Monday, June 30, 2008
Gospel of Condoms
Two interesting things happened this weekend... I began separate discussions with two self-professed "Evangelicals" both of whom, I believe will likely support Barack Obama in the fall.
Over the next day or so - I'd like to replay for your benefit and discussion the two sides of the debate. I'd also greatly appreciate your further thoughts - as this is a genuine attempt to hash out the evangelical's role in the election in November.
Let me state up front - that I am not a supporter of either primary candidate. I have written intense criticism of both men. And if you do not believe me - go check my column archives for the months of November 2006 - January of 2007.
Nonetheless Christians are REQUIRED to participate in the election of 2008 - if we choose not to we are exercising disobedience to a known command - to "render to Caesar that which belongs to him." (In this nation - WE - are Caesar therefore our duty is to rule justly and at minimum that means voting righteously!
The column that began the first discussion with an evangelical named Steve was my syndicated piece from Sunday that discussed Barack's "solution" to the AIDS crisis. Not behavior, not different choices, not discernment - CONDOMS!
In response this is how Steven began the conversation:
You seem to be quite dismissive of Evangelicals who support Obama in this election. As one of them, I think there are more important issues than "condoms" and I'm not sure you are right about this micro-issue.
To which my responses began:
How can you claim Biblical Christianity and support the killing of innocent children, the redefining of Biblical marriage, the sanctity and advocacy of homosexuality, the barring of teaching children Biblical truth as it relates to their development, removing the God given rights of parents and replacing them with greater state control, the fallacy of hate crimes legislation designed to silence pastors on Biblical teaching?
All of which are positions that run antithetically to Bible based evangelical Christianity... I await your explanation!
First of all, the President has little if anything to do with those moral and religious issues. More importantly, the mission of the Church is far better accomplished through Kingdom means than through the "arm of man."
As for potential persecution - I don't really see that happening and if it did it would only be what Jesus told us to expect.
Presidents DO have have a role in deciding whether or not to start wars, whether or not to abandon civil liberties and violate treaties, whether or not to ignore important warnings from the scientific community, and how to resolve international issues in places like Pakistan, Afganhistan, Iraq, Iran etc. They do have an influence on whether we move to a rational energy policy. They do have a role in whether or not we can resolve important issues like Social Security, Health Care and Immigration. A responsible Evangelical voter must also consider all of these issues.
Christians who thought they were voting based on Biblical values in the last two elections were instrumental in giving us a president who made some very poor choices on the issues he could effect.
I don't support the killing of innocent children - in the US or in Iraq or anywhere. However; electing a President who might-make-a-nomination-that-might-someday-influence-a-court-decision-that-might-or-might-not-change-the-opinions-and-actions-of-still-unconvinced-pro-abortion-Americans hardly seems to be the best way to do something about killing innocent children.
My response, from my phone, driving about 65mph headed down 95 to DC:
Yes you do support the killing of Children as Obama supported the killing of born children...
End of first exchanges...
Obviously there is much more that could be said to the plethora of Steve's anti-biblical views. Which are astounding really... given that he is touting himself as an evangelical it is fair to measure him by what he claims to be. I know Obama does not wish to be, his supporters likely don't either... But for now... to claims of the back and forth...
What say you?
Friday, June 27, 2008
"Marriage IS a man and a woman!"
He might have been a little slow off the mark on this, but it is the best thing for him to do. He CLEARLY supports the people of California, Obama clearly embraces the judicial tyrants in black robes:
My friends at Protect Marriage
received this yesterday:
"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions."
DISTINCTION is what McCain needs in this election - not conformity, and this gives him one more night stick to beat Obama over the head with.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Young black men most at risk...
You know you're on to something not just when friends agree with you, but more so when the right people are shooting at you.
For me such was the case this week when "People for the American Way" sent their Right Wing Watch bloggers after me
. After now re-reading everything they wrote I can't really find anything there that I am embarrassed by - even though they penned the entire thing thinking it would rain down shame upon me.
The only caveat being that they appear to imply that me being called "heir apparent to Dobson and Falwell" was something I "exaggerated." Tell that to Christianity Today's Tony Carnes who said it in his introductory remarks stated publicly at an awards dinner for ReachOut Television as I was the recipient of their "Cornerstone Award" in 2006.
A written clarification sure would be nice... But I digress...
Right Wing Watch seem to take umbrage at my post a few weeks ago
where I commented on the recently released report by the World Health Organization that showed that HIV/AIDS is not breaking out in epidemic proportions in heterosexual communities. And it's NOT doing so - because it is primarily men who have engaged in homosexual erotic behavior of one sort in particular by which it is primarily spread.
