My Take

Even though no one has asked for it, here is my take on the decisions made by the Supreme Court this week:

Our government is secular not spiritual. As such, decisions are made based on humanistic philosophies, not biblical principles. That’s just the way it is.

Equality before the law outweighs morality before God. Why? Because a secular society cannot legislate morality.

Our country, while based on Judao/Christian principles, was never intended to be a “Christian” (theocracy) nation.

Nothing has really changed.

God is still sovereign.

Striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act may have a greater, negative impact on democracy than any thing else the Supreme Court did (please read that again carefully). The reason I say this is because, like it or not, same-sex marriage is a done deal; striking down voting rights is a huge step backwards.

Jesus is still the way, the truth, and the life.

My passport says “United States of America” but by real citizenship is in the Kingdom of Heaven.

It’s time for the church to be the church and for Christians to be disciples. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. It is the kindness of God (not judgmental attitudes of believers) that lead people to repentance.

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What do you think?

Ok, here is something that has been on my mind lately and I would really like your opinion.

There is a lot going on in our country. It seems every day there is another “crisis” that we, as the body of Christ have to deal with. It seems our freedoms are being taken away and our rights as Christians are being attacked. Or at least that is the impression I get from all my conservative Christian friends. People, who call themselves evangelicals are complaining about how bad the government is and how horrible the present administration is and on and on.

Last Thursday was the national day of prayer in which tens of thousands of prayers went up for revival and for our country to return to God.

Yet, I don’t know a single Christian who believes a theocracy to be a good idea.

So, here is my question: Where do we draw the line between praying for God’s blessings on our country and becoming a theocracy?

Where do we draw the line between being a democracy (representative, constitutional democracy) and being a theocracy?

Where do we draw the line between being a “Christian nation” and becoming a theocracy?

When does talk about God and Jesus and Christianity and any other religion burden the public square and public discourse?

I am seriously wanting your opinions and am not trying to stir anything up. There are simply some questions I have asked myself lately.

What are your thoughts?

Right vs. Relationship

man_question_markQuestion: Is it more important to be right or to have a relationship? Is it more important to win an argument or to win a friend?

Especially when it comes to politics; is it more important to be right politically or to be in a right relationship with one another?

This question, and post, comes out of a conversation I had with a black pastor friend. Theologically, my friend is as conservative as I am. He loves Jesus as much as I do, and he doesn’t like the direction our country is headed in any more than myself. However, my friend is fed up with the  constant barrage against Pres. Obama, and he is discouraged that much of the barrage is coming from white Christians and pastors. To be honest, I’m getting a little tired of if as well. Please understand, it’s not the criticism of the President’s politics, but of the man himself, that is grating. As a citizen of the United States you have every right to question and criticize the President’s policies. But as a disciple of Jesus you do not have the right to attack his person. Everyone, regardless of creed or politics, deserves respect. Continue reading

The United Nations & Palestine.

gaza-west-bank_mapI am trying to educate myself a little bit more on the political nature of the Palestinian / Israeli conflict and the path to peace and the two-state solution, etc…I know the conservative, evangelical, theological point of view, but I am interested in learning more about the practical, day-to-day impact on the people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, especially the Palestinian Christians who, I believe, have been overlooked and forgotten by most believers in the States.

I have a long way to go and a steep learning curve to navigate. But I am trying.

I have several Arab Christian friends. I have asked some of them their thoughts on the present situation, mainly the UN’s recent decision to recognize Palestine as a state. Below is the response I received from one of them.

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The Sky is Falling! (or at least the market is down)

I keep telling myself I am going to lay off the political posts for a little while, but I keep reading things that bother me. I consider myself a conservative, but often when I read newsreports, opinion, and facebook statuses from other conservatives, I scratch my head wondering, “When did being a conservative mean you quit using critical thinking skills?” I am sure many of my friends think the same thing about me, so please don’t take that last statement personal. Several years ago realized I don’t think like a lot of other conservatives, and that’s ok. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been interesting. I am very comfortable in my own skin. But I still scratch my head in amazement, saying to myself: Why can’t other people see what I see? Maybe I am the one that is naive.

What has caused me to scratch my head recently is what people are saying about how the market plumeted the day after the election. Did that really surprise anyone? Is it really Obama’s fault? Well…not entirely. Continue reading

4 Years for a 3rd Party

Did you know there are nearly 40 different political parties in the United States?

Did you know the FEC (Federal Election Commission) had 175 different people file the proper paperwork needed to run for president in 2012?

With so many choices why were there only 2 people allowed to debate and why don’t we hear more about the other candidates?

That’s a complicated question because there are all kinds of criteria a candidate must meet in order to be invited to a debate and be recognized as a serious candidate. However, at least one alternative candidate did meet the criteria but was still left out. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, has filed a lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates for not inviting him to the dance. Gary Johnson was on the ballot in every state and should have been included.

The simple answer to why we are not told more about third-parties is because it is all about money and power and the establishment manipulating us into thinking we actually have a voice. The average U.S. citizen really does not have a voice and will not have a voice until we have a viable and equal third political party. Continue reading

A Miscalculation

I think I may have made a miscalculation.

I assumed I could have a reasonable, tolerant, civil conversation on facebook about politics. I know, I know, I should have known better, but I thought it was possible. I guess I underestimated  how passionate people are about this election. After all, “IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME”…or at least the most important election since 2008, which was “THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME.” And of course I assume 2016 will be “THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME.” Then, of course, there is 2020 and 2024 and 2028 and 2032 and 2036 and 2040 and………..

I also assumed people were taught, like I was, that my responsibility was to only vote my conscience; nothing more nothing less. Furthermore, I was taught we should respect everyone’s right to vote their own conscience. But I was even wrong about that! Apparently if my conscience doesn’t line up with your conscience than my conscience is unconscionable. Continue reading