Here’s a song some members of the Kinzinger Family probably haven’t heard.

At the end of last November I wrote a post about 10 things I’d like to see the Republican Party like to address going forward after the 2020 presidential election. One of these things was a distancing from Donald Trump. It isn’t something that I think is greatly needed but not something I had great hope in happening. After the attacks in Washington, I hoped this would be the last straw for those aligning themselves with Trump. This happened with some Republicans but clearly not most Republicans.

One person who did not only distant himself from Trump but actually spoke out against him was Adam Kinzinger, a U.S. congressman from my home state of Illinois. Kinzinger was one of 10 Republican members of Congress to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year. Standing up to the highest ranking member of your party takes guts and earned Kinzinger a great deal of respect in my opinion. It would be no surprise to hear that not every one in the Republican Party holds my opinion about Kinzinger. It turns out that not everyone in Kinzinger’s own family agrees with me.

Earlier this year Kinzinger received a letter signed by 11 of his family members denouncing the congressman. Here are some quotes from the letter.

“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God! We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principles and join the ‘devil’s army’ 

“You won’t convince us otherwise with your horrible, rude accusations of President Trump! (To embrace a party that believes in abortion and socialism is the ultimate sin.)”

“It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you. You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name,”

“We are thoroughly disgusted with you!! And, oh by the way, we are calling for your removal from office,” 

This letter from Kinzinger’s family members was written about 6 months ago just a few days after the capitol was stormed. I meant to write about this months ago as I thought there were some valued lessons to be learned from this incident. 6 months later I will just let the music and lyrics of Susan Ashton make my point.

Agree to Disagree

Standing on this battlefield of strong opinion
Among the verbal brush and briar
Plenty of weaponry and ammunition
We say ready aim fire.

So you argue points of logic until I’m put in my place
And I argue my convictions until I’m blue in the face but.

We just keep on going round in circles
Lost, found, life is such a mystery
We search and we find opposing answers
Maybe we should just agree to disagree.

Can we meet on nuetral ground
For surrender
And carve a path for restitution
Because my love for you is surely strong enough
To find some kind of resolution.

Cause we can have our differences
And that won’t change the way I feel
About you and about me and about God
And His whole deal but.

We just keep on going round in circles
Lost, found, life is such a mystery
We search and we find opposing answers
Maybe we should just agree to disagree.

Cause we are getting nowhere fast
When the concrete and the supernatural clash
So we will stand at other ends with all this stuff
But can’t we find a common thread in love.

And in our thirsting quest for knowledge
Maybe one day we will find
That I finally see it your way
Or you finally see it mine.

We just keep on going round in circles
Lost, found, life is such a mystery
We search and we find opposing answers
Maybe we should just agree to disagree…

In The Studio With Michael Card

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I like music. I have eclectic tastes in music and like many different kinds and types of music. I do definitely have favorites and my favorite type is Contemporary Christian Music or CCM. Within that genre, I have many favorite artists, including the late Keith Green and the Late Rich Mullins, but my big 3 are Randy Stonehill, Alan Levi, and Michael Card.

Michael Card like Rich Mullins came into prominence as a writer for Amy Grant. Where Rich had Sing Your Praise to the Lord, Michael had El Shaddai.

Michael’s work is very biblically based and the majority of his albums are based on one theme. I have seen him perform many times in concert and am always encouraged, educated, edified and even entertained.

Micahel has written many fine books. I am currently reading The Hidden Face of God and listening to his most recent book inexpressible. Actually, I am not doing either right now. I am listening to Kim Hill on Pandora and typing, I am thinking of making lunch and my body is doing quite a few more things like breathing, thinking, my heart is beating, my blood is flowing and some of my cells are reproducing. And they say multitasking is a myth.

Where was I before I was so rudely interrupted by my randomness? Oh yes Michael Card’s new book. It is written about the Hebrew Word Hesed and I heard about it at Micahel’s podcast, In the Studio with Michael Card. http://www.MichaelCard.com describes the Podcast, this way …

Featuring Bible commentary, a look at the creative process and demonstrations of discipleship lived out in the community, this 55-minute program originates from Michael Card’s studio at Mole End in Franklin, Tennessee.  Originally broadcast on Moody Radio from 2002 to 2009, our hope is to grow our podcast audience and then record new programs in 2018.

The write-up states that there are 3 components of the program and you may have noticed that they all begin with the letter C. But like a diamond, this gem of a podcast actually has 4 C’s; aside from focussing on (Biblical) Commentary, Creativity, and Community, there is also Card himself performing multiple songs that go with the theme or themes of the program. I have been binge-listening (Is that even a thing?) to multiple podcasts and the production values are so good and yet it still has a cozy homey feeling to it as well. Here is a link to a recent program.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/in-the-studio-with-michael-card/id1315515483?mt=2&i=1000427632140

There is so much more that I could say about Michael Card. And I intend to write about him again and the other 2 members of the big 3 as well. Right now, lunch is looming so I will leave you with one of my favorite Michael Card songs. Like all of my big 3 ,my favorite song of theirs is usually the one I am listening to at the time. This one sticks out to me in that I read the lyrics in one of his books years before I ever listened to it. Here is Michael performing Things We Leave Behind