Posts Tagged ‘government’

rock-bottom cropBy Matt Horan

Recovering addicts can usually tell the story of their “rock bottom.”  It got bad enough that they realized that their life was unmanageable.  They were out of answers, and out of excuses.  They were ready to cry out for help.  With the addiction’s foot on the addict’s neck, all that was left was to beg for mercy.

There’s a once well-known concept in Christian theology that has largely gone out of style.  The concept is called “repentance.”  The idea is somewhat congruent with the “rock bottom” moment–when someone realizes that their best efforts to find fulfillment are falling woefully short.  In repentance, one admits that their path was the wrong one, and that God has something far better for us, found in following the path set before us by Jesus Christ.

So what does it take to hit rock bottom?  What does it take to awaken us to the futility of our best efforts?

For example, what if there was a poll taken that said you were less popular than Ghengis Khan, head lice, and cockroaches?  (more…)

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By Matt Horan

This week on the Sojourners website, Jim Wallis wrote about a movement of over 100 former politicians from both sides of the aisle who have come forward with a statement urging reform in the way our current politicians go about their work.  I’m not always very eager to jump on the Jim Wallis bandwagon, as I feel like he’s too easily dragged into the mud himself, especially in his recent feud with Glenn Beck.

However, this is welcome news.  Sojourners is urging the adoption of a “Civility Covenant,” and it is long overdue.

We act as if facts matter.  We act as if gaining supporters to my position is based on convincing people of what is true and what is false.  Once they see that the facts support my side, they’ll be won over.  But facts don’t matter.  Truth doesn’t matter.  What motivates us is not our facts, but our commitments. (more…)

By Matt Horanrabbit_foot

A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying “A dollar per point.” The next class the professor handed the graded tests back out. This student got back his test, his test grade, and $64 change.

It seems that, if we have enough money, we can solve any problem.  Being sued?  Get a great lawyer.  Kids not learning enough?  Send them to private school.  Health problems?  See a great doctor and get some medicine prescribed.  Don’t like how you look?  Join a gym, get some cosmetic surgery, or buy the South Beach Diet book.

I’ll confess that I’m not always a big fan of generosity.  I’d much rather have a lot of money and buy myself something nice.   (more…)

By Matt Horanyelling

Here’s what really bothers me.

People are really pissed off. In fact, I think that there’s an increasing degree of pissed-offedness. Thankfully, that isn’t really a word, and further, there’s probably not the science available to us to measure pissed-offedness. And even if there was and I proved it, someone would discount my findings because I’m not a sociologist. So, I’ll just call it what it is–I have a theory that there’s increasing pissed-offedness in the world, though I’m without the tools or clout to measure it. I guess I’ll see if I can get some friends to become a fan of “Pissed-offedness.” Maybe if I can say that 16 of my friends are “fans of pissed-offedness,” then that can begin to look like some credibility for my theory. Until then, I guess it’ll remain just a theory. Fortunately, that’s all you need to write something and send it off onto the information superhighway for worldwide distribution. Beautiful. (more…)