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Get It Through Your Head—You Don’t Love God If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor

I got a haircut not so long ago.

My barber often plays DVD’s of Bluegrass Gospel singers while I am getting my haircut.

A song he played a few months ago that stuck with me was called ” You Don’t Love God If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor.” This song is performed by a woman named Rhonda Vincent.

Here is Ms. Vincent’s website.

I don’t know anything about bluegrass music, but I do enjoy this song. I think it should be sung at church.

Here are some of the lyrics—

There are many people
who will say they’re Christians
and they live like Christians on the Sabbath day

But come Monday morning, til the coming Sunday
They will fight their neighbor all along the wayOh you don’t love God, if you don’t love your neighbor

if you gossip about him, if you never have mercy
if he gets into trouble, and you don’t try to help him
then you don’t love your neighbor, and you don’t love God

That’s right!

Here is a link to a video of Ms. Vincent singing this song.

I’m not at a fan of Bluegrass music. I have nothing against it—I’ve  just never paid attention.

Here is a history of Bluegrass music.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is in Owensboro, Kentucky.

It is good to learn about something new, and it is good when some aspect of life you had not much considered before offers something rewarding.

(Below—Bluegrass Country in Fayette County, Kentucky. Photo taken by Conspiracy of Happiness.  Here are some facts about bluegrass. The actual grass. Not the music.)

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Renew Houston Gives Me Chance To Run Photo Of Rock

Issue 1 on the November ballot in Houston is about funding a massive wastewater removal program with the intent of reducing flooding in Houston.

The issue is called Renew Houston. I’m sure that name was focus group tested.

The issue will be funded by taxing property owners.

Stace Medellin as Dos Centavos says that Renew Houston will address a problem and create jobs.

I think he has a point, but I’m writing this post because I want to run a picture of a rock on my blog.

The Houston Independent  School District will have to pay money if Issue 1 passes.

This story in the Houston Chronicle details the fact that Houston schools do not want to pay this money. They say that if they have to pay this money that they might have to layoff teachers.

Here is how the Renew Houston folks responded

“HISD should do a more responsible job of managing taxpayer funds before laying off teachers and opposing a fiscally responsible plan to keep its students safe.


“HISD has been rocked by at least two scandals this year, from lax oversight of more than a billion dollars in bond funds to spending millions on unnecessary overtime.”

What is the point of the venom of this response? Everybody is looking for money at this point. Why pick an unneeded fight with the schools?  Could not this issue have been seen in advance?

The Renew Houston people have a lot of money for ads and promoting their ballot issue.

Houston schools are strapped for cash.

Here is where I get to run a picture of a rock.

For coming up with this response Renew Houston was — As dumb as a rock.

Renew Houston needs to work this out. Already the reflexive anti-tax crowd opposes this issue. Why fight when you do not have to fight?

Below–-A diorite rock. Photo taken by Slim Sepp.”

John Coby at Bay Area Houston has also written about this matter.

Martha Griffin at musings has also commented on this concern.

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments