Amazon Author Interview

Author-TalkHere is the full text of my Amazon Author Interview. I wanted to make it available to all my readers. Enjoy!  ~ Karla Perry

Christine Tate says:

Good morning everyone and welcome to another week of Interviewing Christian Authors where we meet a new Christian author each week and explore their work. I’m Christine Tate, the moderator for this thread, producer of the annual Virginia Beach Christian Authors Festival, and author of The No-Homework Women’s Bible Study: Group Hug and My Prayer Journal: Remembering God’s Answers: Purple Daisy Cover Design.

This week, we’ll be talking to Karla Perry. Welcome Karla! Please tell us about your book, Back To The Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability.

Karla Perry says:

Hi Christine, Thank you! I’m excited to be a part of this Amazon Interview.

My book, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability is a journey into the past to discover the truths we left behind as a nation so that we can pull them into the present and secure a more stable future for our nation. There are many Christians who want to go back to a golden era and recreate yesteryear, but I want to inspire people to dig into American and Western history to pull into today what made America great so we can move forward and not go back into our idea of a golden age. In doing so, I discuss some of the things that made us go off road as a nation. In this vein, I cover philosophy, education, history, science, postmodernism, journalism, the family, and the church.  Continue reading Amazon Author Interview

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Nations, Empires, Globalism . . .

American-Flag-Government-PaWhat is a nation and why does it matter? Nations are a biblical idea. Empires are a worldly idea. But today we face a new challenge, globalism. Globalism is a secularist idea derived from a perversion of Christian ideals.

God promised Abraham to make him the father of many nations. Israel was the first prototype nation. As a nation, Israel would bless many nations.

A nation is one people, united under one language, government, and occupying one land. A nation has borders. The land without those borders does not belong to it. The land within the borders does not belong to the nations outside of it. Continue reading Nations, Empires, Globalism . . .

Why Are We All Arguing?

cookie-cutterIf we all thought the same way, we would be in trouble. When we are free to think for ourselves, we are free to think poorly as well as rightly. We are free to think sideways, backwards, or not at all. If we are not free to think worse, we are not free to think better.

When I watch debates raging across social media, I think we have all gone mad. We seldom debate to reach truth. We debate to dominate and stamp out the opposition. I’m free to share my opinion, but your opinion should not exist. This is proven when we are angry at someone for saying something we interpret as stupid. Continue reading Why Are We All Arguing?

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. Continue reading Religion & American Politics

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. Continue reading Government is Good

Getting Beyond Politics

l_liberal-conservative_1200x675aConservatism is the bankrupt shell of Christendom. Liberalism abandoned the shell long ago in the name of progress. Conservatism conserves for the sake of tradition whereas liberalism progresses for the sake of progress. Both movements lack the substance of a standard for which to build. One cannot progress without a standard to progress unto. Nor can the other conserve without a standard unto which one ought to adhere.

Evangelical Christians, by and large, align with conservatism because we share the value of wanting the good old way of life.  We want to live in the quiet, peaceful, and harmonious Shire that is home to Tolkein’s Hobbits. Every generation of conservatives want to return to an ideal period of the past. As Christians, we want to go back to the time when Christianity held more sway in culture than it does today. But what about cultures that have nothing for which to return? Will conservatism deliver them or enslave them? C.S. Lewis is famous for saying that we do not tell truth by the clock or the calendar. Continue reading Getting Beyond Politics

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 Continue reading LGBT: The Two Ditches on the Road to Truth

The Exchanging of Political Ideas — Joining the Debate

exchange-of-ideas-222790_640Americans have the corner market on democracy. Democratic equality has permeated every fiber of our culture. We have taken a governmental structure and made it the core of culture. We individualized it, marketed it, and sold it. Consequently, we created a cultural monster that wants its needs met. The government was instituted among men to protect our equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But what happens when we redefine the terms of what government is to protect? What happens when we misapply equality?

