Monthly Archives: November 2013

Past, “I hate writing.” Now, “I love writing!”

If someone would have asked me if I saw writing in my future when I was in high school, my immediate response would have been “no.” Recently, however, I’ve been more interested in writing than I’ve ever been before. During my senior year of high school, I took a creative writing class, and it was near the end of the class where I felt a desire to continue writing. My first assignment in that class was to write a story of my choice; topic, genre, person, tense, etc., that was all up to me. At first, I was going to write a rip off of the video game “Assassian’s Creed Brotherhood.” But one night as I drove home from worship practice, an idea suddenly came to my mind; an idea that was original. Even after I had turned the story in and received my grade for the paper, I still continued to write more to it. I would go to my writing professor and friends in college for their critique on my story and how to make it better. I’ve gotten a lot of help, and even changed some scenes. I might even change the plot. It is now a goal to finish the story and publish it as a book.

If I were to see myself now from only a few years ago, I would have said something like “that’s not me” or “how’d I get hooked on crack?” Ok, the last one is an exaggeration, but you get the point. I have had millions of story ideas come and go in my mind, but I’ve written some down in a book in case I’m interested in writing more. I love drawing characters that I would see in my stories, and I kind of see writing as a style of art; words can create images in peoples minds more beautiful than images drawn by hand. Had it not been for the creative writing class, I would never had written my beloved story Demon Hunters.

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Who gets the glory: God or Tim Tebow?

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Dear Dave Decker,

I believe that you’re missing an important role Tim Tebow played in football: he gave glory to God. I get where you’re coming from when, in a child’s perspective, you say “why did God let the bad team win?” I would have thought the same if I were a child, watching my favorite football team (U of O) lose to the “bad team” *cough* OSU *cough* with the help of the “good guy.” I’m pretty sure that there were Christians who were not sided with the Bronco’s, but still recognized Tebow as a devout Christian. I’m an athlete, and I know that sports are just games, no matter the league. There’s more to life than that, and that’s what Tebow shows when he’s on the field.

Written in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 is “[r]ejoice always; pray without seizing, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for in Jesus Christ.” Tim Tebow gave thanks after every game; wither a win or a lost. You said that the gesture Tebow gave was unnecessary because he was getting all the praise, not God. When Tebow wrote John 3:16 on his face, over six million people googled that verse. Six million people who never heard of Jesus learned of his astounding love for them because one man, a talented athlete who could have given himself glory, chose to give his God the glory. My dad was a high school football coach, and during one of the many football conferences he attended during a year, Tim Tebow spoke at one of them, and my dad couldn’t exaggerate enough about how much Tebow talked about God and not his own accomplishments.

Dave, the only thing you saw or heard about Tebow was either in front of a camera, in the newspaper, or on every other kind of public news feed; what you didn’t see was off camera. I’m not saying he’s the perfect Christian or anything like that, but as an athlete I saw him glorify God not his own hard work and dedication to the sport, and heard from my trustworthy father about Tebow’s undying love and faith for God. ESPN isn’t going to talk about God because they’re going to get a whole lot of criticism from people who listen to their station, or it’s possible that their bosses told them not to talk about God. I think you’re wrong about Tim Tebow and his gesture of tebowing: God was glorified by him and his faith most likely gave me many more brothers and sisters in Christ. 

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“Shameful Lusts”

Tandy made a statement in his article that would make some Christians think twice about homosexuality: is the Bible really clear that homosexuality is a sin? My immediate response was “yes”. I’m not trying to impress anyone, or make it sound like “I’m so smart, I didn’t need to think twice”, but when I read that question the first thought that came to my mind was Romans 1.

In Romans 1, Paul writes in verses 24 through 32 that “God handed them over to their shameful lusts.” These “shameful lusts” include men having sex with other men and women having sex with other women. Paul addresses, in this specific chapter, that sexual relations with the same sex is a sin and not  apart of God’s will for humanity. I think some Christians want to be society pleasers. Gay marriage was not necessarily a large issue until a few years ago. It think some Christians changed their thoughts on gay marriage when people say things like “why can’t we marry who we love?”, “doesn’t God tell us to love?”, or “doesn’t God love gays?” At the end of Romans 1, Paul acknowledges those who commit sin “also approve of those who practice them”. In other words, people who practice any kind of action support and agree with anyone else who does the same as them.

When I was young, I remember reading a Calvin and Hobbs comic: when Calvin’s dad got home from work, Calvin was holding a sign that read “love the sinner, hate the sin.” That’s how God’s love works; love us, but hates our “shameful lusts”. So, when Tandy asks if the Bible’s “really, really” clear about gay marriage, I say “yes. Yes it is.”

 

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Guilty as Plagiarized

Sari Horwitz, a well known and gifted journalist for the Washington Post, copied and pasted notes from the Arizona Republic into her own articles regarding the Arizona shooting rampage in 2011. Sari did apologize for her actions, but claims she did so because of a deadline approaching. From the little knowledge I gained from high school about writers, I know that writers constantly have to deal with deadlines (but, broadly, everyone deals with deadlines), so why go to “extreme” measures to take someone else’s notes as her own? The article described her copying some notes from the Republic and mixing them in with her own. She was suspended for three months for her actions.

She was definitely guilty of plagiarism and, base on her record, a suspension, rather than being fired, sounds like an appropriate punishment for her actions. According to the article I read, written by David Callahan, Sari had never committed plagiarism before in her professional work. Rather, she won the Pulitzer Prize twice during her professional career. But this still doesn’t make sense why such a great writer would take someone else’s work as her own. Because I am an athlete, I think of this in terms of a good athlete; they might be great, but with so much pressure, they might want to be better so they take steroids. I’m not saying I ever took steroids, but this a situation where I can see the importance of the action.

Although I don’t like what she did (or anyone else for that matter), hopefully, she won’t try it again. But you never know.

 

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November 5, 2013 · 1:16 am