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Current Blog...                 SEQUITY VS. EQUALITY              6/12/2022
       Several “new” words have surfaced in the last couple of years like “woke” and “equity”. A good synonym for “woke” could be “hyper-sensitive”. But can someone please explain the word “equity” and its difference from “equality”?
       In a video presentation by Glenn Beck, he explains these terms as follows:
     “. . . Equality--the root word meaning equal [means] ‘all men are created equal’ and it focuses on the individual. Equity does not focus on the individual. Equity focuses on the collective; the group: ‘that everyone will finish the same’ . . .”
       Beck first draws attention to how we are always
comparing ourselves to others. He says that’s why some of us get so upset when viewing social media, like Facebook. We think others are better than ourselves--perhaps due to circumstance or lack of opportunity--and that makes us feel bad (because we want to be “included”). If we allow equity to rule, then we will have the same outcome as other successful folks. Beck said, “Comparing your position to anyone is
A) irrelevant, and B) a recipe for disaster . . . Equity . . . That’s not what America is based on.”
       Beck further states, “. . . They are taking this equitable idea and destroying . . . the individual. This cannot stand. And it comes from Marx, [who said] ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’. This is the problem.
       “They say that we are unequal with one another and, yeah, we are. We’re born equal, meaning we have the same rights but what we do with those rights and our learned responsibilities is up to us. If you decide to go through school and skate, well, that’s your choice.
       For example, if we are looking for the best doctor or wanting to engineer men into space, then
equity cannot rule. Glenn lays out the following dialogue to illustrate his point.
       “Oh, you didn’t get a good grade. Well, you didn’t study.”
       “Oh, I know, but I have problems at home.”
       “Okay, that’s cool. And you know we can talk about that . . . Your problem is, you don’t get [to have] that grade because that grade means something. It’s a way for us, as individuals, to sort people . . .”
       “Well, but I have special circumstances.”
       “That’s cool, but . . . for instance, a surgeon [may say],”
       “Yeah, I got all D’s in surgery, and I know you’re looking for a new surgeon, but I had a really tough time because I have a sleeping disorder.”
       “Okay, alright. Did you have that taken care of?”
       “Ah, well kind of.”
       “Okay, I need a surgeon that is the best. So that grade tells me you’re not the best and you’re not
filling me with a whole lot of belief that you’re correcting that problem and you are the best, so, sorry.
I don’t want the equal doctor; I want the best doctor.”
       Yes, everyone wants to be included in the group. Because of that, Beck reports that colleges and universities all over the nation are dropping their entrance requirements. The S.A.T. exams are being abolished because they are deemed as racists. And graduate schools are eliminating the G.R.E. exams. In Virginia, the Department of Education is getting rid of accelerated math courses for eleventh grade because they improve equity in mathematics and learning opportunities. Beck said, “I need the best mathematicians, not ones who had the standards lowered for them. We’re putting a man in space. I want to make sure the math is right . . . if it’s not right somebody dies . . .”

External physical characteristics that are genetically encoded are things over which
no individual has control. But rather than appreciating the gift of diversity,
some have chosen to use it to drive wedges between groups of people.
In Dr. Carson’s brand new book, Created Equal, he uses his own personal experiences
as a member of a racial minority, along with the writings and experiences
of others to analyze the current state of race relations in America
and suggests ways to enhance and bring great success to our nation
and all multiethnic societies by magnifying America's incredible strengths
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       At the University of Columbia, medical students began demanding that their professors stop
grading them. So an anti-grading petition was raised and anyone who didn’t sign it was accused of
“sitting in their own privilege at the expense of their black and brown peers.”
       Beck’s response was this: “Are you telling me that doctors/medical students who are black or brown can’t get a good grade? . . . So are they incapable of being good doctors, too? ‘Cause I think that’s really racist. Common sense, America; common sense. We have to begin to take a stand on some of these things, and a hard stand on them, or we’re going to lose everything.”
       Does the Bible say anything about equity? Well, if we think about salvation, according to the Gospel, we know that not everyone will be heaven bound when the end comes. The gift of salvation is offered to all, but only those who accept Christ will enter inter eternity with Him. There is no “group think” here. It is an individual matter.
       John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (KJV; Emphasis added).


