I know i am several hours too late, and i also know how much i REALLY like Facebook, but a good friend of mine brought this cause to my attention. It is called "Glabal Communications Shutdown for Autism". It is a call to ask people to not use Facebook or Twitter for a whole day on November 1st to raise awareness, and hopefully money for research etc., for Autism Worldwide. I can't believe i jumped and logged off of Facebook so fast... i can already feel the withdrawal symptoms... Let's face it, i could use a little time away from Facebook anyway. I added the HTML widget there to the left. No, a little higher, just above my profile stuff. If you click on the image it will take you to a Global fund raiser page. Do with that what you will good reader.
OK, now on to my regularly (un)scheduled programing. Yesterday was Reformation Day, although it is more commonly referred to as Halloween. Reformation Day is not an attempt to protest all things Halloween, it is a day remembered as the day Martin Luther began what is known as the Protestant/Reformation movement. I am not talking strictly about the denomination here. I have several friends who are Catholic, and i am not celebrating this day as an "anti-Catholic" remembrance. But for me, a Protestant (meaning i am a non-Catholic Christian), it is a day to celebrate. Protestants do not have "it all right" either, so.
Speaking of Halloween, an excellent article in regards to Christians and the "holiday" can be found on the Grace to You website. It is titled Christians and Halloween. It touches on the Pagan origins of the day, as well as how the church 'adopted' it to try and counter the influences. For me, the closing paragraph does an excellent job of summing up:
Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it's a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween?
Just because the Carolina Panthers are sucking dirt right now, and in serious contention for the #1 overall pick in April of 2011, does not mean i won't mention them in my blog any more. It may mean that i do not have a whole lot to say though. I do admire Steve Smith's stepping up and admitting he played poorly. I admire a stand up man, and Steve Smith is that and more. #89 and #4 are placed right up there with #51 (Sam Mills) in regards to the Hall of Honor for the Panthers, in my opinion. While the Panthers may occupy the cellar of the National Football League, they are my team and i will remain a faithful fanatical. Go Panthers!