Patriotic Sin?

Today and people are condemning being patriotic regarding the all the issues surrounding kneeling during the National Anthem.  I am perplexed about this.  I get the protests and using seemingly the only voice that NFL players have, but when other religious types affirm this action and link patriotism to idolatry I cringe.

When Scripture is usurped by our flag or even our constitution, and used in the ‘name’ of God we break at least two commandments.  Put no other gods before me and take the Lord’s name in vain but I see a clear distinction of respect, honor, and pride juxtaposed to idolatry.

As an Asian American follower of Jesus, I can clearly function in a society, with a theological clear conscious, when I am in relationship (commune/fellowship, Im searching for a word to use) a community of  Buddhist, Hindi, non-believer, et. al., and still respect their practices, beliefs and culture even though I don’t agree with them.  I can freely navigate veneration without worship.  Respect to that community gives me a platform to share my allegiance to Christ.

Now as for rights to kneel:

Yes, they have the ‘right to kneel’ in protest, but the ‘companies’ they work for also have the ‘right’ to define how players conduct themselves.  This is the beauty of free a market and they are beholden to the market and not the government on this issue.  We’ll see how the power of free market effects the NFL’s franchise to keep both customers and sponsors.

Now for the first time in my life, I look forward to the NBA to see how they will navigate this…

Afterthought:  Last night 9/29/2017 I attended the Long Beach Poly and Wilson High School football game.  I saw a very broad ethnic demographic on the field and in the stands.  During the National Anthem, there was a respectful hush…I only perceived one person not standing…he was a photographer laying down to get a better video angle of all the boys with helmets off and standing with respect…

No I idolatry here…just one nation under God.

TahmiJoh’s Core Memories

Yes, this is inspired by the movie “Inside Out” (2015).  One concept that really struck me was about “Core Memories” and if we lose them, we lose our a significant part of our identity.  I’m going to capture some of these by chronology and categories.

0-4 Years:

  • Stepping on a bee and getting stung.  North side of Bellefontaine house.
  • Pooping on the south side of porch.  I remember knocking frantically on the door and no one answered…do I had to do what I had to do.  Later I learned that Mike had to clean it up!  I do remember the shovel!
  • Japanese Garden in front, visiting the nursing home next to us, the trees, some of the houses on Bellefontaine. Flying the toy airplane in the Huntington Hospital Parking lot.
  • 3 or so, getting shocked after putting the key in the outlet at Garfield.  I remember the blue flash and brunette fingers.   I remember the round light fixtures in the classroom and hall way.
  • Razor on my left pinky…still have the scar.  Uncle Sei didn’t hid that too well!
  • Seeing my dad work in the ‘basement office.  Smell of ammonia from blue print machine.
  • The shed in the back by the swing set with all that junk….including a ‘bowling’ arcade game that I couldn’t use.  Was there a huge eucalyptus tree by the gas pumps?
  • Riding Trikes, playing with corn starch, naps at Special 4 and pre-school
  • Burying Catharine or a puppy in the garden (southside of driveway).  Growing sweetpeas near there
  • Dad getting hit in the head with the crane ball when lifting a sego tree.
  • That trailer for the tractor and how it pivoted when you got to the end.  And also remember when it fell and now I have a scar on my left cheek.
  • Dr. Ogawa for stitches…
  • Christmas in my crib
  • Asking for a bottle
  • Staple in my finger but I didn’t cry
  • Surf fishing with dad
  • The smell of his clothes and that weird hard hat
  • Fishing in the ponds at Descanso Gardens with Mike….caught blue gill
  • LA Count Fair and me being dressed in a Kellogue  Fertilizer Costume (per dad).  Getting lost there…
  • The green kitchen table
  • Getting poked at grandpa or grandma’s burial service by a wire
  • Mochizuki and cleaning ducks in the backyard
  • Someone shooting out the back of the station waggon
  • Sliding down freshly folded news papers right before cousins delivered them on their paper route.
  • Riding the tractor with dad at Bamiko’s
  • Gardening routes, sprinkler main at Altadena Presbyterian, Trailer park development (Especially Carson).  Cutting my hand on alfalfa there.
  • 2nd Street office…”Imperial Mobile Estates
  • Red quarters used for washing machine repairs
  • The Elkaim’s apartment.
  • Hanging out with Troop 41 on outings.  Mr. Skinner, “watermelon creek.”  Baths on the tail gate.  Getting burnt at ???Hot Springs.
  • Perch derbies and Santa Barbara
  • “Barbara” my mythical friend
  • Rose Parade on the back of the truck.
  • Fishing on the pier…with no rails

5-8 years

  • Red rug in the TV room
  • The yard full of plants and watering them from the top and bottom.
  • The Honda 50 in the back yard next to the fertilizer stacks.  The smell of DTD in the garage.
  • Snoopy Room!
  • Oshogatsu at our house
  • Going to Union Church and singing in the Sunday school hall.  Playing with the office safe with Jon Toriumi.  Miss Kakimi helping with my penmanship.
  • Walking to Jefferson Primary: Miss May (1st), Mrs. Montgomery (2nd), Mrs. Markarian (3rd)   Nancy Udder and Halloween.  Donna Brennen and in the Jungle
  • Watching the old Jefferson building getting torn down and building the new one in its place.  Mr. Bronson’s owls and paddle.

9-11

12-17

 

Using Science for Ironic Logic

I’ve been noticing some militant camps that use ‘scientists’ to back up their claims, but both have agendas that cloud interpretations.

Advocates for vaccines use scientists to back their position, while dismissing scientists that point to climate change due to human activity.

Conversely, advocates for climate change use scientists to back their position, while dismissing scientists that point to vaccines as an essential tool in public health.

 

Bluefin Tuna Blues

I have never caught a bluefin over 30lbs and they are swimming all over the Pacific now…I get to go in a few weeks.  If I get one, sushi is on!!!!

I just dropped over $250 in new spectra for my International 50s and Avet EX.  Got three new flat fall jigs rigged with 200lb mono and upgraded hardware.  I thought I wouldn’t need more gear for this trip!

DJ Chuang

Appreciate my dear friend DJ for walking me though my first website.  Known him since 2001 at the L2 Foundation gathering.  He’s been a very transparent friend, influential leader, and coach.  Appreciate this man dearly!  I’m getting to like orange now too.

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