What Are We Accomplishing?

February 21, 2011

Yesterday, during the morning worship service, I learned of Said Musa, an Afghan man facing execution by his government. His “crime”? Apostasy—Musa converted from Islam to Christianity about eight years ago. You can learn more through the Christian Post and National Review (and if you have registered with Wall Street Journal Online, an article here), but basically, Musa was arrested in 2010 after being seen in a video of a Christian worship service in Afghanistan. Even in the face of death, he has refused to recant his faith.

In the National Review article, Paul Marshall makes a probing observation:

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How Not to Make Law

July 7, 2009

Progressively more information is coming out about the climate bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Whatever you think of the underlying issues, this is not the way to set wise, appropriate policy. Paul Greenberg has written a humorous, yet serious, critique of the process, which he begins this way:

Here’s how to get a dubious bill into law, or at least past the U.S. House of Representatives, which of late has deserved to be called the lower chamber:

First, make the bill long. Very long. So long no one may actually read it, supporters or opponents. Introduce a 310-page horse-choker of an amendment at 3 in the morning on the day of the roll-call vote. So it can’t be examined too closely or too long. Only after the bill passes may its true costs emerge. To cite an old proverb I just made up: Pass in haste, repent at leisure.

You can read the entire article here. Read it! Then contact your representative and senators and petition for the redress of grievances.

Perspective: Elections, Choices & the Gospel

November 4, 2008

[T]he things which are seen are temporal,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.
— 2 Corinthians 4:18

As I write this, today is Election Day. Truth be told, I have been rather discouraged at the prospect, for I am unhappy with the nominees of both major political parties. I do not find reason to believe that either one has an adequate grasp of or commitment to the God-given rights of life, liberty, and property or the fundamental principles of limited, Constitutional government on which our federal republic was founded. Yet some perspective is important.

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Fiscal Responsibility, Restraint & Resolve

June 4, 2008

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.
— Calvin Coolidge

Living beyond one’s means affects many individuals, families, organizations, and nations, and it leads to a host of problems. Mark Lange, a former presidential speechwriter, has written a humorous yet pointed piece published in the Christian Science Monitor in which he discusses an affliction behind this: Deficit Attention Disorder (DAD). Not one merely to identify the problem, Mr. Lange proposes the wonder-drug Restraint® and the spine-straightening medication Resolve® for treating this condition. Take a look here. You may not agree with every detail, but I hope that you agree that large doses of Restraint® and Resolve® are badly needed throughout our society.