Monday, December 28, 2009

A Hypothetical on Hypocrisy


I had an interesting -- and admittedly cynical -- thought hit me this evening while watching the latest news about the would-be Detroit airplane bomber.

From the reports, it appears this young Nigerian alleged wannabe terrorist was in considerable pain from third-degree burns after his botched bombing attempt aboard the Delta airliner. What if it turns out that the current powers that be ordered painkiller withheld from the terrorist until he talked. What if? Just imagine.

If such a thing indeed happened -- and I am only surmising -- do you think that the hue and cry from the media and the left will be as vociferous as it was against the Bush Administration for waterboarding Al Qaeda terrorists?

Just asking. And I'm waiting for the leak from within.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pray for the Children


I really didn't want to end my blogging break just yet, but I had to. Sometimes the news demands it.

This linked story is heartbreaking. It would be awful enough at any time of the year, but it's even more heartbreaking at Christmas.

As you'll see from the story, this young man was only 13 and out getting drunk, apparently upset over a girl. Young Jordan was also a fan of Slipknot, an American heavy metal band. He was wearing a hoodie with the group's name, and a reference to "no hope" on the back.

Many years ago when I was still in secular radio, I worked with a man whose 12-year-old son had to be hospitalized after a suicide attempt. I had met the boy at the radio station, and he was unusually street-wise for his age. He also had a very dark outlook on life for one so young. As most with most kids, he liked rock music. But in his case, we're not talking about the more innocuous kind. With him, the more dark, hopeless and nihilistic, the better.

I told his father that he needed to take authority over his child and get that garbage out of the house. A child who already has psychological struggles doesn't need to be taking lyrics filled with hate, rage, darkness, hopelessness and futility of life into his spirit. This was more than 20 years ago, and I have no idea what has happened since with the young man or his father.

Seeing this tragic story out of England brought the memory back to me, along with the sadness and anger I feel whenever I see stories like this . . . when someone so young comes to a tragic end. I don't know if this was an accident, a murder or a suicide. It's too early to tell. But it's obvious something is wrong when a 13-year-old is out getting drunk and ends up dead in a river.

Did the Slipknot music have anything to do with it? I can't say for certain. But nihilism and hopelessness is deadly. It's deadly to adults for sure, but especially deadly in the mind, heart and spirit of a young child who still has a lot of maturing and learning to do about life.

Parents, wake up to what your children are doing, and to what they're listening. And remember. You have the authority in the home. Exercise it.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US” (Matthew 1:18-23).

Unless there is something earth-shattering that takes place between now and January 1, I will be taking a Christmas break from blogdom. The Seventh Sola wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Death Wishes at Christmas?


I've always been fascinated by volcanoes, even in young childhood. I devoured every book I could find about them.

When Mount Saint Helens blew in 1980, it was the first volcanic eruption on the U.S. mainland in my lifetime. Needless to say, I was glued to the television screen and everything in print I could find.

Now, the beautifully symmetrical Mount Mayon in the Philippines is at it again. This article from the London Daily Mail highlights the imminent eruption, and something else that's always fascinated — and troubled — me besides the volcanic eruptions themselves.

Why do people insist on remaining in harm's way when they know they could pay with their lives? Why would one want to build a home on the slopes of an active volcano?

It's understandable if the volcano has been inactive for thousands of years. Some volcanoes are extinct, with little possibility of future eruptions. However, other volcanoes are dormant, or asleep. Others erupt quite frequently, such as Italy's Mount Etna, Stromboli in the Mediterranean, and Mount Mayon in the Philippines. Caribbean volcanoes can be quite deadly, as the inhabitants of Martinique and other islands can attest.

With Mount Saint Helens, the eruption in 1980 caught many by surprise, but it wasn't long before it was obvious to all that the thing was ready to blow its top. Yet a stubborn old man named Harry Truman remained put, insisting that he and St. Helens were friends and she wouldn't hurt him. He died along with about 50 others when the inevitable eruption took place. I would venture to guess that most people won't want to build a chalet on the slopes of St. Helens anytime soon.

Any place has its risks. In the Midwest, we have tornadoes. The Gulf Coast has hurricanes. You realize the risks and weigh them when choosing a place to live. But living on the slopes of an active, regularly erupting volcano passes my understanding.

Why this death wish? And right here at Christmas time?

Get out of there, people!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

From the Archives


The following post is from my archives and was originally written back in 2005. As the issues involved are rather timeless, and the political debate in Washington is making me crazy, I am reposting it today. While the emphasis of my commentary is theological, it can certainly apply to the political as "truth" is at stake in both. And that's putting it mildly.


Clarity and Postmodernism


In Ephesians 4:29-5:12, the Apostle Paul writes the following . . .

Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption....But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper for saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks . . . Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience . . . Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.

Pretty clear, isn't it? It doesn't take someone of Mensa intelligence to get it. Unless you are a postmodern...or worse yet, a so-called postmodern Christian (an oxymoron in my view).

What is the postmodern mind? Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You (Dr. John MacArthur's ministry) put it very well in a presentation he did on postmodernism:

Postmoderns don't like authoritative definitions. Try to define something clearly, and they will nitpick endlessly over every ambiguity, every exception to the rule, and every supposed paradox that challenges your definition. They will exploit every generalization to try and make it appear absurd. They like to blur the line in every dichotomy . . . They would probably call me irresponsible for even trying to simplify and explain something as "complex" as postmodernism (quotes mine). Then they would quibble about every sweeping statement I might make. They would use pettifogging arguments to try and overthrow every definition I give and every dichotomy I make.

Well said, Phil. It is one thing when such mental and linguistic gymnastics are bandied about by and among unbelievers. I can remember when former president Bill Clinton (supposedly a believer, open to question) famously told the grand jury, "it all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is." He knew perfectly well what "is" meant and so did everyone else.

The media might have thought Mr. Clinton was clever, but such games won't fly before the judgment seat of the Lord. As Romans 3:19 says, that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God.

When those who are supposed to be Christians engage in these types of mind/word games and cast question on the very Word of God itself, it is evil . . . and that is the nicest word I could use to describe it. Most evil of all are the so-called teachers who ought to know better -- teachers and authors who are misleading millions through their books and lectures. This mindset permeates our culture today, especially among younger people, and it threatens to gut the evangelical church, which was built on the foundation of Christ first of all, and with the labors of the Reformers, who gave their lives to put the church back on a foundation of biblical truth.

I believe in the Lord who wrote the end of the story from the beginning. "Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?" And later, "it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

We had best not play games with Scripture, nor quibble endlessly hunting for loopholes and exceptions. As far as this believer is concerned, "God said it..I believe it..and that settles it."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Erik Rush vs. Hollywood Lefties

After reading the Chavez account below, you've got to read this. Erik Rush has had enough and is throwing down the gauntlet.

