Tuesday, September 30, 2008
They were talking about the ongoing market roller coaster.
And the question was raised, "Does the government have a fix on this problem? Do the numbers add up? Will enough money fix this problem?"
And that is the question: will enough money fix this problem?
But what is the problem?
Ex-president Bill Clinton told the Today Show last week that the problem would have been fixed if the Democrats were not in the way of his plan.
Rush Limbaugh and others have pointed out the history of government bullying: the insistence that unqualified borrowers be able to receive loans--that high-risk people get loans on houses they can't pay off.
But the problem is more fundamental. It is spiritual: greed.
Too many companies willing to give money (for more money of course) to those who are risky. And too many people willing to go into needless debt for the desire of the moment. Americans mostly don't tithe, they spend their childrens' money and save enough for their next cup of latte.
The politicians won't tell the people: they blame the businesses or the lack of government oversight. And the people are only too willing to believe them.
Now the government is telling us that a 700 billion dollars will make this problem go away. The American people believe that too. But someone has to begin to tell the people the truth. The truth that money can't fix this problem.
Only repentance from greed and fleeing to Christ can begin to fix this problem.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I didn't know! You probably didn't know either!
(Here is the amended Iraqi Constitution accepted by the people in October of 2005.)
Did you know: “Work is a right for all Iraqis so as to guarantee them a decent living.” (Article 22)
Did you know: "Oil and gas is the property of all the Iraqi people," Article 109.
Did you know that Article 34 states: "free education is a right for all Iraqis in all its stages."
Did you know that the Iraqi State is cradle to grave? Consider:
Article 30: “First: The state guarantee [sic] to the individual and the family--especially children and women--social and health security and the basic requirements for leading a free and dignified life. The state also ensures the above a suitable income and appropriate housing.”
Article 25: “The State guarantees the reform of the Iraqi economy in accordance with modern economic principles to insure the full investment of its resources, diversification of its sources and the encouragement and the development of the private sector.”
Article 16: “Equal opportunities are guaranteed for all Iraqis. The state guarantees the taking of the necessary measures to achieve such equal opportunities.”
“A. The family is the foundation of society; the State preserves its entity and its religious, moral and patriotic values.”
“B. The State guarantees the protection of motherhood, childhood and old age and shall care for children and youth and provides them with the appropriate conditions to further their talents and abilities.”
Article 33: “First: Every individual has the right to live in a safe environment.”
Did you know that, "Public property is sacrosanct, and its protection is the duty of every citizen." (Article 27).
And there is no right to bare arms: Article 9: (b) "Forming military militias outside the framework of the armed forces is banned. "
And did you know at all that Iraq is officially Muslim?
Article 2: 1st - Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation:
(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.
(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy.
(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution."
Did you know that we are fighting for a Socialistic/Fascist Islamic State?
OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW!
WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW?
YOUR NEWS MEDIA REFUSES TO TELL THIS SIDE OF THE STORY!
Instead of reflecting our love for truth, we get
Talk radio jingoism,
Interviews with experts lauding democracy,
Talk show hosts happy that people get to vote--regardless of the constitution they live under &
"Democracy" being the solution for everything in our great nation. President Bush stated:
"In many Middle Eastern countries, poverty is deep and it is spreading, women lack rights and are denied schooling. Whole societies remain stagnant while the world moves ahead. These are not the failures of a culture or a religion. These are the failures of political and economic doctrines." (2003 speech).
May the Almighty Trinity open the eyes of our nation, and revive the hearts of our churches.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Most Americans receive the you-gotta-forward-this email. Some are good; many are just hype. This one is not hype. No really…
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From: T. Rue History <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Presbyter <elder.1@notReformed.com>, Baptizo
<email@example.com>, Methodists <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Subject: Fwd: TRUTH ABOUT HISTORY---YOU GOTTA READ THIS!!!!
Date: 4 July 1776, 22:42:16 +0000
Evangelicals : This ones for you
--- On Thrs. 7/4/76, Christina History wrote:
> From: Original Historical Documents [PolyMathis research]
> Subject: Fwd: TRUTH ABOUT HISTORY---YOU GOTTA READ THIS!!!!
