I’m writing this during Thanksgiving week, that fuzzy period between the last Sunday of the Christian Church year and the first Sunday of the new year a week later, which also marked the beginning of Advent (leading to Christmas Day). In the spirit of the season, I’m reminded how succinctly the Lord explains Advent through the Gospel author Luke:
I remember when U.S. News & World Report conducted a survey about heaven. The survey discovered that 87% of Americans believe they, themselves, are likely to go to heaven. Only 79% believed Mother Teresa went to heaven. Sixty percent believed Princess Di did, while only 52% believed Bill Clinton would go to heaven.
The Texas Enterprise Fund took a hit for lack of transparency in a new research paper from the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
This isn’t how I planned to spend the last years of my life, but it is what it is. Meaning, of course, this pandemic world in which we now find ourselves stuck, basically sucks. That is, unless you’re a Trumpster. If that’s the case, then this Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t exist, so you can go merrily about your business griping that the Nov. 3 election was rigged and the pandemic is a hoax, which is how you will spend your next four years. Good times.
We’re living in a strange time. This year a record number of people bought guns. They bought them because riots are breaking out, buildings are being burned to the ground, and there’s a move afoot to defund the police. To put matters bluntly, people are buying guns so they can defend themselves. They are also buying guns because they believe (rightly or wrongly) that socialists are attempting to take over the government and destroy personal liberty. This is, therefore, a scary time for a potential incoming government to talk about confiscating guns.