Monday, January 22, 2007

All My Sons

On Saturday night, my wife and I went to a play written by Arthur Miller, called, "All My Sons," at the Weathervane Theater outside of Akron. It was the story of a father caught between wanting to provide for his family on one hand and doing something completely immoral on the other. The setting was during World War II. He was the owner of a factory that supplied parts to airplanes. On one fateful day, the factory was producing a faulty part that had a crack in it. He had to decide whether to shut the factory down and fix the part and risk losing his business or ship the part, knowing that something tragic could occur. Unfortunately, he chose the latter and 20 men were killed in the airplanes with his faulty part. And to make matters worse, he tried to cover up the crack by blaming his head manager who was also his neighbor and good friend. That man ends up taking the fall and going to prison. As the play continued, his deception is found out and he ends up shooting himself.

I did feel that the play was well acted, but I like stories with happy endings- call me what you will. I hear enough tragic stories on the news every day. When I see a movie or watch a play, I want something that is uplifting. This play was far from that. But, I must say, it was accurate. Try as they might, people try to justify their actions with all sorts of good intentions. But, without God, outside of faith in Christ, life is hopeless and delusional. I really don't know how anyone can survive with some hope in their life. The bottom line is simply: don't try to live your life by yourself. If you have to do something immoral to make yourself or your family successful, it is definitely not the right thing to do. God provides for you. You need not take matters into your own hands. You can live your life by yourself for awhile, but ultimately, it will lead to destruction. Trust in Jesus Christ! He is the way, the truth and the life!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sometimes Peace Is Not A Good Thing! Installment #1

David Heileman wrote in the Thursday, November 23rd edition of the SunNews, "A new center for transcendental meditation, a counterculture phenomenon that in the 1960's attracted celebrities like the Beatles and the Beach Boys, is in the works here (in Strongsville). The movement, founded a half century ago by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and now operating as the Global Country of World Peace, plans to build a 'Peace Palace.'" Their center will offer a transcendental meditation program along with courses in health, self-improvement, exercise and nutrition, as well as a day spa. Later, he writes that, "the center's plans in Strongsville also call for the construction of a private school for boys and girls in grades 9-12 as a second phase of the project."

On the surface, this sounds like just another exercise facility with a more religious twist. But, sadly, that is not the case. Strongsville does not need the Maharishi palace. It is dangerous in so many ways. It is a classic bait and switch. It will take the residents of Strongsville down the wrong path. In other installments, I will explain why I feel that this "Peace Palace" is a cult and why we should not buy what they are selling. Stay tuned for further information.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Titanic Has Sunk!

At half-time, the Ohio State University band played the theme song from the movie, "The Titanic." Talk about irony! OSU sailed into the game thinking that it was indestructible. The iceberg was the Gators and the boat OSU sunk hard. What an absolutely dominating performance by Florida. There was no sign of life from the Buckeye's after the first 15 seconds. Who would have thought? Anyway, on the positive side, OSU still had a great year and much to be proud of.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Blessed New Year!

A blessed new year to all. I look forward to another year of God's grace found in the manger, at the cross, at the empty tomb, at the right hand of God, at the font, from the lecturn and pulpit, and at the altar. In a world full of fear and trembling, we have a God who tells us, "Don't fear, for I am with you always to end of the age." May God bless our Lutheran Church as we remain faithful to Him.