Shut up and sing.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

– Colossians 3:23-24, NIV

On one level, this is a damning critique of critiquing culture through the lens of feminism.

When you think of art not as an expression of culture or an examination of human nature but as a means to an ideological end, you risk creating a cultural experience in which you have closed yourself off to a broad swathe of the human experience.

Now read that again, and apply it to “Christian music”. Why has Christianity become sidelined in today’s culture? Because sometime long ago, we decided we’d rather (literally) preach to the choir than preach to the lost. There is no such thing as “Christian music”, anymore than there is “Communist music”. There is music that is good music, and music that is propaganda.

The fact is, unless we’re monks in an abbey, most of our life is spent in the world. When I made my living as a photographer, I wrestled with how to express my faith in art for years. I finally came to the same conclusion that the Apostle Paul did, namely, shut up and live your life for the Lord, and the rest will take care of itself.

There is no such thing as Christian music, because a melody can’t be a Christian, only a songwriter can. There’s no such thing as Christian art, because a canvas can’t be filled with the Spirit of the living God, only a painter can.

When I stopped worrying about HOW to take a “Christian Photograph” and just concentrated on making good photographs, I ended up satisfying both my Savior and my creative soul.

Why, it’s almost as if God made us to praise with our entire lives, and not just the stuff we do in church, or something.

 

 
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September 29th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Local Boy Makes It To The Big Time

Four guys were hanging around a coffee shop on a Saturday morning in 2006, solving all the world’s problems in just a few hours. We’d known each other from college, and all of us shared a passion for technology, Christ, our families, and our country.

Oh, and Salma Hayek. Her too.

We decided to start a blog to let the world know we’ve solved everything that ails it, and the rest, as they say, is history. Two of the guys from the coffee shop made a few posts and then never wrote again, and a fifth friend joined in as well, but two of the guys wrote often, and started to get some notoriety for what they wrote.

Now one of those two guys is the editor-in-chief of Ricochet.com.

Congratulations, Ex(urban)Jon.

On a related note, I think I’m going to begin powering down this part of the blog and move my political rants to the member feed of Ricochet. I believe in their model, and it’s time to support it with money and content. I’d encourage everyone reading to join Ricochet, it truly is a unique outpost of civility in the ever-increasing vulgar wasteland of the ‘net. Other things working against keeping up the blog is that I’m not wired in to the local scene like I was in Arizona, and I’m just not as motivated to write about politics as I was in 2008. The gunblog will continue, but it will be moved to the MisfiresAndLightStrikes.com domain and spun off on it’s own.

 
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September 26th, 2015 by KevinC

This day, we fight.

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Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.
An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day!

This day we fight!!

By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!!!

 
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September 11th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Todos ellos se parecen a él

Apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t know a whole lot about foreign policy. I, for one, am shocked that a narcissistic Manhattan real estate mogul can’t be bothered to learn the very basics of the world outside of the Five Boroughs before running for President.

Or, you know, not.

HH: All right, last question, I want to go back to the beginning, because I really do disagree with you on the gotcha question thing, Donald Trump. At the debate, I may bring up Nasrallah being with Hezbollah, and al-Julani being with al-Nusra, and al-Masri being with Hamas. Do you think if I ask people to talk about those three things, and the differences, that that’s a gotcha question?

DT: Yes, I do. I totally do. I think it’s ridiculous.

If you’re running for President and don’t know the difference between the Shia Hezbollah and the Sunni Hamas, you’re not a serious candidate. This isn’t a “gotcha” question, this is Foreign Policy 101. Heck, this is Remedial Foreign Policy 090. This sort of thing makes me wonder if he knows the difference between, say, a 24 year old campesíno coming here from Guatemala to do landscaping work, and a 19 year old chollo from the Knights Templar coming here for far more devious purposes.

As a LEGAL immigrant, I am 100% against illegal immigration, far more so than any native-born citizen of the U.S. can possibly be.

But I’ve also been to the slums of Tijuana, Desamparados and Guayaquil. I’ve seen what poverty is like in Latin America with my own eyes, and let me tell you, the most wretched people in the U.S. live like frickin’ KINGS compared to the poorest people in Ecuador. It’s only natural, therefore, that those people would want to get out of the hell out of there and make something more of their lives. We are a beacon of hope for the free world, a place where, if you play by the rules and work hard, you get to live the American Dream.

Let’s act like it, ok?

 

 
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September 4th, 2015 by KevinC