Proselytize: to induce someone to convert to one’s faith; to recruit someone to join one’s party, institution or cause
Kissammee, Fla., February 2011
We left Kissammee, Fla., where Teenager’s cheer squad came in third place to get home in time for our good friend’s Super Bowl party. Watching men smash into each other isn’t my favorite pastime, so I hung out with the teenagers. We went online and looked up what Angelina Jolie’s tattoos meant. I googled “Bible Verse Tattoos” and suddenly naked private parts popped up on the screen. The teenagers screamed and fled. I quickly erased that and typed in “Is it a sin for a Christian to have a tattoo?” I showed the teenagers what Leviticus said and what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that for a Christian, “all things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient,” and that we shouldn’t be a stumbling block. This is a gray area, like alcohol. I encouraged the teens not to get tattoos or drink alcohol, but if they must, to wait until age 50. That was my advice. The article had one pro-tattoo verse, “I have become all things to all men that I might win some,” inferring that tattoos would be a good thing if your mission field is bikers and ex-cons. I guess my future is mapped out for me.
Trying to help me out, one teenager showed me this new product she had used to “cover up” a hickey that she didn’t want her mom to see. Oh boy. TMI (too much information). Maybe I should be watching football with the grownups. The thick cream by Kat Von D completely “covers” tattoos.
[Side note: My preacher son-in-law, a big Packers fan, preached on Psalm 32 this weekend. “The great exchange” is that we bring God our sin and He 1) “covers” it, 2) takes the burden of guilt and makes it disappear, and 3) gives us forgiveness and righteousness, a clean slate.]
Finally, the Super Bowl halftime came. I can relate to the show biz part of the game. The Black Eyed Peas (the group that taught my daughter her first bad word) were wearing sparkly electricity outfits and shouting words I couldn’t understand. I guess you call it “rap.” It’s definitely not music. There is no melody, unless they steal it, which is called “sampling.” True story. I worked with a rap “artist” once and he didn’t know what the chords C, G and F were! For real. So, I’m watching the halftime show when suddenly the Will.i.am guy says, “umba-clambo-darwiz-blahnik-Obamagiveuseducation-schlambo-romtick-wizzle. …” I did a double take! Obama! Usually the only words I can decipher in rap are vulgar obscenities.
I “Bing-ed” it so I could see what he said.
“In America we need to get things straight / Obama let’s get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated / This is dedicated to all the innovators,” he sang.
What do politics have to do with football?
Do all the other Super Bowls have political messages inserted into their halftimes? Or is this the first year? I don’t know. I never watch the Super Bowl. Is it equal air time? Sometimes conservative, sometimes liberal?
Obama, give us education? What is he, the King? Is he God? Uh, I guess it means give more taxpayer money for the public education system, which is a complete failure no matter how much money you throw at it! It cost my Dad $1 to teach me how to read, and he did it in one day. He bought a pencil, a piece of paper and a “Dick and Jane” book. He wrote down cat, dog, rat, hog. He made me sound them out. Presto! I could read!
What if a Michael W. Smith would have cried out, “Michele Bachmann!” or “John Stossel! Close public schools and privatize education!” Wouldn’t those tolerant, hypocritical liberals scream! John Stossel’s State of the Union address was brilliant! We should privatize everything, especially school. We’d finally get some edumacated kids. Maybe we’d also get some bands that can actually read music, write a melody and carry a tune. And, could Christina Aguilera and all of her wannabes just once sing the notes that are written? Stop scatting. Less is more. And, could musicians please, please take piano lessons and learn to read music instead of playing three chords, singing one note and trying to fake us out?
What do politics have to do with music?
Remember when Kanye West hatefully blurted out, “Bush doesn’t care about black people!” when he was supposed to be doing a comedy bit with Mike Meyers? Kanye, stick to dancing, the New Orleans thing should have been handled by Mayor Nagin who “did not handle evacuation procedures properly and allowed hundreds of New Orleans city buses – which might have been used for evacuating poor or elderly people – to sit idle in parking lots that were part of the first sections of the city flooded” (Wikipedia).
Liberal actors even use award shows to proselytize. Liberals would make great evangelists if they ever hooked up to the correct message. They are passionate, loud and relentless. I think it’s difficult for Christians/conservatives to be loud or aggressive because we are taught by the Bible to be humble, meek, quick to listen and slow to speak. Tea parties are the meekest, quietest, cleanest protests you’ll ever see. Rush is bold, but he would never tell someone to “go to hell” like Joy Behar said to Sharron Angle.
I was thinking about the difference between proselytizing for religion or for politics. In the case of America and Christianity, if I tell people about Jesus the Truth and they reject Him, my personal salvation is not affected. But, if I tell people about a truthful candidate and they don’t vote for him, my earthly life is greatly affected. So, selfishly, I think political debate makes me more agitated. In the case of Islam’s Shariah law, though, this does not apply. If you reject their religion you die, and if you reject their candidate you die.
It’s funny that what liberals hate most about Christians is proselytizing – yet they use every public opportunity to shove their agenda down our throats starting with gay pride parades, propaganda news, TV and movies, Oscars, Grammies … and now football.
As if it isn’t difficult enough to sway the masses toward the truth, we have RINOs! I just learned what that meant a year ago, about the time Meghan McCain came on the scene. RINO means Republican In Name Only. This week she dissed my favorite role model, Michele Bachmann.
Michele Bachmann and me, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2010
So, here’s my attempt at proselytizing back at ya!
Liberals are passionate proselytizers, but they have the wrong message. Conservatives have the right message, but need to proselytize more.