Friday, August 11, 2006

I've read the entire Old Testament twice in my lifetime. Once was the KJV and the other the New American version. I didn't like doing either time; though, the second time through I understood it better partially because of maturity and partially because the KJV is not in a language I can speak. Of all the advice it gives my favorite Old Testament verse is Proverbs 10:19, "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." I try to remember that when I'm speaking in public or blogging. I have a humble testimony and would hate for it to lead anyone astray. I've also read that, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Not as poetic as the Bible puts it, but it seems to be the same sentiment. Language can be a powerful tool but all too often it's misused. I try to strike a balance between using it poorly and not using it at all. Once in a while I'll take a vow of silence for three or four hours just to remind myself and my family what the world would be like without so many words.

Silence can be an odd concept for Americans who are so very used to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but sometimes silence says more than words can. I think that's especially true when discussing eternal questions, and why I find the Old Testament so difficult. "The Way that can be spoken of is not the eternal way. The name that can be said is not the eternal name." (Book of the Way 1:1-2) No mere words can hold God - no not even the Bible. That's why a personal testimony and a relationship with God is so important. That's why I'm a Mormon today albeit a lazy one. It goes beyond language and I hope this post does too.

-markezuma

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A friend from church is running the campaign for a local politician, and I've been asked to help. It's got me thinking how much I will actually do to see someone elected. I vote even though I wonder how much good it will do. I'm generally very conservative and hope that the country will move in that direction. So I vote Constitutionalist when I can and Repulican when I don't have that choice. But when it comes to making phone calls and handing out flyers I am at best lukewarm.

You see that biggest problem with this country (U.S.A.) as far as I'm concerned is not a political one but rather a moral problem. I think the biggest mistake that the federal government ever made was to take the Bible out of the public schools. In the interest of fairness and democracy a could understand if the schools were mandated to teach other moral systems than the Judeo-Christian. But I think it is a great disservice to civic life and the laws of this country to ignore the importance of a moral education. I am thus completely opposed to Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation" between church and state. I want to see more moral leaders in office and much much less of a moral vacuum in our legal system.

-markezuma