Thinking about Donald Trump

downloadDonald Trump invokes a plethora of different responses from the public. I believe one could write a good article on why Donald Trump should not be elected President. I also believe one could write a good article on why he should be elected President. This article is neither. I am writing this article because of the lack of thought behind almost every post I read where Trump is concerned. (There are a few great voices making some great points for or against Trump). Read more

Government is Good

GovernmentNEW_2In the world of American politics, it can be as dangerous to go too far right as it can be to go too far to the left. When any system becomes corrupt and ineffective in its current state, it becomes in danger of being mistaken for a bad system.

We do this in all areas of life. We have bad church experiences so we separate from the organization as a whole. We have bad marriage experiences, so we distance ourselves from the institution of marriage. So naturally when we have bad experiences with government, we begin to wonder if government is the problem.

While there are times that a system itself is the problem, it is more often the case that the people in the system are the problem. But here we often make the mistake in thinking that different people will correct the problem. We practice this thinking when we leave the people who hurt us in one church to find a new church where people will behave more like proper Christians. We do this when we leave one marriage to find a better spouse who will make a better marriage. We do this when we think that replacing those in government with new people will result in a better government. We do this when we think that removing government altogether would be an even better solution.

The problem is not that the system is broken. The problem is that the culture is broken. Read more

What Can I Do?

 

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“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” We know these famous words from John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address given in 1961.

When a nation has lost trust in its governing body, and when corruption, self-interest, and economic concerns bear down on an overwrought citizenry, it is easy to cast all the responsibility to course correct forward onto a new leader. When we think all of our nation’s troubles are the result of a misguided President, it is natural to think that a different person, a more right person, can be our knight in shining armor.

What we are witnessing is the convergence, the maturation of the choices throughout decades of American history. What we feel to be the sudden conspiratorial success of secret hidden agendas, is merely the culmination of the natural progress, or rather regress, of civic, governmental, and religious worldviews. Read more

Saving Western Civilization

historyA decade has passed since I sat in my Introduction to History class listening to my professor lament on our inability to know history. Instead of introducing her students to the fascinating world of historical knowledge, she adeptly laid the foundation of its futility. Her philosophy ought to have caused her resignation as her own field of discipline had no purpose pursuant her own admission. In fact, her philosophy undermined the entire historical department at the University not to mention the discipline itself. The professor did not simply suggest this untoward line of thinking, she professed it as truth, at least in as much as it could be in a world without truth. She opined truth’s nonexistence in the same manner she dispensed with the ability to know history.

A few weeks into the course, I would hear the same professor attempt to validate her point of view that plagiarism is a moral wrong while many of the students argued that there were legitimate allowances for it. She had no ground to stand on since she had already dismissed the existence of truth weeks before. All she had at her disposal was indignation at the moral malaise of her students. It is not every day that a person comes face to face with the logical conclusions of one’s own philosophy.

Most people live in conflict with their own philosophy. Read more

LGBT: The Two Ditches on the Road to Truth

keep-calm-and-keep-between-the-ditchesPursuing a good thing for erroneous reasons can entangle the road to success with dangerous snares. When we reject the good thing because of our rejection of the erroneous reasons we are bound to be entangled in a different set of traps.

I’ve read some great responses to the overreaction of some in the evangelical Christian community to the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Much of our despair has been linked to fear of God’s judgment on America or the end of Christianity as we know it in America.

We forget that Christianity flourished in the Roman world which was teeming with sexual sin, worship of pagan gods, and the persecution of Christians. It is true that Christians do not require a Christian culture to be the salt and light of the world. We shine brightly in darkness. If we are not shining, it is not the darkness that is the problem. Paul was no less free in chains than he was without them.

However, here is where I part ways to a certain degree. We begin to lose our footing when Read more

The Link Between The Confederate Flag & LGBT

SupremeCourtIt’s no coincidence that the Confederate Flag has come under attack only days before the historic LGBT ruling. The Confederate Flag is the emblem of State’s Rights. Yes, State’s Rights to own slaves, but we cannot ignore the States Rights issue any more than we can ignore the slavery issue. As a reader of American antiquarian books written by the Founding generation, I understand and have high regard for the proper balance of sovereignty of the States and the Federal Government. When the balance of power shifts to favor one at the detriment of the other we have a recipe for disaster.

While the celebrations, lamentations, and debates swirl around the recent Supreme Court decision, State’s Rights and consecutively citizen’s rights hang in the balance.

Why do I link the attack on the Confederate Flag to the LGBT movement?

I believe it is a prophetic sign to the real travesty at hand. It is a strategy of war for a combatant to remove the symbols of captured-civil-war-confederate-flagrebellion, promise, or liberty. We saw this when Rome sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. We see this when ISIS destroys the historical artifacts in the cities they conquer. We saw this on 9/11 when Al Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

I do not profess to know that the attack on the Confederate Flag is, in any way, part of the game plan of the LGBT activists, only that it is a sign worth paying attention to. I do not believe that it is naturally connected. Honestly, I think the LGBT movement is Read more

Who Will We Be in 2016?

ballotboxWe are fast approaching another critical time in our nation’s history. While all elections are important, the Presidential election carries the significance of national direction. The time leading up to the election creates reflection on the past and anticipation of the future.

Who is on trial? 

The elections create tension upon us as a people which reveal where we place our trust. Emotions run high as the tension draws out fear, passion, and hope for the future. In so doing, they are a good test of our character as a people. The way we evaluate the candidates and argue our political positions becomes a self-imposed test on our own nature. We think the candidates are on trial, but we cannot participate in the political process without being on trial ourselves.

What sort of person will our next President be? 

We wonder if the incoming President will be one who could lead a nation through turbulent times and into a safe harbor. But do we wonder if we will be a people who will work together as a nation supporting and respecting our President through thick and thin? We want an honorable President, but will we be a people who honor our leaders? Read more