On Smoking

Filed in Social IssuesTags: Indiana

Chris Phillips comments on the proposed smoking ban in Greenwood, IN.

I don't know who I need to tell this to, but this is a start. Smokers, I believe you should be allowed to smoke in bars and areas of restaurants. But please, do us all a favor, please don't throw your butts on OUR streets and roads.

Agree, disagree? Link to this post, get people to think about this!

I'm a non-smoker, but I'm all for the right of people to smoke. I'm also all for the right of private establishments to set their own rules regarding smoking. The government has no business telling bars, restaurants, or any other private establishment what those rules must be. If I don't like the experience in an establishment that allows smoking, then I will exercise my right to express myself with both my feet and my pocketbook, and take my patronage elsewhere.

However, non-smokers have equal right to expect clean air in *public* places. I can't stand the "smokers' gauntlet" getting into or out of a building on a cold day. Y'all know what I'm talking about. Thus, I have no problem with - and even support - laws prohibiting smoking within a reasonable distance from building entrances.

Finally, as much as I support smokers' right to light up, it disturbs me to no end how often I observe smokers to be among some of the most inconsiderate people anywhere. If you want to smoke, it is your responsibility to clean up after yourself, and to dispose properly of your cigarette butts. And your right to smoke does not supercede MY right to breathe air free of smoke. Try standing farther away from the door that smokers and non-smokers alike must use. Keep your ash to yourself, don't let your smoke waft directly in my face, and don't exhale your smoke in my direction when at all possible. I'd prefer not to have either the first- or second-hand experience, thanks.

OYB February 20

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 9:7-24, Leviticus 10
NT: Mark 4:26-41, Mark 5:1-20
Ps: Psalm 37:30-40
Pr: Proverbs 10:6-7

Today´s notable verse:

30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)

Wow, what a testament that would be - that everything I utter with my tongue would be wise and just! I am also reminded of Ephesians 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. The key to applying this principle in our lives is found in the second verse: "The law of his God is in his heart, and also James 1:19: ...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry... I think, in light of these verses, I will be more cognizant of what I think to say, and weigh it more carefully before I actually say it.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - What do you think of my farming analogies in the NT reflections above? Has our modern world forgotten about some of the ways of farming the land? Have we forgotten that we reap what we sow? Have we lost our patience, to the point where we will not even wait for the harvest to come in at its appointed time? Are we trying to control things in our modern day life that aren't controllable? Such as the "pace" at which a seed grows into a plant and a plant into a full harvest? In losing some of our knowledge of farming and growing, are we at risk of losing ourselves?

I have never been a farmer, but I grew up in a farming community, my house was surrounded by corn and soy fields, and I had family members who were farmers. Farming really applies many of God's principles in very practical ways: reaping what we sow, patience, the concept of seasons, storing up in times of plenty to be ready for lean times, "if a man will not work he should not eat", the harvest concept, etc.

Farmers are some of the best people I know; they epitomize "salt of the earth." The American farmer represents "rugged individualism", yet with an absolute dependence upon and acknowledgement of God's grace providence in everything.

We all too often have left behind the farming mindset, and in so doing we retain the "rugged individualism" yet lose its context. Self-reliance replaces dependence upon God's grace, and self-recognition and pride replace our acknowledgement of God's providence. Devoid of our understanding that life progresses in seasons and that everything has a time and place appointed, we lose our virtue of patience and the discipline of waiting on God - instead worshipping the gods of convenience and instant gratification.

In many ways I've gotten soft since leaving home for college. It used to be nothing to get up at 5:00 AM - actually, it was my favorite time of the day. Now, 6:15 is a struggle.