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June 13, 2006

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seth

the call i t a vanity plate for a reason i suppose.

i would be interested in hearing more of what you have to say on the topic of physical aesthetics (how the brunette may have had less opportunity than the blonde) in our culture. maybe you have said some things on this blog i could look too?

Joe

Didn't you know that money is the easiest thing for God to provide? At least that is what a deacon from my former church in Texas said.

But he's full of crap. That vanity plate would do that to me as well, fustrate me.

Brooke

Great Post Greg. Nice to hear from ya again! :)

greg

Seth,

I haven't posted about the issue before. I'm married to a woman that, to put it mildly, attracts a great deal of attention. I've seen the difference in the way she's treated, the things that are given to her, the doors that are opened, etc. Surprisingly, women seem no better about preference based on physical beauty than men.

Dr. Mike Kear

I once heard Frederick K. C. Price tell his congregation that if all they had was a Cadillac, they could park it on the street because the church parking lot was for those with enough faith to drive Maseratis, Ferraris, or Rolls Royces.

When I worked as a chaplain at a funeral home I was always fascinated at how differently people would treat me when I was wearing a suit. We always wore suits. That was our funeral home uniform. And I was always treated differently when I was wearing the suit. I could be waiting for a table at a restaurant, standing right next to a guy in jeans and a polo shirt, and the the host would walk up and ask me first if I was ready to be seated. Preference skyrocketed with the wearing of the suit. I can't imagine what would have happened if I had been gorgeous too.

Streak

Nice post, Greg. I don't think anything bothers me more than people assuming that God has blessed them with wealth.

M. Corley

I'm not bothered by people who have money, I'm bothered by people who assume that they earned some kind of financial blessing. It reminds me of Amway, or any of it's 74 kajillion counterparts. Follow this formula, and you could be earning 3 to 6 million dollars-a-month, all from the comfort of your home, and in your spare time, too. I do think that God blesses us materially, sometimes a lot, but I hate the idea of God being reduced to a formula. It really seems like an attempt to manipulate God. Hard work usually does pay off, but that in itself is the blessing (a wealthy society, freedom to earn for yourself, etc..) I don't go to church right now, so I don't have a church to tithe to anyway, but I almost wouldn't want to tithe anymore, because I've heard so many times how God can't bless me unless I'm obedient with my money. Why is it always obedience with money that brings a blessing? Why isn't obedience to any of God's other commandments? And what does God can't bless you mean? He can do whatever He wants.

M.Corley

Also, why do some churches have a special mini-message on tithing every week? Why not have weekly mini-messages on not trash-talking your co-workers, or loving every one else at least as much as you love yourself?

goz

Becasue treating others as you'd want to be treated doesn't pay the bills?

A-Mac

Greg,
This is why I sometimes cross dress as a busty blonde when I'm low on cash and want to have a few drinks.

cheek

Hard work usually pays off? I guess so... if you are fortunate enought to live in a society where there are any rewards awaiting your work. The family I'm living with in Moldova gets up at sunrise (4 a.m.) and never goes to bed before 11 or 12. Occasionally the husband will take an hour or two nap in the afternoon. Both husband and wife work jobs outside the home as well as maintaining a substantial vegetable garden at home. We eat what they grow, and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight to the work for them. Compared with my own lot in life, it's hard for me to justify being comfortable with the "blessings" I've received in my own life; much less suggesting that I have in any way reaped what I sowed, given that there probably hasn't been a single day of labor in my life that quite reaches the level of what these people do every day.

M.Corley

That's actually what I was getting at, Cheek, with the parenthetical statement. I meant that us living in a society where hard work can come with such a material payoff is a blessing. I realize that it's not the same everywhere.

cheek

I see what you were getting at now, but I guess I still doubt that "usually" is the right word. Something more like, "Hard work pays off for some people who are lucky enough to live in a rich society and not be the victim of corruption or disaster," would be closer to the truth, I think.

goz

"Hard work pays off for some people who are lucky enough to live in a rich society and not be the victim of corruption or disaster"

I don't think that would fit onto a personalised number plate though cheek :)

Unless you had some REALLY wide car

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