Satur-deja Vu

He did not say “God’s will has no place in the House of Representatives.” Jerry Nadler did say “God’s will is no concern of this congress” when speaking to those opposing the Equality Act on the basis that freedom of speech, particularly as related to freedom of religion, would be restricted. While it may not be the purpose of Congress to seek God’s will, it is paramount that the rights of all Americans are respected and upheld by any and every action they take. The number of Christians in the United States may vary depending on who you ask – which relates directly to how one defines a Christian, which varies depending on who you ask – but Wikipedia states that the US has the largest Christian population per capita of any nation at 205 million. The Pew Research Center identifies 70% of the population as Christian and another 6% as holding non-Christians faiths. The will of God is a concern of millions of Americans and our elected representatives cannot represent all of their constituents fairly if they ignored that fact. Congress is not a body of religious leaders but must recognize that a large population of those they lead are religious people.

I am not ashamed to have images of Jesus seen on Timeline or Twitter feed but neither of these are him. On the left is Obi Wan Kenobi as portrayed by Ewan McGregor in Star Wars. On the right is just me wearing a hoodie. Consider this a public service announcement.

Jeep will try to regain some lost ground in the luxury SUV market by reintroducing the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to compete against the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. The new high end models will set you back $85,000 to $100,000+ depending on model and features, although wood grain panels on the exterior do not seem to be available at this time.

We didn’t have much of a winter where I live this year even though I know much of the country was crippled by heavy snowfall and extreme winter conditions. 28 years ago we got 18 inches. That was unheard of in most people’s lifetime and referred to as “the storm of the century” by local media. I live in the northwest corner of Georgia, shown in light blue on this map indicating 10 to 20 inches of accumulation, not far from that spot that got over 20 inches. For you Old Testament scholars out there we got a cubit of snowfall accumulation. Everything was shut down for days, power lines came down, warehouses and factories collapsed. Several buildings caved in that were all built by the same contractor, guaranteed to withstand the weight of 16″ of snow on the roof. By all accounts that should have been more than enough… until it wasn’t.

I mentioned the near total lack of flu season a couple of weeks ago. Between the quarantine protocols regarding mass gatherings, wearing masks, washing hands and keeping our distance from each other, flu cases dropped to almost nothing this year. Which means we could have stopped the flu at any time but were not willing to take such drastic measures. Covid 19 has killed over half a million people just in the last 12 months. While the morbidity rate is only 1% if let run through our population unchecked that would mean over 3 million lives lost. That is not the same as 45 to 65 thousand. I am not panicking but the vaccines we have developed in the last year are between 85 to 96% effective at preventing symptoms and 100% effective at preventing hospitalization and death. Once Covid has been controlled to some extent things will return to normal and the flu will likely make a come back. There may be an annual Covid season going forward because of those that cannot and others that will not take the vaccine. This year’s lack of flu season demonstrates what we have always known, that the transmission of communicable disease can be stopped if we are willing to take the measures required to do so.

At a Kroger Little Clinic in central Virginia, some vaccine recipients were given empty shots of nothing but air. The person administering the shots thought a co-worker had filled the syringes. The mix up affected 10 people or less and they were called back in later to receive the vaccine.

Luis Palau has passed at the age of 86. His ministry reached over 70 million people in over 30 countries. He worked with Billy Graham and helped shaped the faith of Lee Strobel. He was diagnosed with late state lung cancer three years ago and continued doing well for some time.

iMonk Radio Podcast #127 offered advice from Michael Spencer’s advice on raising children and teens in a Christian environment. Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend for much of the US. Daniel Jepsen seems to have set his blog ahead one day; that may get corrected before you get a chance to see it. Here’s the link.

Look for Van Til bright and early Monday morning… or I guess after the time change it will dark and early. Stay blessed my friends.

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