Michael Hidalgo

A VIEW FROM A POINT

WHY WE TELL STORIES ABOUT OTHERS 9.17.2015

Stories are powerful, aren’t they? Perhaps this is why, off all things, we tell stories about those who are not like us. We rationalize our poor behavior toward them and to further the distance between ourselves and “the other” by telling stories. This is nothing new; it’s been happening for 1,000’s of years. Leviticus 13 commands the people of Israel on what they are to do if you have an “infectious skin disease” (what many moderns refer to as leprosy). The commands conclude with, “… they must live outside the camp.” While this may sound extreme, this was a way…

HOW COMPARISON KILLS SUCCESS 9.15.2015

Many of us possess an ambition to be successful; the only thing greater than our ambition is our fear of failure. Too often our unrelenting ambition and our immeasurable fear are connected to comparison which is an enemy to true success. I’d love to tell you I am unmoved by the emphasis on success in our world, but I would only be lying. Too often I seduced into looking over my shoulder to see who is behind me and how fast they are gaining, while, at the same time, looking ahead to see who I will pass next. It’s running on a mental…

WHAT’S BETTER THAN HAVING TO SAY SOMETHING 9.8.2015

We are a society that bathes in the waters of controversy. Like young birds waiting to fed by their mother, we too wait, mouth agape, for the next controversial story to come through the news cycle. Anytime we are fed, opinions abound. From Facebook posts and their attending comments, to Tweets, to blogs – we live in a world where anyone has a chance to say something. What we forget is just because we can say something does not mean something needs to be said. With the massive amount of commentary available online, surprisingly little offers deep insight, true wisdom,…

KIM DAVIS AND GOD’S AUTHORITY 9.1.2015

Until recently few people knew of Rowan County, Kentucky. Fewer still knew anything about County Clerk Kim Davis. However, since the Supreme Court Decision ruling for same-sex marriage Davis has been thrust into the spotlight for refusing to issue marriage licenses to citizens (See story here). Today, a video was released of a contentious situation in the clerk’s office where Davis once again refused to issue marriage licenses. She cited “God’s authority” for her refusal to do so. Davis’ supporters believe they “have to stand before God, which has higher authority than the Supreme Court.” And this is precisely where the…

WHAT IS BETTER THAN DEFENDING CHRISTIAN FREEDOM? 8.26.2015

Persecution. It’s a word many Christians in the United States use to describe what’s happening to them. Just today I received an email claiming there is a “powerful assault” against Christianity in our modern world. Those who believe we are under attack identify anyone or anything that does not stand in alignment with traditional, conservative, Christian values as an adversary. The list of enemies includes, but is not limited to: public schools, the media, the LGBT Community, our government, the Supreme Court and the list goes on. When people believe this, violence is never far behind. When a dominant institution,…
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