Posts Tagged Politics
Today is election day. Get out and vote.
Also, just a reminder, the campaign website can be found here:
I want to encourage everyone in Nolan County, Texas to get out and vote on November 2, 2010. Also, early voting is from October 18-29. The last day to register to vote is October 4, 2010. If you need information about voter registration, visit:
It’s been a while since I last posted anything. I haven’t completely fallen off the face of the earth, and I hope to catch up on some stuff here.
As many of you know, I am in the middle of a campaign for County Judge, and, now that the primary election is over, I expect life to settle down a little bit until September, October and November when we will start campaigning again for the general election.
I want to thank everybody for the love and support.
Yesterday, I announced my intent to file for the office of County Judge for Nolan County, Texas. The announcement ran in our local newspaper, so I thought I would share that bit of information here as well.
The front page article: Lopez announces intent to file for county judge position, along with the accompanying family photo.
The office will be on the primary election ballot in March and on the general election ballot in November. This is a new direction for me and my family, but one we have come into agreement about. We are looking forward to the campaign and the opportunity to serve the citizens of Nolan County.
Campaign and election news and updates will be posted on petermlopez.com (my firm website), so please keep updated there.
Following yesterday’s 5 Sources of Bad Theology, I thought I’d mention a few buzz words that we need to re-define. And not so much re-define as just take back. But here goes:
5. Moral/Morality – Despite efforts of organizations like the Moral Majority, the fight for “morality” is a lost cause. Why? Because it labels everything and everyone else “immoral,” or worse yet, “amoral.” And when you do, someone who was moral does something immoral and tries to explain why the immoral act was actually amoral and it’s a great big morality mess. Let the philosophers have it back, and let’s worry about changing hearts rather than changing behavior.
4. Born Again – I know Jesus said it, and I believe it is absolutely necessary, but we Christians should really evaluate whether we are indeed “born again.” Lest we be born again, we cannot enter the kingdom of God, and lest we be born of water and of the Spirit, we cannot. Going to Church doesn’t make you born again. I went to church for years completely ignorant of this, as do many, I’m sure.
3. Believer – I have many friends who are “believers,” but very few of us actually believe the same thing. “She’s a believer, but her husband is not…,” “Is he a believer?,” “Are her parent’s believers?” Sound familiar? “Believer” is not an item on a checklist to be checked off thereby making someone okay and/or acceptable. And what if your believer daughter is dating a believer boyfriend, but he “believes” at a church that belongs to a differently believing denomination. Do you know who, often times, most need ministering? Believers! Why? Because they don’t really believe, or they don’t know what they believe. Believe me!
2. Pray/Prayer/Praying – How often do you hear, “Pray for so-and-so…,” or “You can be in prayer for…,” or “How can we pray about…”? How often do those needs really get prayed for. I think this has become a very clever, religious way of venting, or worse, gossiping. I am a part of a study group that has determined not to let real prayer requests/needs go idly by. If you ask any of us for prayer, you’re getting it. Right then. Right there. Be it on the phone, in the grocery store, at the ball game, or wherever. Plus, I’m forgetful, so I have to do it right then or it won’t get done.
1. Evangelicals – Can I be perfectly honest? “Evangelicals” who evangelize everything and anything but the gospel really bug me. If you evangelize a political cause, you are political, not evangelical. If you evangelize a political cause and mask it as a religious one, you are clever, but still political. If you evanglize yourself (other than to promote your own little Bible blog), you should be ex-communicated. Why the “Moral Born Again Believers for Life” should take a stance on interstate highway funding is beyond me. But, it does suggest that they might be mildly more political than evangelical. So, let’s leave the “evangelical” stuff to those who actually preach the gospel, shall we?.
I absolutely love conspiracy theories. I especially love documentaries about conspiracies and conspiracy theories.
Whether it’s about rigged elections, UFOs, religions and secret societies, plots for world domination, or otherwise, if you’re peddling a good (even a not-so-good) conspiracy theory, you’ll find an audience in me.
In the end, I rarely ever believe any of them. More rarely still, however, do I believe that there’s not at least a grain of truth in most of them.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Vice President Joe Biden suggested that the Obama administration would not stand in the way if Israel attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities.
While it’s not a ringing endorsement of Israel’s stand on Iran, in political parlance he may as well have said, “pull the trigger.”
Reminded that the U.S. could impede an Israeli strike on Iran by prohibiting it from using Iraqi airspace, Biden said he was “not going to speculate” beyond saying that Israel, like the U.S., has a right to “determine what is in its interests.”
I think we should continue to remind our political leaders that what is in Israel’s best interest is in our best interest.
I think Christians have long thought of the United States as Israel’s only friend in the world, but the Israelis don’t seem to agree.
According to a Jerusalem Post poll, only 6% of Israelis see the United States government as pro-Israel (down from 31% a month ago). Considering that the poll has a margin of error of 4.5%, this is shocking. By contrast, 50% of those polled believed the Obama administration to be pro-Palestinian.
With friends like us, who needs enemies? Admittedly, I don’t think a newspaper poll is definitive, but we should be sensitive to our government’s response to Israel. I think scripture and history demonstrate that our actions are crucial to our own well-being.
The Jordan Times is reporting that Tony Blair said there could be a Middle Eastern peace deal within a year if all sides will agree to peaceful negotiations.
It certainly seems like both sides are giving (a little), but please forgive my skepticism. While I think we are scripturally mandated to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6), I don’t find in scripture where such a peace will be fully realized until Christ’s return.
…maybe that’s why we’re supposed to pray for it.
So, while we may not see the kind of peace everyone is hoping for anytime soon, I think we should still pray for peace. And maybe, just maybe, we will see more peace than exists now.
The Biblioblog Top 50 is now a stand-alone blog. The blog contains a purportedly complete list of active biblioblogs. If you are interested in some new reading material, you might want to check out the list.
If you scroll down the “Complete Biblioblog List” page to the “Early Judaism” category, you will find Beauty of the Bible. I’m not entirely sure about the categorization, but it works as well as any other I suppose. What is interesting, however, is the “Conservative-Liberal” classification, which ranges from “Very Conservative” to “Very Liberal” with several stops in between.
…If you read further, the label is not a political description, but a description with respect to Biblical inspiration/doctrine, but don’t tell my wife that.