Friday, May 30, 2008

When Will We Finally Have Enough?

Today, a host of stories that ought to make your blood boil. But boiling blood isn't enough. When will we as a society finally have enough of this nonsense and do something about it?

1. Texas middle school and secret Muslim CAIR presentation. This is outrageous!

Editor's note - The original link I provided doesn't seem to like Blogger's way of hyperlinks. Here is the link, which you can cut and paste into your browser. The other links below seem to work fine.

2. Utah Public School Teaches Masturbation. This is abominable!

3. Obama Mocks "Traditional Intepretations of Scripture" on homosexuality. This is predictable, but probably won't get much attention. It should. The overall apostasy of the United Church of Christ aside, I have serious doubts as to whether this man is a genuine Christian.

Now, some sensible people.

In this link, columnist Ilana Mercer nailed liberals to the core. I really liked this description:

The aforementioned mutant leftists consider America a propositional nation, a notion and an idea; not a community of flesh-and-blood people sharing a mother tongue, traditions, history and heroes. To such pseudo-sophisticates, the idea that some are part of your national family, and others not, signals a lack of worldliness. The nation's social scientists, statists all, would go even further and diagnose proponents of the nation as diseased.

And finally, a good discussion of labels. What is conservative, and what is liberal?

That will do for today. Hopefully I'll have some time later for my own commentary.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Kudos To An Anglican!

I've been so busy this past week or two. Due to changing job responsibilities and busyness at home, I really haven't had time to write substantial posts of late. Today, though, I want to issue some kudos where kudos is due.

I've been pretty critical of the Anglican Communion in recent years. Or more precisely, liberal prelates and priests within the Anglican Communion, especially those in the U.S. branch, the Episcopal Church.

This article in the London Daily Mail features the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester. In true, spot on fashion, he nails what's wrong with British society today. And in my view, not just British society. Much of Western Europe has the same virus, and the pandemic is hitting hard here in America as well.

No doubt, we'll hear plenty of outraged frothing over Rev. Nazir-Ali's statements. Let's hope he stands his ground.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tornado Alley

Wow. What can I say but "wow!"

The tornadoes that have hit the central U.S. have been truly devastating. I've always been fascinated by tornadoes. It's amazing that something so eerily beautiful could also be so deadly, but deadly they are. If anything, it ought to remind all of us of what James, the brother of the Lord, said . . . Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14). How many will be drawn closer to the Lord through this tragedy? How many will blame God and turn away from Him? Again, as the prophet Jeremiah said . . . Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins (Lamentations 3:39)?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the devastated families.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

To our troops -- wherever you are around the world --

Thank you for your selfless service. My prayer is that the Lord will bless you, protect you, and bring you home safely. Despite those who seem to have forgotten the meaning of patriotism, you are remembered by the majority of us with grateful hearts.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Endorsement Schmorsement!

Before I make my comments this morning, let's take a brief detour to ancient Israel and visit with Nathan the prophet as he confronts King David . . .

Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. ‘I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! ‘Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. ‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ “Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. ‘Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.’” Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. “However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.” (2 Samuel 12:7-14)

After church today, I got online and saw the news about Rod Parsley withdrawing his endorsement of John McCain after McCain repudiated Parsley's remarks about Islam (which I thought were spot on for the most part). Earlier, John Hagee withdrew his endorsement of McCain after the contretemps over Hagee's criticisms of Roman Catholicism (which, again, I thought were spot on for the most part).

This underscores one problem Christian leaders have when we allow politics to take too much of a front seat in our lives. I have always believed that Christians need to engage in politics. We have as much a right to a place at the table as other groups. We are, after all, citizens of the United States.

However, we must never, NEVER give up our prophetic call. Christianity transcends politics, and one of the most important roles of a pastor/prophet is to confront sin, even when said sin has been committed by rulers and authorities. When we endorse candidates for office, we set ourselves up for precisely this type of incident, and the church ends up taking the black eye. Remember what the Apostle Paul said . . .

Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin (1 Timothy 5:22).

Of course, in context that passage is dealing with church matters, but I think it's an excellent principle for relations between politics and the church. We ought not to "lay hands" on any candidate too hastily. When that officeholder shows that they have clay feet and end up taking unbiblical positions, our own credibility suffers. Henceforth, let's talk about biblical positions on issues. Let's urge people to vote through the lens of a Christian worldview. But let's not endorse candidates.

In the past, I have publicly endorsed candidates. I will no longer do that. I might mention likes and dislikes. I might even say who I am voting for personally. But it will never again be without caveat, and it will never again be an official endorsement.

One other thing. If pastors (or other Christian figures for that matter) speak the truth on something, that is nothing for which to apologize. I wish today's pastors would once again have the guts of Nathan the prophet, instead of rushing to issue mea culpas just because the New York Times frowns at their words.

Friday, May 23, 2008

With Apologies . . . Not!

A couple of brief comments on the latest pastor-related contretemps in the 2008 presidential election.

It’s interesting that John McCain sought endorsements from reasonably high-profile evangelical leaders when conservatives were seriously questioning whether or not to support him for president. McCain can’t seem to get far enough away from Rod Parsley and John Hagee these days. Hagee is in trouble for preaching against Roman Catholic doctrine, while Parsley is under fire for remarks critical of Islam. Hagee even recently apologized to Catholics for his reported remarks.

Now, I haven’t reviewed in detail each specific statement by these men. I don’t agree with Parsley for his alleged statement that “America was founded to destroy Islam.” However, as a Christian, I do agree with him that Islam is a false religion, and that believing its teachings will result in eternal separation from God. There are other criticisms of Islam that I have made, and will continue to make. And I make no apologies for them either.

As for Hagee and Roman Catholicism, I don’t know why Hagee felt it necessary to apologize. Rome preaches a false Gospel of faith plus works, in addition to numerous other false doctrines. Perhaps Hagee went overboard with his rhetoric, perhaps not. I’d have to see the specific statements. But I make no apologies for my disagreement with the Roman Magisterium on doctrine. None. Period.

Since everyone is so interested in apologies, perhaps Rome will repeal the Council of Trent with it’s multiplicity of anathemas (curses) against Protestants and their doctrines. Perhaps Muslim leaders will apologize for not only the murderous acts being done in the name of Islam around the world, but also for saying that God has no Son. I find that offensive. Will they apologize? I doubt it.

I feel badly that Republicans (not to mention a growing number of evangelicals) are growing so lily-livered.

And while I'm at it, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal's Online Journal posted this very interesting observation on Sen. Ted Kennedy and his possibly soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat in Massachussetts . . .

One-Party State

On Wednesday we wrote that if the ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy resigns or dies before his term ends, his seat will be filled by a special election, not a gubernatorial appointment. That is true under current law, but the Eagle-Times of North Andover, Mass., reports that one leader of the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is making noises about changing the law:

"The leader of the Massachusetts House says he will support giving Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim successor to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy if that becomes necessary. The Democratic-controlled Legislature stripped Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of that authority in 2004 because of fears he would name a Republican to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry if he had been elected president. . . .

But House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi said yesterday if Kennedy should step aside or have to be replaced because of his brain tumor diagnosis, he'd be in favor of a gubernatorial appointment. "That was a good political reason (then)," DiMasi said of taking the power away from Romney. "It's a good political reason to change it back."

Well, one cheer to DiMasi for acknowledging his partisan motivation rather than pretending to be standing for some high-minded procedural principle. If the Legislature goes ahead and changes the law, though, it's conceivable it could backfire--if, that is, Massachusettsans are sufficiently put off by the opportunism to take it out on Patrick's appointee when he does face the voters.

In relation to this issue, I think it notable that Sen. Kennedy has already expressed the wish that his wife take his place in the Senate if it becomes necessary.

While I wish Sen. Kennedy well in terms of his health, I am very bugged by the notion of dynasties in the United States, whether said dynasty is Kennedy, Bush or Clinton. No one has the inherent "right" to the presidency or any other political office in this country. Perhaps Massachusetts would be served well by having someone other than a Kennedy in that position.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Time For a Little Partisanship

I make little secret that I am a conservative in both theology and politics. These days, politicians in both parties can raise my blood pressure, but my general philosophy is fairly constant.

As we go into the fall election, you'll no doubt hear about how much the country has suffered under a Republican president (and earlier GOP-controlled Congress). Let me share with you a comparison recently sent to me via email from a pastor friend . . .

Remember the 2006 election? A little more than a year ago:

1. Consumer confidence stood at a 2-1/2 year high.

2. Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon.

3. The unemployment rate was at 4.5%

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006:

1. Consumer confidence has plummeted.

2. The cost of regular gasoline has soared to more than $3.50 a gallon.

3. Unemployment has gone up to 5%

4. American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate.

5. Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars.

6. 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

Remember, it's Congress that makes the law, not the president. He has to work with what's handed to him.

Now, my comment. I think the Republicans share some blame here. The GOP-controlled Congress abandoned conservative principles and spent like drunken sailors. They tried to out-Democrat the Democrats. But did we expect that electing a liberal Democratic Congress would fix things? The only good thing about it is that, hopefully, the GOP got the message. But I'll believe that when I see it. Until RINOs are soundly defeated in large enough numbers, and enough true conservatives can get elected to the Senate in sufficient enough numbers to break a Democratic filibuster, nothing will change for the better. Change? Barack Obama uses that term a lot, doesn't he?

So Barack Obama wants change. He just won't tell us specifics. I guess I don't need any. I know liberal philosophy well enough. We'll just get the Pelosi philosophy on steroids. If you think the above stats are bad enough, just wait.

As Bachman-Turner Overdrive once sang, "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!"

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Another Polar Bear

Yeah, I know. There goes Joel and his bears again. Don't worry, I'll be back to the serious again tomorrow or the next day, but I couldn't resist. Besides, it's my blog.

Anyway, isn't this a great polar bear photo? According to AP (who credits the photo to Mary Sage), the bear is watching a whaling crew, but he looks like he could be sitting in front of a chessboard waiting for you to castle or sacrifice a pawn. Or even offer you a cup of tea.

Gotta love it.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

It's Only the Beginning . . .

The sun is going down on this Sunday night, and -- Lord willing -- a new day begins tomorrow. Before I hit the hay, I wanted to share a bit of what's been on my mind lately, no doubt spurred on by all the global disasters of late. First, a couple of Scripture passages, first from the Gospel of Luke, which records the Lord's words. . .

There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:25-28).

Next, the Revelation of the Apostle John, and the famous passage on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse . . .

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come." I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand (Revelation 6:1-17).

Interesting, isn't it?

Now, I certainly make no secret of my own eschatological convictions. I believe in the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, which is required for basic orthodoxy. Furthermore, I am premillennial and dispensational, although I haven't come to a firm view on the timing of the Rapture of the church. It isn't my purpose with this post to argue eschatology. The main thing is that Jesus told us He was coming back, He told us to watch, and He gave us signs for which to watch.

There have always been disasters throughout human history, but this rash of late and the huge death tolls are astounding. It does make you wonder whether or not the birthpangs are beginning.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Varying Degrees of Silliness

Actor Sean Penn is pretty well known for being outspoken and far left. This past week, the London Telegraph printed an interview with Penn where he said "it is impossible to separate film from politics."

Oh, really? During Hollywood's Golden Age, they managed to make non-political films by some miraculous process. I don't mean to suggest that there weren't any political message films from 1930-1955 -- far from it. But there were also plenty of films that weren't overtly political. The intent was to tell a good story to help people forget their troubles for a while. Impossible? I think Mr. Penn needs to rethink that one.

Personally, I am getting a bit tired of entertainers with Messianic complexes. Mr. Penn might not have one per se, but the virus is out there. In this day and age, whenever entertainers use their craft to make political statements, all they do is alienate half of their audience no matter what side of the fence they are on. If I go to a concert or a film, I go to let down my hair (all three of them) and relax, not to be subjected to propaganda.

Oh, I know. It's supposed to be "socially conscious," which is code for politically correct and sufficiently left-wing. I'd like to see more entertainers buck the trend and George Soros, and stand up for traditional values for a change.

Now let's pick on Republicans a bit.

This article from Breitbart says that Republicans are looking to John McCain as their "savior." Aside from that blasphemous line, the GOP is in really deep trouble if that is genuinely the case.

