Month: April 2010

The Production of Wealth

President Obama to Wall Street this week: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” I always want to approach the topic of wealth from as Biblical a viewpoint as possible. First, I recall a couple of verses in Deuteronomy 8, where we are told, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you… Read more »

To Save the Innocent

Last night I attended a fundraiser for an organization devoted to the pro-life cause. A Woman’s Choice is a center in Lakeland, Florida, where pregnant women considering abortion can go to get an ultrasound and practical help for bringing a new life into the world. But it doesn’t stop there; the center also offers aid after the child is born, teaching parenting skills and leading these women [and men] into a relationship with the Lord. Being pro-life is more than… Read more »

Government Controlling Itself?

I don’t have a problem with government. I believe it is a God-ordained institution that is to protect citizens of a nation. Whenever it stays within those boundaries, it is a servant of God. What I do have a problem with is government out of control. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and one of the principal authors of the Federalist Papers, in discussing the reason for the checks and balances incorporated into the federal government, noted in Federalist… Read more »

The Lakeland Tea Party

The nature of my post will be a little different today. I just want to provide some local flavor from the Lakeland, Florida, Tea Party. I arrived about 6:00 p.m. and took the following picture of the gathering crowd downtown. Hundreds were present listening to the speakers. The lakeside setting was perfect. Republican candidate for Congress Dennis Ross was the final speaker. I’ve gotten to know Dennis a little; I’m impressed with his devotion to the Constitution and knowledge of… Read more »

Movie Review: Letters to God

I always approach films written primarily for Christian audiences with some trepidation. Many have been subpar in production values. One of the best to date has been Fireproof. Now the same director, David Nixon, this time with professional actors, has upped the ante. Letters to God, written by a father who lost a son to cancer, uses his experience as the basis for a movie about a young boy dealing with the disease. His response is to write letters to… Read more »

Humility and Authority

John Ashcroft was Attorney General of the United States when 9/11 occurred. In that position, he was the man primarily responsible for making sure it didn’t happen again. What a heavy burden to bear. Congress passed the Patriot Act, and Ashcroft’s task was to ensure it was carried out faithfully yet cautiously, keeping in mind the rights of American citizens. In my opinion, he acted maturely in his efforts to deter terrorism while maintaining basic freedoms. Yesterday, I had the… Read more »

Party of Which People?

I’ve always found it somewhat comical that the Democratic party refers to itself as the party of the people. Historically, it has been the Democrats who have pushed the idea that the government, not individuals, knows best. It started with Woodrow Wilson. He was devoted to the idea that the Constitution was a “living” document that politicians and judges could alter at will. During WWI, Wilson took almost complete control of the American economy, even to the point of nationalizing… Read more »