Matt Knight

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Truth = Freedom

We live in a world filled with lies.

People have all kinds of “reasons” for not telling the truth, and they can hide it for a time; but in the end the truth will come out.

In the news these days, we have seen a number of high profile stories about people who have been caught trying to hide the truth. When they’re finally caught, the truth is exposed for all to see. Sometimes the truth can be ugly. When it is, we have a tendency to try to cover it up, so nobody can see. The result isn’t a pretty thing. When we cover up the truth, we experience fear (that someone will find out), guilt, and anxiety.

Lies imprison us, and only the truth can set us free.
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2 Lessons from the Anthony Weiner Scandal

It’s been all over the news for the last few weeks, and watching the fall of Congressman Anthony Weiner has been like watching a train wreck in slow motion. There’s a lot that can be said (and most of it has been) about this situation, but I want to point out two lessons that everyone can learn from Weiner’s failures.

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Throwing Out the Sour Grapes and Embracing the Change

I wanted John McCain to win this election.  I believed (and still do) that he would have been a better president than Barak Obama.  McCain is much closer to my own conservative worldview than Obama.  I’ve also spent the better part of the last year investing myself mentally and emotionally in the proposition that “McCain is good for the country and Obama is bad.”

It would be easy to say that America screwed up, and I’ve thought that.  However, at the end of the day Barak Obama is going to be our new president.  I am, like many, disappointed.  Still, the bitterness and angry recriminations of what “might have” or “should have” been are ill-befitting of a follower of Christ.   And if that were not enough, the bitter sentiments and sour grapes of poor losers are some of the things which I have most disdained in political opponents.  The fact is, I will get over it.  The election is over, and it will be important for all of us to move forward, as Americans rather than partisans.

Am I over the election? Not yet.  To say that I have given it up and moved on would simply be false.  Still, I must recognize (as must we all) that God is in control — and if Jesus does not come back tonight — the sun will indeed rise tomorrow.  For tonight, though, I have learned some things.  For far too long now, although I have talked about trusting God, I have had a tendency to put my faith in the GOP and John McCain as its current standard bearer.  It is no easy change to diagnose such a condition and shift my trust completely back to the One in whom it should always have been.  Yet it is a change which I must and shall endeavor to make — and one which I hope you too will make if you have not already done so.

We cannot know what the state of our union shall be next year, or over the next four years.  Indeed, I am reminded that God is not on America’s side (though that can be a bitter pill when one is confronted with it).  It is not His place to be on “our side,” but rather our place to be on His.  Whether our nation is prosperous under a new administration, or whether we suffer terrible hardships I cannot say, nor should I try.  Still, through good times and bad, our faith must remain not in a man or an institution; no king or kingdom, but in Christ alone.  Our Christian forebears and many of our brethren even now have suffered under regimes far worse than an Obama administration will ever be.  I am therefore thankful for some things that have been accomplished with the election of Barak Obama.

  • I have been reminded that we must not put our trust in human beings or systems, for they will always disappoint.
  • Tonight we witness an historic occasion, where our nation has chosen for ourselves our first Black President.
  • Our nation will once again witness the orderly transfer of power from one executive leader to another – a feat which is possible only in the greatest of nations and one for which we should be grateful.
  • Our liberal friends and loved ones will not be moving away as they promised, but will stay here in the United States.
  • To my knowledge, at this point there have been no riots.
  • The will of the American people has prevailed and our representative democracy continues forward successfully.
  • God has been known to use many who were deemed unlikely or unworthy in ages past, our day is no different.
  • Scripture tells us that the hearts of kings are in Gods own hands, and He directs them as He so chooses (Prov 21:1).

There are no doubt many other things for which I can be thankful.  I hope that I will be able to recognize them in coming days. In the meantime, I salute our new president elect, Barak Obama.  Congratulations Mr. President!

Where Has Journalism Gone?

