Month: January 2010

Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house…. Read more »

The Obama One-Year Evaluation

What has President Obama accomplished in his first year? A lot of people are conducting analyses at this point. Many are coming to the same conclusion: not much. Conservatives are grateful for this result; liberals/progressives are angry—they expected more. Moderate Democrats [an almost-extinct species] are having second thoughts: His primary goal—universal healthcare—is in shambles. Deservedly so. Another key piece of legislation he sought—cap-and-trade—suffered from one major problem: people aren’t so convinced anymore that global warming is a real threat. It… Read more »

Speaking of Change

Every so often I like to let political cartoons carry most of the commentary. That’s what I feel like doing today. Forgive me if I go a little overboard, but there are a lot of them to share in the wake of the Massachusetts Senate race. We could start with this one, which conveys a new political reality: A couple of different cartoonists were thinking along the same lines: For those who don’t understand the image, it draws on the… Read more »

What Are We For?

The Witness of Whittaker Chambers In the aftermath of the Massachusetts Senate victory for Republican Scott Brown, I thought it might be good to reflect a little on the approach we should have for political action. One of my favorite historical figures is Whittaker Chambers, who became one of the most profound ex-Communists of his time [shortly after WWII]. Chambers had something to say in his masterpiece book entitled Witness that I believe has a direct bearing on what needs… Read more »

Victory in Massachusetts . . . and the Aftermath

The 41st Republican The message should be clear: the Scott Brown victory in the Massachusetts special election for the Senate is a repudiation of the radical direction in which the Obama administration has tried to steer America. Some will argue that what happened in Massachusetts last night is not a referendum on the president. The administration’s spokespersons will do their best to create a dichotomy between their leader and what they will call a “terrible” candidate on the Democratic side…. Read more »

Willful Blindness

One of the stories that has swept past most of us in the wake of the Haiti earthquake and today’s Senate election in Massachusetts is that the Pentagon has released its report on the Ft. Hood massacre carried out by Islamist Nidal Hasan last November. This report deserves our attention, primarily because it reveals the mindset in our nation at the highest levels of government. It’s a mindset beset with what I would call willful blindness. We owe a debt… Read more »

A Prediction We Can Count On

Do you have any predictions for the coming year? Here are some possibilities: Well, I don’t know about those. That’s the thing about predictions—it’s so easy to be off the mark. There are a few, though, in which we can have confidence. Let me offer this one: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or… Read more »