Tasty Tidbits 8/14/11

  1. Too much politics.
  2. Dying and yammering in vain.
  3. Warning: A Republican calling for a Day of Prayer and Fasting!
  4. A Legend in his own mind.
  5. An irresistible political line.
  6. Sons of God now, but someday …


For someone who doesn’t put his trust in princes, sons of men in whom there’s no salvation, I’ve been wasting too much of my time and yours, faithful readers, with such ephemera. I’ll try to do better. That doesn’t mean I won’t use a political item as a launching pad, though.


Ray McGovern, a former high-ranking intelligence officer, says of 30 recent casualties “They died in vain; deal with it.” He aims squarely at pastors pushing patriotic pablum, but I would find little warrant for a preacher “telling the truth” against war from the pulpit, either.

The pulpit isn’t the place for moralistic therapeutic deism of any sort. It’s not the place for elucidating principles, laws or formulae. It’s not a place to influence politics in other than a incidentally, because it’s got a much more important mission: fostering communion with God.

I suspect that anything else is taking God’s name in vain. The tacit message is God (and God-talk) are mere means to the real end of something else.


The late Mark Hatfield called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting in 1974. He was a Republican. I don’t recall anyone getting the vapors. He’s not the first.

What changed? This is not a rhetorical question, nor am I without a few non-cynical ideas about what might legitimately distinguish, say, Mark Hatfield’s call from Rick Perry’s.


I’m starting to think that James O’Keefe (he of Acorn and Planned Parenthood video stings) has become a bit delusional. “Can I top my last sting? Of course I can! I’m James O’Keefe after all! If I set up a sting and film it, it is, by gosh, corrupt!”

For the record, James, your Medicaid sting was a dud. Deal with it and move on.


“Maybe Perry has hidden subtleties; maybe Romney has hidden convictions.” Ross Douthat.

Sorry. I couldn’t resist.


Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (I John 3:2, KJV)

Bon appetit!