Friday, December 14, 2007
No, not Scooter Libby. LIBBY Hallock, our german shepherd mix! She's got the biggest ears of any good lookin' dog out there. Libby is crazy... she eats the soap while we're giving her a bath, and she drinks the water too! We got her about 3 months ago from a shelter, and haven't had any problems with her (except when we left her in the house by herself once). She is very well mannered, most of the time. She loves her toy chicken. For Christmas, she's getting a replacement chicken. :-)
This post is short and sweet, just like her!
Co-authored by Jeremy & Beth.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Here is a recent 60 minutes segment that gives a pretty good glimpse of what is going on in Iraq.
I have a difficult time with the widespread support of the Iraq War by so many American Christians. A prominent Christian professor actually told me recently that what is happening to Christians is not at all relevant to whether or not we should consider the war right or wrong. For the record, I disagree. I've talked about it before, but one issue we must consider is whether or not this war conforms to the Just War Theory. I will be posting more about that later as I would like to get deep into that discussion. In the mean time, we should be in constant prayer for our fellow believers in Iraq, and for that matter, in all countries where they are persecuted for their faith. We should also be eternally grateful to God for the freedoms we have to live out and share our faith in this country.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I'm a Christ Follower (Mac vs. PC Parody) Part 01
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In the first post we discussed 1. abortion, 2. salvation and 3. war. Now we will continue the discussion with issues 4 and 5.
4. Home Schooling is an important issue to many Christians. I was home schooled for several years growing up (many years ago!) so, while home schooling laws do not affect me directly any more, I still have a soft spot for this issue. Here are some quotes from Ron Paul’s website: “Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda. As President I will advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children's education.
I will veto any legislation that creates national standards or national testing for home school parents or students. I also believe that, as long as No Child Left Behind remains law, it must include the protections for home schoolers included in sec. 9506 (enshrining home schoolers’ rights) and 9527 (guaranteeing no national curriculum).
Federal monies must never be used to undermine the rights of homeschooling parents. I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to encourage a culture of educational freedom throughout the nation.” It seems like most of what I am writing ends up being quotes, but I have to admit that it’s easy to do because Dr. Paul explains his positions in such an eloquent and direct way.
5. I was planning to discuss issues of personal privacy and freedom here, however, after some thought I have decided that those issues aren’t really “Christian world view” issues. However, I will say that when you look back throughout history it seems that the first thing to go when a society becomes more socialist is religious freedom. Keep this thought in mind as you research the issues and compare the views of the other candidates, be it Republican or Democrat. I would have to say that a more relevant issue for Christians would be the morality and family life of the candidates. I don’t think you will find a man who has more integrity or a more stable family life than Dr. Paul. He has been married to the same woman for 50 years, has 5 children and 17 grandchildren. I am not saying his family life is better than ALL the other candidates, but I don’t think you can beat it. Here are some notes on the integrity of the man:
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
I believe the issues discussed here are most relevant to the Christian world view. I certainly believe there are other issues that are as important as these; however, my intent with these posts is to bring to light the issues that are considered most relevant to Christians.
We are giving up our freedoms and privacy with, among other things, the National ID, the Patriot Act. Benjamin Franklin once stated that “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
I could go on and on about the merits of Ron Paul’s domestic and foreign policy, his belief in a strict adherence to the constitution, his incredibly consistent voting record and his faithful family life. You may see statistics about his voting record that may not align with the “conservative” vote, but you must remember that he does not vote for any legislation that is not expressly authorized by the constitution.
Don’t judge Ron Paul by what you hear. Check out his website, http://ronpaul2008.com/, and the Ron Paul Library website, http://ronpaullibrary.com/, which contains documents on his position on pretty much any issue you can think of. Watch any speech (http://www.youtube.com/RonPaul2008DotCom) and you will come to see the sincerity and passion of Dr. Paul. Do some research and find out if he may be worth your vote. He is certainly worth mine.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
1. To start things off, there are several “requirements” that a majority of evangelical Christians have for a presidential candidate. The first issue that many Christians use to qualify candidates for office is abortion. Ron Paul personally believes in the right to life for all. This value for life includes unborn children. Ron Paul has actually authored legislation to define life as beginning at conception and is the prime sponsor of a bill that would negate the effect of Roe v. Wade. Here is an excerpt from his website: “In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of HR 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also authored HR 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called ‘population control.’ Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken direct action to restore protection for the unborn.” I hope that is clear enough to assure those who oppose abortion that Ron Paul is on their side!
2. The second question on the list is typically “Is the candidate a Christian?” Again, in his own words: “I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.” I believe this is a fairly self-explanitory statement of Dr. Paul’s spiritual beliefs.
3. The War. I have to say that I, along with most Christians, supported the call for war in Iraq. As I think now about war, I have to say that I am stunned that I felt like going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do. PLEASE DON’T STOP READING HERE!! Let me explain. The Christian position on war over the last 1600 years has been fairly strictly aligned with the Just War Theory. The writings of St. Augustine helped formulate the Christian theory of just war. To get to the very basics of this theory, there are several requirements that must be met in order for a war to be considered. They are:
1. Just cause - The reason for going to war needs to be just and can therefore be recapturing things taken or punishing people who have done wrong.
2. Comparative justice - While there may be rights and wrongs on all sides of a conflict, to override the presumption against the use of force, the injustice suffered by one party must significantly outweigh that suffered by the other.
3. Legitimate authority - Only duly constituted public authorities may use deadly force or wage war
4. Right intention - Force may be used only in a truly just cause and solely for that purpose—correcting a suffered wrong is considered a right intention, while material gain or maintaining economies is not.
5. Probability of success - Arms may not be used in a futile cause or in a case where disproportionate measures are required to achieve success;
6. Last resort - Force may be used only after all peaceful and viable alternatives have been seriously tried and exhausted.
Ron Paul voted for the use of force in Afganistan in order to find and punish the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, but he did not vote for the Iraq war. Why? September 4th, 2002 Congressman Paul gave a speech in Congress titled “Arguments Against a War in Iraq”. I urge you to read the entire speech, which reviews military, budgetary, and economic issues among others things, but I will include here his final paragraph: “Finally, there is a compelling moral argument against war in Iraq. Military force is justified only in self-defense; naked aggression is the province of dictators and rogue states. This is the danger of a new "preemptive first strike" doctrine. America is the most moral nation on earth, founded on moral principles, and we must apply moral principles when deciding to use military force.” I truly believe this should be the Christian stance on the war.
Update: Added link for Part 2.
Don’t judge Ron Paul by what you hear. Check out his website, http://ronpaul2008.com/, and the Ron Paul Library website, http://ronpaullibrary.com/, which contains documents on his position on pretty much any issue you can think of. Do some research and find out if he may be worth your vote. He is certainly worth mine.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Here are the things on my mind lately.
Politics. Presidential Race. Ron Paul. Libertarianism. Power seeking Republican and Democrats. Ron Paul. Non-interventionsim vs. Isolatinism. War vs. Peace. Ron Paul.
Theology. Fasting - "real" fasting or giving "something" up? Which is right? Is there a right or a wrong? When should I fast? Christians. Do we live like it? Why are christians so in support of the Iraq war. Is war ever justified, from a christian's perspective?
Business. I want to start a business, I think. Should I start a business? I've got to get a business plan together. Do I want to spend the time learning and developing a business? Is it worth the time and effort?
So... these are a few things that I really do want to blog about. Soon. I hope. :-)