Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
- thew 6: 1 - 10elf praise as praying and fasting should be part of a priest life and done for no public acknowledgemenWe all saw him in another of his celebrity-styled priestly duties when he used a scissors to cut up his collar on a BBC Sunday morning politics show. It was really disappointing to see him do such acts, especially on a public watched programme. It was also degrading of what should be expected of a ‘religious leader’ which he supposedly is.
Since his inauguration as the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu has continuously lived out lives that leave one gaping and asking if such is really of Christ-like. In the Bible, Jesus said; “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Matthew 5: 16. He also went on to say,
“Take heed that you do not your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them… Therefore, when you do your charitable deed, do not sound your trumpet before you as the hypocrites do…Matthew 6: 1 - 10
The Archbishop’s characters recently have vastly deviated from the very teachings he is supposed to, not just uphold, but live out. Although he recently refused an invitation to the big brother house, the motives behind that invitation confirm how he is perceived and even much, many would have loved to watch him perfect his showmanship.
Having been overtly praised as an outspoken and passionate person, it seemed this has taken over his approach as he set out to acquire more praise and probably retain this ‘rating’, just as celebrities does which results in all manners of rubbish we see. in all manners of rubbish we s-likef such is really of ChristHis sleeping out in the open inside York Minster claiming (yes he probably was) is praying and fasting for the middle east smacks of pure self praise as praying and fasting should be part of a priest life and done for no public acknowledgement. Would Jesus have done so? Accepted that the church is his own working ground, since it has been made public, was there no ‘inn’ available in his official residence? Or could he not have kept that prayer away from the media. Wouldn’t it be a shame to think that priests do not pray and fast for their flocks? I am sure my former vicar in Crouch end does that often without the slightest inkling to revelation.
I think its time his employers call him to order unless this is part of his job specification. As one born and brought up in the church, his manners of approach to matters of public interest is entirely un-Christ-like and smacks of hypocrisy. And as a leader whom younger generation should look upto, his examples are entirely opposite of expectation. He should borrow a leaf from the humble Rowan Williams… and more so, from her main Boss, Elizabeth II.
Thank God I am not a Christian.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
So far so good. The ill-health of my laptop has meant that I am not able to do anything here for so long and I feel quite disturbed about it. I am sorry to many of those whom have not seen any of my controversial and weird opinions to read.
Anyway, I have just visited a friend and decided to put up a thought about so many things that’s been going on. The fun is how much most people worry themselves about things that are just ‘must be’. A few of them:
- The Church of England. As I once said, it is a church founded in controversy and stubbornness, and all its life, except with short memories, we all know it has thrived in controversies within itself. And that makes it unique how it has survived so far.
- The Labour/Tory opposition and squalls; ever always there: power trading I say. The present Labour government has seen its fair share of troubles. Come to think of it, their problems seem more like policy issues affecting mainly administration; while during the Iron lady’s days, it was directly bearing on the populace. And since Mr. Blair left (is he a ‘Sir’ yet?), Mr. Brown has seen tons of negative events that are enough to make him give up. Sometimes, I worry for him; I wont be surprised if he take to his heels.
- Oh! Again, the hyped and never-to-be election was a very bad one. The Prime Minister’s indecision really did ‘sly’ his image. I wasn’t surprised. For a man who waited for so long, playing a gamble with his prize would have appeared foolish especially where there was no constitutional pressure to declare an election. Now, I do hope he will try to find the charisma of his predecessor; how charming.
- Talking of charm, although I do support a Brown Premier, I still think that his looks are too serious, and quite very boring that I suggest the radio medium for his broadcast and media communication.
