Monday, May 26, 2008

Vacation Pics

I was going to write a bit about our family vacation to the Smokies, but my wife has done so here and here. Looks like there is more to come, too.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Beat Goes On

Headline: Radical Chicano Group Gets Millions In Earmarks

According to this article, La Raza received $15 million in federal boodle in 2006 and is further into the trough thanks to unflagging assistance from Barney Frank.

No matter who is elected the problem will be exacerbated as either Obama or McCain will try to buy influence, and votes, among the growing Hispanic population by shoveling money at them.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: democracy just doesn't work.

Marriage and Politics in Post-Christian America

Watch John McCain on the "Ellen" show discussing, among other things, his opinions on the abomination of gay marriage. McCain spent years being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton but here does his best impersonation of the cowardly lion and refuses to put this ignorant women in her place. One can only surmise that ole John is either getting soft in the noggin or that he really couldn't care less about the issue. I'm thinking it could be both, but more likely the latter.

Meanwhile, Pat Buchanan addresses the matter with a bit more punch:

To say two men who live together and engage in sex can be married renders the idea and ideal of marriage meaningless. The court may declare it, but it cannot redefine an institution that nature and nature's God have already defined. As they say in Texas, you can put lipstick and earrings on a pig, and call her Peggy Sue, but it's still a pig.

"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," Christ taught. Through the Old Testament and into the epistles of St. Paul, homosexual sodomy is an abomination leading to personal destruction and damnation, one of the five sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance. How, then, can four judges declare it to be integral to the sacrament of marriage?

Evangelical voters will still show up and pull the lever for the Mad Bomber. When Buchanan was running, it was this same group and their anointed "leaders" that sabotaged his campaign in an attempt to carry Bob Dole across the finish line in the GOP primaries. If they could vote for the likes of Dole and Dubya, there is no reason to assume they won't vote for McCain, too.

Caesar's Children

Speaking to the dangers inherent in statist education, Voddie Baucham asks why we're surprised that after giving our children to Caesar they return to us as Romans. I've asked the same question:

Why are Christians so socially impotent? Why are we not light scattering the darkness? Why has the salt lost its savor? Why are we faithless in heeding Jesus’ command to occupy until He returns? I would argue that the Church has ceased to look at life in terms of the fullness of God’s Word. We have not made his Word central to our lives. Likewise, we have turned our children over to Molech. We give our children to covenant breakers and then are surprised when they don’t grow up to be covenant keepers. We’re shocked that our evangelism seems so lacking and our influence is so minute when we don’t even reach our own children with the Truth.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

War on the Horizon?

If Phil Giraldi is right, war with Iran may be right around the corner. Giraldi writes of "buzz" in the imperial city "suggesting that the National Security Council has agreed in principle to proceed with plans to attack an Iranian al-Qods-run camp that is believed to be training Iraqi militants." This is despite the lack of evidence connecting Iran with Iraqi "insurgents". American policy in Iraq seems to be designed toward fomenting tension between Iran and Iraq for purposes of justifying the occupation. Will the Congress have anything to say about this or is The Hill truly Israeli occupied territory? In case you were wondering, that question is merely rhetorical.


I haven't been posting much of late, but I did make a few updates to my website this morning. If you visit, feel free to peruse some of my favorite essays from Dow Blog and be sure to visit Kathy's blog, too.

Happiness is...?

According to one of those pointy-headed, faux intellectual, egghead types at Harvard, the key to happiness is avoiding, at all costs, rearing children. I always thought happiness was all about two kinds of ice cream and sharing a sandwich.

Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the author of the book Stumbling On Happiness, says people's happiness declines after they have children, and never recovers until the children leave home. Gilbert's vast body of research indicates that playing with one's children produces less happiness than talking with friends, eating, or watching an episode of "According to Jim."

By the way, Gilbert has neither children nor pets. And in other good news the conference was organized by an outfit dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism, so at least we can hope there were only a few "Christians" present.

For Christians, children are never mere accessories or a "lifestyle choice." Conception is an act of God (Ps. 127:3, Ruth 4:13, I Sam. 1:19-20, Gen. 16:2, Gen. 17:16, Ps. 22:9, Jer. 1:5, Gal. 1:15) and children from the womb are created to be the image bearers of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Scriptures commands us to be fruitful and multiply, for the purpose extending His dominion (Gen. 9:7) and producing Godly offspring (Mal. 2:15). Moreover, children are to be received as a gift from God:

Ps. 127:3-5
3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD ,
children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate

Get the picture? Receiving a blessed inheritance from God involves in part the gift of children. Those who despise children despise life itself, and ultimately they despise the giver of life. Listen to Martin Luther: "The purpose of marriage is not to have pleasure and to be idle but to procreate and bring up children, to support a household. Those who have no love for children are swine, stocks, and logs unworthy of being called men or women; for they despise the blessings of God, the Creator and Author of marriage."

The correlation between happiness and children sounds strange to modern ears. Fortunately the likes of Dr. Gilbert will ultimately have little significance for they carry few arrows into battle. The future belongs to the meek and obedient, to those who love God rather than death.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Napolitano on State Kidnapping

Napolitano is great! I don't watch FNC frequently, but surely they must bury this guy rather than putting him on in prime time. He makes too much sense.

Napolitano says that the Texas CPS has committed a crime and that any evidence of wrongdoing they squeeze out of these poor kids should be inadmissible.

I've Been Busy

The lack of posting lately is due to being busy. I have recently been elected to join the deaconate of my church and will also be shortly teaching an overview of the New Testament. Kathy and I are also trying to make curriculum decisions for next year and trying to put together some lesson plans as well. On top of those 45 hours I have to regrettably spend at work that means I haven't got lots of time at the moment.

I have a number of topics I hope to address in coming weeks, including the doctrine of the ascension and how it relates to Christian engagement broadly speaking. We'll see if I get to it or not.