This weekend we were talking with some friends about how strange it's been to move back to our hometown. We left after highschool and had been away for 10 years, so when we moved back it was like starting over. It also opened my eyes to the problems we have, now having a different perspective having lived in several other places. Louisiana is a great state that I'm proud to be from, but I hail from Shreveport, so I'm not a south Louisianian which is an important distinction as you well know if you're from the pelican state. As a state, we certainly have a distinct and lively cultural heritage, but we are also second in the nation for public official convictions per capita. Hurricane Katrina notwithstanding, we have big educational problems, crime problems, and governmental spending problems- a few of the issues that top the list.
Moving back to Shreveport, aka "the Ratchet City," opened my eyes again to the culture of the racial divide, the plague of crime, and the glorification of the hip hop culture that goes on here. "A bay bay" is VERY entertaining, but it is also an incomprehensible song which presents an interesting commentary on the values of people in my town. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's just a song.
Maybe Bobby Jindal can help fix the problem. We've got a gubernatorial election coming up next year and I was really interested to read this article in the Wall Street Journal about his life and vision for the state- not to mention how he got the name "Bobby".
Maybe Jindal can't fix our problems, but I know that Jesus can. So that's why I'll continue to pray for our city, for our state, for our elected officials and most of all for revival to sweep across this state and turn the Mardi Gras mo-jo into a spirit of holiness unto the Lord. Louisiana sure does need some Jesus.