And now MSNBC even agrees with me, and WHO
Disturbingly the story casually admits that the group most at risk are boys 13-24. And to be specific - these are males who are having sex with other males... African American males - MOST at risk in the under 25 category...
So who is going around raping these 13 year old black boys, and where are the voices condemning these actions from the so-called "leaders" of today's radical sexual activists?
No where to be found?
Because 96% of homosexual introduction to male participants is initiated by an older man, preying upon a younger male? Molestation?
Sure looks like the statistics bear this out!
And of course its what mental health professionals have known for decades...
Friday, June 27, 2008
For reasons that I can't fully go into just yet I happen to have some heads up on some things brewing in the family values/social conservative movement.
For instance today in multiple states someone is FINALLY calling Obama's inconsistent and dishonest bluff from his Father's Day speech a couple of weeks ago.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council hits him hard in a brand new television ad that couldn't begin to put the matter any more succinctly. Check it out, and pass it on:
The truth is, Barack Obama DOES know when life begins, he knew it the first time Michelle told him she was pregnant with their first daughter. The truth also is that he has violated his own conscience, Biblical truth, God's will, and basic reality in order to embrace the opportunity to become the most powerful man on the planet.
A difficult temptation to be sure...
But let's be clear - he's lying to himself and the world around him... and that my friend should give us all pause on what we will accept from the man applying for the job!
After all we're not hiring him for the night manager's slot at McDonald's...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was JUST talking about this to senior staff
at FRC yesterday. And it is one of the reasons why owners of big time radio properties, antennas, transmitters, and all the electricity it costs to run these things are freakin' out these days...
Saturday, June 21, 2008
scaring folks about his race...
As truly as distasteful as it may now seem. We've got us a race-monger-baiter-pimp who is about to run in a general election for President.
Because it gins up emotions easily - and causing roughly 12% of the population to begin raging regardless of fact, truth, or reality - Barack went racy-race on Friday night talking to donors in Florida.
He repeatedly claimed that John McCain and the GOP would try to "scare" voters in their general election messaging on the basis of race.
And he's probably right...
Because as we all know nothing is more frightening than a half-white man, threatening to do things that only liberal white people like
Saturday, June 21, 2008
So 62% of Americans say, "DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!"
When you pay $5 a gallon for gas it's easy to understand why. Every item of food you now eat has become much more expensive to consume (unless you grew it in your own backyard.)
Coupled with that dilemma is the reality that nobody believes the environmental whack jobs anymore.
Al Gore the love guru of the greenies has been shown to not only be the biggest hypocrite/liar/inventor of new imaginations related to global warming (every claim of his movie now being discredited by more than 41,000 meteorologists, climatologists, and earth science academics), but someone that can't even control his own energy usage. Gore this year consumed 10% MORE than he had a year previous. (Gore justifies it by saying, "I'm so important that I HAVE to!") By the way his margin of INCREASE was enough to power more than 230 homes for a year.
But in addition to that - all the "the end of the world is at hand" types have refused ocean drilling because of the fear of pollution to the marine under life. The problem now is that we all have seen that when a level 5 Hurricane swept through the gulf (Katrina) followed by a level 4 (Rita) - even though the rigs in the gulf (over 800) had some damage to the rigs themselves, NOT ONE DROP OF OIL was spilled.
Given that - I expect this 62% to increase - big time the more the price of gas increases. And Barack Obama says - no more drilling, no more exploration, no more depending on ourselves to supply the energy we need...
And that's NOT change we can believe in...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Greatest sports feat ever
And if you disagree... you're just a moron... seriously.
Show me anyone, who's come even close... My closest second (and former first) is still the 1980 USA Hockey Team. But what else even grazes the spectrum of this accomplishment?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I had the very real honor in high school to play for an amazing hoops coach, Keith Gober. He helped lead his University of Alabama team when in college to glory. But more impressive, for 25 years, and over a record of 525 wins against 161 losses - he's taken largely undersized, lesser talent teams and taught them how to work harder than they think they can.
As I sit watching the Lakers embarrass themselves into the history books, and being a life-long Lakers fan, I couldn't help but ponder what Coach (one of the men in my life I've most admired) would say to Kobe and company. Given that I followed in Coach's steps and coached college ball for seven years - I think I have a pretty good idea.
If Kobe ever intends to be taken seriously again, if ever wishes to be uttered in the same sentences with Michael and Magic - here's where he will have to start...
1. Get some pride.
Kobe you and the boys got OWNED every single night of this year's finals, even in the games you ended up winning you seemed unfazed when you would lose leads. The truly all time greats, the Michaels, the Magics, the Larrys, recognized the moment for what it was - dug in, and fought harder. Your inability to distinguish between your leads and your lags was stunning...
