Friday, April 6, 2007

On The Fringe??

At supper tonight, MLH and I talked about our respective events of the day. As we readied to settle in for the night, the conversation continued.

It seems that this afternoon, MLH and Zack the Wonder Dog were watching an Easter special on CNN on the Glenn Beck Show. The guests on today’s show were Max Lucado, Anne Graham Lotz, and Anthony Padovano, Ph.D., a Catholic theologian. Padovano made a comment that one of the real miracles concerning Jesus as God in man was that He was compassionate, in that when the people hurt, Jesus felt their pain. Padovano also spoke of Jesus’ inclusivity – that Jesus appealed to those who were marginalized and on the fringes of society. Neat stuff, that.

As they were listening to the show, Zack started to speak. (I've warned you before that Zack is quite vocal.)

“Yeah, Dad, that’s the problem around here. I had a problem and didn’t even know it. I’ve been marginalized! I been pushed to the fringe edge of things around here and it just ain’t right.”

MLH argued, “Zack, if anyone’s been marginalized and pushed to the fringe edge in this house, it’s your Momma when you’re sleeping in our bed!”

Zack responded, “Bullcorn, Dad! You need to consider what Jesus would do because you’re sure not being compassionate and from the fringe lookin' in, there ain’t nothing appealing about you right now, either. And if you keep cowering to Mom’s will, you’re going to end up marginalized and on the fringe edge yourself. And another thing - I’m getting tired of y’all using me for blog fodder. It’s jest not right. No royalties or nothing – not even a stinkin’ pig ear do I get for providing all this ! Is there a dog union ‘round here?”


Wonder what Glenn Beck…and Jesus…would think about that?

I think my boys are missing the point.


Karen said...

I watched the re-broadcast of that same show tonight, a couple of hours ago. I am always so impressed with Anne Graham Lotz. What a calm, strong woman.

Our Max is good at leaving me very little leg room in our bed!

Bob said...

I'll resist the urge to write a sermon here but...there are 837 references to the poor and downtrodden in the bible, more than any other subject. More if you look up widows, orphans, and the like. Jesus's Sermon on the Mount covers his heart well.

Janie said...

Karen - We need to get Zack and Max together!!

Bob - No doubt. Now if we could get Zack to read, huh?

Gwynne said...

oooh, Zack's gonna get in trouble for saying "bullcorn."

Wouldn't you love to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation? ;-)

I haven't told Smokey about the blog yet.

Emma Sometimes said...

Wow..Wonder Dog is quite the conversationalist.

I love Padovano's point. Good stuff, indeed.

PS. LOL @ Gwynne!

Janie said...

Gwynne - Zack is always in trouble, make no mistake. We're praying for that Smokey dog, girl. Hope he's better soon.

Emma - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Zack is quite the talker. But he totally loves Jesus!