Hey there! It's time for the final act of "The Great Question Adventure". I've had alot of fun [and some groaning] as I've been answering all of your queries, and I'd like to thank each and every asker for asking! Alright, here's the moment I know you all have been waiting for! :)
Q: Are you bringing your guitar to the barn dance?
A: I did, but I never pulled it out.
Q: Should I [Matthew] bring a drum?
A: You did, but sadly, we didn't use it either.
Q: You like that little rhyme?
A: It was fine, but if that's all I get for my graduation you won't be! ;)
Q: When you are listening to music, do you find yourself singing and dancing along to it?
A: Ooo. Man. Ya' had to go and ask that didn't you. Honestly, I always find myself singing and dancing along to it. Just ask my sisters, they'll tell you. But hey, I almost figured out how to do that boot dance thing from "Bella" :)
Q: What is your view on our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Should we be there fighting terrorism or pull out?
A: Okay, this is a complicated issue that goes back all the way to Jacob and Esau. Seeing as I don't have time to address all of ancient history, I will talk about this issue in relation to terrorism. We need to be concerned about our nation's security and take steps to protect our country from terrorism on the inside as well as from the outside. Radical Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan do pose a serious threat to our safety as well as the safety of other nations. In that respect, I believe that we should deal with that issue [including war when necessary]. The government systems over there are historically weak and vulnerable to mob rule; thus, I can see that it might prove necessary to move our forces in to provide direction, discipline, man-power, etc. While we should stay away from "taking over their government", we do have proven and helpful advice on how to have a successful nation. I think, though, that our primary concern over there should be about the threat of terrorism as it gets outside of "in-country" terms. [Not to say at all though, that we shouldn't have a great concern that causes us to take action for the liberties and safety of all individuals. God has designed and made each of his human beings with "certain inalienable rights". All I mean is that having a great amount of our national defence energy constantly involved with sorting out "little" issues that could be solved by a nation's own government wouldn't be the wisest choice]. Back to the point however. I think that what we're in right now [starting all the way back at Desert Storm and 911] does warrant military action on our part. I'm not going to nit-pick each and every little decision throughout the whole process, or lay out exactly what I think the master strategy should be [because I haven't thought it through that much]. I do, however, believe that we have at least some responsibility to "finish what we started". If we made the move to become pretty involved over there, it is not a very honorable thing as a nation to "get sick of it and leave". We should be cautious as to how "linked up" we get with any government, but we need to protect ourselves and not be wishy-washy about finishing what we know to be right and just. I don't have all of my thoughts completely shined up, but I think this is a rough idea.
Q: Have you ever picked 200 grubs out of puddles?
A: No. I have picked grubs out of other things though.
Q: When are ya gonna answer thees here questions?
A: Right about now.
Q: Have you read any good books lately?
A: Definitely. I love to read, and do a good bit of it. In the non-fiction category, I've loved reading a book by John Eldridge called, "Epic". In the fiction category, I really liked "The Scarlet Pimpernel". I'd never read it before, but did so on recommendation by my sister and her friends.
Q: Whats your favorite type of clothes to wear(casual, formal, etc.)?
A: It depends of course on the occasion; but I love to be "all dressed up". Almost as much as I love "a pair of jeans that fit just right".
Q: How far away from home have you been in your life?
A: Probably either California or Oregon. [I think Oregon as it's up higher than California.]
Q: How many fingers am I holding up?
A: No more than 10. :)
Q: What was the prettiest sight you ever saw?
A: In the outdoors at least, it would probably be Bash-bish falls or the surrounding area in the Berkshires.
Q: If you were the president, what would be the first thing you would change about the USA?
A: I think that I'd encourage people to be alot bolder about using and developing a Biblical world-view to filter decisions that they might make [in personal life, as well as public and civic arenas].
Q: Are you scared of the dark?
A: Not the dark itself. But I have been scared of things in the dark [or that could be in the dark:)
Q: Are you gonna cry at your graduation?
A: We'll see.
Thanks for all of your reading and asking. I will look forward to more posting! Before I sign off, this is the official thank-you to Miss Leanna and Miss Elizabeth for becoming followers of this blog! :)