Monday, August 20, 2012

Romney's taxes

Romney critics seem to be obsessed by the fact that he has not released more of his tax records than required by law. Maybe someone can help me understand this issue better.

Are those who are making this an issue concerned that Romney may have done something illegal? If so, why are they not concerned that Obama's IRS has not prosecuted him?

OR, are they concerned that Romney may have paid very little in taxes?  If that is the case, why aren't they upset that the Pelosi House, the Reid Senate and the Obama White Hose never fixed the problem?

OR are they they concerned that Romney just paid the minimum amount of taxes he owed? But who pays more taxes than they legal owe? Do you? I know I don't.

In the mean time, this Romney tax issue diverts us from the fact that we currently have a President who is the most anti-religious-freedom President in history, and who seems to think he is above the law and the Constitution.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Gay Awakening? - Christian foundations -

A short but excellent article asking, "How can Christians respond positively to the acceptance of homosexuality and gay  marriage by mainstream culture?"

A Gay Awakening? - Christian foundations -

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Police: Man attacked because teens 'were just bored'

If this were a story of a group of white guys brutally attacking a black man, it would be the lead story in every newspaper and TV outlet in the country. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be leading protest marches calling for hate crimes charges.

But because it was a group of black kids who brutally beat a white guy, no hate crimes charges will be filed,  there will probably be no crowds, Jesse and Al will be silent and most of the media will pay no attention.

When violence like this happens--whether black on white or white on black--it's not really about skin color. It's about evil and everyone needs to condemn it..

Police: Man attacked because teens 'were just bored' | |

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Chick-fil-A and gay protests

Apparently not many gay people showed up to protest against Chick-fil-A. I would like to think this means that most gay people are more tolerant than some of their hateful, self-appointed gay advocates.

Fast and Furious by Katie Pavlich

I just finished reading Fast andFurious by Katie Pavlich, a book about a scheme by the federal government to sell guns to Mexican cartels. The supposed objective was to follow the weapons from purchasers to the upper levels of the cartels. The ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency) pressured local gun shops in the southwest into selling guns—thousands of guns—to illegal purchasers. Even though many of the gun shop owners expressed concerns, the ATF assured them it was all part of the plan and everything was under control. Some gun shop owners tried to refuse cooperation but were coerced by the ATF in cooperating.

The problem was that no one in the ATF (or any other government agency) was tracking anything. They were deliberately having thousands of guns sold to murderous drug cartels. After hundreds of people were murdered using these guns, the ATF and the Obama administration tried to blame the whole thing on the gun shop owners—even pressing charges against the very gun shop owners they had pressured into cooperation! Democrats in Congress (predictably) pressed for more gun control legislation.  ATF agents who came forward to expose the scandal were punished.

Eventually Congress began to investigate and found that this plan involved not only the ATF but several administration departments and reached all the way up to the Homeland Security Secretary and the Attorney General of the United States. While no connection to the President has yet been proven, the Obama administration has done everything possible to sidestep, stall, stonewall, and obstruct the investigations. The book charges that the real reason for the scheme was to provide a basis on which cases for more gun control and regulation could be implemented—including regulating gun shops out of business.

The book is well researched from sources including ATF eyewitnesses, internal emails, and testimonies before Congress. The book hard to put down. It is as outstanding as it is disturbing.

The Jesus idol

One of my older students, after reading the Gospels for the very first time, expressed surprise that the Jesus of the Gospels was not the Jesus she expected to find.

I'm not sure what she expected to find, but I fear that many in contemporary Western culture have re-defined Christianity as the practice of “niceness” in the worship of a non-judgmental, All-Tolerant God. I’m afraid some forms of contemporary Christianity have made Jesus into an idol more closely resembling Santa Claus than the Jesus of the Gospels.

While it is certainly true that the Jesus of the Gospels had a lot to say about love and compassion, that’s not all he had to say. The Gospels present a Jesus who condemned malice, deceit, greed, envy, slander, arrogance, lewdness, evil thoughts and sexual immorality—which, in Jesus’ culture, would certainly have included the sexual sins listed in Leviticus 18 and 20)—and who went around warning people to repent of their sins  or they would perish (Mark 7:20-23; (Luke 13:5; Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:17; John 3:18-19; 5:28-29).

While the Jesus of the Gospels was certainly compassionate and loving, he was not always nice. He told one of his own disciples to “get behind me, Satan.” He called self-righteous religious leaders greedy, self-indulgent fools; hypocrites, blind guides, whitewashed tombs and children of hell (Matthew 23:15-17, cf. Luke 11:42-44). He told a crowd they were of their father, the Devil (John 8:44). He even condemned his entire generation as evil, adulterous, sinful, faithless and perverse (Mark 8:8; Lk 11:31-32//Mt 12:42, 41; Mk 9:19; Mt 17:17; Lk 9:41). On numerous occasions he warned people of being cast into an eternal fire where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 5:28-30; 8:12, 13:42; 25:14-30).

In short, his teachings condemn all of us (see, for example, Matthew 5-7), but he claimed to have come to give his life a “ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Those who sincerely repent of their sin and turn to him as savior and King will not be condemned. According to the Gospel of John, those who refuse him are condemned already because they have not believed in Jesus, and because their deeds are evil, loving darkness more than light (John 3:16-20).

Not everyone will like the Jesus of the Gospels and that is their right, but to present a more politically correct Jesus by cherry-picking “nice” parts of the Gospels and ignoring the rest is either ignorance or dishonesty. In either case,  I think the Bible would define it as idolatry.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mitt Romney and taxes

It seems like the most serious charge the Democrats have been able to launch against Mitt Romney so far is the unsubstantiated (and irresponsible) charge by Senator Harry Reid that Romney may not have paid any taxes for the last ten years.

Let's imagine for a minute that Reid was right. So what? The issue is whether Romney violated the law or not. If he did, why hasn't the Obama IRS gone after him? If Romney did not break any laws, what's the problem? Who in their right mind would pay taxes that the tax code does not require?

You may not like the fact that companies, corporations and rich people have tax shelters and loopholes (me either), but that is the problem with the Congress and tax code, not with the tax payer.

In the case of companies, every dollar a company pays in taxes is a dollar that could have been used toward investing in the company, or hiring new workers, or paying for bonuses or salary increases. Any CEO who would pay taxes that are not required by the tax code, is not smart enough to be a CEO!

It's like someone on TV said this morning: "If Mitt Romney really hasn't paid any taxes over the last ten years, I don't want him as my President. I want him as my accountant!"

How is same-sex marriage working out in Massachusetts?

Before you vote on same-sex marriage, you should really be aware of how this is working out in Massachusetts. If you read only one article this month, PLEASE take a few minutes to read this. Whether you agree or not, you will at least be more informed.