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Flying High

Posted: October 20th, 2014, by christianwest

Now, for a little humor (I hope). I am amazed at how some folks choose to invest their leisure time. Parachuting is one of those sports that seems to me to be without sense at all. Ditto for those who “fly” the motor powered wings. But most of my incredibility thoughts are reserved for those brave, yet, in my opinion, foolhardy individuals who fly in “winged suits.” Perhaps you have seen video of them jumping off mountain tops and soaring through narrow canyons and such. Well, here is a new take.

Imagine this situation for a moment. You are a pilot preparing for landing. You’ve checked airspeed, alerted cabin and crew, and are all set to make your final descent when all of a sudden you see a guy flying right outside the cockpit window. However surreal, that’s what the pilots of one early summer flight have reported seeing high above the town of Macclesfield, in the United Kingdom; now tentatively dubbed by the public as the “Superman of Macclesfield.”According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the mystery man soared within 320 feet of the massive Airbus A320 on June 13; though at no point during visual contact did he ever appear on radar or deploy a parachute of any sort. (Yahoo News)

It was undoubtedly one of those “wing suit” guys.

I couldn’t help but think about the Rapture. Imagine being a pilot for American or United, Southwest or Delta – and not being one of the redeemed, of course – and as you approach your landing the Rapture begins. All of a sudden “those who remain” are being “caught up in the air” and suddenly you are surrounded by flying people. Some of your crew and passengers will be ascending while you are descending. (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13ff)

I suppose it is not humorous, really. My suggestion is that you find out how to be part of the “ascending” rather than the “descending” on that day. Contact a Truth teaching Church near you. They can help.

Voter ID

Posted: October 19th, 2014, by christianwest

Once again I find myself failing to understand how requiring one to have a photo ID to vote is disenfranchising “hundred of thousands of people.”

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for herself and Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.” (Bloomberg)

Photo ID’s are prevalent in all of society as far as I can tell. Personally (and perhaps I am the only one and therefore the subject of discrimination) I find I need a photo ID to do my banking, drive my car, visit the local jail, purchase stuff with a credit card, write a check, get a job, prove my age (I am not usually “carded” for being too young, but sometimes people don’t believe I am old enough to get the senior discount – no, really), renew my DL or my CHL. There are other things as well, but I won’t bore you any more.

Seems to me our Government would want to know (silly me) that the person voting is the person who says they are who they are and that they are eligible to vote.

I can think of one place where you won’t need a photo ID, if it gives you any comfort. When you die – and face the infinite God of Heaven and Earth. The Scripture says “the Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19). He will recognize you right away. You might also notice that He won’t wait until you get to the last judgment to know you. The Psalmist said:

Lord, you have searched  me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. (Psalm 139:1-6)