> To: "Unaware" , "Know-Less" , "American Evangelicals"
> Date: Tuesday, October 31, 1517, German Timezone, 12AM
> C. History wrote:
Thoughtful point of view
Most Evangelicals love to revel in early American history—that time when the church and culture were one in principle and practice. When Evangelicals were the cultural, political and religious leaders of America. At least that is what books such as The Light and the Glory would have us think today.
Whether from homeschooling sources, Christian school teachers or modern Evangelical books, some of the history presented is correct: there were Christians as Jamestown, Pilgrims at Plymouth and Puritans all over New England. And America's formal creation was substantially created by the Christian culture of America.
But it is only part of the truth. It is not the whole truth. With the contemporary Christian dislike of anything smacking of theological differences, the doctrinal beliefs and practices of these groups of Christians are quietly ignored. What if a historian were to claim that these Christians of early America were Deists? You'd laugh. That old canard has been debunk decades ago! What if a historian told you that the greater part of America was Calvinistic? Those man's-will-is-bound-in-sin-and-God-is-sovereign-in-salvation people.
That is the response most people give. But it is true nonetheless. Many Evangelicals rightly point to glories of that time as proof that Christianity can transform a society, a culture, a country. But now Evangelicals have to rethink this proposition. For if the early American culture was predominately Calvinistic (and it was) then it was not a generic Christianity that formed America! READ ON:
"If we call the American statesmen of the late eighteenth century the Founding Fathers of the United States, then the Pilgrims and Puritans were the grandfathers and Calvin the great-grandfather…the prevailing spirit of Americans before and after the War of Independence was essentially Calvinistic in both its brighter and uglier aspects."
(Von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, an Austrian Roman Catholic aristocrat intellectual and National Review contributor, "The Western Dilemma: Calvin or Rousseau?"Modern Age 15, no. 1 (1971):5.)
"We boast of our common schools; Calvin was the father of popular education, the inventor of the system of free schools. We are proud of the free States that fringe the Atlantic. The pilgrims of Plymouth were Calvinists; the best influence in South Carolina came from the Calvinists of France. William Penn was the disciple of the [Calvinistic] Huguenots; the ships from Holland that first brought colonists to Manhattan were filled with Calvinists. He that will not honor the memory, and respect the influence of Calvin, knows but little of the origin of American liberty.
(First great American historian, George Bancroft (a Unitarian!), Literary and Historical Miscellanies, (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855), 405-406.)
"This [American] marriage of distrust in individuals but hope in properly structured institutions is no mere historical accident but has its roots in the Reformation theology of John Calvin…Others have made the more general case that Calvinist precepts permeated the culture at the time of the framing. Many of the Framers brought to the convention a background in Calvinist theology, with Presbyterians predominating among the Calvinists." (Constitutional Lawyer, Marci Hamilton, "The Calvinist Paradox of Distrust and Hope at the Constitutional Convention," Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought, 293.)
"Let not Geneva be forgotten or despised. Religious liberty owes it much respect, Servetus notwithstanding." John Adams, Founding Father, Essay XIX, in 6 The Works of John Adams 313–14 (Charles Francis Adams, ed. 1851).
The number of Calvinist churches (of one stripe or another) in America ranged from 60-80% (Religion and the American Experiment, Witte, 120)
READ MORE DOCUMENTED HISTORY: OCTOBER REVOLUTION
More references: Covenantal Democracy in America: Two Radicalisms, Covenant and the American Founding,
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
"ST. PAUL –- John McCain and Sarah Palin’s election “would be a return to God’s word” and return the U.S. “back to a spiritual revival,” Joe Gibbs, former head coach for the Washington Redskins and NASCAR race car owner, told the Republican National Convention Thursday." (Foxnews)
Where, oh where do I begin?
1. It is rather presumptuous to assert that this ticket is a "return to God's word"--where's the evidence?
2. It is even worse to assert that voting for these two would bring a spiritual revival!
3. What has America come to??
We wouldn't know a revival if it bit us in the butt! Frankly, we don't even know our way to heaven! Recall how 57% of Evangelicals think there are other ways to heaven than Christ. That only 3-6% of Evangelicals have a Christian worldview.
Hopefully, this poor fellow is just too exubrent to think straight.
Prayerfully, there are more discerning Republicans who caught this error.