Thoughts on Marriage

Unless you have been hiding under a rock or on Mars you have probably heard about the Sumpreme Court’s ruling in support of same-sex marriage last week. In the past week I’ve read a lot both in favor and against it. The reaction by Christian’s on both sides has been interesting. Personally, I’ve spent some time thinking about my position. For me it isn’t a simple issue and there are a lot of factors involved in my stance. So please take the time to read the entire post. This post is going to be a little rambling try to hang with me. Several factors influenced my decision.

First, I’m a Christian with conservative leanings, who takes my faith seriously.  I read somewhere that faith that doesn’t impact one’s daily life is useless. My faith influences my decisions and point of view.  So like other matters my faith influences my views on marriage.  Also I have a high regard for the Bible. I believe the Bible is the standard and provides guidance for how to live my life. However, I do not think it should  be used just to prove a point. Scripture needs to be studied in context (textual, hsitorical, etc).  Oh yeah I also believe that either you accept the entire Bible or none. We don’t get to pick the parts we like, but that is another post. Another issue being thrown around especially by conservative Christians is sin. Some are very quick to call homosexuals sinners. According to Romans 3 we are all sinners because as humans we are imperfect. By ourselves we are all unrighteousness and in need of grace. The whole grace thing comes back to the part about faith impacting ones life.  In Matthew 22 Christ sums the entire law with  2 commands love God and love people. Ok before the nasty comments start I’m not stating approval of someone’s life choices but rather respect.

The next factor is that I have friends who are gay or might be. Sexual orientation really isn’t a screen out question when selecting friends. I like who I like and that just doesn’t come up.  So if I had a friend in a same sex marriage it wouldn’t really change things. I like who I like, I’m loyal to my friends and don’t mess with my friends. 

So the next huge factor is that politically I am an independent. I want as little involvement in my daily life from government as possible. To me SCOTUS ruling seems more like legislation which should be left to the legislative branch not the judicial branch. Don’t forget that states rights are being trampled upon.  

Now for my views on marriage.  I believe that marriage was designed by God to be a relationship between a man and a woman for life.   So hang with me a little longer to explain.

I believe marriage has religious roots so the government should not legislate it.  However, if SCOTUS or other governmental branch created a civil union open to same – sex couples that would be different.

For me the biggest part of the statement is the for life part. Divorce sucks. The disolution of any relationship brings pain and hurt. Too many people I care about have or are experiencing that.  Wish I could just stop the pain.  Remember my statement about not messing with my friends,

While  you may not agree with my views please respect  them. You are entitled to your views and I will respect them. No matter which side you may be on this issue stop the strife.  Stop stirring up strife. Stop the bragging/whining. Instead take time to see the value in others.  Let love win in they way you treat others.

Cold Brew Coffee

Last month I decided to try cold brew coffee.  I had been thinking about trying cold brew coffee for several months.  After my espresso machine was mysteriously broken I decided to make the leap to cold brew.  Actually cold brew coffee may be one of the easiest ways to make coffee. It is even easier than one of those fancy single serve machines.   The equipment needed for cold brew was a lot cheaper than a new espresso machine. It is the time of year I really prefer cold coffee anyway.

What you need:  A container to make the coffee, a container for the coffee once it is made and a way to filter the grounds out of the coffee.

Coldbrew2.jpeg I got a French Press,  a Carafe and a reusable coffee filter. Most of the info I found showed using paper filters. I found an inexpensive plastic mesh filter near the paper filters. It seemed to be more stable and I would have to worry about dropping the coffee grinds back in the filtered coffee.

The coffee: Some of the sources a I read said that you need a good strong blend, others said it was a good way to get rid of stale coffee.  Oh, the coffee needs to be a coarse grind. So far I’ve tried couple of blends from my favorite roasters, Flagship Coffee Roasters.  My favorite is The Amelia. Also some sources I’ve read suggest using filtered water. I think it is a little better with filtered water.  The ratio of coffee that works best for me 1 part coffee to 2 parts water.

The process: Add the coffee and water to the French press. Stir gently with a wooden spoon to prevent breaking the glass.  Carefully insert the top of the press. Push the top in just until it is barely touching the coffee mixture. Allow to sit for 12 hours at room temp or about 20 in the fridge.

Frenchpress.jpegNext carefully pour the coffee through the filter into the carafe. Allow coffee to slowly filter into the carafe.  This will make a coffee concentrate that can be stored in the fridge for several days. To drink dilute it with ice, water or creamer to taste.

Coldbrew.jpegFor months I’ve heard Obediah and Nikki from the Riot talk about how cold brew is the best. That is smooth and less bitter than other coffees. I have to say they are correct. It may be my favorite way to drink coffee.  I’ve pretty much stopped drinking other types of coffee. Oh, one of the nice things is that my making it in advance I always have coffee available.

D-Day

Soliders Raising US Flag

Soliders Raising US Flag

Many thanks to the Big Guy’s grandfather and others who were there on June 6, 1944.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the troops before embarking:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower