Archive for May 22nd, 2016

Before we could cut and paste on a computer and internet, the way us old timers did things was to physically cut and save articles, cartoons, comics, articles.  I came across my newspaper clippings file recently and have combed through it for what I consider to be gems. Unfortunately, I did not date a lot of these clippings, but I guess the one below is from the  ’90s. Comments are welcome.

This is from Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury which was huge comic strip hit.  I do not know if it is still published, but this one is sadly timely even today:



Doonsbury 2

“Church shopping” back in the ’90s started to become an art of the self to affirm and be positive about the self.  No doctrine or dogmatism, just me. As a commercial at the time had it:

People still do want it their way, have so since Eden and so many, like lemmings, have gone over the edge.  The woman wants a place to feel good about herself, and it sounds like the theme from hit sitcom, “Cheers” about a bar in Boston:

Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you’ve got;
Taking a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;
You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;
You want to be where everybody knows your name.

So what did the folks do, who are doing everything to make their way in the world, and trying to forget about life for awhile?  Drink beer and hang out in a bar.  I  would rather go to bar and be honest, than to use religion as a pretext and neither is a solution, let alone, salvation. 

People just don’t want sin, redemption, even if it is a soft-sell of the “occasional disincentive” but the reverend of the Little Church in Walden uses this disincentive for control.  He had it wrong:  redemption is for freedom in Christ.


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