Tiger Woods' current infidelity problems-(the current rumor I have heard is that shortly after his wife's discovery of his sex-texts and subsequent confrontation-she hit him in the face with the club she later took to his car. Tiger then drove away-crashed-went to hospital-then needed plastic surgery and ended up in a upscale clinic in Phoenix-and that is why he dropped out of golf, he needed time to heal-true or not true I do not know)-seem to pop up in the conversations at work during lunch at least once a break of the midday fast.
One of the common themes is a observation that notes that if you were in Tiger's position (Rich, young, famous) you would have made the same decisions Tiger made, if not whored to even a greater extent than he.
While I have to make two caveats. The first is I have never been in Tigers position so I really do not know what it is like and second, I have a basic understanding of how difficult it would be holding back when everyone and anyone is throwing themselves at you.
That said I find it interesting that the above observation is not really statement of incite into Tiger Woods current situation but rather a brief manifesto of your own personal morality. What they are really saying is I could not stay faithful to my wife/husband if sex was always available. There have been a few of my friends that have championed the opposite view that Tiger's conduct was revolting are the men and women that have a higher moral standing.
It is not to say that the moral proponents would not fail when tempted but sexual immorality is a choice not a forgone conclusion. You can and should resist-adding women and men in between your marriage partner and yourself. You can say no and if you could not believe Tiger could ever be able to say no when he was in his position maybe you should stop thinking about Tiger's moral conduct and refocus on your own.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas-One and All
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Matt 1:18-25)
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins."
22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"[d]—which means, "God with us."
24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Our prayers are with these new victims and for all the men who did the right thing and their families that are now at risk for it.
Mexican Marine's Family Murdered in Suspected Revenge
Just hours after the funeral of a special forces marine, gunmen murdered the marine's family in what Mexican police suspect was a revenge attack. Melquisedet Angulo was fatally injured when he took part in a raid that killed notorious drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva and five bodyguards last week. Local authorities say the assailants broke the door down with a sledgehammer and sprayed the family with bullets in the living room and bedrooms. The murder of Angulo's mother, sister, brother, and aunt was condemned by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
[Felipe Calderon, Mexican President]: "These reprehensible events are a display of the lack of scruples with which organized crime operates, preying on innocent people. This only spurs us to redouble our efforts to root out such a singular cancer from our social life."
Despite the deployment of 49,000 troops across Mexico, killings by drug gangs have soared into the thousands. Mexican soldiers usually wear masks during drug operations to keep their identities secret.
But Angulo was named and lauded as a hero by the Mexican navy, making his family an identifiable target.
Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.
Monday, December 21, 2009
There is a little bit less evil in the world now.
A tip of the hat to the Mexican Military
From The Times December 18, 2009
Mexico's drug 'Boss of Bosses' shot dead in raid on luxury hideout
Mexico was celebrating a rare victory in its war on drugs yesterday after one of the country’s most notorious traffickers was killed in a two-hour gun battle after 200 Navy Marines stormed his luxury hideout.
Arturo Beltrán Leyva, known as the “Boss of Bosses”, died along with six of his henchmen after the Marines surrounded a complex of flats in Cuernavaca, a holiday town south of Mexico City. Beltrán Leyva, also wanted in the US, was the highest-ranking figure to be taken out by the authorities and his death marks the biggest success yet in President Calderón’s campaign to stamp out the drugs trade.
The Marines, among Mr Calderón’s best-trained — and least corrupt — forces, had been planning the assault for months. They had tracked Beltrán Leyva’s movements since Friday, when they narrowly failed to capture him.
Elite forces closed Cuernavaca’s roads and surrounded the complex of tower blocks. The 200 armed sailors, many arriving by helicopter, searched and evacuated the apartments and cut off communications in the area.
An intense battle ensued in which Beltrán Leyva and his men were killed. One, realising that he was surrounded, committed suicide. Beltrán Leyva’s body remained at the scene yesterday, a large gold medallion still in his hands.
Two sailors were wounded and one died when the gang hurled grenades at them. One civilian, driving past at the time, was killed in the crossfire.
Mr Calderón described the operation as “a decisive blow against one of the most dangerous criminal organisations in Mexico and the continent”. A spokesman for the Marines, Admiral José Luis Vergara, hailed the operation’s success and endorsed Mr Calderón’s promise to “carry the war against organised crime to its ultimate consequences”.
Beltrán Leyva, who had a $2.1 million (£1.3 million) price on his head, was a leader of the Sinaloa cartel until he and his four brothers split off last year and aligned themselves with Los Zetas, a group of former soldiers hired by the rival Gulf cartel as hitmen. The split is thought to have fuelled much of the recent bloodshed.
One of his brothers, Alfredo, was arrested in January 2008, in the Calderón administration’s first major success of the war on drugs. The Beltrán Leyva brothers had accused Joaquín Guzmán, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, of treason, and launched a series of bloody reprisals against him, including the killing of his son.
Among his crimes, Beltrán Leyva is accused of smuggling tonnes of cocaine and heroin, laundering money through a professional football team, and bribing hundreds of Mexican officials. According to US officials, he was guilty of multiple killings and beheadings and was responsible for much violent infighting between rival cartels.
On Wednesday morning, hours before he died, two dismembered bodies were found in plastic bags in the state of Guerrero with a note signed “The Boss of Bosses”.
Beltrán Leyva is the biggest prize yet of Mexico’s war on drugs, in which 14,000 people have been killed and 49,000 troops deployed since the beginning of Mr Calderón’s term in 2006.
The operation has been hailed by Washington as a decisive move. “We have begun having an impact against the drug traffickers,” Carlos Pascual, the US Ambassador to Mexico, said. “I don’t think it’s because we are doing something wrong.”
The two countries have pledged to work closer together to address the drugs trade. Five Bell helicopters were given to Mexico by the US as part of the Merida initiative, a three-year pact between the nations to fight the drug cartels.
This week has been one of the bloodiest yet in Mexico’s drug war, with multiple killings across the country. The general increase in violence is being seen by Mexican authorities as a sign that the war on drugs is finally making inroads. The drug cartels, they say, are weakening under the pressure of infighting and repeated hits from military and police operations, and are resorting to extreme, chaotic attacks.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I am currently battling a cold that has run through the family. So while spending the night shivering with a 103 degree tempt gave me some time for thought. It interesting that even minor inconveniences like a cold can prevent you from thinking beyond the immediate discomfort. But it reminded me that what is important in life is rarely what the long term situation is but rather what your next decision/action will be. Tiger Woods did not set out to bang 12 waitresses but when it came to making the decision to sleep with the first one he failed to resist. I am going to keep this entry short simply because it hurts to type and think and breath and well do anything right now. Each step is important the twentieth step will handle it self. Be vigilant, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the rest will take care of its self.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
2 Peter 3:17
Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;