George Jones once asked through the lyrics of a country song, “Who’s gonna fill their shoes?” Released in 1985, the song pays homage to country music legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Patsy Cline. For a country music purist, the question is a pertinent one. However, many upstarts have volunteered to fill... Continue Reading →
Christians Should Be Politically Active
In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell "Slaughter-gate" trial (and the appalling disinterest of many), there is a need for Christians to be reminded of our function as a pillar and support of the truth--a reminder of our calling to be salt and light in an otherwise dead and listless world. The post below... Continue Reading →
Yes, America, There Are Pro-life Democrats
Are there any pro-life Democrats left in America? After the Democrat cave-in which came during the passage of Obamacare, and after the concomitant HHS mandate requiring contraception and abortifacient drugs be covered by all health insurance programs, the answer would seem to be an emphatic, “No!” The national platform of the Democrat party calls more... Continue Reading →
Why Christians Should Care About Who Is Elected in November
For more than a century, Christians have been stretched by the tension of a fundamentalist strand on one side and the evangelical strand on the other, each pulling backwards against the other like a rubber band being pulled apart by two opposing hands. The result has indeed been tension. On the one hand, the fundamentalists... Continue Reading →
Religion and Politics: A Thorough Review
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has just released a new study concerning the increase of "Nones." What they mean by that is that there is a rise in the number of people not affiliating with any religion at all. Overall, the study shows that we are still (at least nominally) a Judeo-Christian... Continue Reading →
Two Examples of Preaching Politics
In response to a couple of posts of late, I offer below two examples of well-known preachers who have made overtly political statements. The first is Bishop E.W. Jackson who calls upon black Christians to leave the Democrat party. It's a short, simple, and powerful video. The second example comes from John MacArthur. You can... Continue Reading →
Should Preachers Mess with the IRS?
A group of Protestant preachers appears to be picking a fight with the IRS this election cycle. According to this Fox News article, more than 1,000 preachers have pledged to participate in an October 2012 campaign sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund). The aim of the Alliance’s... Continue Reading →
De-funding the American Dream
Who is responsible for this bad economy? Republicans? Democrats? President Obama, or George Bush? Pushing aside our partisan passions, we could probably all agree that no single individual is responsible either for a good economy or a bad one. Although all politicians like to claim credit for the good times (and point fingers of blame... Continue Reading →
How did we get from an America of fierce individualism and personal responsibility to an America of handouts and government control? Temptation. That's the argument Paul Rahe makes here.
Example of Political Importance
As Christians, we are told often to keep out of politics. I agree that the power, purpose, and glory of the gospel far exceeds political ideology. Nevertheless, this article from Victor Davis Hanson gets to a few root issues which demonstrate that politics matters. Political decisions have sweeping influence over the lives of millions. The... Continue Reading →
One Nation Under God
The official motto of the United States is more than lip service to ward off the wrath from a potentially vengeful god. The motto is what I would call a fence, a paradigm for the existence of human institutions and the humanity benefitting from them. This point—the significance of a corporate, unified belief in the... Continue Reading →
You probably know that I don’t think it is good to vote based on how it affects your pocketbook. At least, that isn’t the first priority. But there is a case in California that has Christians and conservatives actually voting with their pocketbooks. Read about it here...
Huck’s Building Momentum
This morning on ABC, Mike Huckabee was interviewed concerning his building momentum in his bid for president. A few conservatives have spoken against him, but specific allegations have been lacking. The two quotes against him on ABC were by Phyllis Schlafley and Betsy Hagan, each of the Eagle Forum. His response to them was to acknowledge... Continue Reading →