported the crusading attorney general for governor in 2006 and provided critical support in his effort to reform Albany. “It is our strong belief that it is now impossible for him to fulfill his responsibilities as governor. Accordingly, Citizens Union urges him to resign as governor.”

The fact that he spent a significant amount of his own money (he is independantly wealthy) on a prostitute seems to be the main problem here. Is it because he cheated on his wife? The fact that he is married comes up only once in the article, which doesn’t even refer to the fact that what he did was commit marital infidelity. There’s more focus on the fact that he spent so much money. Perhaps if he’d spent the money selfishly on himself in lavish cars, luxury vacations, or any kind of ridiculous indulgence it would have been applauded instead. After all the problem of selfishness that is inherent in our capitalistic and narcissistic society doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s radar. In fact the more money and toys one has, the more one’s status in society is elevated. A “funny” parallel, I think. The Biblical values of sexual morality are paraded out as if they actually mean something to these people, while Jesus’ other teachings are all but non-existent to them.

What’s up with that?

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I’m becoming a closet sci-fi fan. In a small way, let me emphasize. It’s Chris’s fault.  But still, I guess I (grudgingly) enjoy it.  I’m watching Stargate Season 3 right now (last episode), and I have to say, it’s been entertaining.  Not terribly violent, fairly good language and values, and no inappropriate sexual scenes.  Kinda tame by today’s standards.  The first season was terribly cheesy, but they’ve gotten better as we went on.  I *cough* actually kind of like it.  And the best part – fairly often there are significant moral and philosophical issues in episodes, such as personhood, the meaning of life, what is defined as “good”, and the importance of being a learner in culture.

Well, now I’ve admitted it. There’s no going back…

I am amazed.  I just called Westjet to inquire about a booking for Sam and Bonnie (my bosses).  I dialed the 1-800 #, and a REAL live human being picked up right away, asking how she could help me.  It was so bizarre… no answering machine, no voice-recognition technology, no annoying options that never get you anywhere… just a real person.

I asked why that was, and said they weren’t having a very high volume of calls, so they were all just working away very efficiently today.

Amazing, just amazing.  My faith in the possibility of good customer service has been restored!  It is possible!  Take heed ye Rogers, ye Bell, ye, CIBC… take heed!

My experience thus far in Kenya (Nairobi, Kijabe, and Mukaa) has been sort of overwhelming. 

This is my fourth time to Africa, but I’m finding that it is the toughest to process so far in terms of “culture shock”.  Not because it’s so different, but rather because of the ways in which it is so similar to Western culture.  Of course there are contrasts- the poor and rural life & the slums… which contrast starkly with the 24-hour shopping malls and coffeehouses which would cause one to think that they had been transported back to North America while they were sleeping.  I am staying at an AIM guesthouse, which is all quite Western (yesterday it was pizza for supper and ice cream for dessert – made all from scratch by Kenyans to suit the multitude of Wazungu).  Today when we were in Mukaa, it was the first time on this trip that I got to have a “real” East African meal! It was really good- I found that I missed it! I came to Africa but had not yet really felt like I was in Africa! Nyama, wali, viazi, ndizi, na chapati… mmm!

A slight change in subject… I’ve been thinking alot lately about the (sometimes) seemingly elusive “will of God for my life”.  How does one KNOW God’s will for them? How do you know you are correct in what you THINK is God’s will for you? What if you are deceived? What if you don’t choose the right path, what if.. what if.. etc.  Well much to my angst these questions have been rolling about in my mind for quite a few years now, and it was only just last night that I was really able to fully realize them and vocalize them.  I was talking with Sam and Bonnie, and they offered alot of wisdom (I absolutely love them.. they are amazing).  Anyway- the good news is that I’ve come to a place of contentment in these things, after many years of vague confusion.  The 2 verses that really stand out in my mind that Bonnie reminded me of are these…

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.  That is not to say that you will get whatever desire (fleshly/worldly or otherwise) you want, but rather it seems to be more of a reciprocity in which your desires are already aligned with God’s will for you because when you are delighting yourself in Him, you are becoming more like Christ, and less like the world.  He gives you the desires of your heart not BECAUSE you are delighting yourself in Him, but THROUGH your very act of delighting yourself in Him.  Delighting one’s self in the Lord is the desire of a righteous (through Christ) heart.  That is all to say that if I am *honestly* delighting myself in Him, and I seek to use wisdom in my decisions, then I can ask myself what the desires of my heart really are, which will guide me to discover God’s will for me.  What am I passionate about? What am I uniquely gifted for?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways ackowledge Him, and He will direct your paths”.  Another good one.. I learned this one by heart in Pioneer Clubs as a kid.  Always a good verse to remember, always easy to forget.  Read it again, and again, and again, until it sinks in!

Anway- it’s late here (we’re 8 hours ahead of Toronto time) and it’s time for bed. Good night!

What the heck?

I’d just like to note for posterity here that it is 32 degrees centigrade plus humidity, feeling like 40 degrees, as well as the fact that it is thanksgiving weekend. The 8th of October, 2007, in Toronto.

What theological, philosophical, or political relevance does this fact have?

I’ll leave now and ponder this question in all its depth and maturity.

I'm Red, he's Honey. I'm the writer of this blog and the source of your entertainment and/or boredom. We're parents of an exceptionally adorable child, and we have no idea what we're doing! This blog is the outlet for my thoughts along the way - welcome! Pull up a couch, grab a cup of tea, and stay a while! Or back away slowly. Whatever works.




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