Status Quo Rolls On

Job Interview?

I was not aware at the time, but when I attended the July 30, 2013 Enterprise City School Board meeting I was watching a job interview or trial run. Apparently it went well for the job applicant as she was appointed to the Enterprise City School Board at the most recent Enterprise City Council meeting. If you need to refresh your memory too I wrote about her comments in that board meeting in my Overtime post last August.

I don’t know for a fact this was the case but what I post here is my perception of what I see. That is my perspective on what happened, whether it is peculiar or not I don’t know. Continue reading Status Quo Rolls On

I Am A Thief

I am a thief, I am a murderer.

Are you a thief too? A murderer too? I am.

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Cross & Sky Christian Wallpaper Background a GIMP edit of my original (Photo credit: † David Gunter)

My blog is called Peculiar Perspective and this might just be one of those but maybe it shouldn’t be. I have been a Third Day fan for years. I love their music, their ministry, and Mac Powell, the lead singer, just happens to be an Alabama fan so that works for me too.

There are many of their songs I like and could and probably will at some point write about here. However there are none that affect me more at this time of year than one call Thief. They have two versions of this song. The original came out as a live version on their album named Third Day in 1996 and is my favorite version. Third Day_Third Day

They did a studio version for their Chronology Volume 1 Album in 2007 as well. The words are the same. The sound is just a little different.


Third Day_Chronology Volume One

I suggest you click on one of the links below and watch it and listen to the words. It will move you if you are a Christian. If you are not a Christian I think it can move you too if you watch and listen with an open mind, something that is rare these days but it can still be done.

A New Perspective

I liked this song before I ever really understood it. Let me try to explain. I like Third Day and their music and their “sound” so just for those reasons alone I liked the song. When I first heard it I liked it because it was different. I had never heard a song from perspective of the thief on the cross beside Jesus. I thought that is interesting and something I have never thought of that way, a new perspective.

It wasn’t until a few years ago when I really began to understand the gravity of what this song was saying, at least to me. That is when I realized I am that thief on the cross, as well as part of the mob yelling, “Crucify him”, as well as Judas, as well as Peter, when he denied knowing Jesus. If you listen to this or think of this story as the thief got what he deserved that is OK. You are right. However if you don’t also realize that we would all get what we deserve if it wasn’t for what Jesus did by staying on the cross then you are missing the point completely.

Here are the lyrics for Thief by Third Day.

Thief

I am a thief, I am a murderer,
Walking up this lonely hill.
What have I done? I don’t remember.
No one knows just how I feel;
And I know that my time is coming soon.

It’s been so long, oh, such a long time,
Since I’ve lived with peace and rest.
Now I am here, in my destination,
I guess things work for the best;
And I know that my time is coming soon.

Who is this man? This man beside me,
That they call the King of the Jews.
No, they don’t believe, that He’s the Messiah,
But, somehow I know that it’s true.

They laugh at Him in mockery,
They beat Him till he bleeds,
They nail Him to the rugged cross,
And they raise Him, yeah, they raise Him up next to me.

My time has come, and I’m slowly fading,
But I deserve what I receive.
Jesus, when You are in Your kingdom,
Could You please, please remember me.
Well He looks at me still holding on,
And the tears fall from His eyes,
And He says I tell the truth,
Today, yeah, you will live with Me in paradise, woah yeah.

And I know that my time, yes my time, is coming soon, woah yeah.
And I know that my time, yes my time, is coming soon, woah yeah, yeah
And I know that paradise, paradise is coming soon.

Writer: POWELL, JOHNNY MAC / ANDERSON, SAMUEL TAI / AVERY, BRADLEY B. C. / CARR, DAVID / LEE, MARK D.

Here is a link to a GodTube video of the song with lyrics.

Thief by Third Day (Lyrics) – Live version

Here is a link to a YouTube video of the song with images from The Passsion of the Christ so some of the images are graphic.

Thief by Third Day – Passion of the Christ images – Studio Version

I believe the song speaks for itself but do have a couple of observations.

I am a thief, I am a murderer

We are all sinners. You may not think your sin rises to the level of a thief or murderer, that people who commit those sins are somehow worse sinners than you are. That is not true. God sees all sin, even a “little white lie” as sin. 

And I know that my time is coming soon

All of our times are coming soon so if you are waiting for the “right time” that time is right now. We are not promised tomorrow so take care of this today.

No, they don’t believe, that He’s the Messiah,
But, somehow I know that it’s true.