2. Feel the pain.
Listen son, did you hear the crowd at the Garden singing, "hey, hey, hey - Good-bye!" Does it sting? If it doesn't - hang 'em up because you have no business still playing. If it does get the audio, put it on your iPhone, listen to it everyday for the next year. Let it so motivate you to never feel this way again - that you truly do become willing to do anything you must to improve yourself, your leadership abilities (which were noticeably absent in your losses), and your determination to take the responsibility for your pitiful end to this season - that you pledge yourself to not return to this spot.
3. Stop shooting the stupid jumper.
Look Michael Jordan didn't start "settling" for the jump shot till he was like 104 years old. You're still a very young man. And as Coach always pounded into our heads - far many more good things happen for you when you break down your defender and go to the rim. Pulling up from way outside allows the other team to set up for the rebound - and when your not in a rhythm it becomes a one-shot possession each trip down. Dribble penetration on the other hand causes defenses to rotate to prevent you from getting to the rim - opening up a teammate to hopefully penetrate themselves and either get a wide open quality shot or finding someone else via defensive rotation. And if the defense doesn't rotate - you get to go to the foul line.
4. Play better defense... much better - like you really do want to win.
You're offense will always be highly overrated. Do you remember World B. Free? Maybe not - great scorer, sucky defender. But Jordan, Johnson, and Bird - did it at both ends - especially in transition.
5. Feel the sting.
Do you feel it yet? All Laker fans everywhere do - DO YOU?
6. Keep a low profile.
At least for this off-season, stay away from cameras, scandals, other women, and anything else that mentally will keep you from recovering your manhood next season.
7. Find some Faith.
Ask the Creator why he allows you to suffer such humiliation. Then be ready for the answer - AND LEARN! Some of our greatest embarrassments can be used to teach us things we would not learn otherwise. Be a man - admit you did not prepare, and were not ready to do what was necessary, and commit yourself to a different path next year. Humility is a gift that can enhance our lives in ways we would not expect, nor usually want, but after going through them - would not wish it any other way.
8. Do the small things.
Leadership is best taught by example. Doc Rivers and the Celtics just put on a clinic and gave you a front row seat... did you pay attention? You had the more "talented" team. But they outworked your behinds on nearly every possession down the floor...
At the end of the day - you know that you could have done better, you know that Laker fans know it to. They will forgive you - if you pledge to never embarrass us this way every again.
131-92 - feel the sting?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
According to those who study such things
, Al Gore is has a more huger carbon fatprint than he did last year...
Gore energy use was UP 10% on the year, meaning his energy margin
over his use a year ago - would be enough to power 232 homes...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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Monday, June 16, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Shame on him, and shame on his publisher - Thomas Nelson. Even a casual, cursory understanding of either the Christian faith, or the candidacy of Barack Obama would have easily demonstrated how at ODDS the two are.
Monday, June 16, 2008
might be many things - but not Christ and church...
Me thinks the "Rev" Martin Dudley (snicker squelched) might not have been
the best student at the old Seminary:
The service was held at St Bartholomew the Great in London – one of England's oldest churches, which featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral – and was conducted by the parish rector, the Rev Martin Dudley.
The couple, the Rev Peter Cowell, who is a cleric at one of the Queen's churches, and the Rev Dr David Lord, had registered their civil partnership before the ceremony.
Mr Dudley opened the service by saying: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God to join these men in a holy covenant of love and fidelity. Such a covenant shows us the mystery of the union between God and God's people and between Christ and the Church." In the vows, Mr Cowell and Dr Lord pledged to "hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part".
Mr Dudley blessed the union with the words: "As David and Jonathan's souls were knit together, so these men may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made."
Somehow Mr. Dudley must have missed the part about the one kind of sexual union that God blesses... I mean its not like men weren't trying to get it on with other men back in Biblical times - and it was pretty clear in scripture that those unions were never blessed. For that matter neither did the Pagan Greeks or Romans - even though people practiced homosexuality, they never substituted it for marriage, because they realized the survival of civilization rested upon the ability to bear sons. (Real sons too, not the kind that play dress up in mommy's undergarments and lipstick...)
But the reason that the push is so hard in "religious" circles these days - is not because homosexuals (those who practice homosexual behavior) are so concerned with what God has to say about living their lives in obedience to Him. Far from it - they are looking for...
And the Biblical church Catholic/Protestant etc... is the only institution standing in their way.
Their ultimate goal for those people of faith who disagree - is to either persuade, or to silence...