Social Commentary Links 1

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I’m trying something a little different on this blog so here are  some links to various social and political issues that caught my eye along with a few comments of my own.

1. Ever wonder why Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid can get away saying the most outrageous things and not take a hit to his obvious lack of integrity. Historian Victor Davis Hanson explains why Reid is the new Joe McCarthy and then some.

Joe McCarthy was a Republican senator from Wisconsin in the 1950s. He often made claims he could not prove and he berated people. He was heavily criticized by the media notably Edward Murrow. Harry Reid is a Democrat and is more over-the-top than McCarthy ever was. And what is heard from the media? Crickets.

2. Back in 1989 a gang of thugs raped and beat a young woman in New York’s Central Park and left her for dead. I remember the incident well as it was national headlines for quite some time. The gang became notorious for the use of the word “wilding” a word that basically meant going on a rampage which in this case meant rape and attempted murder. Here Anne Coulter explains how a liberal judge gave these thugs a pass and let them out early (very early). Apparently, there are barbarians on both sides of the law. They were known as the Central Park Five “Wolfpack.”

Ken Burns did a documentary on the case. The picture is from that documentary.

Ken Burns did a documentary on the case. The picture is from that documentary.

3. This link is a classic via Al Molher’s Briefing and a link to the liberal Slate ezine. The title of the article is Southern Baptists held a held a conference on sexuality. Every speaker was straight. My church is Southern Baptist but this kind of slamming goes on against any church that sticks to its values and beliefs. The author of this thoroughly stupid article is amazed that the Southern Baptists have not got on the LGBTQ bandwagon. He chastises the SBC for “repressive theology” and not wanting to hear from those who may be SBC and LGBTQ. Here’s what amazes me. If you don’t like your faith group, denomination, church, religion, whatever, then leave. There are plenty of groups around willing to tolerate just about anything. Find one that tickles your ears or your fancy. Quit trying to reform something you know nothing about and for Pete’s sake stop your infernal whining about repressive theology because frankly your progressive theology is repressive to those who do not share your agenda.

There are plenty of churches that will tolerate just about anything. Find one instead of trying to change those that disagree with your agenda.

There are plenty of churches that will tolerate just about anything. Find one instead of trying to change those that disagree with your agenda.

4. And as long as I’m on the subject of LGBTQ here’s a link to Al Mohler.com where Al thoroughly debunks Matthew Vine’s tortured Scripture twisting in God and the Gay Christian. It will be interesting to see how many churches that call themselves evangelical will cave to the nonsense Vines put forth in his book. Jesus’ parable about the wheat and tares comes to mind.

5. And because we all need a good laugh here’s one via Drudge and Jalopnik. It’s a naked guy (not obscene) doing Kung Fu from his Telsa. The article says that the incident took place along the Pacific Coast Highway. I wouldn’t think that kind of behavior is all that abnormal there.

A naked man doing Kung Fu should not interfere with this awesome view.

A naked man doing Kung Fu should not interfere with this awesome view.

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Losing our children

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I read a headline in Al Mohler’s Briefing that read, “We may lose the marriage argument with the culture, but we’re in trouble if we lose it with our kids.”

The available statistics support the statement. It ought not surprise us that the culture believes as it does but it is surprising that millennial self-identified evangelical Protestants have sided with the culture.

I suppose there is more than one reason for this including a general decline of morals and the over all blurring of right and wrong.

I also think it’s quite possible that God is hardening the hearts of those who honor him with their lips but whose hearts are far from him.

But whatever else we might think about all that perhaps it would be wise to look at our pulpits?

How many of our evangelical pastors labor hard to cut the Word straight (2 Tim. 2:15)? How many pulpits are more interested in 20 minute pep talks than doing the hard work of preaching through a text verse by verse with an emphasis on “thus saith The Lord.” How many pulpits actually care that they neglect or ignore the sufficiency and authority of Scripture and are willing to preach it and let the chips fall where they may?

The apostle Paul didn’t run around confronting the culture but he did run around confronting the church. Today it seems we have that backwards and just maybe we’re paying the price with our young people who see the Word in a kind of silly putty way.

The culture is going to do what it always has done and that is what is right in their own eyes. The church on the other hand ought to be living according to another standard, a standard based on the sufficiency and authority of Scripture-Scripture that can be cut straight.

I believe the culture war will always be with us but to me the bigger issue is losing our own children.

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