Thanksgiving 2017

A few verses from God’s holy Word for Thanksgiving:

  • Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. — 1 Chronicles 16:8
  • Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. — Psalm 18:49
  • Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. — Psalm 30:4
  • Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. — Psalm 75:1
  • Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. — Psalm 106:1
  • But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Corinthians 15:57
  • Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. — 2 Corinthians 2:14
  • Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. — Philippians 4:6
  • And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. — Colossians 3:17
  • In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

May God bless you as you enjoy this holiday.

Leviticus 20:1-5

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

And I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile My sanctuary, and to profane My holy name.

And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set My face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

Al Franken’s crime is not “alleged.”

There is absolutely no “alleged” in the Al Franken sexual assault case. There is photographic evidence of the crime!

Al Franken is GUILTY of sexual assault. Full stop.

Using the word “alleged” to describe indisputable facts is incredibly dishonest and shameful.

Disgusting fake news media, do your job for once! Label Al Franken for what everyone knows him to be: A sexual predator. And never, ever use the word “alleged” to describe his crime again.

Thoughts on “Believe The Victim”

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. — Proverbs 18:13

The proper response to someone who claims to be a victim of sexual abuse is always “I believe you.”

Right?

Wrong.

From Fox News: A woman filed a police report claiming her ex-boyfriend had raped her and tied her up. She was arrested when her story fell apart.

Investigators contacted Smith’s former boyfriend and discovered he was in a different state at the time of the alleged sexual assault. Law enforcement in the state he was visiting – they did not say where he was – corroborated his alibi, Hood said.

A fabricated “rape” claim can do plenty of damage. Bernard Baran was framed for sex crimes he did not commit and went to prison, where he was raped 30 times. The Central Park Five spent years in prison for a crime committed by someone else. One of them says he still showers with his clothes on. What do you think happened to him while he was in prison?

Harm for false claims of “rape” exists beyond the criminal justice system. Men have been unfairly expelled from college after “hearings” that were designed to find guilt. That can mess up your life and job prospects. You can be fired from your job for a false accusation, and then find it extremely difficult to get a new one. Victims of liars then find themselves socially shunned, alienated from family and friends.

The right thing to do is seek the truth, and the fact is some women do lie. Mariah Smith, Tawana Brawley, and convicted murderer Crystal Mangum come to mind. There was another case right here in Bloomington where an IU student fabricated a “rape” in a police report.

Compassion for accusers and due process for accused are not mutually exclusive. One can respond with compassion without automatically believing every allegation.

I am all for severely punishing rapists. Brock Turner should never have been released, and Willie Horton should have been put to death 30 years ago. But due process and seeking the truth (rather than a “win”) is essential.

The Willie Horton commercial, revisited

I submitted this to the New York Times.

The New York Times editorial board referenced the famous campaign ad about Willie Horton, “which the elder George Bush ran in his 1988 presidential campaign.”

You know better than this. Your editorial was not just “fake news.” It was an intentional lie, and you should be ashamed of yourselves. The Horton ad was not run by Bush, it was run by an issue advocacy group. This is common knowledge, and the nation’s “newspaper of record” has no business printing such an obvious falsehood.

With that said, it is telling that, thirty years later, Leftists are still more angry about the advertisement than the truth that the advertisement exposed. Willie Horton was a convicted murderer. The Dukakis regime in Massachusetts had a furlough policy, and a foolish decision was made to release Horton. While he was out, Horton brutally raped a woman and barbarically assaulted her fiance. The Horton ad exposed Dukakis as dangerously foolish and soft on crime, not just unable but unwilling to protect the citizens who elected him from being raped and mutilated by prisoners already in the state’s custody.

The Willie Horton advertisement was not racist. The fact that Horton is black is irrelevant. What matters is that he was already a violent criminal and was released to commit rape and mayhem against innocent people by the dangerously stupid Dukakis regime. You better believe that if clean-cut white man Brock Turner commits another rape, that the so-called “judge” who released him with a slap on the wrist will be subjected to a flurry of Horton-type ads – and rightly so.

That you are wrong on the merits of the issue is bad enough. That you knowingly and intentionally publish lies completely obliterates your credibility. Again, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

The allegations against Roy Moore…

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. — Proverbs 18:13

The sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore have brought us the usual hyperpartisan bickering, and plenty of moral posturing. So let’s back up a minute and consider a few things.

First, let me offer a disclaimer. Doug Wilson said this, and I will echo it: Saying Moore might be innocent of the charges against him is in no way an endorsement of the crime he is accused of committing. Obviously, if Moore fondled a 14 year old girl he should have been (and should be) harshly punished by our criminal justice system. It should not be necessary to say this, but sadly it is.

No, Moore is not entitled to “due process” before we believe claims against him. The court of public opinion is not a court of law. But Christians need to be careful to consider the warning of Proverbs 18:13, as well as the Biblical prohibition against false witness. That commandment is universal, not confined to a court of law.

