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Friday, July 07, 2006

Crazy is as crazy does!
Have you noticed there's a name for everything, when really crazy just encompasses it all. In this era of a lack of responsibility, there's really something to blame for everything. The private accused of rape and murder in Iraq is said to have "anti-social disorder". Now, I'm not going to convict the man outside of court, but if he did those things, I don't care what he's got!

Ken Lay died today. This is a man who was convicted of the largest fraud scandal in our country's history -- yet to the end, he played the Christian card as though he'd done nothing wrong, and didn't understand it. Here's what he said after his conviction:

But despite what happened today, I am still a very blessed man. I have on my left this beautiful lady that's my wife. I have a very warm and loving Christian family that supports me and a lot of friends including some out in there audience - right now.
And most of all we believe that God in fact is in control and indeed, he does work all things for good for those who love the Lord. And we love our Lord and ultimately all of these things will work for good. . . [Transcribed from
CNN video]

He died before he was sentenced. I don't know whether he was a Christian or not, only God knows that, but I do know that he was responsible for thousands losing their jobs and their retirement, and that he personally told people to invest their 401ks in the company -- the same week it shut down. I don't think anyone was going to cling to their Bibles because Ken Lay invoked the Name of Jesus. Ken Lay's witness sucked, because he took NO responsibility for his actions.

There's a disease for everything now. In grade school, I was always in trouble for talking. My teachers said they saw the back of my head more than my face. To think, I could have claimed ADD all that time and had an excuse for my lack of self control. Some lessons you just learn too late. : ) The world has become one big Lifetime movie -- everyone's a victim.

P.S. The GirlsWriteOut crew is off to Denver, we'll all be together today. WOOOHOOO!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 1:32 AM  
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At 3:00 AM, Anonymous tami said...

right on! nothing like dragging the name of Jesus into your unrepentent public life. UGH! it would be nice if people would be so unashamed about loving Jesus when they are on top. typing that is a actually a little convicting - hope my faith is showing in the right ways. :)

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Oh Tami, ain't it the truth? I'm sure my witness isn't exactly up to par, but it just really gets to me how personal responsibility has gone by the wayside. : )

At 11:43 AM, Blogger katmauch said...

It seems that almost everything is labeled a disease so it's "not your fault." "You can't help the way you are - it's a disease and here's a pill to deal with it." I can go on and on - cause that's my pet-peave. You just want to throw up your hands and ask - "what happened to us?"

Anyway - thanks for letting me vent!

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Erlyne said...

You are so right about the responsibility issue, Kristin! I see it every day (sometimes multiple times in a day), and I work really hard with my kindergartners to help them learn to accept responsibility. It is a CHALLENGE, to say the least, especially since they seem to be conditioned otherwise. Taking responsibility requires courage and a great deal more energy than passing the buck.

Have fun in Denver!

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree about the lack of personal responsibility in today's world. Nobody wants a finger pointed at them. I'm working with my 4 and 2 year old sons on the concept of honesty. They're getting it! They're starting to understand about telling the truth and fessing up. What's wrong with the rest of society?!


At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

This is such a good post. I find it infuriating that people can throw a term or even the name of Jesus around as an excuse for their lack of self-control, laziness and selfishness (or whatever sin). People really need to stand up and admit when they've screwed up and deal with the consequences of their actions. My husband and I are trying to model this to our children. Some days we would rather make an excuse, but we've both been thinking hard about hypocrisy.

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

Maybe I should add that we've so not arrived lol. We are just really seeing the need to live honest before our kids. It's not easy.
Oh and on a side note, don't you think that once you do know you are maybe wired differently (like with ADD, which I have), that you have even less of an excuse because once you know the problem, you can work with it? I don't know if that makes sense or not. :)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

As you said, Kristin, we must all take responsibility for our own actions.

This reminds me of what Newberry author Marion Dane Bauer said in her foreword of a new issue of Pollyanna: "I have come to be fascinated by Victorian values, values that held strong sway in 1913 (when Pollyanna was written), and in some peculiar ways, still do today. 'We are responsible for our own destinies,' those Victorians insisted.'"

I blogged about her comments of Pollyanna on my blog today.

Thanks, Kristin, for a thought-provoking post.

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Tasra Dawson said...

Straight to the point. It's good to hear and I fully agree. Never saw it more than when I taught junior high: parents blame the school, principal blames the teachers, teachers blame the kids, kids blame their parents...nothing ever changes. It's so refreshing when someone actually stands up, takes responsibility and makes some change. Hopefully I can teach my children to do the same!

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Tiff/Amber Miller said...

Preach it, Kristin! You said exactly how I feel. It's amazing how quick people are to assign a "disease" to everyone unwilling to take personal responsibility for their actions. And then there's a corresponding drug to go along with that disease to help you "control" that problem. And of course, the side effects of the drug will cause another disease which can be treated by another drug, etc., etc., etc.

Gone are the days when teaching people to own up to their actions and make changes/adjustments themselves is the norm. Now, it's abnormal for people to have morals and values. (sigh)

And we wonder why more and more Christians are pulling their children from the corrupt public schools. It's becoming the only way our children can be educated correctly.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Tiff/Amber Miller said...

Oh! You're all in Denver together. Awesome! Looking forward to the pictures when you get home.


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