Last Week...                             SERIOUS FAITH                       6/5/2022
                                                                                Tim Conway
       Tim Conway appeared in more than 100 TV shows and won six Primetime Emmy Awards but he is most remembered for his role as “straight man” in the Carol Burnett show. Conway had a unique talent for departing from scripts with hilarious ad libs and gestures, making the other actors break character with uncontrollable laughter.
       Conway grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University where he majored in television and radio. After he graduated, he served in the United States Army for a couple of years. Following that, he said he didn’t really want to get into show business. In an article by Mark Ellis at God Reports, Tim said, “I wanted to be a jockey,” he told Tony Rossi in 2013. “But at this weight, even the horses ask you to get off. Plus, I fell off a lot, and people
betting on you would like to see you on the horse when it comes across the finish line. I learned that rather rapidly.”
       He did enter the field of entertainment, however, and changed his first name to “Tim” instead of “Tom” remarking that he simply “dotted the O”. He didn’t want to be confused with the British actor,
“Tom Conway”.
       There was another path Tim walked; it was a spiritual one. It began when he was in high school. During a football game, he got slammed in the back, fell to the ground, and couldn’t move for several minutes. He said he was unable to talk or “feel anything below my neck let alone move,” according to his memoir, When his team mates saw his immobility, they carried him off the field. His temporary
condition lingered and he was shaken and scared to think the paralysis might be permanent.
       A few years later, he started experiencing back pain. Upon visiting his doctor, the doctor said, “You may not realize it, but you are one lucky man . . .Your vertebra probably was broken when you were hit, but when they picked you up and carried you to the locker room, your back got stretched out. I’d guess that the vertebra went back into place. The X-ray may not have shown anything at the time but, I assure you, you came very, very close to being permanently disabled. If they hadn’t moved you, it might have been a different story.”
       Conway wrote in his book, “Ever since that incident on the football field, which might have altered the course of my life, Jesus and I have stayed in constant touch.” He stayed faithful to Christ over the years and guarded his relationship with the Lord, even though he was a little wayward at times.
       In an interview with Chris Carpenter at CBN, Conway was asked about the role of his faith in his work. He said, “Well, I think it is part of what I do. Since I am not offending anybody, I have a very strong religious feeling about God who put all of this together. I don’t think this is all a big mistake and that somebody just threw it together. If I wouldn’t offend my religion or God, why would I want to offend an audience because in effect those people are being watched over by the same person. I think it has affected my life in that it has made me a better person. I don’t do evil things to people. I try to be as
helpful as I can. I try to do as much charitable work as I can. You try to lead a good life.”

There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain -
and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.
From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his performances on
national television and movies, Tim has been cracking people up for more than
seventy years. Tim also boasts an inspiring rags-to-riches story
and gives credit to God for his spiritual journey.

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      In about 1995, the Parent Televison Council was founded to protect children against profanity and violence in the media. Tim Conway became part of the Advisory Board. Tim said the Council wanted to “clean up the 7pm to 9pm time slot so kids aren’t faced with the brutality and the language and the
nudity and everything. We just want to clean up that time area . . . Kids nowadays can get virtually
anything on television or the Internet. You are never going to stop it. That is not the point. I just think a lot of the comedy has deteriorated because of the language. We are just trying to make it funny again.”
       It is refreshing to find Christians willing to take a stand out there in the world for the moral good of humanity. It’s not that we do good things to gain favor with God. It’s rather that we do good things
because we have received God’s favor--the gift of His Son--into our hearts. And because of our love for Him, we choose to give back to Him in meaningful ways. It’s all summed up in one basic idea Jesus taught: “Love God; love your neighbor”.


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