Views From the Nest Weekend edition 3/8/15

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What Color is that Dress?

A recent cellphone snapshot of a dress went viral in the last week of February, going crazy on social media, and even being picked up by huge global news outlets like the BBC and The New York Times.

The controversy that drew in celebrities and senators, “melting the internet” was simple at first—was “the dress” blue and black, or white and gold? A simple question, but one that quickly divided the globe. (White and gold won in the polls, but the dress in question is blue and black.) Even scientists couldn’t agree on the phenomenon of vision that caused such stark visual differences. The consensus now, though is that how we perceive the color of the dress is much more related to how our minds process the “meaning” of the surrounding light—the calculations that our brains make to judge the effect that light has on color can create an optical illusion, in this case, fooling the tens of millions of people who saw the blue and black dress as white and gold.

Our viewpoints are shaped by our surroundings as well. There are opposing thoughts in our society as well. Some see things one way (black and blue) while others see things differently (white and gold). In the marketplace of ideas some issues not important when it comes to matters of life and death like the color of a dress; however there are issues that hold eternal consequences and as such it is important that you view the issue from the perspective of what is true and right.

Calling a black and blue dress white and gold does not matter unless you actually know what color the dress is and then go around telling everyone the opposite is true. Efforts to deceive others is as old as time itself, for since the foundations of the world were laid the battle for the hearts and minds of civilization has waged, with the forces of right competing with the forces of wrong. Those who see through the lens of a Christian world view are competing with those who view the world through a secular lens, and as such these two camps will often oppose each other. As Christians we are advised to walk in truth, and to speak truth in love. We are to find out what color the dress really is and then tell others the truth. We should not enter the arena of speculation nor postulate unproven theories, but rather stick to what is true and right.

So what color is the dress? Who cares? What is true and right? Now that is what really matters. Are you following those who are hell-bent on deceiving you and leading you down the path of lies and deception, or are you ever vigilant in your search for truth?

Jesus said that He was the right way, the truth and nothing but truth, and he was the light, the true light that shows exactly what color your heart is. Many saw the dress as white and gold but were later proven wrong when the dress was revealed as being actually blue and black. Just because the crowd happens to see things one way does not mean it is the right way.

ISIS says Jesus is coming soon, and the end of the world

CALGARY, Canada (Christian Examiner) – Islamic State terrorists are announcing they are part of the apocalyptic end times prophesied in the Koran and that Jesus will appear soon to defeat the armies of Rome thus beginning the countdown to the end of the world

ISIS wiping out every trace of Mesopotamian culture

Stealing from our children

2 Corinthians 12:14 (GW)

14 I’m ready to visit you for a third time, and I won’t bother you for help. I don’t want your possessions. Instead, I want you. Children shouldn’t have to provide for their parents, but parents should provide for their children.

Remember Occupy Wall Street, when thousands across the country took to the streets, sleeping in tents to protest the ultra-rich 1 percent? The occupiers’ frustration was real, but their ire was misdirected. They should have launched an Occupy the AARP movement instead.

Sometimes we need a strong, hard slap in the face by truth to awaken us from our stupor. This topic is never an easy one to discuss but address it we must. Entitlement programs have bankrupted this country and statistically speaking it is no longer fiscally possible to support these programs and they are coming to an end, unless something is done to change the trajectory.

Politicians from both sides of the aisles are not willing to debate this issue, and to be honest those on the receiving end of these entitlement programs are not willing to give them up or even entertain any real changes. This is an issue that is taboo and like religion and politics makes enemies of those on opposing sides.

Address them we must because like all other wealth transfer programs the inerrant problem they all have in common is that they rely on other people’s money for support. As the economy grows worse for those who actually are stuck footing the bill it does not take a rocket scientist to understand that as the costs to keep up these programs continues to grow and the income of those who pay for them continues to decline we are on a collision course with disaster.

Big Bang Blunder: Scientists Retract Alleged Proof of Universe’s Beginnings

A team of astronomers who jubilantly announced last year that they had found proof of the Big Bang have now retracted their statements, admitting that their evidence was faulty. In March of last year, astronomers using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole announced the discovery of “primordial gravitational waves” from the universe’s beginning.

From the Cuckoo’s Nest

What where they thinking?

First-Grader Suspended for Pointing Finger Gun at Classmate

A six-year-old Colorado boy was suspended from school for making a gun with his fingers. Austin Thurston, accompanied by his son Elijah, appeared on “Fox and Friends Weekend” this morning and explained that he received a call at home informing him that Elijah would be suspended from his first grade class at Stratton Meadows Elementary School in Colorado Springs for a day.

Tail Feathers

Other news and views from across the cyberscape

Net Neutrality Wrapup: What Does the FCC’s Decision Mean?

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a controversial proposal to regulate the internet as a public utility, similar to telephone calls. The vote came as expected, down party lines with the three Democrats supporting and the two Republicans opposed.

Over 300 Prominent Republicans Come Out of Closet in Support of Homosexual ‘Marriage’

WASHINGTON — Over 300 prominent Republicans have signed a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court calling for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” nationwide. The amicus brief, or friend of the court brief, was led by former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Ken Mehlman, who also served as manager of George W.

Clinton used personal email account as Secretary of State

Arrogant media elites mock Middle America

The Two Guys to Blame for the Myth of Constant Warfare between Religion and Science

Ronald Numbers, an Agnostic scholar who is one of the leading historians on the relationship of science and religion, writes: The greatest myth in the history of science and religion holds that they have been in a state of constant conflict.

4-Year-Old’s Final Living Wish Is to ‘Shake It Off’ with T-Swift. Then She Gets a Phone Call…

Jalene Salinas of San Antonio, Texas, is only four years old. But, she’s displaying a strength and courage that no four-year-old should have to rely on. As The Blaze reports, Jalene is suffering from terminal brain cancer, and those around her are doing everything they can to help fulfill her wishes.

The Looney Bin

Crazy but true stories

Huh? Mother Jones Explains Why Eating 3 Square Meals A Day Is Actually Racist

According to an essay by Mother Jones Senior Editor Kiera Butler, eating three meals a day is “anti-science, racist, and might actually be making you sick.”

The Last Word

Commentary on the news from a Conservative Christian viewpoint

Live Long And Prosper

The “Trekkies” among us are mourning the death of actor Leonard Nimoy, whose cool and logical “Spock” is an iconic television hero. The alien character was known for his loyalty, self-sacrifice (when it computed, at least), and quiet curiosity, providing a counterpoint for the rash, slightly narcissistic Captain Kirk. The character’s popularity among fans is colossal—even today. “Spock” is a more recognizable name to many than “Leonard Nimoy.”

Nimoy’s craft of method acting meant that in many ways, he lived as Spock. The New York Times quotes Nimoy, saying “To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended. But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

Nimoy became Spock through a long process that left a mark. Pretending to be someone else made a lasting impression upon Leonard Nimoy. As Christians we are told to be made into the likeness of Christ. We are to be patterning his life on earth. Our thoughts and actions should show the character of Christ. And as we imitate Jesus, acting as he would act, saying what he would say, are we able to see the same marks of change?

Rather than method acting, perhaps Nimoy and Spock can be for us an image of being made into the likeness of our savior. And you know? That’s the true way to “live long and prosper.”

Until next time, may God bless you and yours.

This has been a View from the Nest.



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