Welcome to the best—and the rest—of my week’s cartoons and comments on:
• Campaign 2016 hope and humor
• A better answer to our prayers
• The Kanye West bible?!
• Five stages of filing your income taxes
• Top ten things hated more than the IRS
• Shocking news: airline service declines
• Are natural disasters “acts of God”?
Campaign 2016 hope and humor
I’m too conservative to be a Democrat, too liberal to be a Republican and too OCD to be a Libertarian, so here are some non-partisan cartoons and comments on the United States’ elections: [Continue reading]
‘Jesus, we need your help’
I have a good friend whose daughter is going through a terrible divorce and struggling to make huge decisions as a single mom. I told my friend how God performed miracle after miracle to help our daughter get settled as a single mom after a terrible divorce. I tagged along as a “consultant” to Lowe’s as she and the girls needed appliances. I half prayed, half muttered as we entered the store, “Jesus, we need your help to make good decisions.” In the appliance section, a young man came up to us asking if we needed help. Both Faith and I dropped our jaws when we saw his name tag: JESUS. What a wonderful assurance that “Jesus” was literally helping us out. Just one of the many miracles of provision she and her daughters have experienced.
A better answer to our prayers
Our prayers are often not answered the way we hoped. That doesn’t mean they aren’t answered. It might mean they are answered better than we can ask or imagine, better than we expected. [Continue reading Christ Maxwell’s guest post.]
The Kanye West bible?!
I’m not sure what is more disturbing; that The Book of Yeezus is a “novelty Bible” that replaces the name God with “Kanye,” as in rapper and award show crasher Kanye West, or that the self-publishers can’t keep up with orders.
In an interview with The Christian Post, one of the three anonymous authors notes, “Not only does this guy call himself a god and not only is he incredibly egotistical, but in a way the irony is that he’s kind of right. Because he has come to a place where . . . the role that God has played in our lives [and] our spiritual figures have been replaced by media icons.”
On their website, the three brothers explain:
What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? What we came up with was an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to both Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon.
In a foreword, we explore our consumerist, quick-fix, and information-culture, and celebrate Kanye and the outsized significance he plays in our lives.
Yep, our culture has replaced God with “media icons” and is in serious need of a divine “intervention”!
Are natural disasters ‘acts of God’?
Insurance companies describe them as “acts of God,” but how much responsibility for earthquakes, floods, blizzards, typhoons, tornadoes, etc. can be laid of the foot of his throne? [Continue reading]
Shocking news: airline service declines
Airline service has declined, according to the 25th annual Airline Quality Rating compiled by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University.
“As a group [airlines] generally did worse,” said the study’s Dean Headley. “We track four elements that we think are consumer relevant, on-time, baggage handling, complaints and things like that, and literally all four of those got worse for the industry this year.”
Meanwhile, in other shocking news: Indiana is cloud-covered, another report shows smoking is bad for your health and Hillary is running for president!
A message for Nik Wallenda
My Internet connection has been sporadic, so I asked a few friends to pray for my computer, modem and link to the Internet. Suddenly, my Facebook page picked up the strangest messages!
Father Yes, my Son.
Son It’s Nik Wallenda, the high-wire walker. He’s praying for our help again.
Father What is my child doing this time?!
Son Father, he just announced today, he is going to ride to the top of the 400-foot-tall “Orlando Eye” Ferris wheel, climb out of the capsule, and then walk along the edge . . .
Father Spirit, can you join us? It concerns Nik Wallenda.
Spirit Again, Father?! I have told him repeatedly, “Don’t put the Lord your God to the test.”
Father While I appreciate his faith—misplaced as it is—crossing Niagara falls, the Grand Canyon and between skyscrapers in Chicago, it is simply presumptuous of our divine intervention. Didn’t he learn this at the deaths of Rietta in 1942, two members of the famous chair pyramid in 1962 and family patriarch Karl’s death in 1978.
Spirit I am always advocating for our children, so I have to point out, he thinks he’s doing this for our glory.
Father We are glorified when our children feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned. Not when they take foolish risks for fame and fortune.
Son Agreed. The Spirit and I gladly present your children’s requests for food, for forgiveness, for strength in temptation, Father. But I don’t see how this qualifies as “your will being done as it is in heaven.”
Father Good point! Spirit, I’m afraid you’ll have to tell him we’re going to have to pass on his latest request. We have believers fervently praying to simply stay alive in the face of starvation, of terrorism and war, plagues and disease. We have billions of our children in poverty who desperately need the money our child Nik will make performing for this amusement park grand opening.
Spirit I shall deliver the message, Father.
Father And while you’re at it, tell those people doing other dangerous stuff to become famous on YouTube, they’re on their own as well.
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