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May 29, 2023

Christian Nationalism is an internal threat to democracy. How do we handle that?


The fact that terminology defining Evangelicals and even the use of the term Christian is changing into something that it has never been before is the point of the linked article by Dr. Bill Leonard, who is professor emeritus at Wake Forest University Divinity School. Leonard, a Baptist theologian, uses a Christian anthem from the Jesus movement days in the 60's to illustrate how American Christianity has changed. The song, "They'll Know we are Christians by our Love," written by Peter Scholtes, a Catholic priest at St. Brendan's Church in Chicago, was based on John 13:35 where the words of Christ are recorded, "By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Contrast that with the words of speakers at Re-Awaken America events, where Trumpism meets Evangelicalism, somewhat anyway, who advocate for elimination of their enemies by violence and murder. A quote from Tennessee pastor Greg Locke, recorded by an observer at a recent event, said, "We should use our second amendment rights if the government won't respect our first amendment rights." Roger Stone and Mike Flynn, both pardoned criminals, help push the theme of these rallies away from any Christian virtue, things that Jesus said like "love your enemy," and "turn the other cheek."

These are not people who wait around for God to answer their prayers, since his answer might not be what they want to hear. They choose to get their mission accomplished by the use of political power, to heck with God. And yet, Christians who claim to believe in the inerrancy of the Bible will go along with some of this craziness without any idea of what the Bible says, or how to interpret it.
May 28, 2023

I expected too much and was disappointed


Without going into too much detail, today marked a decision in my life that I honestly never thought I'd make. I'm a "give 'em the benefit of the doubt" kind of guy, and I gave too much trust away and got burned. But I've seen some things in people that, if I'd been more careful, I wouldn't ever have trusted. I did anyway, because of my background and being merciful and all of that. But I've learned my lesson and today will be the last time I let myself be sold out by Evangelical Christians.

Leaving means my livelihood is affected in a major way. I'll have to figure out how to navigate the next year and a half until I can start collecting my social security benefits. Even then, I'll have to work, but it will be better than working in the environment in which I am now. I'm done. I've been sold out, thrown under the bus to suit someone else's agenda. No compassion, no consideration, no one coming to stand with me though they repeatedly offered to do such. Nothing there that shows me there was any difference between them and the worldliness they condemn.
May 28, 2023

Boebert lives in a glass house and shouldn't throw stones.


Lauren Boebert's ignorance of the Christian faith shows up on multiple occasions. Defending her son's out of wedlock pregnancy by saying she wasn't going to "nitpick the Bible" was followed by her announcement that she was seeking a divorce. Neither one of those things fit very well in the overall worldview of her brand of Evangelical Christianity, but then, neither did her husband's indecent exposure prior to their marriage, nor does throwing a child around, as one of their sons alleged recently before recanting when his mother took control of the 911 call he was placing.

So it should not be too surprising that the Colorado congresswoman stepped outside of the boundaries of her claimed faith, which is, by description of her action, not really Christian, to label other human beings as "degenerates" because of their sexuality. That's a judgment that she's neither qualified nor permitted to render if she's claiming to be a Christian. It's one thing to determine, for one's self, what standards, principles, values and virtues by which to live, based on a personal interpretation of the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ. But it goes against the teaching of that same gospel to judge others unless the same standard is applied. And the fact of the matter is that, in the Christian gospel, Lauren Boebert is also a degenerate. So are we all.

Boebert's public reaction to her son's indiscretion was quite casual, though in the Christian faith, there's no difference between that and any other kind of sexual activity outside of marriage. She's only interested in "nitpicking the Bible" when it scores political points for her. But in this case, her hypocrisy has the potential to create a larger number of detractors than supporters. Oh, and divorce, well, in the book of Matthew, 19:8, Jesus says that divorce for any cause other than marital unfaithfulness, is adultery which meets the definition of degenerate, I think.
May 21, 2023

Indictments of Trump must come, or confidence in government's ability to enforce laws will decline


This is why I Supported Biden in the Primary

The Democrats have put a lot of excellent candidates up for the Presidential nomination for several cycles now. I could have easily supported any of them in either 2016 or 2020, and no one was more disappointed than I was when Hillary lost in 2016. What tipped the balance for me, in 2020, was Biden's experience, and his addressing the issue of Trump's prior criminality, and his claims of immunity as President, supported by his corrupt Attorney General Bill Barr, even before January 6th and the document scandal. He was much more clear on this than any of the others, except, perhaps Amy Klobuchar, but in addition to his words, there is his long experience in Washington, and that gives him an advantage in choosing the kind of people to run the DOJ who will get the job done.

