It should encourage no one – not even President Obama's supporters – that many of his partisans are encouraging him to see his re-election as a mandate. America's political landscape is littered with the wreckage wrought from Chief Executives, Democrat and Republican, who believed voters were giving them a license to govern like an autocrat.
Because God is love, it is logical that He would create beings with the capacity to respond to that love, beings in His own Image. Because God is love, it is logical He would provide a way for the reconciliation of His beloved to Himself.
It has begun – "it" being the end of the world. Of people, time, cluttered closets, the IRS, the fiscal cliff, final exams, leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The end of everything. Some interpretations of an old Mayan calendar seem to predict the finale of something or other on December 21. Is it a "baktun"-cycle that terminates, or the whole world?52 comments
"That night, there on my farm, God began to come into my heart," Fuchida later wrote. And what God starts, He completes. Mitsuo Fuchida, whose voice on December 7, 1941, shouted the attack code – "Tora! Tora! Tora!" – now, with the same voice, proclaimed the Gospel of Christ. Fuchida spent the rest of his life as an evangelist for Christ and His Kingdom.6 comments
One of the most chilling realities of the contemporary age in the United States and other Western nations is the demise of the Fourth Estate. The death of a vigorous and free press came when mainstream media and other vital components of the information establishment became propaganda organs for the government.40 comments
The re-election of President Barack Obama shows we need the prophetic voice more than the shrill of the prognosticators.53 comments
Dr. Joseph Lowery was one of the people who, decades ago, taught me that there are issues much bigger than one's race and its culture, and there comes a point at which one must rise above his or her provincial and even ethnic preferences. How ironic that it is now Dr. Lowery who seems to be suggesting voters give up that greater vision.
Human life is a gift from God, and even if that person is conceived through the "horrible situation of rape," God "intended it to happen." The response: Frenzy. Establishment banshees wailed, mediadom wrung its hands, all midst much sniffing from the sensitive folk who support President Obama's positions that favor expansion of abortion generally, including partial-birth abortion and pregnancy termination so late it borders on infanticide, all paid for by the taxpayer.
In our muddled age, narrative is the attempt to cloak crass reality in a filmy haze. Narrative has little taste for the pesky facts, and a dislike for details. Those who search merely for narrative, whether theology, history, or foreign policy, are romanticists. They want Walden Pond without the scum, fairy-populated forests without the poison ivy.
However, Biden somehow believes babies in the womb, the major class of humans who can't take care of themselves, are not among those to be sheltered by the "social doctrines" shaped by the Roman Catholic Church. Biden personally accepts the Church's tenet that life begins in the womb, but says he will not allow that belief to shape his policy views on abortion.
Why would God give us either of these men? Why would he raise up a president from a belief system that, to some, seems a parody and caricature of the Bible and history, or a president who officially endorses a moral code contradictory to Scripture?
What can America – and the world – expect from a possible Obama second term? The undisguised party profile gives us clues, in the shape of seven trends.
If the economy is so bad, unemployment so high, foreign relations in such disarray, national security apparently so full of holes, the President's positions on key social issues so opposite traditional values, why is about half the American electorate still supporting Obama?
Lubbock seems as far from the spiritual-moral-social-political-cultural tempest roiling America as that Mesopotamian dry gulch where Noah built his big boat was from the world's seven seas. No wonder Noah was a "national laughingstock."52 comments
Equating Cathy's position with Page's or Breivik's trivializes the concept of hate, blunts and diffuses its meaning. Put a pinch too much salt on a boiled egg and even the little bit bites. Diffuse the same pinch on the Pacific Ocean and the salt loses its saltiness, to paraphrase Jesus.39 comments