An op-ed from a non-editor

Recently the ole’ Duck Dynasty group has been making the headlines in places such as Fox News, New York Daily News, MSN, Huffington Post and no doubt a whole lot of Face Book posts (just Google it if you’ve been out of the loop). And what’s the reason for such attention? It’s only their latest merchandise endeavor – good, old-fashioned alcoholic wine.

I hope you pick up on the sarcasm there when I use the word good.

But sure enough, the winery world is a buzz over the latest label being placed on the shelves because they’ll soon be buzzing off of the “reality” TV family’s alcoholic drink of choice. You know, the TV show that’s proud to bring faith into the living rooms of TV land.

Now let me be completely up front – I don’t care for the show. The show had been around for quite a while before I actually watched a couple of episodes; neither of which impressed me. In both episodes there were a few comments that really made me scratch my head due to the fact that the show had been labeled as wholesome. So I must admit that I’ve never really understood the attraction before or after I saw them in action. But with their latest move I can understand why they may be so popular with the world…after all, saying grace while tossing a few back is something that a lot people find appealing.

I’m saying what I’m saying because no matter what flavor the wine comes in the move is in poor spiritual taste. I mean what’s next – a beard on a Clydesdale?

Regardless of how I feel about the show, the show has a huge sphere of influence – but encouraging people to live under the influence of alcohol in any way isn’t a sphere that I’d be interested in if I were them. The Bible uses strong words of warning when it comes to the use of wine and strong drink (Proverbs 23:29-35). And the people of God are encouraged to get their buzz off of doing God’s will and we’re to encourage others to do so as well (Ephesians 5:17-20). So why would a person go after the wine of the vine and promote it if what they’re trying to promote is the Vine of John 15?

Please don’t take what I’m about to say as sour grapes, but it sure seems as if the “dynasty” has traded the ducks for the bucks…and I’m not talking about the kind that has antlers.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

#alcohol, #christian-influence, #duck-dynasty, #opinon, #reality-tv, #wine

Think You’re Perfect???

There’s a saying that says, “If you think you’re perfect try walking on water.”

It’s a wonderful saying that still carries a punch, but as I sit today typing up next week’s bulletin maybe one that would hit closer to home would say something like, “If you think you’re perfect then try turning off spellcheck!

Yah, tht’l do ti every time.

But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, as God has given to every one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3 – BBE)

#humility, #opinon, #pride, #religion, #spellcheck, #walking-on-water