I am reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton. I like Chesterton and his way of thinking, when I can follow it. I know of Francis of Assisi and know that he is well known. So, the book seems interesting to me.

So far, it is. Chesterton makes the point that we may not agree or like Francis’ asceticism and lifestyle of denial, but when you understand the times he lived in, his behavior makes sense. It seems as if it was exactly what Christianity should have done.

The world of his day was very rich and luxurious. Christianity had fallen right into that same pattern. The only way to react against it was to go to the opposite extreme.

This brings me back to my point made last week that life is a battle between extremes–not finding a middle ground but knowing what extreme to go to when. Francis went to the extreme of asceticism because the world was at the opposite extreme. If Christianity is about “come out from among them and be ye separate,” you sort of have to know what “them” are doing!

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I am reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton. I like Chesterton and his way of thinking, when I can follow it. I know of Francis of Assisi and know that he is well known. So, the book seems interesting to me.

So far, it is. Chesterton makes the point that we may not agree or like Francis’ asceticism and lifestyle of denial, but when you understand the times he lived in, his behavior makes sense. It seems as if it was exactly what Christianity should have done.

The world of his day was very rich and luxurious. Chrsitianity had fallen right into that same pattern. The only way to react against it was to go to the opposite extreme.

This brings me back to my point made last week that life is a battle between extremes–not finding a middle ground but knowing what extreme to go to when. Francis went to the extreme of asceticism because the world was at the opposite extreme. If Christianity is about “come out from among them and be ye separate,” you sort of have to know what “them” are doing!

I was given a book to read, A Durable Peace, by Benjamin Netanyahu. It was about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict over the land and showing how the Palestinians are the ones who took the land and it rightly belongs to the Jews. He went through the history of Zionism and how the Palestinians were able to rewrite history to convince the world they were right.

I got about 90 pages into the book and couldn’t take it anymore. I feel for the Jews, I really do. I also think that they were wronged. I also think that all this was supposed to happen based on the decisions they made.

I mean no disrespect, but I just get very bothered by “poor me,” victimhood stuff that just sounds like so much complaining. My solution is–fight back and get your land or be quiet! What am I supposed to do about it? I don’t know. Again, I think they have a point, I’m just not sure what I can do about it and I’m not sure that going around whining is going to help.

It also seems to me, that according to my Bible, the only way they will get their land back is when Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom, something they don’t want to hear. So if that’s the answer, and they don’t want to hear it, I guess I don’t know what to do for them.

Well, we got about 6 inches of snow on the ground this morning. My snowblower quit as soon as I put it into the snow. I think I might be about done with that thing now. So then I started shoveling. After about 7 minutes of shoveling, my back went out.

So now I’m pretty much done for the day, which aint all bad. I have things I want to do which requires me to sit down anyway, see, all things do work together for good, or something like that. If growth requires struggle, I should be growing any time now!

There is a proposed new reality show in the works, “Amish in the City” where Amish teenagers will be moved into the city and confronted with temptation for the “first time.” This idea is from the same people who wanted to do a Beverly Hillbiliies type reality show taking rural hicks and putting them in the city. That show was squashed because rural lobbying groups protested.

One would think the Amish would protest this show on many different levels. However, the director of the show said, and I quote, “the Amish don’t have much of a lobbying group.” So that’s nice, we can pick on them because they can’t defend themselves. Don’t you just love our new caring and respectful to religions society?

Marge Schott died yesterday. She used to be the owner of the Cincinnati Reds who got herself in trouble on more than one occasion. She once called her black baseball players “niggers” and had some Nazi paraphanelia. She was never one to hold back saying what she thought.

The problem is, what she thought was complete idiocy! But in this country of ours we have a thing called freedom of speech. Not only is this freedom for normal people, it’s also for complete idiots! If you censor speech on the idiot fringe you will also end up censoring speech on the “smart” end.

Freedom to speak does not imply freedom to make you listen. She played out her thoughts in public and she dealt with her consequences. Idiot–yes; exercising her constitutional rights–yes. If idiots were not allowed to speak, I’d have to shut up first!

I was looking at an encyclopedia of evolution yesterday and in it they had articles on the Piltdown man, the Cardif Giant and the Tasada tribe. When each of these things was “discovered” they “proved” evolution. After further review, however, each of these things was discovered to be a hoax.

Anytime people’s faith must be backed up by physical evidence, look out! it doesn’t matter if it’s faith in God, evolution, or the Green Bay Packers–you will always be able to distort reality to back up your faith.

However, anytime reality proves your faith–your faith ceases to be faith. Every person needs to be careful in this matter and especially Christians–those who actually have the truth. Let’s be careful not to sell out for “proof” that our faith is real. You either believe it or you don’t.