Category Archives: Faith
Let’s posit a parent, who has a daughter who wants to go to college. For the purposes of this argument, there is only one college in the world, and only one chance to apply there. The daughter fills out her paperwork, writes an essay and a check for the application fee, and submits the package to the college.
We made it.
Thousands around the globe held the belief that on December 21 of last year, the world would come to an end. The poles would shift; or the rogue Planet X would shove Earth off its orbit; or a hundred methane pockets under the sea would uncover themselves and begin an atmospheric recalibration that would suffocate us all.
But the earth’s crust did not erupt in a hail of rock and lava, and no tidal waves buried our greatest cities. As many knew, the Mayan calendar functions much like the Gregorian calendar: the years turn, and keep going indefinitely. The purported end was only the beginning of another cycle. January 1.
Now we enter a new year. Those who were waiting–perhaps even hoping–for the end are now faced with a new horror: the return of the mundane. They need to rise, put on a pot of coffee, return to work (assuming they didn’t quit their jobs to watch the sky), and return home to make dinner, sleep, and rise again. Humanity rolls on, and not even the United States’ “fiscal cliff” could change that (although if we don’t get our debt under control, we will certainly face an end of a different sort).
In a new year rife with hope and pledges toward self-actualization, however, we would be wise to remember the end.
Recently MSNBC’s The Cycle roundtable of pundits discussed Mitt Romney’s just-released tax return for 2011 and the 20-year summary provided through PricewaterhouseCoopers. This article at The Blaze sums it up well, but one assertion by co-host Touré needs particular attention from a Biblical standpoint.
At the end of the video featured at that link, Touré makes a surprising and completely erroneous reference to the poor widow’s offering, found in Luke 21:1-4. He states of Romney’s charitable contributions, “The rich man who gave a bunch means less than the poor person who gave a penny.” S.E. Cupp called it a cheap shot. She was right, but it’s much more than that.