REVIEWING MY 2014 PREDICTIONS

You can read the original post of my 2014 predictions by clicking here.  Let’s take a look at how I did.

Where I was Really Right!

I predicted the Seattle Seahawks would win the Super Bowl.  I could not have been more right about that, now could I?

I predicted Lady Gaga would disappear, and, indeed, that she has.  Consider this little gem, though, from South by Southwest here in Austin (click here–although, it is not for the weak of stomach).

49590I predicted that Pope Francis would work to build serious bridges with Protestants.  Yeah, nailed it!  For evidence of my rightness, check out the December cover of Christianity Today.

Congress did, as I predicted, pass a budget.  It is just about all they did this year.

Where I Was Somewhat Right

I predicted that ‘subterranean life’ would be discovered on Mars.  That didn’t happen, but just last week it was announced that they found methane and water.  Then, there is this from earlier this year that I have already blogged aboutThis image was taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's Navcam on April 3.

I was sorta right about the Tea Party too.  I predicted it would start a slow decline.  Well, it has.  Sure there are strongholds and they have clout, but the GOP wins in the midterms demonstrates the traditional branch is still in control.

Facebook is still with us, even though I predicted a sharp decline for it.  However, there is little doubt that Facebook has lost the ‘it’ factor.  It is no longer cool with the under 20 crowd.  I think Instagram and Vine have taken over that spot.

Where I Was Completely Wrong

William Snowden did not win the Noble Prize for Peace.  He has, however, passed into culture as something of a hero to many.

Egypt did not revert to a monarchy and Iraq did not detonate a nuclear bomb.  Either one of these things, though, could happen in 2015.  You know its true.

I give myself a C- on my prognostication.  We will see how I do in 2015.

2014 PREDICTIONS

As I gaze into the future, I see ten major developments in the year 2014.  I am not saying I want all of these things to happen (except number 2, and the first part of 6, that is), but I think they will, or at least half of them.  Okay, maybe one of these might actually happen.

Remember, this is for amusement and speculation only.  I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet.  These are just guesses, and they are listed in no particular order, so being #1 is not more significant than being #10.

10.  Congress will pass a budget and end sequestration and government shutdowns.

9.  Subterranean life will be discovered on Mars.

8.  The ‘Tea Party’ wing of American politics will begin a slow but certain decline in influence.

7.  William Snowden will win the Noble Peace Prize.

6.  Lady Gaga will disappear, never to be heard from again.  (Bonus prediction, Justin Bieber will sadly not stay retired.)

5.  Pope Francis will aggressively seek real unification with Protestants in order to halt the tide of growing global secularism.

4.  Egypt will revert to a monarchy.

3.  Iran will detonate a nuclear bomb.

2.  The Seattle Seahawks will win the Superbowl.  Finally.

1.  There will be a scandal involving Facebook, which will cause people to flee the social network giant.

Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers

2014 sparkling image from http://blog.search-mojo.com/2013/12/10/six-mobile-remarketing-ppc-resolutions-for-2014/

NEWS, AND GREENBEAN COMMENTARY

News items I heard about today while I worked out on the dreaded exercise machine we affectionately call the dreadmill, and what I think about it.  Not what I thought about the dreadmill, but what I thought about the news items.

1.  Apparently no one wants to bury the body of the dead terrorist who blew up the finish line in Boston.  His body is still in the keeping of the funeral home where it was taken.  Different people have volunteered plots, but civic leaders such as the Boston Mayor keep grandstanding and refusing to allow it to be buried “here.”  This is NIMBY to the Nth degree.  It is not disrespectful to victims to bury a criminal.  What is the alternative?  Should we not have buried John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald?  I don’t think so.   criminals should be buried as a testimony to what happens to those who attack the public good in such violent ways.

A MONSTERS GRAVE IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS
A MONSTERS GRAVE IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

2.  The new Pope, Pope Francis said the following:

“Men and women of the Church who are careerists, social climbers, who use the people, the Church, brothers and sisters – those they should serve – as a springboard for their own ambitions and personal interests do great damage to the Church,”

NO ROCK STARS ALLOWED
NO ROCK STARS ALLOWED

I am starting to really like the new guy.  He might as well have been talking to a room full of evangelical preachers and pastors.  When “fame” and “notoriety” and “how many Twitter followers” you have define success in ministry, something terrible has happened to our perspective and priorities.  It came together in a moment of clarity this morning for me.  I’ve been hearing over and over again the slogan from pastors and leaders that their goal in ministry was to ‘make Jesus famous” or something about spreading Jesus’ fame.  Only a culture seduced by celebrity would ever consider that as a viable ministry goal. Jesus doesn’t have a fame problem.  We have a follow problem.

3.  Disgraced politician Mark Sanford won his runoff election in South Carolina.  What?  How did that happen?  How does a confessed liar and cheat who destroyed his marriage end up winning an election anywhere?  Who would vote for someone like that?

I WOULDN'T TRUST HIM ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD
I WOULDN’T TRUST HIM ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD

Here is my problem with Sanford.  I believe he should be open to forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing just like anyone else.  Maybe someday, a decade or two, he might be able to lead again, but not right now.  Right now he is disqualified because a person who can’t lead his or her own family can’t lead anything else.  On the flip side, though, as a liar and cheat he will fit right in with Congress.