Sunday, August 31, 2008

Isn't it ironic-al?

A few years ago Alanis Morrisette released her hit song, "Isn't it Ironic?" which included in its lyrics a bunch of situations that wouldn't really qualify as irony, just really sucky situations. So, for the educational benefit of Alanis and everyone else, I'd like to point out some true real-life irony happening in the public eye right now.

A few weeks ago, Jim Dobson sent one of his people to Denver to pray for rain during Barak Obama's speech in hopes to rain it out. And they asked other people to pray for such rain. Sure, they dressed it up a bit as humor so they wouldn't look as foolish when it didn't happen. But they did say they were "only partly joking" revealing the truth about the simple intent of their message being pure hate-mongering.

Well, they asked God for rain, and they got rain. They got Hurricane Gustav. The only problem for Jim Dobson and friends is that Gustav is messing up the RNC, not the DNC.

That's irony.
(Note: This should not be read as making light of the devastation Gustav is likely to cause. It should instead be read as making light of Focus on the Family's actions.)

Here's a list of ways I think their prayers could have been better used:
1. To pray for Senator Obama. (As we're commanded in scripture to pray for our enemies, since they consider him the enemy, perhaps they could've prayed for him.)
2. For rain. Only instead of praying for rain at the DNC they could've prayed for rain to go to the areas of the world currently devastated by drought.
3. For healing of the divisions in our nation.
4. For healing of the divisions amongst followers of Jesus.
5. For Brett Favre to remain a Packer.

5 comments:

Dan Mayes said...

Yes, contrary to his public statements, as a Christian you are free to disagree with James Dobson. For more, visit http://www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.com.

Bill Spangler-Dunning said...

Nice perspective... It is time to make it clear that Christian does not just stand for the Religous Right. I sometimes feel like James Dobson got the Recipe on how to be Christian and then when he did have or understand some of the ingriedients he just used what he had... It just does not taste the same...

Pastor Scott said...

Hey Dan,
I find that ironic also. Thanks for pointing that out.
I was impressed by Barak -thats quite a lot for an iowa boy raised republican.
But I certainly am with you in prayer for Christian cooperation and unity.

Pastor Scott said...

more than that -
I am now considering a vote for Barak-Biden ticket
we may need to talk more

Laura Rico said...

Hey Dan - thought you'd enjoy this...
Christian One Liners

Don't let your worries get the
best of you; remember, Moses
started out as a basket case.

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Some people are kind, polite, and
sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.

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Many folks want to serve God,
but only as advisors.

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It is easier to preach ten sermons
than it is to live one.

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The good Lord didn't create anything
without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

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When you get to your wit's end,
you'll find God lives there.

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People are funny; they want the
front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

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Opportunity may knock once, but temptation
bangs on your front door forever.

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Quit griping about your church;
if it was perfect, you couldn't belong.

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If the church wants a better pastor,
it only needs to pray for the one it has.

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God Himself does not propose to
judge a man until he is dead.
So why should you?

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Some minds are like concrete
thoroughly mixed up and
permanently set.

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Peace starts with a smile.

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I don't know why some people
change churches; what difference
does it make which one you stay
home from?

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A lot of church members who are singing
"Standing on the Promises"
are just sitting on the premises.

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We were called to be
witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

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Be ye fishers of men. You catch
them - He'll clean them.

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Coincidence is when God
chooses to remain anonymous.

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Don't put a question mark
where God put a period.

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Don't wait for 6 strong
men to take you to church.

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Forbidden fruits create many jams.

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God doesn't call the qualified,
He qualifies the called.

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God grades on the cross, not the curve.

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God loves everyone, but probably prefers "fruits of the spirit" over "religious nuts!"

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God promises a safe landing,
not a calm passage.

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He who angers you, controls you!

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If God is your Co-pilot - swap seats!

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Prayer:

Don't give God instructions -- just report for duty!

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The task ahead of us is never as
great as the Power behind us.

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The Will of God never takes you to
where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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We don't change the message,
the message changes us.

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You can tell how big a person is
by what it takes to discourage him.

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The best mathematical equation
I have ever seen:
1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.