No comment necessary, just applause.

Chavez in Copenhagen


I've been watching the climate circus in Copenhagen of late, at least as much as I can bring myself to stand. This morning, I clicked on the Drudge Report to find this little news clip about Venezuelan dictator/nutcase Hugo Chavez bringing down the house.

I want you to read his words very carefully. I also want you to consider the reaction of the crowd, if this indeed is an accurate story. Then, I want you to draw the appropriate conclusions. This is the brave new world that these malevolent clowns want to impose on you.

Let's hope more people wake up in time.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mount Hood: Foolhardy Testimonies?


By now, most have heard about the latest tragedy on Oregon's Mount Hood. And it is a tragedy on more than one level.

As with the last time fatalities on Mount Hood made national news, this appears to be a group of young people who were known as Christians active in their churches. Normally, especially so soon after the death of one of the young men, and with the other two hikers still being sought, I wouldn't make comment until later. But this has happened often enough now that I think something needs to be said.

I want to stress at the outset that I have no desire to cause pain to anyone with what I am about to say. By all accounts, these were experienced climbers who thought conditions were perfect to make the climb up the mountain. I have no desire to judge their hearts or their motivations. My intention is to address a general principle while using this tragedy as an example.

I realize that there is something within the human spirit that is drawn to adventure. But for those of us who are Christians, do we ever stop to think that our lives are not our own? The Lord did not give our lives to us to throw away on stupid, unnecessary stunts just to prove how intrepid we are. After all, He bought and paid for us with a very dear price -- His own shed blood.

Do those of us who are Christians consider our loved ones and families when we set out on such adventures? Is it really honoring to the Lord to risk our necks for no good reason, and to cause our children, friends and/or parents the deep, inconsolable pain of loss when our foolhardiness eventually ends up in death or permanent disfigurement?

The danger of Mount Hood is well known. Climbing it is always dangerous, but never more than in the middle of winter, when sudden snowstorms and avalanches make it even more deadly. This was not unknown when this latest group decided to brave its slopes.

It doesn't have to be climbing dangerous mountains in the middle of winter either. This could be directed at any so-called "extreme" sport where there is a high probability of fatality or permanent injury. Cliff-diving comes to mind. There really is no justification for it that I can see. Seriously. I can't see how getting yourself killed doing something dumb brings glory to God. The only thing it really brings is deep heartache.

There will probably be some who will chide me for posting something so harsh and perhaps adding to the grief of a family. To reiterate, that is not my intention. If anything, my hope -- and I have no doubt the climbers would now hope -- that someone might be deterred from getting themselves killed so needlessly to the everlasting grief of their families.

My remarks, if aimed at anyone, are aimed at Christians who are pondering all of this right now. We really, really ought to know better. We've been commanded by our Lord and Savior to place the needs of others ahead of our own. And it's a hard lesson to learn because we human beings are innately self-centered.

So just think a bit before you decide to hike an active volcano, climb a peak in blizzard and avalanche season, dive off of a cliff in Mexico, walk into a snake pit, or anything else you can think of to get your jollies. Remember that you're going to have to explain to the Master why you did it, and to what purpose.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Dry Well or Too Busy?


My regular readers have probably noticed that I haven't been very prolific with posts of late. I regret that very much, but so it is.

The reasons are numerous. First, I've had a recent change in job responsibilities, and that has kept me very, very busy. When I get home at night after spending much of the day on the computer, I don't feel much like tangling with it again. Second, my mother has not been well in recent weeks, and just got out of the hospital with a bout of pneumonia. Third, I almost think I'm on information overload. There are many things happening day by day that deserve some comment, but I feel all commented out at the moment. I'll bet you never thought that could happen!

Seriously, bear with me through this rough patch. I will do my best to snap out of my writers' block, pun intended. Might not happen until after the holidays, but we'll do our best.

I must be feeling something. I'm using the royal "we."

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Some Gallows (or Chair) Humor


A chemist, a biologist and an electrical engineer were on death row
waiting to go in the electric chair. The chemist was brought forward
first.
"Do you have anything you want to say?" asked the executioner,
strapping him in.

"No," replied the chemist. The executioner flicked the switch and
nothing happened. Under State law, if an execution attempt fails, the
prisoner is to be released, so the chemist was released. Then the
biologist was brought forwards.

"Do you have anything you want to say?" said the executioner. The
bioligist replied "No, just get on with it."

The executioner flicked the switch, and again nothing happened, so the
biologist was released. Then the electrical engineer was brought
forwards.

"Do you have anything you want to say?" asked the executioner. "Yes,"
replied the engineer. "If you swap the red and the blue wires over,
you might make this thing work."

Monday, December 07, 2009

Postmodernism


Recently over at the Pyromaniacs blog, commenter Rick Potter posted the following thoughts on postmodernism. He has graciously given me permission to repost them here . . .

The deconstructive power of postmodernism’s attempt at leveling the signs and stigma of a given culture has given rise to a social fragmentation that enslaves freedom through a purely nihilistic ideological superstructure. The eclipse of justice is prevalent in the multiplicity of Cartesian trends which span the spectrum end to end. This quasi techno-interpretation of justice has aimed its charges directly at the Church and has demanded she be interrogated for the reason of her hope in the old paths. Christianity finds itself on a collision course with the dominance of an ever changing virtual emerging reality which abhors any absolute. This nucleus of opacity (postmodern freedom) dispenses its own brand of justice within a utilitarian network of transparent significations – suspicion, uncertainty, and conflict. While suffering opposition is nothing new to the Christian, Christology has never before in the history of mankind been subjected to the kind of ruthless analysis any hollow chested street corner skeptic proffers. It would behoove us to remember these words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Amen, Rick.

I have said for a long time that postmodernism -- especially its "Christian" variety, is nothing more than the deification of doubt. We see the ultimate fruit of this as those who imbibe too deeply of postmodern thought begin to throw off core Christian doctrines one by one. It's basically an endeavor to enjoy unbelief while maintaining a veneer of spirituality.

I hate to be so gauche as to bring up biblical prophecy, but I'll do it anyway. The biblical writers warned us in advance about this sort of attitude gaining ascendancy in the last days. Even so, it's still grieving to the soul to see it happen.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Rethinking Euthanasia?


An interesting story out of Holland today, where the former health minister of the country now believes they made a mistake in legalizing euthanasia. In the article, the former official said that they should have focused instead on palliative care.

