Thursday, January 28, 2016

Professing Jesus Christ isn't enough in politics

Professing Jesus Christ isn't enough in politics.

It's too low a bar to hop over, no matter how authentic the statement.

Pro-life politics aren't enough either.

What's needed is a full-orbed Christian philosophy: one that understands foreign policy, monetary policy, welfare (not welfare statism), the role of the government, the role of churches (and private organizations), and the role of individuals and families, for starters, from a Christian perspective.

(The candidate who has the most of this is Rand Paul, by the way)

Rubio, Trump, Cruz, et al. have a full-orbed just ain't Christian.

Same goes for Hillary and Bernie.

I write this mainly because I saw a few Christians get excited about Marco Rubio, who, quite winsomely, confessed Christ while speaking to an atheist concerned about Rubio running for "Pastor in Chief." I was very convinced of Rubio's authentic love for the Lord.

But Rubio's hegemonic foreign policy -- his neoconservatism -- is in direct conflict with the claims and aims of the gospel. And remember, the president is Commander-in-Chief. It's one of the few explicit presidential duties delineated in the U.S. Constitution. Who he believes should be bombed is a big deal.

One day the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and Rubio's vision veers away from that tremendously.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Say No to Rubio and the "New American Century"

The first thing I noticed back in April when Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced his run was the banner with the words "New American Century" in the background.

This is code word for a defunct think-tank by the same name which provided the intellectual ammunition for George W. Bush's disastrous Iraq foreign policy.

One writer describes the defunct Project for the New American Century as desiring and demanding "one thing: the establishment of a global American Empire to bend the will of all nations."

I agree.

The Project for the New American Century was a place warmongers turned to hear the intellectual justifications for their warmongering and hawkish foreign policy. This organization was started by neoconservative William Kristol, who is currently an editor of the neocon Weakly Standard.

Dick Cheney, Vice President under Bush II, is a founding member.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a founding member.

Not that Rubio is hiding hawkish views, as you might see in the debates, but his selection of "New American Century" is very telegraphic of the kind of people he would place in his administration.

The next thing I noticed was that Mitt Romney's former aides embraced him.

This should tell you all you need to know.

We don't need a Latino George Bush. Say no to Rubio.

Vote Rand Paul.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What the elite are doing that you are not

The elite -- or the successful -- are constantly doing one thing that you are not:

They keep making goals after achieving old goals.

As soon as they accomplish one goal, they are on to setting another goal.

On and on this process goes.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Prayer for Purity

Proverbs 16:3 says,
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”


I have broken covenant with you. I have played the whore and have gone after other gods. I have not left the door to sin left cracked open; rather, I stood, in darkness, on the opposite side of a cracked door allowing just a little bit of your light to shine in; I wanted to be in sin, in darkness, and pretended that I really wanted you.

Ever Holy Lord, I am sorry.

Please forgive me.

Restore to me your holiness, through your Holy Spirit. Do not leave me barren. Naked. Ashamed. Clothe me in your righteousness. Make me right before you. Make me more like your divine Son who was made righteousness for me. Bring to my remembrance the cross he had to bear, his vicious execution, and his resurrection, which gives me hope over the power of sin and death. Help me remember that I am too called to carry my cross, crucify my fleshly desires, and overcome by the power of Christ’s Holy blood and Your wondrous spirit.

Through enthusiastic love of You, of Christ, of the Holy Spirit, and consequent discipleship, help me attain purity, holiness.

Increase my knowledge of you, O Lord, and of your ways.

Help me glory in your law and nature!

Help me praise you like Jesus!

Help me praise you like the Psalmists!

Help me fear you!

Help me…because I not only can’t do this by myself, I can’t do this at all through my human strength.

I need you Lord.




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