The Ultimate Safe Space

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, some really sad and silly things have been happening. Now, keep in mind that I was as solid a critic of Trump as anyone might want to find. I’m still distressed that he has become the titular head of a party (Republican) and a movement (conservative) with which I always have been aligned.

Yet I accept election results that are not fraudulent and work with those results as best I can.

Not so on the Democrat/Fantasyland side of the political spectrum.

First, we’ve had all those protests that have exceeded legitimate protesting since they are undoubtedly coordinated and funded by individuals such as George Soros. The goal? Create chaos and make people regret the election results.

Some of those protesting actually believe their actions will overturn the election; they are wrong. Others have no real idea why they are protesting; they just like getting paid for acting out their pent-up anger.

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Colleges are particularly susceptible to this fantasyland because their students are being taught by the radicals of yesteryear. “Safe spaces,” crying times, and suspension of classes and exams are all the rage.

Democrat politicians like Sen. Barbara Boxer want to do away with the electoral college system for electing a president. I won’t go into all the reasons right now why that’s a foolish idea. For her, it’s just a political expediency because she’s upset Hillary lost.

By the way, 3/4 of the states would have to approve an amendment to do away with our manner of choosing the president. That’s not going to happen.

Now we have others advocating that we get rid of states. We’re all just one big happy country, they say, and the existence of states gets in the way. We all pretty much think and act alike, we’re told.

We do? Fantasyland emerges again.

To all the protesters who manifest their displeasure, let me remind you that the only reason you can do what you do is that there is still a semblance of the concept of rule of law and protection of minority viewpoints. The instrument for your protection is the Constitution you seem to disdain. If you were thinking clearly, you would recognize it for what it is:

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To the Evangelical Left: Please Rethink Your Principles

The presence of the Sojourners organization at the so-called One Nation rally last Saturday is disturbing to me. Sojourners says it is an evangelical organization, yet it found common cause with communists, socialists, homosexuals activists, and assorted other radicals at this rally.

The leader of Sojourners, Jim Wallis, claims to want to bring civility back into the political debate. Is that what took place last Saturday? Civility? Not by any definition of the term with which I’m familiar.

While Wallis is saying he is a voice of reason against the extremes of both sides, it turns out he is taking money from one of the most extreme players out there.

George Soros is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He’s also an atheist and confirmed leftist. He uses his money to bankroll a variety of radical organizations and causes. Sojourners is one of the groups to which he has donated money, apparently in excess of $300,000. An evangelical organization allied with George Soros the atheist? What kind of evangelicalism is that?

Marvin Olasky, the editor of World magazine, asked Wallis to come clean and just admit that he is on the extreme Left of the political spectrum. Just be honest about it, Olasky said, and acknowledge the connection to Soros.

Wallis’s response was to call Olasky a liar. His exact words were, “It’s not hyperbole or overstatement to say that Glenn Beck lies for a living. I’m sad to see Marvin Olasky doing the same thing. No, we don’t receive money from Soros.”

Unfortunately for Wallis, the proof of the funding was found on the Internet, although it took some searching after Sojourners scrubbed its site of all evidence of the connection. Wallis was forced to apologize for his earlier statements.

I cannot look into the hearts of those who call themselves Christians yet have no problem working with those diametrically opposed to the Christian faith. I believe I know why they are pulled in that direction: first, they are overwhelmed by the needs of the poor and want to see a resolution; second, they think that government money and programs are the solution. I understand their desire to help, but they have little or no comprehension of the proper Biblical sphere for civil government. As a result, they join hands with very unsavory characters with philosophies contradictory to Biblical truth.

I urge self-described evangelicals on the Left side of the political spectrum to reevaluate their positions. Raising government to the level of man’s provider is to replace God. That was the approach taken in the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea, and other communist nations.

This is going to sound self-serving, but I have spent some time thinking about the proper role of government in society. I have written a book that goes through basic Biblical principles and their application to an understanding of the purposes and limitations of civil government. Don’t worry—I will never get rich selling this book, but I do commend it to you if you have an open mind and heart, and I would be happy to dialogue with you about this issue if you first take the time to read it. You can find it on Amazon.

The apostle Paul wrote,

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. … Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.