One thing that leaps out at me in the article was the implication that they did it "too quickly." In other words, even though there would have been a focus on palliative care, euthanasia was still an option down the road. In other words, it seems she still thinks euthanasia is morally acceptable. And that is frightening.

Let's hope and pray that the Dutch conscience is fully awakened on this issue, but I am glad to see that there are at least some regrets being expressed. God forbid we ever go the rest of the way toward euthanasia here. Doctor-assisted suicide is bad enough. They never should have let Dr. Kevorkian out of jail.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Contempt for the Constitution


I think we've known for some time that many within academia despise the Constitution, as well as those who advocate sticking to it. Over at WorldNetDaily, columnist John Lofton gives a pretty devastating example.

Take some time today and read John's column. It's worth every word.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bernanke: "Global Consensus?"


Recently in the Washington Post, Federal Reserve head Ben Bernanke criticized moves in Congress to limit the power and authority of the Federal Reserve. Lawmakers have been irked over what they see as mistakes by the Fed in dealing with the economic crisis. If you'd like to read Mr. Bernanke's entire column, here it is.

The Federal Reserve has been a controversial institution since its founding, so this most recent flap doesn't surprise me much. For the record, I'm not a fan of the Fed either. I think it's unconstitutional, but that's beside the point of this post.

Below is a clip of Mr. Bernanke's comments. One phrase in particular jumped out at me, but let me quote the whole paragraph:

Notably, some leading proposals in the Senate would strip the Fed of all its bank regulatory powers. And a House committee recently voted to repeal a 1978 provision that was intended to protect monetary policy from short-term political influence. These measures are very much out of step with the global consensus on the appropriate role of central banks, and they would seriously impair the prospects for economic and financial stability in the United States. The Fed played a major part in arresting the crisis, and we should be seeking to preserve, not degrade, the institution's ability to foster financial stability and to promote economic recovery without inflation.

Quite honestly, I could care less about "global consensus." I recognize that there needs to be some uniformity of standards here and there, and common sense international protocols dealing with finance and transactions. Having said that, how we govern our banks here in the United States is a matter for the United States and our elected representatives. Not "global consensus." I think this is yet more of the "creeping globalism" of which so many seem to be enamored. The Tower of Babel on a smart card. If Europe wants to be governed by Brussels or some other supranational body, they can go right ahead.

But we'll hold on to our own sovereignty here, thank you very much. Some powers that be here in the States need to be reminded of that. Loudly, if need be.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Vampires, Wannabes and Sundries


This vampire craze in America is really getting to be something. Our culture is also getting to be something.

USA Today on Monday had a series of stories talking about the rash of vampire-related shows and movies, and way they are drawing young people these days. I had to laugh at a quote from Richie Fay, distribution chief of Summit Entertainment, which released the film "New Moon." The newspaper reports that the "Twilight" films and the Stephanie Meyer four-book series on which they're based have a rare female fan base ranging from pre-teens to grandmothers. Said Mr. Fay . . . "There's something wholesome in these movies that is getting mothers to take their daughters with them."

In a separate article, the co-operator of an adults-only blog says that the movies are "brain porn." Not to be outdone, Elizabeth Gruner, an English professor at the University of Richmond, pontificates . . . "Vampire stories appeal to teens because vampires are eternal teens — they stay up late, exchange bodily fluids, engage in illicit practices and live forever, and most teens think they're immortal too."

Yeah. That's sure wholesome fare, isn't it?

While I am at it, I can't pass up some comment on the Adam Lambert thing. I'm sure most of you have heard about the flamboyant gay singer's vulgar little exhibition on national television the other night. Have you heard much about Kris Allen, the actual winner of the American Idol competition this past time around?

I thought not. Kris, who is also an evangelical church pastor in addition to his singing career, gets nowhere near the headlines Lambert does, even though Kris won the competition. Please spare me the comments that his antics are what gets noticed by the media. They can use that excuse, and you can buy it if you want.

The reality is that Lambert is a homosexual. An in-your-face homosexual. The media loves it, and this gives them yet another way of cramming the gay agenda down the public's throats. They're doing it on purpose because they have a cultural agenda. The sad thing to me is that they're slowly but surely having an impact on our culture, like stone worn away by the continual dropping of water. At one time, the backlash against such an exhibition would have been enormous, and heads would have rolled. No longer. There's a small outcry, but nowhere near enough of one.

The more the United States and its people embrace immorality and evil, the more the country will continue to decay. More than that, this nation inches ever closer to severe divine judgment.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever (Psalm 86:12).

The Seventh Sola wishes you and yours a most wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. America has been a blessed nation. May we remember that today and never forget it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Defeating Liberals


Check out this WND column today on the subject of dealing with the "malignancy" of liberalism.

The good doctor has a point.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Unheeded Warnings


My, I've been neglecting my blog of late. It really has been an incredibly busy time for me, and it looks to get even busier, at least until the holiday season is past. But we'll try to update as frequently as possible. Anyway . . . today's post.

While preparing for a speaking engagement at a recent missions conference, I was looking through 2 Timothy for the verse where the Apostle Paul talks about “being equipped” for ministry. But that wasn’t the verse that snagged my attention.

Instead, the whole of chapter three grabbed me, as it has on numerous occasions. I’ve posted about it before, but I want to discuss it again today because several things leap out at me that deserve fresh comment. First, the chapter . . .

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

This passage begins with a warning about the last days and difficult times. Next comes a steady litany of observable traits about people during "the last days." In one sense, we've been in the last days since the ascension of Christ. But in an eschatological sense, this passage is talking about the days preceding the return of Christ. In keeping with my premillennial views on this subject, I believe we are approaching those days, and it would be hard to argue that we're not seeing the rather objectionable traits listed by Paul on the increase.

I think the thing that strikes me the most is this: it's one thing for unbelievers to ignore warnings about themselves and about the coming judgment. It's quite another for believers in the church to be oblivious to it. It's also -- I believe -- a matter of curiosity and concern when we see some of Paul's list surfacing in people who style themselves as believers. I've said for quite a while now that it's getting hard to distinguish the world from the church because of the ungodly behavior of believers. Could this be the kind of behavior that hallmarked the church of Laodicea in Revelation?

Think about it a while.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bill O'Reilly and John Calvin


Last night, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly completely misrepresented Calvinism, basically equating it with fatalism. It was an aside to a guest, but nevertheless, the misrepresentation was made.

Good Calvinist that I am, I have a partially tongue-in-cheek, five-point response to Bill's perfidy.

1. This was a totally depraved thing for Bill to do.

2. My disapproval is unconditional, and I may elect to watch him less in the future.

3. My patience is limited for this kind of thing, and I expect Bill to fully atone for his Romanist error.

4. I really try to exhibit grace, but in this instance, my urge to issue a rejoinder was irresistible.

5. If Bill continues in his mischaracterization of Calvinists, you can be sure this saint will persevere in his criticism.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No Comment Necessary!