Republicans got in trouble precisely because they stopped acting like Republicans. In recent years, all they have done is to see how fast they can out-Democrat the Democrats. The Republicans have a conservative base, but as soon as the Establishment gets the conservative vote through blackmail (just think if Hillary gets in office), they basically give conservatives the middle finger. They do it every time, and the conservative base never seems to learn the lesson.

I am tired of being used, and I am tired of Republicans in name only, or RINOs. I am tired of Republicans who love to boast of their conservative "80 percent ACU" voting records. They vote conservative until it comes to something that really matters, and then they're ready to clink glasses with Ted Kennedy and Barney Frank. I don't want them in office. I want them gone. Now. Go join the Democrats and leave us alone.

Okay, that's my political post for now. Hopefully with the next few, I can dig into something edifying from Scripture. I might have to shut off the television to do it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Methinks Obama and the Dems Protesteth Too Much

In this speech to the Israeli Knesset, President Bush makes a valid point without naming names, and the Democrats are coming unglued. Obama started fuming first, with Hillary, Nanci Pelosi, Joe Biden and others piling on.

Um, where was this outrage when Jimmy Carter met with dictators and generally trashed his country while overseas on numerous occasions? Where was the outrage when Obama actually said that he'd talk to Iran? Aside from these fairly recent matters, the record of liberal appeasement through the years speaks for itself. Gone are Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt and Scoop Jackson. Jimmy Carter sat on his hands for 444 days while Iran held our hostages. As Monty Python used to nudge and wink, "Say no more!"

Excuse me while I laugh. Given the overwrought outrage of the Dems, Bush must have hit a nerve.

Methinks they protesteth too much.

My Summation of Global Warming

As Christians, of course we ought to be good stewards of God's creation. But we don't worship Earth Mother Gaia. We are also supposed to be sensible and - I hope - wary of the latest crises du jour, which are usually smokescreens for global/governmental/socialistic power-grabbing schemes or clever ways for a few people to haul in a lot of money. I would hope Republicans would know better to fall for leftist, socialist hoaxes, but true Republicans are scarce these days.

Now that John McCain is the latest Republican to fall for the global warming nonsense, I thought it would be beneficial to look at this from a more divine perspective.

First, here's what God Himself says to those politicians and "scientists" pushing the panic button that human action will destroy the planet, and that global government action is needed to stop it:

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8:22).

And here's what God's Word says about true global warming, which He Himself will bring to pass and no one can do anything about it:

But by His Word, the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men . . . But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and all its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness? (2 Peter 3:7,10 and 11).

Now THAT'S global warming. And none of Al Gore's phony carbon credits will help in the least.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Peace for Israel? Yeah, Right!

This photo is a vivid illustration of why peace in the Middle East is so elusive. As long as Palestinian/Arab children are raised from their cradles to hate and lust for the destruction of Israel, there will never be peace.

Actually, there will be peace one day. But it will be an enforced peace by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Those who long so much for Israel's annihilation might do well to remember that.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Caption, Caption, Anybody Got a Caption

This striking photograph is of the long-dormant volcano now erupting in South America. I can think of several possible captions for it, mostly dealing either with the wrath of God or God's artistry. How about you? Any suggestions?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Myanmar's Government - True Evil

When you have a moment, have a look at this news article. It contains the latest account of the horrible tragedy in Burma (Myanmar), and the wicked response from the military junta that governs the nation.

Yes, thousands upon thousands can die horribly after a catastrophic cyclone, but let the people get help? Never. And what help that does come in is confiscated by the military, with the best taken for the soldiers. The rest of the aid that gets through has stickers attached saying it comes from the military junta, who had nothing to do with it.

You would think the people would rise up en masse and overthrow these despots. But they apparently don't have it in them to do it. Why? There are many reasons that could be given, I suppose. But until they do, they'll continue to live in squalor.

In my view, the junta and other leaders in the Burmese military are guilty of genocide against their own people. Maybe that's part of their design. Kill a bunch of them off and the rest will be easier to manage. The junta deserves a Nuremburg trial, with their final destination at the gallows.

Thinking like the globalists for a moment, if there ever was a case for international intervention to remove a corrupt regime, this is it. But it's very likely that nothing will happen, and we'll have 100 thousand deaths at a bare minimum. Why? The people of Burma don't matter as much to the powers that be. They don't have any oil.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Violating the Presidential Oath

Hillary Clinton, as well as John McCain, said something in their appearances on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" that I find astounding. I find it even more astounding that no one has picked up on this in the media.

