Rob and Deanna Niewert
Carrie and Paula Hruza
Dick and Nina Foulke
Larry and Joann Featherston.
And I had a Latina-influenced day when my physiotherapist at the time, named Maria, and the lady at the AT&T store, also named Maria, gave me the chance to sing ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’ from ‘Sound of Music’, also ‘Maria’ from West Side Story. And then when my pain medication finally arrived and I could get it from the pharmacy, the lady there was named Cora, giving me the chance to sing ‘Cora’ from Harry Belafonte’s Carnegie Hall concert.
Tourist in New York streets, seeking directions, asks man carrying a cello case: ‘How do you get to Carnegie Hall?’
Cellist: ‘Practice, practice, practice.’
Finally, regarding this political season:
In the midst of the political season, let's remember:
1. that we can be mistaken. I do like to be even-handed: in the 1968 election, when I was in elementary school in Sunrise School in India, where almost all the students were in favor of Nixon, I asked, 'How about Humphrey? The teacher said it's a close election. If a lot of people want him, he must have some good points', and the classy response was, 'No! Flush Humphrey down the toilet!' Four years later, in Woodstock School in India, where the student body was almost entirely against Nixon, I again tried to provide 'the other side' and met a response of similar reasonableness. And then two years later, in the summer of 1974, I was in the USA (our family on deputation) and, among relatives mostly Democrats and against Nixon, I defended him. But only DAYS after we flew back to the Philippines and I started 11th grade, Nixon resigned--it wasn't just a media hunt, he really had known about things in advance, had been involved in the cover-up, had obstructed justice. Then Goldwater and other leading Republican senators visited Nixon to tell him that, if Nixon were impeached by the House, as seemed inevitable, and it came to a trial in the Senate, he could count on only about 25 votes in the Senate, and he would definitely be removed from office. Only at THAT point, Nixon resigned (rather than being removed). At least at that point, since I was across the Pacific Ocean, I didn't have to hear my cousins say, 'Nyah, nyah, nyah, you were wrong, we were right.' So let's remember that, since only God is perfect, it's possible that sometimes we're mistaken.
2. Let's not get personal in our comments. I don't agree with Obama's statements on a certain number of subjects, but also I don't agree with calling him an 'idiot'. The Bible tells us that when government orders us to do something contrary to God's commands, we must obey God rather than man, but the same Bible also tells us to, apart from those instances, obey the law, pay our taxes. and 'honor the king'--and this was being said about a government that persecuted Christians for their faith, and about emperors who led lives of appalling immorality (see Suetonius' book on Roman emperors). After all, what you're against is the immoral practices and policies, right? If politicians now advocating rights of people to kill their unborn children would change those views and stand up for the rights of these vulnerable members of our society, you'd applaud the change. So your vote is based on a set of principles, and for practices and policies flowing from those principles, true? So you can say what those principles are, and what those policies should be. It's not necessary to attack people personally. I'll vote for Trump not because I personally like Trump--I've never met him and am not acquainted--but because I want judges that protect unborn life, and because with him the Republican Party is starting to pay attention to working people's needs, and I think there's plenty of Scripture for both of those positions.