Month: November 2010

The Korean Situation

Last week, North Korea attacked South Korea. This is an old story: it happened in 1950 as well, which led to a three-year war [police action?] that ended in a truce, but not a real solution to the dilemma. The North has never given up its original intent—to take over the entire Korean peninsula. It remains one of the most hardline communist governments in the world, and continues to be supported by China. When it chose to fire missiles at… Read more »

Presidential Poll Numbers & Reelection

President Obama’s approval ratings have been below 50% for quite some time now. Depending on which poll you believe, his favorability is somewhere between 42-48%. That certainly looks bad for him at this stage of his presidency. In an interview with Barbara Walters a few days ago, he said he’s not really in that bad of shape; as proof, he cited how poorly both Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were doing two years into their presidencies—both lower than he is… Read more »

Romans 2:12-16

For all who have sinned without the [Jewish] Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively  the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they… Read more »

Advice from Screwtape

In C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, a senior devil—Screwtape—gives advice to a junior devil—Wormwood—under his tutelage. Reading this “advice” provides excellent insight into how God works in our lives. For instance, on the subject of prayer, what might a devil say? Here’s one possibility: Whenever they are attending to the Enemy Himself we are defeated, but there are ways of preventing them from doing so. The simplest is to turn their gaze away from Him towards themselves. Keep them… Read more »

A Taxing Issue

So what’s going to happen with the Bush tax cuts? Democrats are in disarray on the subject; Republicans want all cuts extended, noting that one group—the so-called “rich”—should not be penalized. After all, that is the group that creates jobs. Ideological blinders, however, mask that reality. To some, those who create the jobs are the greedy perpetrators of inequality. Those critics are the equivalent of the TSA on the economic front: The taxpayers, in their view, are the repository from which… Read more »

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 that started the national holiday. Keep in mind that he issued it in the midst of the most horrible war ever fought on American soil. Yet he wanted the nation to remember all the blessings God had bestowed. Lincoln wrote all of this own speeches and proclamations. He had a way with words. In my Civil War class, we examine a number of his speeches, and students come away impressed with his… Read more »

Worldview Does Matter

A person’s worldview does affect how he sees everything. I’ve commented often on what I believe Obama’s worldview is: non-Christian, anti-Western, and heavily influenced by Marxist philosophy. Take a hypothetical classroom where economist Adam Smith and Karl Marx might be under the tutelage of Prof. Obama: There are ramifications to the rejection of free markets and the adoption of government control of the economy: President Obama, though, refuses to take any responsibility for any of our economic woes. He continues to… Read more »