Tag: Republican Party

Cyrus Trump?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s near-nomination, some Christian voices are now being heard telling us we should accept and/or rejoice over this development because God has always used leaders who don’t acknowledge Him. The prime example being pushed is Cyrus, king of the Persian Empire during the exile of the Jews in the Old Testament. Cyrus was prophesied by name by the prophet Isaiah. The account of Cyrus’s decree to allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild… Read more »

Trump, Principles, & Conscience

When I first began this blog eight years ago, it didn’t take me long to decide on a title. My life and teaching have always focused on Biblical principles. My desire was to share those principles and to apply them to what we experience in this trek through a sinful world. That’s how the name “Pondering Principles” came about. With that name, though, came a deep responsibility to remain true to the principles I believe the Lord has ordained. I’ve… Read more »

The Republican Obituary

I toyed with the idea this morning of writing nothing but Scripture passages. I will get to those, but I have to say a few words as well. The Republican voters (and for the sake of brevity, I’ll just assume most were Republicans) have decided that a man who rejects nearly every line in past Republican platforms will be their nominee for president. Republican voters have concluded that morality, integrity, the rule of law, and the Constitution must be discarded… Read more »

The Trumpian Path to Oblivion

Today’s vote in Indiana could well determine whether Donald Trump gets anointed as the Republican nominee or whether Ted Cruz can successfully overcome the false narrative being promoted by the media and emerge as the logical alternative. If only Trump supporters would actually listen to everything Trump says, they might have second thoughts: Yet, as the above cartoon indicates, there is almost a cult-like willingness to overlook any and all discrepancies in their preferred candidate. Never mind that he is… Read more »

The Trump Titanic?

Here’s the ideal political world: each candidate, out of sincere love of country and its people, rises above pettiness, lays aside ego, bases a campaign on issues, treats opponents with respect, and does his/her best to be a statesman for the good of all and not merely a politician out for personal glory. That’s the ideal political world. This is what we see instead: Also in an ideal political world, the media would be careful to present each candidate fairly,… Read more »

Establishment: What Does It Mean?

The media keeps throwing around the word “establishment.” In the almost-immortal words of The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” What is the Republican establishment, and once we have identified it, does it really hate Donald Trump? The problem is that the Republican party is particularly divided right now, and analysts keep insisting on confusing different groups who have different concerns. They insist the “establishment” is trying to… Read more »

Short Takes on the NH Debate

I’m just going to offer a few thoughts on last night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, taking the candidates in alphabetical order. Jeb Bush: I do believe this was his best debate, particularly when he challenged Trump on eminent domain. For the first time, he didn’t seem cowed and overwhelmed by Trump; he more than held his own. It’s probably too late for him, though. Ben Carson: Unfortunately, he took Iowa personally and it shows. My opinion of him as… Read more »