A friend sent this comic to me yesterday. It says it all, doesn't it?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wes Pruden on "The Bow"

Pressing day for me at the office, so no time for a long post. In lieu of one, check out today's column from Wes Pruden, editor emeritus of the Washington Times. Mr. Pruden correctly whacks President Obama for groveling before foreign heads of state, and draws some correct conclusions.

Like I said, Jimmy Carter on steroids.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Obama Bows Again


Doesn't this photo just take the cake? The president of the United States bowing to Japanese Emperor Akihito. The head of state is not supposed to bow to another head of state under our protocol, but I guess we should start getting used to it with this guy.

What's interesting is this: if you remember, there was a flap a few months ago when Obama was caught on camera appearing to bow to Saudi King Abdullah. The White House denied it at the time, despite what was captured on camera. I forget exactly what the excuse was. Something about the Saudi ruler being short, hard of hearing or some such folderol.

Well, this time it's unmistakable, and again . . . caught on camera.

Let's see if Obama ends up kissing the foot of another head of state in time. Or groveling on the floor.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Could It Happen Again?


I've often said to friends that the presidency of Barack Obama is beginning to remind me a lot of of Jimmy Carter. Thinking of either Obama or Carter tends to put me in high dudgeon, so I snap myself out of it by remembering how Ronald Reagan gave Carter a shellacking at the polls in 1980. Take a look at the 1980 electoral map posted above. Cheers the heart, doesn't it?

If the Obama Administration continues its leftward lunge -- which in my view will eventually wreck the economy, bankrupt the future, and endanger our nation's security -- could 1980 happen again?

We can only hope, but the country is much more polarized than it was in 1980. We have more people than ever who believe that they're entitled to government largesse. And it's actually not the government's money. It's my money and your money. Nevertheless, we need to ponder just how much freedom and personal responsibility we're willing to surrender. Once government takes power, it's very, very difficult to get it back without serious turmoil, and even bloodshed.

There's also something else to consider, and that is the corruption of our electoral process. The Chicago machine gaining greater influence over national elections concerns me greatly. I became even more concerned when thinking about a situation that took place south of our border.

I find it interesting that President Obama backed Manuel Zalaya, the ousted president of Honduras, after Zalaya illegally tried to change the Honduran Constitution and stay in office. The legislature and Supreme Court rightly removed the would-be president for life, but the Obama Administration has been demanding Zalaya's return. I think it would be a monumental mistake if the Hondurans let him back in
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Anyway, we currently have a two term limit on the presidency here in the United States. Kind of makes you wonder if Obama might get ideas in time.

Anything's possible.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Slouching Toward Socialism


Many conservatives such as myself have been concerned about the Marxist-Socialist sympathies of the Obama Administration. I said "slouching" in the title of this post, but "careening" might have been a better word.

This week, no less than Texas Governor Rick Perry charged Obama with taking the nation toward socialism. I agree with the Governor, but he's also in the midst of a primary fight with Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. That means the governor might be using more heated rhetoric to cast himself to the right of Hutchison. Probably a good political tactic, but I wish that Republicans wouldn't be slugging it out with each other at this moment in time. We've got a whole Augean stable of Democrats that we need to clean out in Washington. Inter-party fighting at crucial moments makes me nervous.

Don't get me wrong. I want liberal Republicans out. Good riddance to Arlen Specter, who bolted the GOP to rejoin the Democrats -- his original party back in the 60s. He never really left them. Remember what a thorn in the side Lowell Weicker was when he was in the Senate? I can. But there's a time to do it, and a time to hold off. Could this be one of those times?

I wish I had a firm answer. If true conservatives could win primaries and go on to win the general, I'd be as pleased as punch. But look what happened in New York, where the liberal Republican dropped out after a conservative challenge, only to endorse the Democrat in the race. Maybe in the long run it will be a good thing if New York Republicans purge themselves of RINOS in their midst. But that will mean making more true conservatives to replace those who find a conservative Republican Party unpalatable. That will take some effort.

And the stakes are very, very high.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cal Thomas: Radical Islam and Political Correctness


I frequently read and enjoy Cal Thomas's insightful commentaries. Today's column on Fox News' website is a must read, and echoes something I've been saying for eons.

Political correctness always irritated me beyond words, but with this issue, it can be fatal. And not just to individuals, but also the country as a whole.

No Thanks for Reagan?


Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. I remember the event well, and I was very interested in how this day would be covered by the media. As I expected, I was saddened and appalled. Why, you ask? I'll tell you. This particular story is an excellent example. I also looked at the BBC and some other accounts.

Gorbachev gets credit from German chancellor Angela Merkel. But where is the credit due to Ronald Reagan, who demanded two years earlier, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," overruling the objections of the U.S. State Department in delivering that line. Where? What European leader bothered to mention or acknowledge Reagan? Even our own former president George H.W. Bush, who served as Ronald Reagan's vice president, gave Mr. Reagan no credit at all during a Fox News interview.

As far as I am concerned, that's shameful.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Believing But Not Praying?


European politicians aren't typically as open about discussing their religious beliefs as Americans. That's what makes this BBC story so interesting.

In the article, conservative leader David Cameron is quoted as saying, "If you are asking, 'do I drop to my knees and pray for guidance' no. But do I have faith and is it important, yes. My own faith is there. It is not always the rock that perhaps it should be.
"I have a sort of fairly classic Church of England faith, a faith that grows hotter and colder by moments."


The rest of the article is just as interesting, but Mr. Cameron's remarks leave me a bit cold. I think most of us deal with what C.S. Lewis called the "law of undulation," or peaks and valleys in our walk with the Lord. However, I do have to ask a serious question. What kind of Christian faith -- provided that it's genuine -- never prays or asks God for guidance?

I cannot and will not attempt to judge Mr. Cameron's heart. But such a notion of not humbly asking the Lord in prayer for His wisdom and guidance seems so alien to God's revealed truth in Scripture about how His people are to interact with Him.

This is yet another example of how Christians need to pay very close attention to the intersection of faith and politics. Just because a politician mouths spiritual-sounding words, that is no indication of how genuine their walk with Christ is. We need to watch not just what people say, but also what they do.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

More Liberal Sneers at the "Great Unwashed"


We've always known that the left consists of elitists who consider the rest of us too stupid to govern ourselves. Actor Ted Danson offers the latest proof.

Keep this in mind when you watch the headlines and listen to what liberals say as they urge passage of their health care monstrosity, or other "solutions" to social ills.