- Still on the government, the data (datas would be a better name) lost was quite rocking. But while most people were contempt of it, I was really not bothered. Anyway, my name isn’t on the child benefit stuff you may say, and on the drivers? probably there Well. But it is funny; when taken into real contest, those records wont be any new gem in the hands of any thieves except if they are amateurs. How many calls do I get on my home phone for marketing? Or ask me how many people I have come across whose bank account has been tampered with. In fact, my former house mate was paying tax for a salary another person was earning; so how come those data… laugh it off. Did you listen to the BBC investigators on the
UKconfidential data sales in ? So, the loss is just one part of the tradition or means of making these data available as I am sure – or it sounds and seems – they are really needed to keep the society running. I am sure this is one of the cases that make the likes of Mr. Darling wish they never have their job. India
- The petrifying thing is how on earth a ‘developed’ country still transfers digital data through the postman? Even that don’t happen in a
firm when I worked in there 4 years ago. Anyway, it isn’t safe either ways. After all, it was a British man that hacked into the Pentagon… hehehe; whatever Nigeria Americahas done to him by now: potential resident I suppose. Guantanamo Bay
- Now let’s talk of the celeb of the UK political landscape, Mr. Cameron. While I think he is doing well as an opposition – because that’s what it should be; I think that some of his suggestions, although theoretically sweet to rehearse, don’t make a lot of practical conviction. His yesterday's, of ‘forcing’ those on benefit to do community jobs seem a little like dictatorship than a democracy. Yet, one is not lenient on those who make a living out of benefit while intentionally idling away. I have had first hand interaction with a young man who said to me, “why should I have to work when people like you are here to pay the tax?” idiot! It will be nice to get people off benefit by other discouragement than by putting a yoke on them to work. While the Tories did consider the advantages of doing this, there seems no sign that they have an in-house critic who presented any possible disadvantage of about this which should have prompt an in-depth thinking and discussion to broaden it. First, if you force people to work, there will be a low probability that they will do good job = bad output. Re-doing the jobs will cost more. The best might be to send such to sweep the street or volunteer in charity shops, etc; which wouldn’t help. But yea, I am with anyone who thinks benefit should be discouraged. Since I have no right to benefits, have I not worked harder to keep myself fed and go through my studies? David, we need a better & implementable option please, you are a finer man and too young to propose another tyranny.
- The Kenyans are killing themselves, sounds quite foolish but interesting(?). First, I am one African who believes that we are far from being free and having the individual dignity of life that we deserve. Corruption exist everywhere in the world, but in ours, our greed and hunger for power and lordship over our folks makes it worst. We do not just want to be rich; we want our society to worship us. And in such, we must hold on to suppressing our people regardless of how we achieve that. That is the picture and the reason our communities will remain downtrodden because our politicians exploit our differences which is why they must retain most of us in poverty. Because poverty makes us a ready tool to bid their wickedness; to loot, to maim, to destroy while their families are tucked away in the peace of foreign lands. Last year, I refused to join the celebration – actually, the demand for apologies – for slave trade because I strongly believe and said that it was engineered by this existing greed of our leaders (rulers instead). They betrayed their brothers and traded them for materials that made them rich and oppressed their communities; yet, people blamed the buyers only – absolute nonsense!
- Global warming is still raging. My suggestion is that people do things with reason rather than subject people to various political correctness options. Same goes for keeping fit, etc. The cars will continue to increase, else the manufacturers wont make profit and their managements will get sacked for not selling more, than the previous years; now who are they supposed to sell them to? Same applies to a lot of other things. And it seems there isn’t any better way except reason and fair limits in the things one do. Just few days ago, the BBC website chronicled another terror of one of the inventions for global warming when it announced the harm low-energy bulbs can cause (Low-energy bulb disposal warning), this is not the first of those bad effects from the whole jamboree that is global warming.
- While typing this, the blizzard in
seems a sort of wonder and thus assures me that the whole issue is just a product of busy-bodying. I have always believed this as a natural process and it is proving to be so. Snow in the desert? You tell me what else it could be. Iran
- Oh well, Mr. Gore of the United States can’t but is a coward. I refuse to join his praise on the issue of the damn global warming. He is just making a fortune and name in an opportunistic way. And his cowardice was portrayed when he blamed the Bush government of not endorsing the
agreement whereas it was initiated while he was in government. Yet, he has not told us why or what role he played to implement it then. He should rather be going round pleading for that mistake than making a sainthood out of the whole farce that is global warming. Kyoto
election is making another shake of the world. Two specials this time is a woman and a black. But so far, my admiration has soared for Mr. Obama for his wisdom so far not to go along the line of colour that most foolish people tow. A lot of time, it bores me when I hear politicians or those aspiring to be leaders say, ‘let us support our black community’ bla bla bla, etc; you cannot get my support with that no matter what name you call me. Our different colours are obvious so one don’t need reminding any more. Having said that, I have no favourite in the election contest so far, after all, I don’t live in US . So Americans should elect whoever they deem fit as I am sure they know and understand their society. I wish them all well. America