It is obvious that we live in a day where we hate authority. We hate the authority of the church, of parents, and of school teachers. We hate the authority of the civil magistrate and law enforcement. (Which is why I find it so strange to see people embracing socialism, as if you can have “free stuff” without force.) With that in mind, here is a verse we should all remember:
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
I had always thought of this as applying to the church, but I never thought of it as applying to the government until recently. But Scripture does teach in Romans 13 that the state is given authority by God and that they are to watch over the people with the authority God has given them. So as the civil magistrate is working to stop the spread of the coronavirus (or COVID-19) multiple orders have been issues to limit our freedom of assembly. It is wise to adopt two postures on this, one for the long term and one for the short term.
The death of Joe Biden’s wife an daughter in a traffic accident was a terrible tragedy. Anyone with a heart feels for him in his grief, even nearly five decades later. However, the fact that your wife died tragically does not give you the right to viciously lie about and smear an innocent man.
Contemporary reports at the time indicate the truck driver was not at fault for the accident. There is no evidence that he was impaired or had been drinking. The accident was the result of Biden’s wife making an error in traffic. Yet decades later, Biden falsely claimed that the truck driver had “drank his lunch” and was responsible for the fatal crash.
This is a damnable lie. Continue reading
Much of the problem in our politics today is there is no room for nuance, and no ability to understand that there are legitimate competing interests in a hotly contested issue. We see this in the Indiana Daily Student column accusing the city of Bloomington of choosing to “protect white supremacy.”
(Necessary Disclaimer: The owners of Schooner Creek Farm deny being white supremacists.)
First, think about this for a minute: Bloomington is by far the most “progressive” city in Indiana, commonly referred to as “The Berkeley of the Midwest.” The city is dominated by Democrats: The last time a Republican was elected to the city council was 2007, by a margin of just a few votes. That Republican served with eight Democrats, a Democratic mayor and a Democratic city clerk. Do you really think this hotbed of “progressive” activism is really interested in protecting white supremacists?
Here is an important perspective from Warhorn Media on obeying authority regarding the COVID-19 outbreak:
Christians are in a panic against what?
Against authority. But not authority in general; specific men and women God has placed over us and commanded us to obey.
Go read the rest at Warhorn Media.
The coronavirus epidemic reminds me of the panic about the enterovirus in 2014. It was a nasty bug that severely harmed a number of children, but it was basically a summer cold. The coronavirus is serious, but it is important to have perspective: Most common colds are caused by coronaviruses. Most people have been infected with a coronavirus at some point in their lives. What makes this unique is that COVID-19 is a “novel coronavirus” which we have not seen in humans before.
The virus still causes mild to moderate symptoms in most people. One of the reasons it is difficult to get an accurate count is there are most likely a lot of people who got it and recovered quickly without realizing they had that particular virus. Those most at risk are not young and healthy people, but people over 60 and with compromised immune systems. Those who have pointed this out are not trying to dismiss the severity of it for those people, but to try to calm the rest of the population and work against a panic.
When Joe Biden claimed that “150 million people have been killed since 2007” by gun violence, many on the Right had a lot of fun at his expense. But there is both a broader and a more narrow issue here. I will defend and attack Biden on this issue.
First, the broader issue: This obsession with making sure politicians can answer trivia questions is absurd, as is the rush to condemn and mock over a simple mistake. It is obvious that Biden intended to say that 150 thousand people had been killed by gun violence since 2007. This is not evidence of senility or dishonesty. This is someone using the wrong word while speaking off the cuff. Do you know who else does that? Donald Trump. Do you know who else does that? Every single person who has ever lived.We have all used the wrong word at times when we meant something else. This does not mean we are dishonest or stupid. It means we are human.
I saw something on Twitter describing Tulsi Gabbard as “homophobic,” so I did a quick Google search and found this.
This is the problem with the man-made religion of political correctness. If you ever say anything they dislike, you can never be forgiven. No matter what you have done since you said something “offensive,” you will always be defined by that remark.
Do you know who else opposed same-sex marriage in 2004, and continued to oppose same-sex marriage for eight more years? The Great and Exalted Barack Obama.
Note the difference between the PC cult and Christianity. While PC holds your “sins” over you forever and denies redemption, Christianity is exactly the opposite. God looks at the repentant sinner and sees the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a much more reassuring way to live.
No wonder the people who are the most “woke” are angry, bitter and hateful. They have no hope.
When you are convinced of the righteousness of your cause, it is easy to demonize the “other,” casting them in the worst possible light and justifying viciously hateful and nasty behavior against them. When you go too far, you even turn people on your own side against you. We see this with the holy war waged by ANTIFA and the badly misnamed “No Space for Hate” in Bloomington, as the Herald-Times editor points out:
Well how did filibustering a Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners meeting work for them? How well did being hateful and disrespectful and mean-spirited work for them?
Schooner Creek Farm had been peacefully selling vegetables at the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market for years before some private chat logs were hacked and distributed by ANTIFA cyber-vigilantes. Once the owners were doxxed, it was suddenly unacceptable that people with “identitarian” beliefs would be allowed to continue to sell vegetables. Then, ANTIFA and NSFH decided they would rather sabotage the Farmer’s Market and destroy the livelihoods of dozens of innocent vendors rather than allow someone with objectionable beliefs to continue to peacefully sell vegetables.
When Kentucky was considering passing legislation that would require respectful disposal of unborn babies after an abortion, radical feminists showed up in “Handmaid’s Tale” costumes to protest it.
Whatever one thinks of the “Handmaid’s Tale” memes, when “abortion rights” advocates are opposing pro-life legislation, they are at least opposing a law that would (in their view) unnecessarily restrict “what a woman can do with her body.” But this law would not in any way restrict abortion “rights.” It would simply govern how the baby’s remains are treated after an abortion.
Some of us warned well before the Supreme Court fabricated the “right” to same-sex marriage in 2015 that Christendom at large had long given up moral authority by surrendering on other aspects of sexual morality, including not standing against fornication and sheepishly accepting no-fault divorce. Now that polyamory and cuckolding has stepped out of the shadows and is being pushed by the cultural elite, we are about to lose another battle.
It does not help when Christian publications, even standing against the coming tide, are opposing polyamory in the weakest way possible. Doug Wilson was right when he mocked this approach. We cannot effectively push back against the upcoming push for polyamory and cuckolding with “thoughtful” language about what is “best” or what God’s will is for our good. The answer is not to stroke your beard and contemplate how God’s plan is best for us. The answer is to preach the Gospel and God’s condemnation of this wickedness.