John MacArthur wrote: .... It is also true that the Roman social system was built on slavery. The reality of serious abuses of slaves is part of the historical record. Yet neither Jesus nor any of the apostles attempted to abolish slavery. Instead, they commanded slaves to be obedient and used slavery as a metaphor for believers who were to submit to their Lord and Master.
Jesus' earthly ministry took place right in the midst of that difficult social and political atmosphere. Many of His followers, including the Twelve, to varying degrees expected Him to free them from Rome's oppressive rule. But our Lord did not come as a political deliverer or social reformer. He never issued a call for such changes, even by peaceful means. Unlike many late twentieth-century evangelicals, Jesus did not rally supporters to some grandiose attempt to "capture the culture" for biblical morality or greater political and religious freedoms....
excerpt from, "Christians and Politics, Part 3"âđ
Conor Friedersdorf wrote: ...consider Lance Armstrong. His stated and actual end was winning the Tour de France. Nothing wrong with that! His chosen means included cheating. That was objectionable, despite being highly effective. And how about the Berlin Olympics of 1936? The ultimate, highly objectionable end was elevating the stature of Nazi Germany. An unobjectionable means to that end was hosting a successful sporting competition.Â Â
We neednât go through all the permutations to illustrate the overarching point: It often makes sense to condemn a means that a group uses without objecting to their stated end; or to forcefully reject a groupâs ends while granting that their means are unobjectionable.
Apply that mode of analysis to factions that have recently taken to the streets. Some of these groups have initiated extralegal violence. For example, police say that James Alex Fields Jr., who appears to have Nazi sympathies, drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia; and Antifa members reportedly beat up alt-right protesters and journalists in scuffles in Berkeley, California....
excerpt from,"How to Distinguish Between Antifa, White Supremacists, and Black Lives Matter"âđ
I have to agree that Lindsey Graham is worthy to be related to Franklin. Lindsay is no more able, To heal the land, https://tinyurl.com/qsvclox and that he's the perfect example for history will judge the complicit https://tinyurl.com/qsvcloxâ
Mike since there's no scientific test for the Chinese who wore and didn't wear face masks I can't say how much good it did, but it's likely did a lot of good.
However, probably everybody agrees on this:
https://tinyurl.com/yaydhvea (Epidemic of wipes and masks plagues sewers, storm drains)
That is what garbage cans are for âđđˇ
I'll still wear them when I run around and grocery stores and such; it makes me feel good, yes
BRF, I would have thought by now oh, you would have figured out everything in the United States has to deal with politics! I have tried to stay off of it some, though admittedly half this message has to deal with politics. Of course, if you want to tell us how Boris Johnson handled the pandemic---rather poorly I understand---have at it.
This article unfortunately has it correct. Having a Wendy's restaurant burned down - - for no good reason certainly doesn't help any of the anti-Trumpersâđ
https://tinyurl.com/yat5a64w (Protesters burn down Wendy's in Atlanta after police shooting)
Garry Kasparov wrote: .... ...Trumpâs white knights arrived in the form of rioters, looters and the mostly Democratic mayors and governors who are unable, or unwilling, to control them. The Trump administration is eager to blame âAntifaâ for the violence to create a bogeyman worthy of fearmongering and an authoritarian response. His âDemocrats wonât protect youâ message gains strength when a swath of Seattle is occupied by protesters. https://tinyurl.com/yb46xd8m ....
This Pope is a politician like all the others, so he's really as much as part of the problem as any solution that might be had from him.
Uki Goni & Jonathan Watts wrote: .... As head of the Jesuit order from 1973 to 1979, Jorge Bergoglio â as the new pope was known until yesterday â was a member of the hierarachy during the period when the wider Catholic church backed the military government and called for their followers to be patriotic.