Mr Orson Scott Card, writing for the Rhinocerous Time of Greensboro, penned a scathing editorial on the state of journalism in America.  He calls out the media in America, calling them a “Public Relations Machine of the Democratic Party.”

I highly recommend his piece entitled “Would the Last Honest Journalist Please Turn On the Lights?”  Read it here.

Get Ready For More Bailouts

When will the government bailouts end? When will this time of financial crisis end? Let me submit to you that it will not end with the election of one of these candidates. Rather, our economic woes in America will continue until we recognize the fact that we must all learn to live within our means (especially Congress). Until Americans, and our leaders learn to control ourselves and not spend more than we make, our economic future will always be in doubt.

The Debt Clock

Check out this story I found today through Drudge Report: The Debt Clock in New York, which shows passersby the tally of our national debt, ran out of digits. I’m serious – read here. What’s that? You didn’t think I was joking? Yeah, I believed it immediately too. 14 digits apparently isn’t enough – that’s tens of trillions of dollars (we’re talking about millions of dollars per household). It was bound to happen with our congress and their spending habits. They’re like junkies and their drug of choice is other people’s money (yours and mine).

The Next Bailout
So as I was watching the news this afternoon, I saw the next bailout waiting to happen. Here it is.

Yahoo News also reported that GM’s stocks have fallen to a 50 year low. Their stock is now worth what it was in 1950. Less than $5 per share. Ouch. I feel for the shareholders — hold on, the bailout is coming. Why? Because GM (and the other “big three” automakers) has long been considered a cornerstone of the US economy. Officials in the Treasury department are already having fits over this, I’m sure. They’re already trying to figure out how to bail out the automakers. Plus if GM goes, not only does our economy go, but also one of the leading producers of Green automobiles. Oh yes, it’s true.

Bailout Failure
The bailout situation is almost laughable – except it’s actually happening! The amount of money being spent is ridiculous. We’re not even talking about real money anymore — they’re just making it up as the spend it. Nobody in Congress will have to pay it back, because they’ll all be dead (or at least out of office–God willing) when the time comes to pay the piper.
Oh Lord, please deliver us!

Honesty: The Best Policy (Even for Resumés)

Here’s the first of two stories I have today. As I myself am putting out resumés, this story seems to really get my attention. So what’s the story? Here it is.

One of my favorite networks the Food Network announced yesterday that they would not renew the contract for one of their celebrity chefs, Robert Irvine, host of “Dinner: Impossible.” Why? Because they found out that he had embellished his resumé. The MSN story says, “The star of ‘Dinner: Impossible’ has acknowledged fabricating some of the more fantastic parts of his resume, including having cooked for Britain’s Royal Family and various U.S. presidents.”

The chef is quoted as saying, “I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences in the White House and the Royal Family,” Irvine said in a written statement. “I am truly sorry for misleading people and misstating the facts.” Food Network, in a press release said, “We rely on the trust that our viewers have in the accuracy of the information we present, and Robert challenged that trust.”

What I think:
I am disappointed by this whole thing. My wife and I love the Food Network, and we’ve come to enjoy Chef Irvine’s show. He’s a great entertainer. He’s something of an adopted “native son” of the area where my in-laws live. However, I think Food Network has every right to do this. They hold their people to a high standard, and as I understand it, this is not the first time they’ve dropped someone who lied to get onto a show. I have to respect them for their high standard for accuracy and honesty.

Saying that, I do hope that they will give him an opportunity to make an apology to the viewers, and that they might consider giving him a second chance. I think he’s shown that he can really cut it in some tough situations. Ultimately, he made a bad call, and it was risky — now he’s gotten caught and will have to deal with the consequences. For me, this is just a reminder that honesty is the best policy. Maybe some of us won’t get the biggest jobs on our real resumés, but it’s better to get real experiences based on the true facts of who we are and what we’ve done. As someone who is looking for a position in church ministry, my integrity is one of my most valuable assets, if that is lost, I’m not worth hiring.

What do you think?