And by the way, note to Ted: No, we're not marionettes with a herd mentality. We happen to agree with each other on what's wrong with the country. And we're getting mad too.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sting Joins the Obama Chorale


This is yet another reason why I am glad rock stars don't run the world.

Gordon, I like your music, but I'll pass on your prescription for the world's ills. It's not Mr. Obama. God certainly permitted him to ascend to the White House for His own reasons, but I tend to suspect it's more in discipline/judgment of the country than it is a prescription to Utopia.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

More Warnings From Britain


For many years now, I have been a subscriber to British Heritage magazine. Yeah, yeah, I know. "Griffith" is a Welsh name. But it's the same island, and I believe I have British and Irish heritage in addition to Welsh. Nevertheless, it's a great magazine with plenty of historical articles of interest each month. I recommend it highly.

The reason I am highlighting British Heritage in this post is because of editor Dana Huntley's most recent installment of his column, "Our Sceptered Isle." In it, he sounds some warnings about how the "Nanny State" is consuming England, including the use of CCTV cameras to watch the populace in true "Big Brother" style. Here's a brief clip of his remarks:

The justification for this intrusion into the everyday lives of its citizens, of course, is security. The cameras are anti-crime devices. It's the oldest totalitarian dodge in the book: convincing people to accept a curtailment of their freedom and privacy in the interest of their security.

Now it turns out that in London, home to almost a million CCTV cameras, the Metropolitan Police have admitted that less than one crime per year is solved for every 1,000 cameras. Separate research conducted by the Home Office concluded that the cameras did virtually nothing to cut crime, except to deter vehicle crime in car parks. MP David Davis, former shadow Home Secretary, summarizes: 'CCTV leades to massive expense and minimum effectiveness. It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little to no improvement in security.' He speaks for many.


Mr. Huntley goes on to comment about Britain's jobless rate and health care situation, and the hapless Labour government . . .

Meanwhile, Britain's jobless rate remains high. In fact, it's come out that a cool 1.5 million people have never held a job and live permanently on Britain's "benefits." The phenomenon is even shamelessly depicted by a popular T.V. drama series appropriately titled 'Shameless.'

Most of us already know that whatever model of health care reform adopted in the U.S., we probably don't want to swap our care for the NHS. To add insult to injury, on Bank Holiday headlines across the media proclaimed that British prisons provide better food than NHS hospitals. Hmm.


Very, very interesting. It seems that Britain's Labour government is about to lose its head, but the socialist-type system will be hard to get rid of in the UK because it's so firmly established. That makes me wonder anew why we seem to be in such a hurry to adopt it here. Perhaps that's why the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress are hell-bent for leather on ramming their programs through. Once they're enacted, they'll be very, very hard to get rid of.

As the late President Ronald Reagan once said, the next thing to eternal life is a government program.

God help us.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sundry Stories and Outrages


Little time today, but I thought I'd pass on these stories of note and brief comment. First, Rush Limbaugh is a bit livid with the Republican Party at the moment. I can't say I blame him, after seeing Newt Gingrich's defense of backing a liberal Republican out East over a genuine conservative. I'm disappointed in Newt, because he should know better as a conservative. Rockefeller-type Republicans do this over and over again, insisting that conservatives have no where else to go. I personally am tired of it, and hope the Rockefeller Republican loses badly.

Next, it looks like Levi Johnston's at it again with Sarah Palin. Now he's hinting he's got lots of dirt on Governor Palin. This the boy who impregnated her daughter out of wedlock, and is now going to pose nude for a pornography magazine. Why the media takes this guy seriously is hard to understand. Well, no it's not. Anything to stick it to a conservative.

And finally, this little Cyrus update. Looks like Miley Cyrus' nine-year-old sister is raising some eyebrows over a dominatrix-type Halloween costume.

This needs little comment. I've already raised concerns in this blog about Miley's behavior, and let me stress again, I raise the concerns because this is supposed to be a Christian family. Christians are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ, and that means keeping our behavior above reproach.

Somehow, letting little girls dress in racy costumes doesn't strike me as appropriate. And that's putting it mildly.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Warning from Lord Monckton


One wouldn't think that a British aristocrat would be able to stir things up in the United States much these days, but perhaps you haven't heard of Lord Christopher Monckton.

Lord Monckton, a former advisor to ex-British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, has some warnings for us about the upcoming global climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. In essence, he says that he's read the treaty, and that the Obama Administration is getting ready to sell U.S. sovereignty up the river (or down the toilet, in his words).

Of course, the lefties are howling foul, but I wouldn't dismiss it so readily. This didn't pop up overnight, and "globalism" denial is as ridiculous as Holocaust denial. The push for global government has gone on for a very long time, and now those who advocate it are feeling their oats. Here's another warning. You also have to keep an eye on some "conservatives." Acolytes of global government can wear both "D" and "R" labels.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Late, Great USA?


Oddly enough, I had been thinking for quite a while on the idea of portraying a tombstone with the United States on it to make a point, but as usual, someone beat me to the idea. And this photo is all over the blogosphere.

Even so, I'll still make my comment. I have no idea whether Barack Obama and his acolytes will succeed in their efforts to fundamentally "change" the United States. Personally, I'd use the word "destroy" instead of "change," but that's Solameanie for you. I have no desire to live in the Union of Soviet Socialist United States, but it does appear we're headed in that direction.

This didn't happen overnight, either. It's been in the works for a long time. People do seem to be waking up to the fact that something's going on. The question is, will enough people wake up in time, and will enough people actually care enough to do something about it? The jury's out on that also.

From a human level and leaving theology out of it for the moment, I have my doubts as to whether there's enough of the "Spirit of 1776" left in the nation. We've got a couple of generations of people who have no idea what that means, or if they do, they have a distorted view of if thanks to our educational establishment and the media. Rather than holding the principle of American exceptionalism, and remembering the very foundational principles that put our country together, we now have a good number of people who think America is just a cog in the global order, and that we have to meld into that global order even if it means giving up our sovereignty and our freedom.

It hasn't helped that there has been so much erosion in the spiritual foundation of the country. Now, I don't mean to suggest that America was founded as a theocracy or has always acted nobly in its history. There has always been sin in America. However, in earlier days there was at least a societal consensus about basic standards of right and wrong. That is seemingly gone or severely weakened. Again, we can thank the educational establishment for much of this, as well as liberal theologians who have cast off most of their biblical moorings.

From history, I know that no society holds together forever, and the reasons are usually along the same lines. Rot from within. Biblically, I know that history will have a denouement, and it will happen in God's good time. And that brings me to my final comment for today.

