When politicians talk about sending somebody to hell, beware! Let them restrict themselves to actions for this life. Let God take care of assigning people to their eternal destination. Today’s Cloudburst offering touches on this and on how Christ’s disciples have a far greater concern than justice, as man defines it, but work to save others. Continue reading

ElectionsVoting for municipal elections, nationwide, is over for today. It generated a major ecological disaster: political pamphlets covering sidewalks and streets. Gives another meaning to the phrase “dirty politics.”

• Attendance at church wasn’t as bad as expected, neither at SJCampos nor at Taubaté. Jorge was at the latter, so I didn’t have to do everything myself. I taught Bible school, directed the Lord’s supper and offering, as well as offered opening and closing prayers. Jorge preached and led singing.

• Usually, we have lunch at one of the malls on Sunday with Jorge and family. The food court usually doesn’t start filling up until around 1 or 1:30. Today it was mostly full by 12:30 when we arrived. Many got out early to do their voting, which meant they were up and about earlier. So lunch must have been earlier for them as well.

• Voting in Brazil is obligatory, by law. If you don’t vote, you have to “justify” your failure to fulfill your civic duty, and possibly pay a fine. A news source said that the city of São Paulo has over 8 million voters, 2.1 million of which have not finished grade school. The implication is they’re ignorant and don’t know how to vote, I guess. I know people with college educations who don’t seem to have much idea either. Continue reading

Are there any more politicians like this one left?

In 1920, Jackson was elected state senator for the 2nd District, representing Randolph, Lawrence, and Sharp Counties. According to an editorial penned in 1924 by A. W. Parke, who later served as Secretary of the Arkansas Centennial Commission, Jackson was “the fightingest [sic] thing the general assembly has produced in many a decade. Show me a man that relishes a clash with Jackson… and I’ll show you a glutton for punishment.” Parke recounts how early in the 1921 session Jackson was known by the press corps as “The Hornet.” Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jackson possessed an “analytical mind far beyond average” and in many cases, fought for causes that did not affect his district but “contained elements for right, and it is only in matters that Senator Jackson considers right that you will find him interested.” via Arkansan’s Life Story Found in Abandoned Safe Deposit Box.