When asked by Bill O. if they'd crack down on the so-called Sanctuary Cities who provide aid and comfort to illegal aliens, they both flatly said no. I would assume Barack Obama has said the same thing, but without researching, I don't know. The main thing is, no candidate is serious about stopping illegal aliens from violating our borders and our immigration laws.

In case you don't remember it, here is the presidential Oath of Office in the United States of America:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Part of faithfully executing the office of president is to enforce our laws. Here is Article II, Section III of the Constitution on the duties of the president:

. . . he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed . . .

How can we, the people, elect someone to the highest office in the land if all the candidates have openly vowed that they intend to violate their oaths of office?

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Happy 60th to Israel!

The fact that today is the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding has been mentioned a few times on the news channels. With the exception of Christian stations, I doubt that much of the coverage will focus on the miracle of Israel's survival for six decades, surrounded by a host of enemies that want her driven into the sea and all Jews dead.

Each time I hear a report of another rocket being fired from Gaza into Israeli cities, my blood boils. Every time Hezbollah carries out similar mischief from its haven in Lebanon, my blood boils. And every time I hear Europe -- not to mention our own government -- chide Israel for even tepid responses and urge them to "show restraint," my blood goes beyond boiling and almost into a fusion chain reaction.

In my more fleshly moments, I have almost wished that some rogue Canadians would fire a few mortars into Detroit or some other border city. Maybe some rogue Mexicans could fire a few mortars or rockets into El Paso or San Diego. But why stop at a few? What if there were repeated rocket attacks into American border cities? Then Israeli leaders could hold a news conference and urge the U.S. government to "show restraint." Wouldn't that be poetic justice? That is, assuming our government is smart enough to get the point.

You know what's really sad? The Islamic radical nut cases know Western minds better than we know ourselves. They know Israel tries to avoid mass civilian casualties because of their own moral convictions. They also know that Western audiences are very susceptible to video images of bloody women and children. That's part of the reason they launch attacks from civilian neighborhoods. If the Israelis strike to knock out the launch sites and the thugs firing off the rockets, the thugs make sure some women and children are killed so they've got propaganda for gullible, anti-Israel Western media to snort like cocaine.

Israel should just proceed to wipe out the threat, and we ought to let them alone when they do it. In fact, we ought to help them in taking out these murderous thugs. If the response is severe and sustained enough -- and the thugs realize that we're not buying the propaganda any more -- I have a hunch the attacks would stop. You have to render the price for launching such attacks too high.

In fact, the civilian population ought to run the terrorists out of their neighborhoods, or turn them in to the Israelis and get out of the way when they strike. Of course, that's not likely given the cancerous hate toward Israel. But they need to learn a lesson that's really not all that hard to learn.

Do the Palestinians and their supporters really want peace and prosperity? Stop the attacks on Israel, and they will have peace tomorrow. The blockades will be lifted. Trade can begin. Their infrastructure can be rebuilt. It would be amazing what could be accomplished.

However, as long as they continue their unreasoning, vengeful hatred and insist on attacking, murdering, bombing, and plotting for Israel's eventual destruction, the only thing they will earn for themselves is destruction. And that's not coming from me. The last time I checked, the Lord God Himself has something to say about what happens with that land, and what happens to those who devote themselves to curse His people.

Comic of the Day

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Spanking Hillary

Since I've spanked Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, and John McCain (I think), I need to spank Hillary Rodham Clinton today.

In her campaign stops, Hillary seldom misses a chance to laud herself over both Obama and McCain as presidential material, and that's to be expected. But recently, she said this . . . "You need a president who will take care of you."

What a perfect illustration of why we DON'T need someone like Hillary in the White House. I don't want the president taking care of me. I don't want the government taking care of me. I don't need a nanny, thank you very much.

Far too many Americans have come to think like Hillary and typical liberals. You just can't make it without the government telling you what to do in nearly every aspect of your life. Far too many Republicans have that mindset as well, even though they might not push the nanny state as fast as Democrats.

