Wayne Grudem is a very well known and highly respected theologian who has been at the center of attention for his support of Trump (July 28), then for his rejection of Trump (Oct. 9), and now for again supporting "Trump's policies"(Oct. 19).
Now, to begin, this is not a good look for Grudem. Did the tapes that led to his rejection of Trump really reveal anything new about Trump? Of course not. They simply confirmed what we already knew about him — his moral character is, let's just say, not what we would hope for in a president. What new information came out about Trump between when the tapes were released and now? As far as I can tell, not much. So maybe writing this post is a waste of time since Grudem may very well write another post next week again retracting his support for "Trump's policies."
Flip-flopping aside, what do we make of Grudem's new stance that if we don't like either candidate then we should simply vote for Trump's policies? Well, unfortunately for the American voter, Grudem's case is a complete failure for anyone who doesn't accept consequentialist-based reasoning. more >>
"If you vote for a third party or independent candidate, you're just wasting your vote," is one of the phrases so often repeated it's assumed true. Not only is it false, but assuming it's true weakens our democratic institutions.
Telling people that they waste their vote if they don't vote for one of the major party candidates is a dangerous mindset because it's exactly that assumption that contributes to the abysmal candidate choices that many Americans have been so upset about for many years. And it's why so many politicians are able to make promises they won't keep once they're in office.
The politicians will take advantage of you when they know you'll continue to vote for them no matter what because you think to do otherwise is a waste. Once you start thinking that way, you've become a captured voter. more >>
Why is China trying to rein in democracy in Hong Kong? Maybe Hong Kong being a hotbed of Christianity has something to do with it.
In early October, Joshua Wong, a 20-year-old student from Hong Kong, flew to Thailand to meet with fellow students in that country. No sooner had he gotten off the plane than he was detained by Thai officials, who were eager to curry Beijing's favor, and then deported back to Hong Kong.
It's not the first time something like this has happened to Wong. As the South China Morning Post put it, Wong "has a habit of visiting countries that deny him entry." more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini has urged Americans to vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who he revealed gave his family $10,000 while he was imprisoned for three and a half years in Iran for his Christian faith, and accused Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of failing to do anything to help.
Abedini, who last week revealed he has already cast an early vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential elections, acknowledged that Trump has faced a great deal of controversy over his past, but said that as God used flawed men to lead nations in the Old Testament, He could be doing the same with the Republican candidate.
"In the past few months, we have seen how media is attacking to Donald Trump's past. I have even heard so many people said he is not a Christian. Of course, only God knows this for sure, but what I see is God is using him and anointed him. It seems to me that he is the Cyrus of our modern day, but like you and me, he is a flawed man, in the process of spiritual growth," Abedini wrote on Facebook on Sunday. more >>
The 2016-17 NBA regular season will start tomorrow, October 25, with the Cleveland Cavaliers facing the New York Knicks at the Quicken Loans Arena. Other games played that day are Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs. In lieu of these upcoming games, trade rumors continue to hit even marquee names in their respective teams. Here are some of the latest.
1. LaMarcus Aldridge to Phoenix Suns
Aldridge has been the subject of many trade rumors these past few days, and now he is once again linked to another team: the Phoenix Suns. According to Morning News USA, the San Antonio Spurs are thinking about trading the power forward if he couldn't meet the high standards expected from him. more >>
Besides the election, there is a more important battle taking place, Franklin Graham says, and the battle against godless secularism is for the soul of the country.
Writing on his Facebook page Sunday, the president of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said that the "forces of godless secularism want to remove the name of God and his son Jesus Christ" from the United States, and that those battles have been rising with for several years with more intensity.
The candidates may be focusing on the key battleground states and the electoral college but the real battle, Graham said, is in the heavenly realm. more >>