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- Publication Date: May 13, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KC73E1S
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A Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times: (Now With Added Humor!) Kindle Edition
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He's a passionate man and believes that we should be fervent and single-minded in promoting our beliefs. Unfortunately, most of the fervor and single-mindedness seems (to him) to be coming from liberals and moderates, while conservatives (again, in his view) are increasingly wishy-washy and appeasing. That's no way to run a Holy War!
The neat thing about a compilation of columns is that the reader gets to see the action unfolding. Thus one column rejoices when the president of Chick-Fil-A speaks out against gay marriage and conservatives band together to support "a company that is not cowed by the liberal media and homosexual extremists." The next column reports sadly that the executive has backed away from his remarks in an attempt to make peace with his customers.
More sorrow follows when Focus on the Family and the Southern Baptist Convention come out in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, based on the argument that it's the family-friendly solution. The author contends that this is slippery slope since the same argument could be used to promote gay marriage. I'm afraid it could lead to dancing, but I don't want to set him off.
Sometimes he seems to be a solution in search of a problem. He claims that the liberal media bashed the movie THE BLIND SIDE (because one of the main characters is Christian) while promoting the film PRECIOUS (which he feels does not represent Christian values.) I didn't see either movie [my religious beliefs prohibit me from spending $10 for a ticket and $15 for popcorn] but THE BLIND SIDE grossed $300,000,000 and was considered a blockbuster, while PRECIOUS grossed a much less impressive $45,000,000. It appears conservatives won this battle, if it ever WAS a battle.
Occasionally his humor has an unpleasantly sharp edge, but he DOES have an amusing way of describing things. The national debt is "China letting Uncle Sam run a tab" which strikes me as funny AND accurate. And he's always ready to laugh at himself, which makes him very likable. I doubt if he'll change your views about anything and it's even less likely that he'll succeed in getting all conservatives to march in lock-step for the good of the cause. Americans are too fond of doing what they want to do to be easily herded. But it's a great read and I enjoyed it. I hope he'll compile more of his columns. A few shared belly laughs would do modern politics a world of good.
What my friend Michael Shannon has done here is lampoon those on the Left who try to co-opt Jesus in the name of their cause-du-jour, be it the late, unlamented Occupy movement (a brief, spastic national return to the 'Summer of Love,' but with rapes) or those who see the flagpole in front of a Federal Reserve bank as an appropriate place to advertise for LGBT causes.
In a nutshell (which my late wife referred to as a "nut's hell"), I found this new book both funny and insightful. As someone who's trying to live a faith-based life on America's most secular city, I feel like his book should be on my pad (or whatever that device is called this week), so when confronted with secular idiocy (people trying to staple Jesus to whatever secular cause they believe in), I can look up Michael, chapter-and-verse, and then Laugh My (ahem) off at their pretensions.
Jesus was not a Republican (He hung out with "sinners and publicans," not "sinners and Republicans"), nor was He a Democrat - He wasn't a socialist or a communist. His idea of "redistribute the wealth" was voluntary and optional, not mandatory and government-driven. He hung around with sinners of all stripes - but, as Michael pointed out, He didn't embrace the sin - He embraced the sinner, but He also demanded that they renounce the sin ("go thou and sin no more," He said to the prostitute). So He may have accepted Gays (I personally believe He did), but He didn't invite them to keep living the Gay lifestyle, any more than He encouraged whores to keep turning tricks.
Every step of my life, He's forgiven me, even as He continually challenges me to give up my weak and sinful life in favor of a strong and righteous one. He doesn't expect me to succeed, but He does expect me to try. And He encourages laughter along with tears, joy along with sorrow. And Michael to write this insightful, funny book.
If you want to live your faith out in the world - a secular world that doesn't welcome faith - and you want to do so without losing your sense of humor, follow my suggestion: put this book on your tablet or iPad and, when confronted with liberal secular sanity, look up Michael's chapter-and-verse of fun-poking insights, then laugh your (ahem) off at the secularists who Just Do Not Get It.
Struggling to Live a Faith-Based Life in America's Most Secular City
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