Category Archives: culture

Society and the “Halfway Decent” Samaritan

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What’s happened to us?

Recently, a report concerning a man being shot at a convenience store gained headlines. No, not (sadly) because being shot in front of a convenience store in-and-of-itself was unusual, but rather due to the behavior of the customers who subsequently WALKED OVER his body, in the doorway:

 

I thought this must be some sort of unthinkably sick prank, until I read the following account. It seems that this actually occurred back in 2012, and we’re only seeing the video now because the shooter is on trial:

(via The UK Daily Mail) – “…Shocking surveillance footage shows the moment that a man who had been shot was stepped over by customers at a convenience store. Jheryl Wright, 31, was fatally shot in September 2012 as he left a shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Deliver Us…

“He’s his own worst enemy…”, I mumbled to myself.

And it does seem to be true: he’s a slave to his own desires, no matter how destructive; blind to the warning signs posted on the road he travels; deaf to the wise counsel offered by family and friends.

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Who was I talking about? It doesn’t matter, really, because my next thought was: Aren’t we all our own worst enemy? After all, what the apostle preached surely applies to each of us:

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Prayer for a Nation

***Today’s guest post is from our old buddy,Pgh‘. And if you’d like to see any of his previous writings, they’re all collected right here.

JTR

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One topic commonly discussed here at “Two Heads…” is our nation’s culture or, perhaps more specifically, the deterioration of our culture.

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Recently, I came across an article by Reverend Billy Graham, titled “My Heart Aches for America“.  In it, he recalls a conversation he had with his wife, Ruth:

“…Some years ago, my wife, Ruth, was reading the draft of a book I was writing. When she finished a section describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Background Noise

actor at mike goodI went to see a play the other night. It doesn’t matter what play, really—I mention it only because of what was primarily wrong with it: I could not hear the actors’ lines as well as I ought–I estimate I missed 30% of the play’s dialogue.

This was not because the acoustics in the theater were bad—far from it. It wasn’t because I was at the back of the house: I was in row J. The problem wasn’t the actors’ ability to project—or not the main problem, anyway. No, the real issue was that the director had chosen to have ambient sound effects (street noises, music, wind, etc.) playing continually under almost every scene. The resulting background noise, which was supposed to define and enhance the scenes, became like the annoying buzz of an insect which you can’t kill, a faucet drip you can’t fix, a clock you can’t stop from ticking.

How often do we miss important messages in other realms of life, because of annoying, distracting or obscuring noise? Competing demonstrations have been known to try to drown each other out. We’ve read recently some writers who theorize that certain political topics (Syria, for one) are deliberately amplified and spotlighted in order to keep our attention away from the real show, which is going on in a dark corner somewhere.

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 But sometimes, we are our own noisemakers. When it comes to hearing what’s really important, how often do we make a space of quiet and stillness so that we have the right conditions in which to listen intently?

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J.E. Dyer: “We need to find ways… to disentangle ourselves from what is Evil in our culture.”

If you give the daily headlines even minimal attention, then you probably heard about the murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane a few weeks back. Tragic, horrible, and yet completely unsurprising, given the level of morality (or lack thereof) which exists in some corners of our society today.

EVPT_JEDyer_bioBut just because Mr. Lane’s teenaged killers are no longer being discussed on a daily basis, we cannot let the lesson of his death drop by the wayside, as well. To that end, please take a moment to read a wonderful homily on this by J. E. Dyer, whom we have linked several times previously.

A brief quote:

“…Evil can’t be domesticated.  We are fooling ourselves if we think we can laugh with it, subsidize it, refuse to name it, and yet not have it come back around to smack us down. 

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A quick reminder about Social Interaction (via cartoonist Steve Kelley)

How many of us are guilty of this, even just occasionally?

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**(Blogger meekly raises his hand)**

Just a little reminder, from one perpetrator to another…

Is Honesty Dead?

VDHThere’s a LOT to say on this subject, but Victor Davis Hanson has done such a thorough treatment of it today over at PJ Media, that I don’t  think I can do better than to whet your appetite here. JTR will be back tomorrow.

In the meantime, please, please pour yourself a cup of coffee and take time to really digest the material in this article:

“LYING IN THE AGE OF OBAMA” – 

The attorney general of the United States lied recently to Congress. He said he knew of no citizen’s communications that his department had monitored.

Lie!

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Destiny and Destination

Both of the Heads are away today, soLivinRightInPghkindly agreed to once again mind the store for us. We’re always thrilled to have one of our Guest Noggins sub in, and sincerely appreciate their efforts and thoughtfulness.  

Thanks,Pgh‘!!!

JTR & GBL

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In every life, there’s a destiny to be fulfilled; a path defined by our choices along the way. Ultimately, this “destiny” we choose will determine our destination. The Scriptures speak very clearly to the difference between choosing a destiny that is defined by humanistic choices and that which is defined by following God’s path for our lives…

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”  Proverbs 16:25  (NASB)

“In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”  Proverbs 12:28 (NASB)

During our daily walk, we’re continuously faced with the “choices of the flesh“, which are in direct conflict with “choices of the Spirit“.

Galations 5:16 – 17 (NASB) tells us:

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