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Before I started attending, sometime in the mid-1980s. One of the pastors had started a ministry mentoring interracial couples and even after she moved her legacy continued. I joined in 1995 and was there until 2006 when I moved to ATL. I think churches adopt culture, both of the leadership and the community, and that affects them for a long time. I have attended many predominately African American churches and while I often enjoyed attending because I was culturally used to worshiping in a White church it was always an inter-cultural worship for me. I am not saying that is bad, and I think there are a lot good reasons to intentionally worship inter-culturally. But many people look for what a church can do for them, not what they can do to serve the church.
Get netflix app if you have netflix. Only game I play is Words with Friends. I like Reeder as my RSS and other official twitter app as my twitter client. I use the free version of tripip to track my flights and rental cars. Dropbox is my prefered way of accessing files. Goodreader is a very good file reader (basic file management as well) I use Maxivista (if you have windows) to extend my computer screen onto the ipad. Great when I travel and am working. I also am a big audiobook fan. Audible has a decent iphone app that works on ipad and if your local library supports it, overdrive allows you to checkout ebooks (epub) and audiobooks. I have not used the ebooks because I prefer reading on my kindle. But I use the audiobooks.
I am not concerned about radiation danger (although the refusal of the TSA to allow independent research on the machines to confirm radiation levels is concerning by itself). I do think that there is a level of decency and wisdom that is lost when we are patting down 3 year olds and 97 year olds in wheel chairs. There is an report of US soldiers on a chartered flight being asked to give up their nail clippers (which regular travelers can now carry) in spite of the fact that they were all flying a chartered flight with only US soldier returning from Afghanistan, and all of the soldiers where carrying their weapons (weapons ranged from pistols to standard issue machine guns to to full heavy machine guns meant to use used on a stand or mount.) There was no danger there of terrorism. It was about the power and authority.
I think that people that have faced sexual assault are very concerned about how they will psychologically deal with the TSA. I also think that people with cancer are told to avoid all amount of radiation (so must receive the pat down line.) A flight attendance that is a breast cancer survivor was forced to remove and show her breast prosthesis to the TSA the last time she flew. This was in violation of TSA rules, but it still occurred. She has filed formal complaint and asked her union to file a complaint.
My issues are basically three. 1) The TSA has a history of bad behavior and over reacting to situations that are not threatening. (A classic law enforcement psychological issue.) 2) The current rules do not deal with current potential, but seriously impact a large number of people. 3) We still are focusing on solving a people problem with technology instead of dealing with people problems through people means. We will never be able to protect against everything, so the very attempt will end at some point in backlash. So refocusing to a reasonable balance, based on actual threat will occur. The question is when.
But on the whole, I think that Christians need to get over the "safe for the whole family' mentality that keeps us away from those that have not heard the gospel.
I think there is something different between actively boycotting and just not buying something that you would not have bought anyway. It is not boycotting for me to not buy a pregnancy test. I don't need a pregnancy test, I would not buy a pregnancy test regularly. That is not a value judgement, it is basic economics. For most Christians porn is the same thing. They would not purchase it regularly so it is not a boycott to not purchase it, it is a purchasing decision based on their values.
While I disagree with the SBC boycott of Disney, that was a boycott because presumably there was a loss of sales from people that would have purchased something. In many ways this is like discussing fasting. I hear all kinds of people that want to 'fast' from things that are not essential to their daily life. They will fast from a dessert that they don't normally eat or from an activity they only occasionally do. This seems to me like the point of the story of David insisting on purchasing the field where he built an altar. The owner offered it to him for free, but David said (my paraphrase) "What good is it to give a gift to God that I didn't pay for. I am going to pay full price so I will feel the weight of the gift".