Because we as Christians know that there are certain prophecies that remain to be fulfilled, and because we know that things will deteriorate markedly before the return of Christ, does that mean we are to just sit back and do nothing?

Of course not. We have responsibilities both as Christians and citizens. We are to speak out and do all that we can do to foster righteousness in our society -- in government and out of it. We have no guarantee that we will be victorious in the short term. But we serve a sovereign God whose final victory is assured, along with the victory of all who "love His appearing."

Is America toast? I hope and pray not. Things are not looking very well at the moment, and the blindness of so many to see it grieves me deeply. It grieves me that so many are willing to turn their lives over lock, stock and barrel to a government that claims benevolence. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. America's Founding Fathers set things up for a reason, with checks and balances, knowing full well that, like fire, a totalitarian government is a fearful master. They also recognized that man is fallen outside of Christ, and because of this propensity to evil, restraints are necessary.

We'd best remember their wisdom and put it back in place while we still can.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Liberty . . . Love it or Lose It

Today, I'd like you to check out today's post over at my friend Palm Boy's blog. In essence, he reposted a column written by Frank Flemming on the subject of liberty. If you can see past the tongue-in-cheek irony, the point hits home loud and clear.

Thanks to Robert for the heads up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Buchanan: Traditionalists Losing Their Nation


Always worth reading even when I don't necessarily agree with him, Pat Buchanan has a thought-provoking column today.

The last paragraphs are especially captivating, and are some things for liberals to consider why traditionalists are so outraged.


And while you're at it, check out this little article about how George W. Bush basically jettisoned Reaganism, thus helping to set the stage for the hard times being experienced by the GOP right now. Very revealing.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting More Like Big Brother Every Day


So the White house brags about controlling the media. More than that, they urge the rest of the media to join the White House to dogpile on Fox News because they have the temerity to criticize President Obama.

Interesting that White House Communications Director Anita Dunn (who looks an awful lot like Cindy Sheehan, the lefty moonbat known as the "Peace Mom") sings the praises of Mao Tse Tung. Fox doesn't have to expose it either. She's on video doing it in public. That's the funny thing about all of this. Administration appointees and acolytes say this outrageous stuff in public, and then squeal like stuck pigs when they get called on it. The left-wing media used to scream bloody murder at Richard Nixon for having an "enemies list." Funny how things change, isn't it? If they are going to be consistent, they ought to object to this very loudly. I won't hold my breath.

Perhaps when the Obama administration begins playing out of the Hugo Chavez playbook and begins either nationalizing or shutting down "opposition" media, then they'll notice.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

49 and Holding

Today is my birthday, so I don't feel like posting anything. Ain't that awful?

Maybe I'll change my mind before the day ends at midnight, but we'll see. In the meantime, me and the family are going out to dinner to celebrate. That is, whatever celebration you can do at 49. Next year will be the fun one.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rush Limbaugh's Hypocritical Enemies


By now, most of you have heard of the flap over Rush Limbaugh's desire to buy into a St. Louis football team. As you'll see in the linked story, the main driver of the effort dropped Rush from the would-be owners' list because of the controversy. This nonsense just incenses me beyond belief, and not just because of the many principles involved here, including the right of a private citizen to enter into a business deal. I am especially outraged because of the two most prominent "clergymen" out there flapping their gums the loudest.

"Reverends" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were among the first out of the pack to begin squealing over the proposed deal. They're upset about Limbaugh's alleged "insensitive" statements on race. This from two of the biggest race baiters out there.

Anyone remember Jesse Jackson's little slur against New York and Jews a few years back? He called it "Hymietown." Where was the outrage then? As for Sharpton, does the Tawana Brawley hoax ring a bell? How about both men going after the Duke University players? Did either Jackson or Sharpton apologize to the players after the accusations against them proved false? Of course not.

I hope that some good at least can come out of this stupid, ridiculous situation. And that good would include shining a very bright light on liberal hypocrisy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Refresher Course on American Economics


One of the publications I seldom miss the opportunity to read is the Imprimis newsletter published by Hillsdale College in Michigan. In this month's issue economist Dr. Walter Williams gives us a little refresher course in basic economics -- the kind that made the United States the powerhouse of freedom and opportunity that it is. What's especially wonderful is that Dr. Williams is the one doing the teaching. They'd have a hard time accusing him of racism for opposing Plan Obama.

I cannot recommend this article highly enough, so when you click the hyperlink, bookmark it and print it out for future reference. When they're old enough to understand Dick and Jane, read it to your kids or make your kids read it. While you're at it, make sure they understand it.

Why? Because we have a crop of dunderheads governing the circus in Washington who seem to have forgotten the lesson. We have another crop of dunderheads teaching in schools and universities that have forgotten the lesson. And there's an even worse crop of dunderheads who know the lesson, but want to erase every last vestige of it from peoples' minds. You see, they want the United States to be a wonderful "utopia" just like Cuba or Venezuela. They want everyone to be equal -- equally poor, that is.

And they want power. Badly.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Jesus You Can't Ignore - Dr. John MacArthur


I just received Dr. John MacArthur's new book, The Jesus You Can't Ignore. If the forward is any indication, this is going to be a wonderful -- and deadly accurate -- read on the true Jesus of Scripture. Here's a brief sample where John discusses the impact of postmodern-minded theologians, authors and teachers on the church . . .

They all suggested in one way or another that if Christians want to reach unbelieving people in a postmodern culture, we need to be less militant, less aggressive, less preachy, and less sure of our own convictions. According to these authors, Christians should meet other worldviews with conversation, not conflict. The writers all tended to place an inordinate stress on the supposed importance of always being as agreeable as possible. They more or less assumed that a friendly quest for common ground and mutual goodwill is always morally superior to any kind of earnest contention . . .

. . . These books also exhibited a strong bias against any kind of certitude. Their authors all seemed deeply bothered by the fact that in the current intellectual climate, unbelievers usually think Christians sound arrogant and small-minded when we declare that the Bible is infallibly true and Jesus is Lord over all. They were especially uncomfortable with the idea that other religions are false. Instead, they said, we should embrace and adapt to the shift in secular attitudes toward truth and certainty . . . That means listening sympathetically, always being flexible with our own point of view, affirming as much as we possibly can, agreeing more than we disagree, carefully avoiding points of truth that are likely to offend, and always seeking common ground.


That is indeed our current culture outside the church, and increasingly inside. And it is not the Jesus of the Bible, no matter how much these false teachers try to insist. Judging from some of the comments I've read thus far from people who have had the book for a while, Dr. MacArthur strongly refutes these ideas, and demonstrates from Scripture the true Jesus of the Bible. The "Jesus You Can't Ignore."