Bergoglio twice refused to testify in court about his role as head of the Jesuit order. When he eventually appeared in front of a judge in 2010, he was accused by lawyers of being evasive....
excerpt from,"Pope Francis: questions remain over his role during Argentina's dictatorship"
https://tinyurl.com/zppc7x6 (The Popeâs [actually Popes'] Push for a One-World Religion)
https://tinyurl.com/jyztfs7 (Abuse by Priests)! with https://tinyurl.com/3baobh (Abuse Tracker)
The administration's whinings about religious freedom is meaningless. Even Bush's record is better than Trump's supporting Christians and others.
Fred Kaplan wrote: .... Trump has made a practice of abrogating treaties, filching on commitments, and alienating allies, but, more than any single act, the betrayal of the Kurds should tell everyone thatâas long as Trump is president and, who knows, perhaps beyondâthere is no reason to trust the United States on anything....
â˘Require the use of cloth face coverings among staff. Cloth face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult (e.g., when moving within a crowd or audience).
â˘Provide all staff with information on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
Âśâ˘Advise staff that cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
â˘Babies or children younger than 2 years old
â˘AnyoneÂ who has trouble breathing
â˘Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance
â˘Encourage attendees ahead of the event to bring and use cloth face coverings at the event.
â˘Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or respirators. They are not personal protective equipment.
ââ˘Cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged in settings where individuals might raise their voice (e.g., shouting, chanting, singing)....
Trump apparently does not want to let in Christians from outside the United States, has he been sending out troops to protect them in other countries?
David J. Bier wrote: .... analysts give partial credit to Christians of Middle Eastern ancestry for President Trumpâs surprise 2016 upset in Michigan because they voted for him based on his promise to save Christian refugees. Yet not only has his administration cut Christian refugee resettlement, it has attempted to deport hundreds of Iraqi Christians living in the United States without legal status for many years. AÂ federal district court even accused the Trump administration of impeding the Christiansâ attempts to challenge their removals in courts and declared that they are âconfronting aÂ grisly fateâŚ if deported to Iraq.â
.... Never mind that they [the foreign refugees] commit crimes at lower rates than Americans, that even the Trump administration has found that refugees are fiscally positive for the United States, and that employed refugees create better paying jobs for existing workers....
excerpt from,"Trump Has Cut Christian Refugees 64%, Muslim Refugees 93%"
Now why should I ever run for president, Timothy? think of all the endorsements that Biden hasđâ for example, Lindsey Graham said this about him:
Marina Pitosky wrote: Graham, who was running for president at the time, asked in the clip, âWhat is Donald Trumpâs campaign about?âÂ
âHeâs a race baiting, xenophobic religious bigot,â Graham says in the clip, adding, âYou know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to ****.â
âIf you canât admire Joe Biden as a person, youâve got a problem. You need to do some self-evaluation, âcause, whatâs not to like?â Graham says, calling Biden âas good a man as God ever created.â
âHeâs said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me. Heâs the nicest person I think Iâve ever met in politics,â Graham says.
excerpt from, "GOP group touts Graham's past praise of Biden, criticism of Trump in new ad"
Russell Moore wrote: Many of those who tell pollsters they are âevangelicalâ may well be drunk right now, and havenât been into a church since someone invited them to Vacation Bible School sometime back when Seinfeld was in first-run episodes.
The other problem is the behavior of some evangelical leaders. I have watched as some of these who gave stem-winding speeches about âcharacterâ in office during the Clinton administration now minimize the spewing of profanities in campaign speeches, race-baiting and courting white supremacists, boasting of adulterous affairs, debauching public morality and justice through the casino and pornography industries.
excerpt from,"Why this election makes me hate the word âevangelicalâ"
Russell hated the 2016 election for the above reasons, he will probably hate the 2020 election for the same reason--I know I will. Let's hope we get better results this timeâđđ
George F. Will wrote: On July 25, 1946, Roger Malcom, a 24-year-old black man, was released from jail on bail after the charge against him was reduced from murder to attempted murder because the white man he had allegedly stabbed during an altercation was going to live. Malcom, his wife and another black couple were being driven home by the white farmer who had posted the bail, and who before the lynching was heard to say, âAll these damn n------ been to the Army and come back and think themselves something.â The car was stopped by more than 20Â armed white men, none of them masked, at the bridge over the Apalachee River about 50 miles from Atlanta. The mob evidently planned to murder only Malcom, until Malcomâs wife called out the name of someone in the mob, which then took both couples to the riverbank and shot them all at least 60 times....
