Friday, June 22, 2007

The Truth from Calvin

Ok all you good Calvinists! Now that I have your attention...This is not about John Calvin - nor Calvin College. It's about Calvin, as in "Calvin and Hobbes". I've really come to enjoy and appreciate this great comic strip - not only for its humor but also for its wisdom and observations of life. Recently (June 16) there was a profound strip. Calvin's mother says, 'C'mon, Calvin. We're going to the store.' Calvin asks, 'Can Hobbes come?' 'No, just leave him here', mother replies. Shouts Calvin, 'BUT I WANT HIM TO COME WITH US!' as Calvin and Hobbes walk out the door together Hobbes observes, 'If you can't win by reason, go for volume.' Need I point out that this is a slogan for many today? It appears to me that many of the loudest voices (culturally, politically, religiously) are those of persons who have so little to say or who have little to support what they say. So they say it loud and clear. People seldom truly debate with each other anymore - they shout at each other instead. What a contrast to Jesus who was 'oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth' (Is. 53:7).Since He was truth, Jesus didn't need to shout. Yet He had - indeed He was the truth that has set us free! Friends - if you know this truth, there's no need to worry about volume! Just speak and live the truth - and that truth will speak for itself.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

An idea!

It's so amazing to be a Detroit fan - be it Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, or Lions. I was just thinking the other day. The Pistons failed in the conference finals - the panic has already set in and the debate begun about total remake of the team. The Wings failed in the conference finals - so it was not, supposedly, an acceptable season. The Tigers are tied for first, finding ways to win games even with a shaky bullpen - but you'd think, listening to the press and others, that the season is a disaster; they are not yet the 'perfect' team. Whew - I guess when the bar is set high anything less than world champion is a failure. So here's my thought - maybe the Lions aren't so dumb after all. I mean, if they should somehow, some year, manage to be really good, well then the pressure would really be on and the expectations really high. But if they keep at the bottom like they are there are few expectations. I mean, even a 500 season would have people dancing in the streets! Maybe that's the grand design - "let's keep it simple to make people happy!" Maybe that's OK - except for one thing - they haven't yet had that little better season! This year - maybe?