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

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