And this is still my expectation. I have no doubt President Biden knows what is at stake. So does just about every other Democrat in the House and Senate. But I also know that there is political positioning and maneuvering involved, it would be naive not to consider that. This is a democracy and the people have a voice. And this voice is one that is encouraging those engaged in this job to get it done and do what you promised us you would do when we voted for you.

The American people responded to the corruption and incompetence of the former President's administration and term in office by exercising their power and putting someone else in office. We did that in response to what he had done at the time, not knowing that in his last few months in office, it would get so much more corrupt and so much worse. This American is joining his voice to millions of others asking that this be done quickly and effectively, as we believe the evidence shows that it can be.

May 21, 2023

Flynn and the "Re-awaken America" Tour are helping us see the MAGA heresy intruding into the church


For a political faction that claims support rooted in Evangelical Christianity, the doctrine and theology that they pass off as "Christianity" in their "Re-Awaken America" rallies, featuring former general Michael Flynn, a pardoned criminal, meets the definition of heretical apostasy. They have picked up on the sensationalism that is exhibited in some of the more extreme corners of Christianity, such as that of Trump's "spiritual advisor," prosperity cultist Paula White, and have claimed the authority to change the interpretation of the Biblical text to suit their politics. They count on the pathetic ignorance of their base, made up of people who have no idea what the Christian faith teaches, to believe what they say, give them money to continue and at some point, cast their ballot for Trump and his endorsed and approved candidates.

When I say that this meets the definition of heretical apostasy, I am using the conservative, Evangelical method of interpreting the Bible and establishing what they consider to be doctrinal and theological orthodoxy. Most conservative Evangelicals are absolutely locked into a set of beliefs that are based on a very literal rendering of the words in the Bible.
May 18, 2023

Surprise! MSNBC's Morning Joe actually gives positive perspective on Biden's poll numbers!

I was so shocked hearing what was coming out of the television this morning that I was late for work.

Multiple head to head polls show Biden ahead of Trump by varying percentages. Instead of picking out a low grade ABC news poll that gives the orange head a slight advantage, they pulled up a poll with a large sample of voters that showed Biden with a 47-40 lead, and then pointed out that he has a significant lead, over 25 points, among Independent voters. They had to put some negativity in there, so they complained about Democrats whining about Biden's poll numbers, while noting that he won the Presidency at 78, has a longer list of bi-partisan legislative accomplishments than anyone since Lyndon Johnson, kept the Senate in his party at mid-terms and no red wave materialized.

More of that!

May 17, 2023

Kari Lake gets one more chance to look like an idiot.


Arizona taxpayers have had to shell out an awful lot of money because of failed GOP candidates in the state, over the past two election cycles. Don't ever let your Republican candidates tell you they are interested in cutting spending. None of them are interested in it, and Lake seems to be doing more than her fair share to spend taxpayer dollars frivolously. Judges at several court levels have told her she doesn't have the evidence, and they're not going to overturn the election or even subtract ballots. But she keeps coming back, finding someone in a very conservative court system who opens the door to spend even more taxpayer dollars on futility.

She knows this. This isn't about getting the election overturned, it's an ongoing campaign for office, keeping her name and face in an obliging media, almost deliberately looking insane and unbalanced, because that's what gets her the attention she's seeking. She is continuing to run for office, more than likely Kyrsten Sinema's senate seat, but if she keeps challenging election results at every turn, she looks more and more like Trump, which is obviously what she wants.

So the taxpayers of Arizona must foot the bill for the legal costs involved as yet another judge, this time from the extremist Supreme Court in the state, says, "give her another chance." Or, "give her enough rope to hang herself." She's been told, several times, what the legal standards are that she must meet in order for any ruling to go in her favor, and all the evidence they have, which has been gone over in several courts, where it has been made clear that there were no illegalities committed, and no irregularities that were not resolved in the final tally. Every court conclusion has been the same, that she lost by just over 17,000 votes. But Arizona taxpayers have to pay more to hear the same thing again. I hope many of them remember how wasteful she was if she ever does get her name on a ballot again.
May 15, 2023

Tired of "liberal ideology"? You can move to Russia.


Yes indeed, Vlad the bad is offering a location in a village for American expatriates who are tired of liberal ideology. Of course, if they get tired of autocracy and the Russian Orthodox church there's no January 6th alternative being offered. In fact, no guns will be allowed in the village at all, nor will any protests or complaints.

Talk about being pampered, and taking what we have for granted. These are spoiled children who have no clue about the real world.
May 15, 2023

How, exactly, has "liberal ideology" broken the leg or pick-pocketed the wallet of conservative


Seriously? Move to a village in Russia, set up by Putin, because as an American you are "Tired of liberal ideology"?

May 14, 2023

Even the more left leaning media assumes Trump will the GOP nominee with no mention of indictments.

For Donald Trump, Presidential Candidate and GOP Party leader....

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