Some have squealed with glee over the allegations, immediately believing and promoting them. In some cases, it is a cynical worldview that automatically believes anything negative about a political enemy. (The Right is by no means immune to this, as we saw in the utterly absurd “Pizzagate” fiasco.) Others simply do not care whether it is true. They are just excited to jump on something that can harm a political enemy.

But the commandment against bearing false witness covers more than lying. A reckless disregard for the truth is also prohibited. Rushing to judgment certainly violates the spirit of the commandment, if it is not a direct violation of it. As Christians, we are obligated to seek the truth about Moore before we make a public judgment on his guilt. In fact, we should take violating the Ninth Commandment far more seriously than legal due process rights. Unlike the U.S. judicial system, that has eternal consequences.

Is the sexual abuse allegation credible? The timing is suspect: Right before a hotly contested Senate election where the Republican Party is already bitterly divided. It also seems timed to ride the wave of publicity following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. We know some women do lie about rape, from a false police report here in Bloomington a decade ago to notorious liar Tawana Brawley and convicted murderer Crystal Mangum. No one will ever truly know what happened between Moore and his accuser.

If it is true, Moore should step down. He is not qualified to be a U.S. Senator. Full stop.

It quite frankly angers me to see hyperpartisan Republicans justifying voting for him even if he is guilty. But it is just as infuriating to see #NeverTrump Republicans immediately damn Moore as an “evil” man based on an unproven and un-provable allegation. The fact of the matter is that we are dealing with a perpetrator and a victim. Either Moore is the perpetrator and his accuser the victim, or the accuser is a perpetrator of lies while Moore is the victim of a smear campaign.

Someone is a victim here, and victims should not be used to grind political axes.

As to the election, each voter in Alabama has to make his own determination as to whether the allegation is credible or not. If you believe he is not guilty, you can vote for him with a clear conscience. If you believe he is guilty, no amount of justification can make it OK to vote for an unrepentant sexual abuser. If you are agnostic on Moore’s guilt, vote your conscience. But this is a case where early voting is not advisable. It is better to wait until Election Day to cast your vote, so you can make the most informed judgment possible.

Thoughts on “the gift of singleness”

Christians who recognize the Biblical ideal of marriage are tempted to dismiss the gift of singleness, and that is understandable. But we need to be careful to not err by going too far, especially since Scripture is clear that the gift of celibacy does exist. The Apostle Paul was one who had this gift.

For the purposes of this discussion, the gift of celibacy and the gift of singleness are the same thing.

Now, there is absolutely zero question that “the gift of singleness” is assumed to exist far, far more often than it actually does exist. Too many single Christians are tempted to give up and make their suffering into some sort of “principle” or “spiritual gift” when in reality it is an idol.

How many singles today actually have the gift of singleness? Maybe one percent – and even that may be overestimating. It is very, very rare.

It is our habit to sacrifice the normal on the altar of the abnormal. Because a statistically insignificant number of people actually do have the gift of celibacy, we want to assume that anyone who is single – involuntarily or not – has or may have the gift of celibacy. That is simply not the case. It is not how we are wired. In the Garden of Eden, God created Eve because He said “it is not good for man to be alone.”

We are seeing singleness raised to the level of idolatry, with absurdities such as people marrying themselves. This should not be taken seriously and argued against in a serious way. It should be mocked and ridiculed, like Elijah mocked and ridiculed the prophets of Baal.

Taxation is not theft, Part II

The Weekly Anarchist responded to my post from a few months ago, and he puts forth a well-reasoned and philosophically consistent argument as to why taxation is theft. If I understand it correctly, his position is that government confiscating your wealth by force is not morally different from a private citizen robbing you. In both cases another person or group of persons is taking what you own by force against your will.

The reason I disagree with this philosophy is that I am coming at the issue of taxation from an explicitly Christian perspective. Civil government was established by God and all authority of the civil government flows from God. (See John 19:10-11, Romans 13:1-2, Proverbs 21:1.)

Christians are commanded to submit to the authority of the civil magistrate, and that includes paying taxes. (See 1 Peter 2:13-17 and Matthew 22:19-21.) The Christian who fears and honors God will be a good citizen. Despite this, totalitarian regimes cannot abide anyone who places loyalty to God above the state, so Christians have been persecuted throughout history by these regimes.

Now, nobody likes paying taxes. When I was in high school, I was a Democrat. I supported Michael Dukakis in 1988 and Bill Clinton in 1992. But what started me on the road to becoming a Republican was looking at my paycheck each week and the percentage of my paycheck that I did not get because the government took it before I ever had a chance to have it in my hand or bank account. But as a Believer, I am obligated to follow the civil authority my Lord has set over me, unless it orders me to sin. At that point, I must obey the higher law, which is God’s law. (See Acts 5:27-33.)

Previously: No, taxation is not theft and All taxation is forced confiscation of wealth.