If equality means that I have an equal right to a certain level of income, a responsibility is placed upon government to protect my right to receive that amount. The free market economy gets plundered by a government trying to fulfill its presumed roll to even the playing field. The people become the children waiting for their parental government to ensure they are well fed. Conservative author Russell Kirk puts it succinctly, “Equal justice is indeed a natural right; but equal dividend is no right at all.”[1] Conservatives balk at the usurpation of our rights, while liberals rejoice in the fulfillment of them. When we define the basic premise incorrectly the error becomes legitimized

This has happened with the change in marriage laws. Continue reading The Exchanging of Political Ideas — Joining the Debate

The Specialty of Freedom

I’m becoming of the persuasion that freedom is more a responsibility than a right. It’s not a condition of human nature, but a product of it’s voluntary restraint. Thus, freedom is not endemic to fallen humanity, but a condition rightly available to humanity. It is an environment we work to obtain and maintain. Man can neither bestow it nor impose it. We cannot achieve it by wresting it away from another. Removing the tyrant often results in a different, and perhaps, greater enslavement. Lack of oppression does not equate with the presence of freedom any more than a lack of war infers a presence of peace.

George-Washington-PresidentLaws do not create freedom, they protect freedom. Government, in a free nation, is instituted among men to ensure the preservation of freedom for the good of the whole. However, if the freedom being protected decays, the laws cease to function as its preservation. George Washington famously opined that America’s government was for a “wholly religious and moral people and inadequate to the governance of any other.” 

Freedom, then, is endemic, not to a state of nature, but to a state of being that is Continue reading The Specialty of Freedom

American Cultural Entropy

Conspiracies are far more exciting than natural causes. Conspiracies provide mystery and protagonists we can fight against. It is easy to draw the battle lines of war against a well-defined foe. But what if we are waging war with a myth? In that case, all our weapons are being jettisoned on a paper target.

American Christians have been waging cultural wars against a mythic force that has supposedly robbed America of our founding principles of freedom. We believe our faith is being stolen from us by a myriad of groups working together to de-Christianize America.

It is expected for believers to look for a designer behind all things, whether that be God, man, or the forces of darkness. But what if our American problem is not caused by the presence of a designer, but the lack of design? Perhaps we are experiencing the mounting problems of a nation that has lost its spiritual heritage because believers stopped replicating that heritage in our own lives. We took for granted that a biblical civilization could not continue without Christians in its high places of culture.

American evangelicals became enamored with the return of Jesus as an escape from the problems of the world, and stopped being the solutions to our national problems. Schools, hospitals, and even our government is a product of a Christianized worldview. None of these things can be sustained without the practical teachings endemic to Christianity.

We only preach enough Jesus to get people saved, but not enough to undergird our economy, educational institutions, health care, and government. The only reason secularists run all of these institutions is because we stopped thinking like Christians.

God gave man dominion over the world. Non-Christians aren’t doing something wrong by shaping culture. They are doing what humanity is designed to do. We expend a lot of energy trying to get them to stop, instead of leading the way by demonstrating the Kingdom in every facet of life.

America did not exist when Jesus gave the Great Commission. It is, in many ways, a product of that Commission. But even if America were the most desolate place on the planet, the Kingdom of God demonstrated by the Body of Christ can transform it into a great nation. There is no nation, city, town, or community on this planet that is too dark for the Kingdom to completely transform.

BacktotheFuture: Rebuilding America's StabilityMy new eBook, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability outlines key points where we went off road as a nation. It is important not to levy blame at any institution, government, or persons for our divergence. America is a nation of the people and by the people, which means we all bear responsibility for the state of our nation. No force, natural or spiritual, can stop the advance of the Kingdom of God. Our weapons are not of this world, and neither are our enemies. I hope that my eBook will inspire readers towards developing solutions rather than providing more fodder for offense or attack. Together we can rebuild our foundations and secure a better future.

To purchase your copy please visit MorningStar’s on-line store where you can download my book.