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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday November 18 2000 HERALDZKITUNCj Page 7A RELIGION Projected Christians and butterfly ballots TIM JUDKINS As grieved as I am about the events of the past week I have to acknowledge my appreciation for the wealth of material from which to shed light on Christian living today Recent political maneuver ings can be metaphors for current Christianity To start some people are pro jected to be Christians By all appearances church exit polls and external data some people look as though theyre Christians Church attendance membership rolls and an occasional dollar in the offering plate all lend to early projections of true Christianity As we have seen projections can prove premature When the ballots or lives are exam ined more closely some projected Christians may discover that early predictions are deceiving to them selves and others On the other hand some Christians spiritual status is sim ply too close to call Their disci pleship is so fuzzy its hard to predict any trends Outside observers try to watch for any lifestyle patterns that might give them a clue to which way the results will fall Unfortunately there should be no question as to the leanings of any authentic Christian The life of a true fol lower of Jesus should appear as a landslide victory This is one pre diction mat can and should be made long before the ballots close Lastly projected Christians may want to rely on a Butterfly Ballot defense When the ballot booths of their lives close they can stand before the judge and try to plead ignorance and confusion when he denies them access to his presence for not paying attention They will claim that they misun derstood the process and that they couldnt figure out the Bible Simple acceptance of Gods will was just too difficult It wont matter to these projected Christians that this process has been around for centuries and that millions of people did figure it out and have enjoyed an inti mate relationship with Jesus both on earth and ultimately in heaven Standing before the ultimate election official projected Christians whose ballots have been discarded due to ignorance neglect or sheer stupidity will hope they can get a recount of their lives If possible they will want to review the parts of their lives that might make a difference in the inevitable outcome They will hope that by going over their lives again with a finetooth comb they can hope for a differ ent outcome than the one they chose They will want another chance but this time they promise to pay attention and take it seriously Even if God were to recount their lives over and over and humor the Butterfly Ballot defense the result would still be the same The Bible Gods legal statutes already defines the para meters of human existence People get one chance at life God wont change his laws to suit our desires even if we dont like the outcome Unlike the American vote of 2000 there will be an end to the process of living 1 guess we should pay attention and take responsibility for the one life God generously gives us to live Tim Judkins is the Associate Minister of First Protestant Church where he leads the Contemporary Worship Celebration each Sunday morn Celebrating Thanksgiving Day with prayer blessings But when you have eaten your fill you must bless the Lord your God for the good country He has given So Moses ordered his people and since then and even before them it has been natural for man to thank his Creator for permitting him to share in the fruits of the earth that He created for him The idea of setting aside a day for thanksgiving did not originate with the pilgrims in America for the custom was practiced in Europe in ancient times The Puritans of Massachusetts were opposed to observing Christmas which they regarded as a Catholic festival Since Christmas was not celebrated in any English colony except Rhode Island Thanksgiving took the place of Christmas for the orthodox Puritan Atfirst it was not a particularly religious cele bration although it later took on religious over tones but a period of fes tivity like the English Yule tide Thursday was chosen because of its popularity as a lecture The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621 after the first harvest at the Plymouth settlement During the weeklong festival the Pilgrims and their Indian guests feasted in the open air on the meat wild fowl and deer that had been bar becued for the occasion Before the end of the 17th Century Thanksgiving was an annual holiday in Connecticut and Massachusetts and slowly began to spread to other colonies At first it was not a particularly religious celebration although it later took on religious overtones but a period of festivity like the English Yuletide Thursday was chosen because of its popularity as a lecture day As the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving became more firm ly established and spread to the south the state governors began to issue proclamations indicating the days to be observed in their states In the 1840s Sarah Josepha Hale editorial writer for Godeys Ladys Book began a campaign urging the adoption of a uniform date for the entire country the last Thursday in November Then on Sept 28 1863 she wrote President Lincoln a letter urging him to proclaim a uniform date celebrat ing Thanksgiving as an annual holiday along with Washingtons birthday and the Fourth of July Four days later Lincoln issued his Cross prepares for dedication Members of Cross Lutheran Church recently purchased 17 acres of vacant farm land on Common Street in northwest New Braunfels for a new church and school At 2 on Dec 3 members and friends of the church invited to attend ground breaking services at the new loca tion across form the Sundance Golf Course Initial plans call for construc tion of approximately square feet that will comprise a center class rooms to accommodate up to the eighth grade for a Christian day school administrative offices senior life center two kitchens quitters ministry and facilities EDWARD F BILY eloquent proclamation inviting his fellow citizens to join in the common observance Earlier presidential calls for a day of thanks or prayer were not annual and had no connection with the harvest festival After 1863 Lincolns example was followed by all subsequent presidents The state executives also continued to issue their own proclamations Thus the date of the holiday was a matter of annu al presidential proclamation until 1941 when Congress by a joint resolution approved by the presi dent set the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day a legal holiday Although Congress fixed the date the pres ident continued to issue the cus tomary proclamation which Lincoln originated in 1863 Prayer God our father from you we have receivedgenerous gifts so that we might learn to share your blessings in gratitude Father all pawerful your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infi nite On Thanksgiving Day we come to you with gratitude for your kindness open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women so that we may share your gifts in loving service Amen The Rev Msgr Edward F Bily is the Parochial Vicar at Sts Peter and Paul Kids respond to SOS Kids from St Johns Episcopal Church who donated 289 pounds of food visited the SOS Foodbank Wednesday to learn about how their donations help others The group also donated bibles CHRIS Advent Vespers practice CHRIS Advent vespers choir practice took place Thursday night as the group prepares for their Nov 26 chorale celebration at First Baptist Church on Cross Street The next practice takes place at 7 Tuesday This years concert is a memorial tribute to Melitta Frueh founder and director of vespers The Nov 26 performance will begin at 4 For information call 6253875 u Hunter Snowman I I Furnishing Homes for 62 Years Coupon good Nov 1521 only 1 While quantities last j I Ends I1 Wednesday Copper Brawn 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