Dare to Be Different

Contrast Eli Manning’s pout after being drafted by the San Diego Chargers with Pat Tillman’s selflessness, choosing to bypass an NFL contract to serve and die for his country. Tillman’s story is getting coverage because it is rare, but not unique. Today we read of an engineer who passed up wealth to teach High School. There is also an interesting story of Phillip Anschutz risking some of his fortune to make better Hollywood movies. Also some African American women are boycotting rap because it is disrespectful of women. What difference are you supposed to make with your life?

Poets die young and some think it is because they are “situated outside the culture.” This is also where followers of Jesus find themselves at times; “strangers, aliens and exiles,” God’s peculiar people, non-conformists refusing to be squeezed into the world’s mold. It is a role many evangelicals have forsaken dust off your Bible, or Chaim Potok’s, “The Chosen” or watch “Edward Scissorhands” (foto) to be reminded of what it is like to be different.

Hollywood is worried about the death of the Princess/glass slipper storyline and a Sesame Street Character appeared semi-nude on the Sopranos. Any connection?

Sometimes people think I am exaggerating when I argue that American popular culture is wielding global power. An article on the European Union argues it is the only common culture member nations share!

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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