Tuesday, June 24, 2008

According to the psychologist I saw today, I have all the symptoms of ADD. He's recommending to my physician that we try drug therapy plus some talk therapy/coaching sessions to see if I can get more organized in my thinking and start taking better care of business. The list of stuff I'm neglecting to do gets longer every day. It's frustrating, it's overwhelming, it's depressing. I'm anxious to see if this effort will help me not be so easily distracted and help me get more things done.

The other psychologist who crossed my radar screen today was James Dobson, who attacked Obama on his radio show. I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology, Dobson said. This is the man who persuaded millions to support Bush and he still has credibility? His criticism will probably help Obama. There is a new website "James Dobson doesn't speak for me" that outlines in very plain terms why this Christian counselor is losing influence. I signed it and I hope you will, too.

According to a Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll, Obama has a 48 to 33 percent lead over McCain in a 4 way race.

Judging from the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey published recently by The Pew Forum, the number of Christians who believe that their religion is the only way to salvation has decreased significantly in recent years. Lots of interesting data on that site.

I'm disappointed that Obama has not opposed the FISA bill being debated this week. It passed the House and is expected to win a similar majority of votes in the Senate. I know it's supposed to be a compromise bill, but did they have to compromise their principles, too? Warrantless wiretapping is not a good idea, no matter which party is in power. It's unconstitutional! I haven't read the whole bill but from what I have read, I just don't see any justification for it. If someone does, I wish you would explain it to me. Has blackmail material been gleaned already from the illegal wiretapping that has gone on?


1 comment:

mornin' said...

A serious mistake made by many is in thinking that religion and salvation are necessarily tied together. I can believe that UFOs land in my backyard every night, traipse out and bow down to the bar-b-que grill. It’s a religion, but it has absolutely nothing to do with salvation.

Salvation is a relationship with God the Father and is possible ONLY through Jesus Christ. In fact, He tells us plainly in John 14:6 that, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (NASB) And Peter boldly proclaimed to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:12 that, “…there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." (NASB)

Wouldn’t it have been a cruel hoax on Jesus if God the Father had said, “Now Son, I’m sending you down to Earth on a mission. You’ll be hated by many, liked by some, understood by few and criticized at every step. You will face emotional isolation, physical torment and spiritual agony as You give Your life so that mankind can find salvation by grace through faith. But, hey, if they want to get to Me some other way, it’ll be okay.” But God didn’t do that. Throughout all of scripture, His perfect plan is foretold, recounted and proclaimed. Salvation comes only by the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Religion can give people a semblance of comfort. Only Jesus Christ can give eternal life through the salvation only He can provide.