Month: August 2013

Uncertainties and injustices

Tonight I feel very uncertain. And I’m blogging as a way to get rid of some inner demons, so bear with me.

I don’t get some things about life, and how unforgiving it can be. One of the primary reasons I refuse to watch the news is because it depresses me and makes me shake my head.

I don’t understand why politicians of all stripes verbally destroy each other. I don’t know why parents abandon their kids. I’m at a loss for words when I see people forced out of their homes, or children placed in foster care because their parents are addicted to drugs. I don’t understand why, four years ago tomorrow, two friends of mine from Virginia were brutally murdered – and I don’t get why the case is still unsolved.

On a global scale, I don’t know why people blow themselves up in the name of their religion. I’m clueless as to why God is so patient with a hate group that claims that the Creator of the universe “hates fags.” It boggles my mind to see people hate each other and tear each other down over the littlest things – race, gender, religion, etc.

Children shouldn’t be going hungry, but they do. Rapists shouldn’t get women pregnant, but they do. Cops shouldn’t gun down innocent civilians, but it still happens. Different people shouldn’t despise each other because of their race. But that’s still occurring in today’s world.

I always tell myself that God cares about the little things. But so often it’s hard to believe. When my two friends were ruthlessly killed in 2009, I didn’t understand it. I struggled with my faith. When, as an 8th-grader, I saw the news coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting, I didn’t understand it either.

But amidst all the turmoil, we can unify in God’s love for us. Regardless of your specific beliefs, we can all agree that there is something deeply, deeply wrong with the world. It’s not an American thing, and it can’t be chalked up to basically good people being corrupted by society. All religions agree that there is something wrong with us as humans. And while there are profound differences in religions after that statement, there is still a universal declaration that humanity is deeply flawed.

A lot of people say that religion contributes to evil in the world, but that’s another debate in and of itself. Regardless of where you stand, we can all do a little bit to make the world a better place and show people God’s love. It’s not just about earning your brownie points and doing your good deed for the day, it’s about being the best person you can be – by being the hands and feet of Christ.

The Bible says in James 1:27, “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Let’s do that little bit today, despite all the uncertainties and injustices that we face and see each day.

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NMSU’s quarterback derby – pt. 3

So it’s more or less official – senior Andrew McDonald will be named the opening day starter for the Aggie football team. The most experienced of the three candidates, McDonald is a dual-threat option who has the smarts and athleticism to run Coach Doug Martin’s up-tempo offense.

It was a bit of surprise to me when QB Travaughn Colwell, McDonald’s primary competition, was moved to wide receiver due to depth issues. A terrific athlete, Colwell had an excellent spring game, although he remains inconsistent as a passer. However, King Davis III, a true freshman, has surprised some people and moved to the #2 spot on the depth chart at QB. He’s had an outstanding fall camp and brings a lot of talent to the table. Colwell remains third string entering the season opener.

I know both McDonald and Davis personally; they’re smart, gifted guys who have worked hard all offseason. I hope that they can both stay healthy and run the NMSU offense well. Both are talented enough to run the no-huddle, up-tempo offense, and have responded well to Coach Martin and offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon.

Regarding Colwell, he’s athletic enough to adjust to the receiver position and be an open-field threat for us. But if injuries strike, he’ll probably head back to QB.

The Aggies open the 2013 season on the road August 31st, against the Texas Longhorns.