I believe that somehow you know it is true too but might not want to admit it for fear of what others might think of you. That reminds me of a quote I heard from Zig Ziglar that says, “You wouldn’t be so concerned about what others think of you if you realized how little they did.”

You will spend it somewhere. Where you spend it is your choice. My prayer for you is you will choose wisely.

If you have questions about how you can accept God’s gift of salvation for you, please visit Peace With God or ask questions in the comments. I will answer with what I know and would love to hear from you.

Until next time…

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Maybe you shouldn’t vote

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Voting (Photo credit: League of Women Voters of California)

There has been much discussion about requiring a photo ID in order to verify your identity before you are allowed to cast a vote in an election. If you have been paying attention at least a little bit over the last several years you are aware of this. If not, then maybe you should be paying more attention. Alabama has instituted this requirement as law and it will be enforced during the next election coming up in a couple of months.

Many who oppose this law or requirement use the empty argument that this somehow discriminates against the poor or minorities. As a member of the white male Caucasian minority I do not see any discrimination in this requirement whatsoever. It should have been a requirement from day one in my opinion.

I suppose by this logic it is also discrimination to require a driver’s license to be able to operate a motor vehicle so we should do away with those. It is also a requirement to be able to board a plane so that is discrimination too.

Where is the outrage?

Where are the outcries for these obvious discriminations? You don’t hear any outcry for these because they do not directly relate to votes which either put people in power or keep them in power. Think about it. Is there any other logical reason that explains this claim? If so, please do let me know in the comments. I am always looking to learn something new and this would be a revelation for me.

Popularity Contest

Most people do not do the necessary research or homework about candidates or issues to be able to make an informed decision when they enter the voting booth. The sad fact is most people vote base on popularity, or how a candidate looks, or a particular party because they have always voted for that party, or the yard sign or billboard they see every day on the way to work, or what a candidate “promised” to give them – “A chicken in every pot.” That is one reason our country does not have the best leaders we could have. We do have what we deserve because of our actions or inactions or laziness in exercising our voting privilege.

We need more requirements, not less

I believe the requirements to vote and select those who make decisions that affect us all should be much more involved to show the person casting a vote at least has some knowledge of the current issues and candidates. I know this will never be enacted, based on the silly arguments and uproar over a simple photo ID, but it would produce a more informed electorate and that would, in turn, provide much more competent leaders and better decisions on the issues that come before them.

This is a test…a test to see if you are paying attention

Why not have 5-15 questions at the top of every ballot that would have to be answered correctly for the ballot to be counted? These questions could be checked by the voting machines and if not correct then that ballot would just be discarded.

The questions could be as simple as:

  1. Who is the current President of the United States?
  2. Who is the current Vice-President of the United States?

  3. Who is the Speaker of the House in the U.S. House of Representatives?

  4. Who is the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate?

  5. Name one Supreme Court Justice.

  6. Name one of the U.S. Senators representing your state.

  7. Name your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  8. Name one of your City Councilmen.

  9. Name one of your County Commissioners.

  10. Name one of your school board members.

  11. Name your mayor.

  12. Name your state senator.

  13. Name your state representative.

  14. How many U.S. Senators are there in Congress?

  15. How many state are there in the U.S.?

How would you fare if you had to answer these questions? You might be surprised at how many could not answer any of these questions correctly, yet they still vote.

It might not be easy at first but if you knew you were going to have these questions you would likely do a little homework before you headed to your local polling place, or choose to not go at all. That would be the purpose.

If you don’t care, don’t bother

If you don’t care enough to learn about the candidates and issues before you vote you should not abuse your voting privilege by casting an ignorant vote. This is where the term low-information voter came from. If low-information voters are electing our elected officials then there should be no surprise if poor or self-serving decisions are made more often than not.

These are just examples that could be used. The voter could be required to get a passing grade, 70%, or could be required to get them all correct for their ballot to be valid and counted. As I said before, I know this is not likely to ever happen.

That does not mean it should never happen. This would help eliminate the instances of people voting multiple times in the same election or votes being cast by people who are no longer living, most recently reported in North Carolina regarding the 2012 general election.

My Hope For the Future

My hope in writing this is that anyone who reads it will not be a low-information voter in the future. If you were in the past there is nothing that can be done about that. However, if you start today and take your voting privilege seriously enough to do your homework, learn about the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot, your future votes will be informed votes and that will be better for everyone.

Until next time…

Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 04/04/2014

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