8 Things to Consider Before Watching Tonight’s Presidential Debate

dog-watching-tvThe nation will be tuning in to watch the first Presidential Debate tonight. Chances are most of us have already chosen who we will vote for. For many of us the debate is more like a boxing ring to see how well our candidate of choice will dominate the floor.

There is a segment of the population that will be chagrined at the election of either nominee. Their candidate of choice will not be on the platform tonight. Others are fearfully voting one way to avoid voting another. Some people are firmly aligned with one candidate or the other.

Regardless of what group we are a part of, we can apply a few guiding principles when watching the Presidential debates. Read more

Religion & American Politics

light-vs-dark-sideDuring the political season it is easy to adopt an us versus them mentality. Such a mentality leads to polarized thinking where “we” are the good guys and “they” are the bad guys. All “their” ideas are hogwash and all of “our” ideas are the hallmark of wisdom. Soon the ideas themselves are sacrificed to the greater cause of party politics. We demonize the “other” and glorify the one we identify as the only wise choice.

Though in this political season, some feel that no one candidate is the wise choice and all are sorely lacking as leaders. Regardless, when all the dust settles one of these candidates will be chosen as President. The one that is chosen will need to be respected as President.

On one hand, this political season has brought voters out of the woodwork and interest in the political process has soared compared to what has been normal. This is a very good thing. America needs her citizens to be interested and invested in the political process. The Republic is strengthened the more citizens become active participants in choosing their representatives. Read more

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

There is No Way Like Jesus

We aren’t in Kansas anymore! There is a Wicked Witch. There are flying monkeys doing her bidding. There are Lions, and Tigers, and Bears which we need to befriend. There is a prophesy waiting to be fulfilled. There is a quest that requires courage, love, and a renewed mind.

The old ways will not work anymore. They have withered away because they are of no use in this world. When we try to use them they stand out like a sore thumb and only wreak havoc where we hoped to force compliance. We are the foreigners in a strange land. Yet we treat the land’s inhabitants like they are the foreigners. We have long since lost the high places where we had the privilege of setting the tone for society. Now we clamor loudly. We threaten to boycott. We gripe and complain. We demand better behavior. We lament the state of society. We point the finger. We feel guilty that we cannot make the nation come under the conviction of God by our sermonizing. Read more