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Bono on the difference between Grace and Karma

Resistance & Renewal

Bono_on_Bono_Cover“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma…

You see, at the centre of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you; an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics – in physical laws – every action is met by an equal or opposite one.  Its clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe.  I’m absolutely sure of it.

And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “As you reap, so will you sow” stuff.  Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news…

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Obama: A “Footnote” in History?

U.S. Presidential flag, 1960-present (not usua...

The Presidential Seal

The primaries are looking pretty good for Romney this year. He seems like a nice enough man, with a good business sense.

But I’m disappointed, which I suppose is a part of every campaign.  I refer to his statement that “Barack Obama“, the first African American President of the United States, will be a “Footnote in History”?

Smart Republicans like Romney,  surely understand the historic importance of the first African-American President, regardless of whether they approve of his politics?

But, in this world of sound bites, there isn’t time for  even a gracious tip of the hat to racial progress. Obama and the historical accomplishments he represents are dismissed as mostly “Liberal” gains, when all of us could be rejoicing in this tremendous step forward.

Most of the Republican leaders, in their eagerness to qualify as Conservatives, meaning “to conserve and not change…”, are falling all over themselves appealing  to the lowest instincts in our people.

In my opinion, the Party that was willing to change a slave-owning country into a country of freed people, and now  seems to openly loathe everything “Obama, is being corrupted by its leaders willing to pander to our lowest instincts; fear, envy, jealousy, greed, to carry out its

Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration ...

President Obama's Inauguration


This is just one of the reasons that I feel I am in a free fall from my Republican roots…with rarely any common ground to bind me to them or frankly any political party.

I realize that none of us are pure in heart, and it is surely tempting for a politician to fall in with special interests. But, I want to choose a president who has a proven record of  working for a broad segment of society, not just the lobbyists and personal gain.

What about Obama?  Was his election as the First African-American President, enough? This will certainly assure him more than a “Footnote in History”, let’s hope that his positive accomplishments will fill the history books as he serves the American people accomplishing good for a majority.

Romney claims Obama will be a ‘footnote in history’ – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs.

Hope for the New Year? Well, Maybe. But What about Lausanne III?

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Is there hope for the Western Church which largely organized the Lausanne III conference in Cape Town but decided not to invite Bishop Desmond Tutu, and to not mention the issue of Apartheid in the host country?  That this was on the advice of the local pastors is interesting, that there was fear that Bishop Tutu would rebuke the assembly for its failure to address Homosexuality is doubly so.

That this issue which is so divisive, and confusing was not addressed is understandable, but not admirable. Surely, there should be a way, on the part of our Christian leaders to model Jesus in the areas where we disagree.

But given our history in the West, and from what I read, in Africa, it seems Evangelicals are just not good at doing this, so better not address it all. What a disappointment.

Two other areas in which there appeared to be a failure to work out issues important for the future of the Church, were the emphasis on the Gospel’s verbal proclamation and it’s connection to it’s sister, social concern.

From my readings, social activists are blogging about the power of Western wealth and indifference which at Lausanne seemed like a frigid barrier to discussion of Christ‘s love for the poor and how to live this in concert with proclaiming the Gospel verbally.

Those returning to the US may have thought Lausanne was “Global”, but many from other countries have written that it was far too Western, even down to there being no attempt made for translations into other languages. If this is true it is alarming..Someone is not listening, or hearing.

Well, enough for my thoughts about the Church, Here are some thoughts from Bono, worth bringing up again this year!

Bono’s Top Ten for the Next Ten.

Sunday January 3, 2010

Bono.jpgFrom the NYTimes: Bono makes ten suggestions for the next ten years. What do you think of his suggestions? (You can see his top ten at the link above.) 

IF we have overindulged in anything these past several days, it is neither holiday ham nor American football; it is Top 10 lists. We have been stuffed full of them. Even in these self-restrained pages, it has been impossible to avoid the end-of-the-decade accountings of the 10 best such-and-suches and the 10 worst fill-in-the-blanks.

And so, in the spirit of rock star excess, I offer yet another.

The main difference, if it matters, is that this list looks forward, not backward. So here, then, are 10 ideas that might make the next 10 years more interesting, healthy or civil. Some are trivial, some fundamental. They have little in common with one another except that I am seized by each, and moved by its potential to change our world.

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/2010/01/bonos-top-ten-for-the-next-ten.html#ixzz19WkyseQu