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Sometimes I’m in the car when the Sean Hannity show comes on, and I’ll listen for a few minutes if the kids aren’t with me.  The intro music is the refrain of “Independence Day” by Martina McBride, and I’ve always thought it a was bothersome.  Here are the lyrics:

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay, it’s independence day

It’s very confused, I think.  The last line in particular is probably about optimum when it comes to theological confusion per word.  “Roll the stone away” is clearly a reference to Christ’s resurrection, but Christ’s death and resurrection means that the guilty don’t have to pay.  It also means that we are entirely dependent on him, not independent.

Going backwards from there: the “weak be strong” construction is close enough to Matthew 19:30 and 20:16 to be in the same solar system, but “right be wrong” is just bizarre.  Again – God’s grace in Christ means that those who believe in him will be passed through the day of reckoning and not destroyed.

Did I just find out where the Stargate writers got the idea for naming the forcibly-sterilizing, world-conquering, industrial farming race called the “Ashen” in Stargate SG-1? (season 4&5, I thnk)?

In his book Dominion, author Mathew Scully calls “factory farming” an “obvious moral evil so sickening and horrendous it would leave us ashen.”  (hat-tip: Blake Hurst @ The American)

Sadly, I watched “True Beaty” with my wife tonight. I had hopes that the show would be an honest inspection of the characters of people who were presumably chosen for their self absorbtion, because ultimately we are all selfish and in need of a savior.

I set my expectations way too high. If I had given it more thought, surely I would have realized that the show wouldn’t be what I hoped. Instead of really reflecting on the character traits of flawed individuals (as we all are), the show instead focused on an arbitrary test of the contestants’ propensity for charity and generosity. I think the test was of limited value; further, there were a number of opportunities to reflect that were passed up.