Thie Issue Continues

So my posting from a couple days back seemed to generate quite a bit of interest. THere was some disagreement, which is fine.

But the long and short of the issue is that it is a reality. The Minnestoa government has shut down because of the faiulure to reach agreement on new budget.

You all know my feelings on the matter, and if you don’t, read my last post.

I just read a different article that seems to expose some more of the partisen bickering that apparently led to this. See it here.

This is what aggrivates me about politics. It just seems to be so stinking partisen…like its just a big game for who can make the other side look worse.

Weigh in people…what’s your take on this whole thing?

2 responses to this post.

  1. The previous conversation and any upset around that reminded me of something we read for class.

    Clay Shirky, in his book Here Comes Everybody, writes “there is no obvious point where a blog (or indeed any user-created material) stops functioning like a diary for friends and starts functioning like a media outlet”. He goes on to say that regarding what sometimes is intended as private communication between two, or perhaps between one and a small community suddenly turns “into a radio station at the turn of a knob.” Also, online communication is “instant, global, and nearly permanent. In this world, the private register suffers.”*

    Looking at this exchange makes me think that really, the world is our audience. We indeed do have first amendment rights, but I am reminded by this exchange that when I wear a collar, for instance in my profile photo, I am declaring something about who I am. I am declaring myself a pastor,and like it or not, to the public I am representing Christian clergy. When I identify as a student at Luther Seminary, I am, like it or not, representing that institution.

    *Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody. Penguin Press, NY. (2008) page 89.

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  2. My question here is does this at all reflect how some churches/ people act in ministry? Do some who claim to be Christians spend much of their time trying to improve the image of their faith by slamming others? In his book Unchristian David Kinnaman explains that most people view Christians not by what they stand for but what they stand against. Are we those types of Christians? Are we defined by what we stand against?

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