The government needs to do what it is constitutionally required to do. And no more than that. Someone needs to tell that to Hillary, Obama, and yes . . . McCain too.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Rev. Wright - Mad at God?

I meant to comment on this earlier, but I was too busy. But now that I have a few minutes . . .

In his response to a question at the National Press Club, Rev. Jeremiah Wright made a curious comment in connection to his past praise of Louis Farrakhan, leader of The Nation of Islam. He said, and I quote . . . "Farrakhan didn't put chains on me . . . enslave me . . . didn't make me this color."

Make me this color?!? Hmmm.

Now, if I didn't know better, this sounds like Rev. Wright resents being black. On the surface, this sounds like a backhanded reproach at God for "making me this color." As if being black was something of which to be ashamed.

I think Rev. Wright has yet some more 'splainin' to do.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Bill Kristol, What Are You Saying?

Just a brief note this morning, but it's a howler.

Today, Fox & Friends had conservative/neo-con commentator Bill Kristol on to talk about the upcoming Indiana and North Carolina primaries. In the course of his comments about North Carolina, he mentioned this group of people who might vote for Hillary, and I quote . . .

"conservative to moderate liberal Democrats."

Um . . . what? Huh? Do I detect a slight oxymoron here? By their very nature, a liberal is neither conservative or moderate.

I don't agree with Mr. Kristol on some things, but I give him credit for being very astute and articulate most of the time. But this particular verbal gaffe illustrates -- in my view -- the great confusion rampant in our society today. There are no more clear lines. Everything is fuzzy and nebulous. Just the way the political powers that be like it. Sounds like some evangelical churches these days, but that's another topic.

I'm tired of it. And I hope a growing number of Americans are getting tired of it too.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Are You Ready?

In recent weeks, there have been a spate of news stories on WorldNetDaily and prophecy websites dealing with some coming astronomical events.

This story about the blood moons is a good example of it. While I find these stories intriguing, my mind was actually taken up with another idea.

In the evangelical church, we talk now and then about the Lord's return. Some of us even talk about longing for it. Some of our Emergent friends get irritated when the subject of the Second Coming comes up. They're more concerned about heaven as a place on earth than they are about a future coming new heaven and new earth. But even among those of us who haven't abandoned the "Blessed Hope," I have to ask a question.

Do you REALLY want the Lord to return now? Are you REALLY ready?

Let's look at something from the Apostle Peter . . .

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness (2 Peter 3:1-11)?

Did you note the last line especially? What sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?

Here's another one from the Apostle John . . .

And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:3).

For some time now, I have been concerned that it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between professing Christians and non-Christians. In speech. In behavior. In morals. You name it. Rather than biblical Christianity and godly behavior, we have a vague spirituality with no demands. In reality, self is the god instead of the God of the Bible.

Are we REALLY ready to face God?

Friday, May 02, 2008

Advice from Moishe Rosen on Witnessing

I receive the Jews for Jesus newsletter each month, and always love to read columns from JfJ founder Moishe Rosen. This month, he had some pointers about witnessing that are wonderful in their simplicity, and solid in their counsel. Here they are -- in Moishe's words . . .

1. God told you to proclaim, not persuade, so don't feel like you've failed if your friend is not immediately convinced.

2. Remember that your message is about Jesus, so no matter how interesting your own life is, when you give a testimony make sure that He's the hero of your story.

3. God uses imperfect vessels; don't worry about making mistakes. You can't turn anybody off when the Holy Spirit is turning them on.

4. Sow a lot of seed; let the Holy Spirit water it and know that there will be a harvest!

The only modification I would make to any of these is the first one where Moishe mentions persuasion. Acts 28 and 2 Corinthians 5 discuss persuading men. I think what Moishe is meaning to say is that it's not up to you whether or not someone comes to saving faith. You proclaim, God does the drawing and the saving.

All in all, a good word.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The National Day of Prayer

Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:12-14).

This passage from 2 Chronicles is often used on the National Day of Prayer, which is today. There are those who dispute this usage, saying it only applied to national Israel at the time it was written. I have no interest in arguing that point at the moment. Regardless of who is right on this, I believe the attitude encouraged in these verses can't help but do our country good -- if we adopt it.

And believe you me, this nation needs prayer. Desperately.