Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Election Predictions, Panhandle Rain, and More!

I mostly gave up on making predictions back in 1996. In the early 90s I was living in Arkansas when our Governor announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. His name was Bill Clinton. My confident prediction was, "He'll never get the nomination." . . .

A few months later, Clinton had gotten the nomination, the 1992 race was heating up, and I had another prediction: "He'll never be elected." I can still remember the night I drove home after a day of graduate classes in Memphis, listening to the radio news, and realizing that Clinton had won.

Several months later, about the time Clinton was being sworn into office I, unhindered by previous failure, had yet another prediction to make: "He'll never be re-elected."

So that's three. I'm out. Someone else wanna take a swing? Who's got the best chance of being elected President this year?

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It rained in Amarillo, Texas yesterday morning and, I believe, overnight last night. Word has it that one old guy hadn't seen rain in so long, when it finally came he was completely overwhelmed and passed out. They had to throw a bucket of dirt in his face to wake him up.

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Over the last few days, I've been reading History of the Churches of Christ in Texas 1824-1950, by Stephen Daniel Eckstein Jr. (Austin, TX: Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1963). Like a lot of early historical works written about Churches of Christ, Eckstein's book, for better and for worse, provides a lot of names and dates, facts and figures. I've been especially impressed by the conviction and determination of so many of those early Texas preachers, their wives, and the disciples they taught. My sense is that their efforts put ours to shame.

It's no secret that nowadays the favorite pastime of Church of Christ baby boomers is to look down on our poor, graceless, sectarian forebears. How pitiful they were. But it seems to me that some of them did more good by accident than most of us get done on purpose, not to mention that it's hard to imagine who or where we'd be if it weren't for them. Dishonoring one's parents is foreign to the Spirit of Christ. And, if the current generation of folks in the Churches of Christ want to be better than the previous generation, we'll have to do more than talk a better game than they did.


Anonymous said...

I predict that Cheslea Clinton will be the second female president of the US.

Great thought about history. Thanks!

Royce Ogle said...

McCain. I am a positive thinker..

While there is much to love and admire about our spiritual fore fathers, and much to learn from them, we must not repeat their mistakes either.

His Peace,

preacherman said...

Great post.
I think Obam will get it.
He likes change.
I think most younger generations want it.
I can't believe how hard the press is going on about his pastors and Church.
Imagine us in a few years preaching against homosexuality and then we get the bad rap or they call it a hate crime.
I'm mean give the man a break for crying out loud.

Oh, I heard ya'll got some freezing rain and show.
Guess what? We got hail! Hail the size of baseballs.

Frank I hope you have a blessed week brother.

Darin L. Hamm said...

Interesting thoughts.

Still chewing on them.

Dee Andrews said...

Hey, Frank -

I hope (and pray a lot) that John McCain becomes our next president and he's the one I'm voting for. The latest AP polls this past week show that McCain has risen a lot in the polls and Clinton and Obama have both fallen so that against either one of them, McCain is now in a dead heat.

I, for one, am very happy about that.

The book you're reading sounds really interesting and I agree with what you have to say about the quality of the Christians during those times. They brought a lot to the table and were very hard workers. We should honor those fully who have gone before.

Good post!

(And you got me to talk about politics in the blogs, which I rarely, if ever, do!)

Much love to you all today!