Thanksgiving 2014

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.

Children, the state, and reproductive "rights"

Our culture’s attitude toward reproduction – both the “right” to terminate a pregnancy or the “right” to have children – both come from the same corrupted root. We do not view children as a blessing, or even as human beings. We view them as a commodity.

The fact that our culture does not see children as a blessing is seen in the judgmental attitude toward large families. When a family who already has “enough” children is expecting another one (or when they are just seen to have “too many” children) that family is asked the question “Uhhhh huh huh huh, Do you know what causes that? Huh huh huh.” Large families are obviously ignorant hicks who do not know any better.

If you want a child, you should be able to pay to get one though various technologies. If you do not want a child, you should be able to pay to get rid of that child. Both viewpoints put the rights of the adults ahead of the rights of the children. That is obvious in the case of abortion, because the child is being killed by dismemberment. But that is also the case in the “right” to reproduce. Is this really the best for the child? Is it best for the little boy or girl to know their father was an anonymous sperm donor? Maybe, just maybe, could this be an opportunity to adopt a child that desperately needs a good home?

Children are not a commodity that can be bought and sold, nor are they disposable consumer items that we may discard at will. They are precious lives made in the image of Almighty God and should be treated with the same dignity and respect we would afford someone who is twenty years old. If we are going to effectively oppose the barbaric practice of abortion, we must first work to change our culture’s warped view of children. Sadly, this work must start in the church, because our world view is as corrupt there as in the secular culture.

1, 2, 3, 4 we don’t need another war

“A healthy society should avoid war at all costs, except when immediately vital for its own self-defense.”Andrew Napolitano, Fox News

After the Republican wave of 2014, former Congressman Ron Paul tweeted the following: “Republican control of the Senate = expanded neocon wars in Syria and Iraq. Boots on the ground are coming!” I said then that I hope he is wrong.

The primary problem with Paul’s statement is that he is putting the focus in the wrong place. The Republican Congress cannot send us to war without the agreement of President Barack Obama. Our foreign policy, and especially our military policy, is directed by our commander-in-chief. That is not the Republican who leads the House or the Senate – that is Barack Obama. If we are going to have boots on the ground to fight the Islamic State in either Iraq or Syria, Barack Obama will be the one who puts them there. It is silly to pre-emptively blame the Republican Party for a decision made by a Democratic President, even if they support that decision.

With that said, we need to be very careful about what we decide to do in the coming weeks and months. Does ISIS represent a direct threat to national security? If they are now seeking to harm American interests, is it because they were always planning on doing that or is it because we have punched a hornet’s nest by bombing them? I see no clear national security interest that would justify the drastic step of military action.

Congress should have demanded that Obama ask for Congressional approval before embarking on a military adventure against the Islamic State. This is true for Iraq, but is exponentially more so on Syria. One could make the argument that fighting in Iraq is a continuation of our mission there from 2003 onward, though that argument strains credibility. There is absolutely no Congressional authorization to attack anyone inside Syria and there should have been a vote.

Neither party wanted a vote for political reasons, and it is shameful and despicable that our elected “leaders” will happily allow our courageous soldiers to be put at risk of being maimed, tortured or killed while they are such sniveling, pathetic cowards that they cannot even bear to lose a few votes or even an election or two. Any “leader” or member of either party in either chamber who opposed a vote for political reasons should be run out of Washington on a rail and should never be elected to anything ever again.

Anal rape is not funny

Whenever a horrific crime happens, such as the horrific home invasion and brutal rapes in Bloomington earlier this month, it is natural for us to want to see the criminals punished. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the death penalty, for example. But we should never wish for prisoners to be raped in our custody, as a couple people wished for in an article about the home invasion on Herald-Times Online.

Rather than write another new post about it, here is what I have written previously:

Anal rape is not funny and we should not wish it on even the worst criminals.

Stop whining about student voters!

After this past election, some Republicans in Monroe County started whining about the student vote and how students should not be voting in local elections. This counterproductive whining is a waste of time and it needs to stop. Complaining about the student vote is like complaining about the weather – agree or not, that battle was decided forty years ago and the result is not going to change.

I understand the objection. Students know little about local government and local issues, and their votes are uninformed. I certainly knew very little about local government when I was an undergrad at Indiana University in the 1990’s, yet I was voting in local elections anyway. But why not take the opportunity to educate those students about local government and how the decisions made by local government affect students? One local activist proposed explaining to students that the food and beverage tax is a tax on pizza and beer, for example.

There are exceptions, of course. The two IU students who ran for Bloomington Township Board this past year were interested in learning as much as they could about township government and what the issues are that the board considers.

Furthermore, there are plenty of people who are long-term residents of Bloomington and Monroe County who know very little about local government yet turn out and pull the lever for their party. I have to admit that I knew absolutely nothing about the MCCSC school board candidates until shortly before the election, and had to research before I voted. But how many people did not do that research and voted in school board races anyway? Why single out students?

If Republicans want to win local elections, we are going to have to find Republicans who are not registered to vote and get them registered and to the polls. We also cannot continue to cede the student vote to the Democrats. Back in the 1990’s, Republicans did not cede the student vote. We registered voters and passed out literature at least a couple times a week in the line for dining halls and went door-to-door in student neighborhoods. We may not win a majority of students, but we can certainly reduce the margin of loss and put our candidates within striking distance.