I can't wait to dig into it.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama Gets a Nobel?!?


Well, I'm back . . . wide awake and roaring.

The news just broke that President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What's more, it turns out that he was nominated only two weeks into his presidency.

For what, may I ask? The Obama worship machine was already ridiculous, but this is bordering on the obscene. I suppose that the very fact that it's the Nobel people giving this award should ameliorate my outrage a bit. After all, they're typically sympathetic to globalists, socialists and liberals. But this really is ridiculous. The man hasn't accomplished much of anything other than being a good talker. He never ran a business, and most of his Senate career was voting "present." He really was a manufactured candidate.

My irenic side would like to give him kudos for being the first black to be elected to the presidency. My kudos would be unqualified if he really did it through hard work, honesty and genuine communication of his true views with the American public, as well as coming into office with a real resume of accomplishment that made a difference. I initially did doff my hat to his accomplishment, but then I thought about it a while. Obama can owe much of his election to a fawning liberal media. They did an abysmal job in vetting him as a candidate. The American people never did really know what they were getting unless they got their information from an alternative media source.

The mainstream media purposefully refused to cover or even investigate his background as a teacher of Saul Alinsky methods, his questionable associations with people like William Ayres and Jeremiah Wright, his refusal to release his academic papers and writings so we could really flesh out his true views on things, and a host of other failures in coverage. Fox News did do these things, but they get readily dismissed as a "right wing propaganda machine." Funny that these critics don't see the "left wing propaganda machine" of the New York Times, the mainstream networks and CNN.

Regardless, Obama might have deserved a Nobel at the end of his presidency if his accomplishments in office merited it. As things stand now, all he is accomplishing is the destruction of this country.

Maybe that's really why he's winning a Nobel.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In the Cage


In lieu of a substantive post, how about some great entertainment?

Check out this Youtube clip from Genesis' "Abacab" tour in 1981. Not only is it noteworthy from the fact that this tour was the first ever use of Vari*Lites on a concert stage (Genesis was instrumental in funding their development), but it's also a great snapshot of a band at the height of its powers. Highlights are Phil Collins' drumming, and Mike Rutherford's way-cool, custom-made Shergold doubleneck bass and 12-string guitar.

I got to see one of the shows on this tour, specifically at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison. The second and only other time I was able to see them was in Chicago during their 2007 reunion tour, sadly...probably the last one.

Monday, October 05, 2009

An Update on the Meanie . . .

If you've noticed, my posting has been more sporadic than normal. It has been a very, very busy time at my office due to a variety of factors. On top of it, I think I am battling a bug that's trying to grab me by the throat. Three people were out sick at my office today, and I am really praying I don't get it. But there are warning signs.

Anyway, thank you for your patience and forbearance. If I can get a couple of days to catch my breath, I should be able to make more regular posts. In the meantime, please check out the plethora of good blogs linked on my sidebar. If I don't post here, I comment on some of those blogs occasionally.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Idiots, Damned Idiots and Youth Ministry


Before I begin my little rant, let me thank Phil Johnson for the heads up on the item linked below. He first posted it over on Facebook, where it is drawing quite a bit of comment, most of it deservedly negative. As he rightly put it, is there no depth to which some churches will not sink?

For the title of this post, I appropriated and modified the famous statement attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. When you see this report about a church's youth ministry, I'm sure you'll see why I used the title.

I have seen stuff like this before, although not to this level. It's not even necessarily a new phenomenon. More than 20 years ago at one church I used to attend, the youth leader had activities that involved "the worst smelling sock" contest. I didn't like it then as a young man, and I don't like it now. I especially don't like what many "youth ministries" have degenerated into.

I would strongly urge parents to look closely into what's going on in their children's youth groups. At best, I'd say someone needs to be retrained in youth ministry. At worst, I'd say someone needs to be canned. This is not glorifying to Christ. In my humble opinion, it borders on child abuse, even though I'm sure lots of kids were cheering and egging it on.

As for those who supposedly came to faith during this episode, let's check and see where they are in 10 years. I'll be real curious.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stand Strong Pastors' Conference


I've been attending Slavic Gospel Association's 75th Anniversary Conference and Celebration and the related Stand Strong Pastors' Conference this week, hence my dearth of posts. I'll be putting up some highlights of the conferences later, but tonight I wanted to post these little tidbits from Moody Church pastor Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who keynoted a session, and Grace Community Church pastor/teacher Dr. John MacArthur, who had to send a video message due to recent surgery.

First, here's one of Dr. Lutzer's great comments . . .

"The point of conflict will always be the Cross."

And from Dr. MacArthur, addressing pastors who might be too worried about not having a "formal education" . . .

"You can't go wrong reading the Bible. You go wrong when you're "educated" by skeptics and heretics."

Again, these are only a couple of lines out of some wonderful sessions. Some of the best ones came from the guest Russian pastors, who were invited to teach American pastors what it's like to live under severe persecution. They experienced it under the communists. They know. And someday, American Christians might just be glad for the lessons.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Counting our Days


I am up early today doing some writing before heading into Chicago for the final day of our conference at Moody Church. While working on a newsletter article, I was looking for a good Scripture dealing with "years" to use, and came upon this much quoted, but often forgotten, gem of a verse . . .

As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away (Psalm 90:10).

True, isn't it? On the surface -- and especially for someone unfamiliar with Scripture stumbling upon a verse like this -- it seems rather hopeless. But it's not. It's intended to be a reminder that we are not infinite like our Creator. We are finite. Each of us only has a short time on this earth, to be used for good or for evil. In the natural course of our lives, we have an average of 70 years to live, but that's not set in stone for everyone. Some live less time, others live more. But in the end, we will all come to an end of this earthly sojourn and stand before the God who made us.

I am trying every day to learn the lesson of "redeeming the time." I've wasted plenty of it. Most of us do. Life isn't always "fun." There are plenty of heartaches and trials, all of them brought on by human sin in one form or another. But those who know the Lord have hope that others don't have. He is our Redeemer. He is our resurrection and our life. Because of Him, we can have hope for eternity, and assurance of eternal life in His presence. And rather than give us a sense of pride at our "status," we ought to be humbled. We don't deserve it.

It also ought to motivate us even more to be faithful ambassadors for Christ. We have no right to hoard our blessings, especially the gift of salvation. Others need to know that the same free gift is available to them if they will repent and place their trust in Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification.

Time is running out for this world order. It is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgment. Barring physical death, Christ will one day return to earth and render judgment. It may be sooner than we think.

And that's worth considering and pondering as we count our days.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

James Taranto and Joe Biden


I always enjoy reading James Taranto, who writes the daily "Best of the Web" column in the Wall Street Journal's on line edition.

