Freedom of Religion & The Magician’s Nephew

Religious Freedom is under attack today in ways that would hardly be imaginable just 10 years ago. Of course no one is going to say that they don’t believe in the freedom of religion. Rather, attacks against the first amendment come camouflaged in conversations about equality regardless of sexual orientation, reproductive rights, etc. Not surprisingly, the platform for these arguments is none other President Obama’s White House.

All of this reminds me of a conversation between Digory and his uncle in CS Lewis’ The Magicians Nephew. Digory’s uncle has just cast a little girl (Polly) into another world with no regard for her safety at all. When Digory protests to this “rotten” deed, his uncle responds with these words:

“Rotten?” said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. “Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I’m sure, and I’m very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys – and servants – and women – and even people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy is a high and lonely destiny.

As he said this he sighed and looked so grave and noble and mysterious that for a second Digory really thought he was saying something rather fine. But then he remembered the ugly look he had seen on his Uncle’s face the moment before Polly had vanished: and all at once he saw through Uncle Andrew’s grand words. “All it means,” he said to himself, “is that he thinks he can do anything he like to get anything he wants.” [emphasis mine]

All of the fine arguments that the president and the left are making today are nothing more than an attempt to “do anything he likes to get anything he wants” regardless of the first amendment.

July 21 2014 | Blog | Comments Off on Freedom of Religion & The Magician’s Nephew

A Timely Word on Political Activism

In his book Why Government Can’t Save You John MacArthur lists four concerns about Christians overemphasizing political activism. These are well worth considering as we get closer to the election this November.

103397473First, by looking to human means to reform society and establish Christian values we’ve denigrated God’s sovereignty over human history and events.

Second, seeking to bring biblical values to our culture by changing it through fleshly means is a selfish pursuit. The truth is, God never intended for us to be at ease with our culture.

Third, by trying to establish Christian values through earthly methods, we risk creating a false sense of morality. Forcing people to adopt our biblical standards of morality only brings superficial change and hides the real issue—sin and their need for rebirth in Jesus Christ.

Finally, by making activism our priority, we fashion a reputation as rabble-rousing malcontents and foster hostility toward unbelievers that alienates us from them, and them from us…It’s simply wrong to blame our country’s moral disintegration on political parties, liberal conspiracies, or biased media. They have never been the root of the problem. They are the mission field, not the enemy.

September 20 2012 | Blog | 1 Comment »

Are Current Temperatures a Verification of Global Warming?

120718030633-midwest-drought-corn-stalk-horizontal-galleryWith the rest of the country experiencing the hottest summer in recent memory, we’re once again face to face with the question of global warming. Time magazine recently ran a piece titled, “Hot Enough for You?” in which Dominique Browning made the case that the heat wave we’re experiencing right now is the direct result of global warming. Browning writes, “What kind of record smashing will it take for people to understand that we have entered a period of accelerated global warming and must demand action?”

I have no idea whether the earth is getting warmer or not, after all I’ve only been here for 33 years. However, a little perspective may be in order when it comes to the conversation about global warming. After all it was only two years ago that Washington was experiencing one of its coldest winters in recent memory with record-setting snow fall. World magazine reminded me that at that time Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told NPR ‘It is important that people recognize that weather is not the same thing as climate.’” That sounds like great advice to me!

August 15 2012 | Blog | 1 Comment »

Politics and Christianity

There are few theologians that I respect more than Wayne Grudem, which is why I really appreciate what he has to say in this video about Christians and politics.  It’s well worth the watch.

Wayne Grudem on Politics and the Christian from Adrian Warnock on Vimeo.

June 04 2010 | Blog | Comments Off on Politics and Christianity

Gay Marriage Debate

This is an excellent short debate on gay marriag (7 minutes)

May 20 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on Gay Marriage Debate

How Big is 100 Million Dollars

If you’ve heard of President Obama’s promise to cut 100 Million dollars out of the Federal Budget, you might want to take a look at this video for a littler perspective.

April 28 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on How Big is 100 Million Dollars

Spending (alone) Does Not Stimulate the Economy

Matt Perman from Wha’ts Best Next recently wrote an outstanding article on why spending alone does not stimulate the economy.  Here’s an excerpt.

…it is pretty easy to see the fallacy in the idea that consumer spending stimulates the economy. Here’s a short example to show why.

Let’s say that the “economy” of my family is in bad shape. Do my wife and I conclude that it’s “time to go spend more money” so that we can get things back on track? Clearly not. That would be a devastating course of action. Instead, we would embark on two strategies: (1) save more and (2) earn more money (= produce more goods and services of value).

The same holds true when we think of the economy as a whole. Nothing changes simply by increasing the number of people in the predicament.

To illustrate this, let’s say that there were 300 people in my family and we were running out of food. Would that change anything about the need for our fundamental strategy of saving more and producing more? No. We’d have more people to produce things, which would be a benefit, but nobody would say “hey, we’re short on food, so let’s start eating more!”

Does anything change if we extend this out to 3,000 people? Or 300,000? Or 300,000,000? Not at all. The reason is that there is still a finite amount of resources. We cannot invent economic goods out of thin air.

I’m not saying that there is no role for spending in the economy. I’m saying that saving and earning must come first. You cannot spend unless you have something to spend.

You can find the rest of the article here.

March 25 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on Spending (alone) Does Not Stimulate the Economy

How to Cause Inflation

This is a shocking video from Glenn Beck (3 minutes 53 seconds) giving a visual representation of how much money the government is printing.  I don’t know a whole lot about economics, but I do know that when governments just start printing money, inflation will happen.

HT: Tim Challies

March 17 2009 | Blog | 1 Comment »

What Does the Stimulus Plan Stimulate?

I was just thining this exact same thing the other day but Rush Limbaugh said it far better than I can.

Government meddling harmed a lot of businesses. Now that same government prints money for a bailout, so taxpayers think they own the businesses and can veto purchases like corporate jets. Washington shouldn’t tell businesses how to run and neither should you. But when a company or a person accepts money, there are always strings attached.

This bailout money is not your taxes. Washington is printing the money for it — and when you do that, at some point inflation has to rear its ugly head. Nobody is talking about that, but when inflation hits, it’s going to be the greatest tax that you pay. It’s a law of economics.

January 28 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on What Does the Stimulus Plan Stimulate?

John Piper Speaking to Barack Obama

I’m getting ready for a pretty major sermon in February on abortion, so I’ve been looking around the web a lot for resources. Collin turned me on to this one today and I think that it is well worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch it. It’s John Piper speaking directly to Barack Obama in the form of a sermon.

January 27 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on John Piper Speaking to Barack Obama

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