Category: Politics & Government

Opinions on contemporary political happenings and the workings of civil government.

Are Voters Foolish? (Part III)

As if to prove my point in the previous posting, a couple of polls taken after the first presidential debate on Friday night gave Obama the “victory.” That, by itself, is not the story. Although when I watched the debate, my opinion was the opposite of those polls, I was judging success by the following factors: Which candidate was closer to Biblical principles in his answers? Which candidate was more honest in his answers in comparison to what he has… Read more »

Are Voters Foolish? (Part II)

Mankind is sinful. That’s the Biblical message. Consequently, we should not be surprised that voters will make foolish choices at times. Yet what do we mean when we say that mankind is sinful, and how does that connect with voting? Let me try to explain how I see sin. First, all sin is foolish. What could be more foolish than to stiffarm the God who created you and who wants to free you from a life (both now and in eternity)… Read more »

Are Voters Foolish? (Part I)

I saved this political cartoon about a decade ago because I thought it was an insightful commentary on the problem with voters. Let me be quick to say that I favor a representative system of government; people need to have a say in government because the government itself needs a check and balance. To trust a small group of individuals (whether in a monarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, or dictatorship) is foolish. The tendency is to see oneself as more important than… Read more »

The Market and Personal Responsibility

The big news last week, of course, was the near-collapse of the market, fueled by the bailout of major firms by the federal government. Leading the way were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-private, quasi-government lending institutions. Now the taxpayers have the burden of guaranteeing an additional $700 billion. Why did this happen? I’m not going to go into all the economics of it, but at the base of the problem is a spiritual issue. It has to do… Read more »

Palin, Gibson, and Romans 8:28

Sarah Palin Being Interviewed by Charles Gibson This week, Sarah Palin had her second test (the first being her acceptance speech at the Republican Convention): could she hold her own against an interviewer from the mainstream media? Charles Gibson of ABC news was given two days to interview Palin on any and all subjects. ABC stretched out the interview segments over two nights and three different programs. I think they wanted ratings (from what I have heard, they succeeded in… Read more »

Palin, McCain, and Prayer

Palin Speaking at the Republican Convention On Wednesday evening, those who watched Sarah Palin speak at the Republican convention saw something quite amazing. The media who attacked her for five days prior to her speech still aren’t sure what to make of it. She wasn’t supposed to be so at ease. She wasn’t supposed to be so effective in introducing herself to the American people. And above all, she wasn’t supposed to actually know anything about how government works and… Read more »

Palin's Daughter: The Christian Response

The big news yesterday, of course, was that the Palins’ eldest daughter Bristol, seventeen years old, is pregnant and unmarried. What should the Christian’s response be to this? First, sin is sin and should be acknowledged as such. What she did was a step into unrighteousness. It requires repentance and a renewal of obedience to God. Second, forgiveness is available to all. A sincere repentance brings God’s mercy, although consequences remain. While I don’t know the heart of this young… Read more »