Today, he highlights the gaffe-prone Joe Biden, who -- in James' view -- might be on to something, i.e. if the Republicans end up retaking the House of Representatives, you can kiss the Obama agenda goodbye.

We can only hope.

P.S. I hope to be back to normal posting after next Wednesday. My schedule should slow down a bit then.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How Dare You Call Us Fat?


It's almost conference time at my office, so my schedule is in shreds. That means not much time for a substantive post. However, I thought you'd find this little tidbit from the BBC interesting. It appears many obese people don't consider themselves to be fat.

I am not obese by any means, but I know I'm overweight and want it off of me. It passes understanding how someone could weigh nearly 500 pounds and hang three feet over each side of a chair and not realize they've got weight issues.

I am not saying that in mockery. I say that with sadness. My heart breaks for those who know they've got a problem and have battled it for years. Obesity has ripple effects in so many areas, not the least of which is health. If you eliminate medical or glandular causes, what is left is symptomatic of something psychological and/or spiritual. And it's ultimately deadly.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Nanny State's Contempt


Well, well, well. So Energy Secretary Steven Chu thinks we're brats. Disagree with the leftist state about global warming, or extremist conservation ideas, and you're a bratty teenager.

I'm glad Secretary Chu made these comments, because they're a vivid demonstration of how the elitist left looks at the American public. We're all the great unwashed who don't know how to manage for ourselves. We need to be led around by the nose and told what to do, when to eat, when to sleep, when to think and what to think.

It makes me want to go home and turn my air conditioner down to 55 degrees. It makes me want to go buy a 1968 Cadillac or some other vehicle that gets eight miles to the gallon and generates a lot of exhaust. But I won't do it, because that would be bratty of me. It would feel great, but I'll restrain myself.

Instead, I'll just do the adult thing and vote to throw these faux-omniscient wiseacres out of office.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Reminder from Dore Gold


Former Israeli diplomat Dore Gold was featured in last week's issue of World Magazine, and one of his comments toward the end of the article caught my eye.

The article is about Israel potentially having to stand alone against Iran and the nuclear quest of the mad mullahs. Ambasssador Gold is indirectly quoted as saying, "Iran's openness to talks means little, referring to the Shiite doctrine of taqiyya, which means one can lie outwardly as long as he believes what is true in his heart (emphasis mine).

Hmmm. If that is indeed an Islamic doctrine, then how in the world can you take anything the Iranian government says seriously? For that matter, how can you ultimately believe any devout Muslim of that persuasion, especially if something pertaining to advancement of a political or religious agenda is at stake?

Our current political leadership might ought to take that into consideration.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Krauthammer on Obama and "Truth"


Dr. Charles Krauthammer is always an interesting read. Today, he discusses Obama's "truth telling" in light of the Joe Wilson "you lie" flap last week.

One of these days, I'll have to tell you what my late grandfather said about politicians. No doubt he was quoting Will Rogers.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Seven Whatever . . .


I know that the blogs and talk shows have highlighted the outrageous ACORN story, but I think I need to throw a log on the fire too. Especially since both my senators here in Illinois voted to keep funding this corrupt bunch.

Below is the full list of those who voted to keep funding ACORN. Take note of them, and hopefully they'll all get the heave-ho when it comes election time.

Burris (D) from Illinois;
Casey (D) from Pennsylvania;
Durbin (D) from Illinois;
Gillibrand (D) from New York;
Leahy (D) from Vermont;
Sanders (I) from Vermont; and
Whitehouse (D) from Rhode Island.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The "Culture" in the Petri Dish Strikes Again


The entertainment news wires were atwitter today about the MTV video music awards this week. While the incident involving Kanye West took the headlines, I was personally more interested in something said by Madonna during the program.

Now, mind you . . . I certainly don't expect 1940s-style class and glamor from events such as this. Today, rather than exhibiting the behavior of ladies and gentlemen, one can generally expect all sorts of crass, crude, vulgar and profane behavior. But sometimes, even I am a bit surprised at how open and shameless some of these people can be, especially where children are concerned.

Madonna has certainly made the headlines for her adoptions of children from Africa. Celebrity adoptions seem to be the thing these days. Elton John was in the news today, in fact. He and his male lover apparently want to adopt a Ukrainian toddler (somehow, I don't think the Ukrainian government will allow such a thing. They haven't succumbed to political correctness yet). Anyway, back to Madonna. Below is a clip from the Fox News website article. The controversy being referenced was the incident with Kanye West, but I want you to pay close attention to what Madonna said . . .

The controversy certainly stole the spotlight from what was anticipated to be the show highlight — Madonna opening for Janet Jackson and her tribute to brother Michael.

The Queen of Pop did let us in a little secret however, she did go on a few "dates" with the late King of Pop and that she felt an overwhelming sense of guilt that she had "abandoned" him after hearing of his sudden passing. But on a (kind of) positive note, her sons aged nine and four are now "obsessed" with MJ.

"There is a lot of crotch grabbing and moon walking going on in my house," Madonna said.


Hmmm. Two boys aged nine and four. Lots of crotch-grabbing going on, imitating Michael Jackson. And Mommy apparently approves.

Somehow, I don't think this is a healthy "obsession." I need say no more, do I?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Want Some Fun?


Every time I take a hiatus from the blog, something pops in the news that begs comment, or at least some fun.

The outrage is thick over Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's speech on health care a few days ago. And I should say, it probably wasn't the brightest thing to have done. The media makes Republicans and conservatives look like jerks anyway. We shouldn't give them ammunition.

Anyway, I began thinking about how rare such outbursts are in Congress. I've often thought that some fireworks now and then might help shake things up. If you've ever watched the British House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions on C-SPAN, they make our Representatives and Senators look like a bunch of bovines placidly chewing their cud out in the pasture. The MPs boo, hiss, guffaw, jeer and cheer, and occasionally even get escorted off the premises for rude and disorderly conduct.

Needless to say, I enjoy every minute of it.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Brief Hiatus

I have a very intense schedule this week, so the blog will be on hiatus until this weekend at the latest.

In the meantime, I suggest checking out some of the other blogs I have linked over on the right. Lord willing, The Seventh Sola will resume by Monday at the latest.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Jimmy's Pipedream


Ah, the beknighted James E. Carter Jr. The pinata that keeps on giving us opportunities to whack it with a figurative stick.

Now look what he's up to. He tells us the Arabs/Palestinians are willing to consider absorbing Israel into one state.

Oh. How big of them. Isn't that just hunky-dory?

Earth to Carter. Ain't gonna happen. Now trot back to Plains where you belong and be quiet. You've done enough damage as it is.