Kind of Red

February 18, 2009

I Believe

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Painted One @ 2:50 am

One of the most notable blessings of the Internet and the information age it ushered in also serves as one of its most formidable pitfalls; virtually anyone with access to a computer, scholar and simpleton alike, may transcribe his/her thoughts, then spiral them across the globe via the world wide web.

I never intended to start a blog.  I believed I had ample reason not to do so, but the one that I found most compelling was that I did not deem myself arrogant enough.  When most people thought that laptops were a new type of mini-skirt and assumed the Internet was something one would go fishing with, I found it untenable that you or anyone else would even try to stumble along the words of a young man from Georgia by way of Tennessee.  What I have since come to understand, is this whole thing you go fishing with can also allow us to connect with each other like never before.  We can do the whole I write you read, you write I read thing—you know a conversation—and share with each other on a grander scale.

With that said, I am joining the scores of others that feel compelled to connect with the rest of the world, and will attempt mightily to hurl some godliness into the fray.  I still do not take you reading this lightly.  To paraphrase a great friend, if you took the time to read these words, I owe you a debt of gratitude.  I pray you find them worthwhile.  And for those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I will borrow an idea from Scoop Jackson and introduce myself by telling you some of what I believe.

  • I believe God.
    • I believe in the existence of a true and living God, Who is omniscient, omnipotent, wondrous and loving.   We have called God by many names throughout time to express the depths of His personality, but suffice to say He is one.
  • I believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God.
  • I believe we show our love for God by showing our love for people.
  • I believe there are still real believers in our midst, but more terrible examples than good ones.
  • I believe we have an been given the ability to respond to the social ills of our day and should lend our best efforts to eradicating them.
  • I believe, “Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education”
  • I believe, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”
  • I believe the purpose of the law is not to legislate morality.
  • I believe if we use our laws to prohibit gay marriage for the sake of “preserving the sanctity of marriage,” then we should also use them to prohibit adultery.
  • I believe Jay-Z is not the greatest rapper of all time
    • One of the more successful, but certainly not the greatest
  • I believe Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
    • I believe we won’t see another one like him.
  • I believe we also won’t see another person like you.
  • I believe I married the most beautiful woman in the world.
  • I believe, “Music can alter moods and talk to you.”
  • I believe most diseases are dietary and environmental.
    • I believe so are many of their remedies.
    • I believe pharmaceutical companies will continue to profit by getting you to believe otherwise.
  • I believe the NCAA is tragically flawed, and a football playoff will only begin to solve its problems.
  • I believe the NFL owes Janet Jackson an apology because I cannot watch any of its games without seeing an advertisement for Cialis or Levitra.
  • I believe The Cosby Show was the best show in the history of television
  • I believe if hip-hop is dead; it’s only because you killed it
  • I believe smoking is stupid.
  • I believe laughter is not the best medicine (try prayer), but it sure helps
  • I believe our country (and the world for that matter) needed our President at this moment in history.
  • I believe abortion is the scourge our day, even when it does not go terribly wrong.
  • I believe if private companies request and accept funds from the federal government, they subject themselves to federal regulation
    • For those still clinging to the whole idea that board members and shareholders should determine executive compensation—we the taxpayers are now shareholders, and we (at least most) approve of such limits
  • I believe if you request and accept financial aid for yourself or your child’s education, you believe in socialism—stop hating.
  • I believe if a man will not be true to his wife, he will not tell you the truth about taking performance-enhancing drugs.
    • I believe most people would use them if it guaranteed them $28 million a year.
    • I believe it’s still cheating.
  • I believe if Timothy Geithner and Tom Daschle were ordinary citizens they would not have considered withdrawing their nominations, they would consider trying to withdraw themselves from prison.
  • I believe what Chris Brown did to Rihanna is utterly unacceptable, but the more unfortunate part is that it happens to women everyday, and most do not have the benefit of the media to shield them from future attacks
  • I believe Rick Ross is not the only fraud in hip-hop, he’s just the biggest fraud that you’ve seen thus far.
  • I believe you should read, watch or listen to something that makes you smile today.
  • I believe you should also make someone else smile today.
  • I believe you should tell someone you love them today.

I believe you may not have tomorrow to do it.



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