Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nice to have a family. A man should take care, see that nothing happens to them.

You're probably at least somewhat familiar with Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act (sic). Like other ponzi schemes, it relies on those who don't really need and it won't use it to carry the financial burden of those who will need and use it.

Because Obamamacre is not a product good enough to sell itself, there have been millions of taxpayer dollars and many hours of celebrity and presidential time spent to sell it, especially to young people.
But, it's much wiser, particularly finanically, for the young person to just pay the fine than to sign up for "affordable" health coverage that is not needed.

President Obaama recently tweeted in an attempt to persuade young Americans that they aren't "invincible," and should, therefore, get covered. However, that which is most appealing about Obamacare may indeed be the greatest obstacle to young people signing up and funding it. That is, thanks to the ACA, a person cannot now be denied coverage based on a preexisting condition.

So, should a young person unfortunately find out, the hard way, that he or she indeed is not invincible through injury or diagnosis of some malady, that person just signs up after the fact, knowing coverage is guaranteed.

I could be wrong, but it would seem this scare tactic is predicated upon ignorance of Obamacare in order to be effective.  Nancy et al have passed it and we now know what's in it. At least, some of us do, and we are scared, but not of lacking coverage, but of what this albatross will further do to the economy, to losses of coverage, and to the already overly burdened taxpayer.

If you like your healthcare plan ...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mrs. Robinson, if you don't mind my saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.

You may or may not be aware of the recent revelations of sexual harassment/abuse perpetrated by Bill Gothard, head of the Institute in Basic Life Principles.In response to such, Bill Gothard has resigned from the presidency of IBLP.

To be fair, accusations of impropriety and divergence from Scripture is nothing new, as can be seen in the 2002 book, A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard & the Christian Life.

A recurring question I've seen is, "How could this have happened?!" 

The answer seems obvious to me. The organization is a cult.

As is typical with a cult, it has a charismatic leader with a loyal following that is rather unhealthy. The IBLP is awash with legalistic practices, as opposed to Scriptural dictates, and there's no accountability for said leader. For many, sadly, the organization replaces the role of the local church in the life of the participants and/or the people are more loyal to the organization than they are to a local church. 

That's not to say something along these lines couldn't happen in a legitimate church, but it's less likely in a properly structured church, especially one that understands the biblical admonition to put no confidence in the flesh, but to have a healthy self-distrust and reliance upon the Spirit of God to sanctify.
* See how the experiences RuthAnnetteCharlotteRachelMegLizzie, and Grace had with Bill Gothard fit together chronologically here, and behaviorally here.

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