...we cannot know about the social dynamics that obstructed justice in the most lurid crime in the year that lit the fuse that blew up Jim Crow....
excerpt from,"A 1946 lynching is still haunting us"
There is such a thing as states rightsâ the governor hasn't invited Trump ban to interfere the state's problemsâđ
Andy Rose wrote: The police building was boarded up and emptied, and [Mayor] Durkan says there is no timetable yet for officers to return.Â âI don't know. We could have the Summer of Love,â said Durkan.
She also responded to President Donald Trump, who had tweeted earlier today, "Take back your city NOW. If you donât do it, I will.â
"The fact that he thinks he canÂ just tweet that, and not haveÂ ramifications, is just wrong," Durkan said. "Our country was born out of aÂ protest.Â The right to gather, the rightÂ to protest, the right toÂ challenge government when it isÂ wrong, is our most fundamentalÂ constitutional right."
from,"Seattle Mayor: "Our country was born out of aÂ protest"
These protesters have been somewhat Peaceable especially compared to the man who drove into a crowd nonviolent protesters 5 days ago in Seattle.
Cornell Law School wrote: .... We can simultaneously affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion and equal justice while employing someone who has written the sorts of things about the protests that Professor Jacobson has, because, as an institution of higher learning, we also value academic freedom, which prevents us from censoring the extramural writings of faculty members. And we value job security for our clinical faculty. Both of these values are crucial to the work of all of our clinics, which operate in any number of controversial areas. Our unwavering commitment to these values means that all Cornell Law professors must be able to write and speak freely. ....
excerpt from,"Statement on Prof. William Jacobson and Academic Freedom"
I wasn't quite sure who to put as author for the piece but it certainly has indicated that it represents Cornell law school's official positionâđ
Ed Stetzer wrote: .... ...this is not about supporting (or not supporting) Hodgesâ likes or views. Itâs about being all-in for grace and mercy. It is about persisting in the belief that the right way forward is to engage with grace over deep and profound issues rather than taking the seemingly easy way out of publicly shaming another.
This works in both directionsâpitchforks feel good until everyone is pierced by them and no one is left to work together. Cancel culture eventually comes for every leaderâyour time may be coming.
And we as the church must find ways to step in when it occurs and cry, âMercy!â At the end of the day, cancel culture is self-defeating. It feeds into the narrative of the culture war that many fringe right-wing voices advance, and in which too many on the left engage: that you want evangelicals all out and all gone....
excerpt from,"Unliked Likes: Cancelling Pastor Chris Hodges and Church of the Highlands"
Adriel, I'm officially an Independent, there might even be some state or local elections where I would vote Republican even in 2020. You really ought to read the introduction to:
'"Heal Their Land": Evangelical Political Theology From the Great Awakening to the Moral Majority"
My family or Republican from the beginning of Republican Party. I consider Dixiecans and Trumpians Republicans-In-Name-Onlyđâ George F. Will is the epitome of a Republicanâđ of course he resigned from the Trumpian Party, but David Brooks strikes me as a pretty good Republican, and I think he still is a registered Republican?
Oh want know who a Christian Republican wasâ
CT Editorial staff wrote: I don't like 'Christian politics,'" the late Mark Hatfield said in 1996, a few months before ending his 30-year career in the U.S. Senate. "I don't want to assume that somehow I have the right to take a very sacred word, the word Christian, and have that applied to a specific set of political issues." ....
Neil wrote: Since it was Democrats, Southern and Northern (e.g. Stephen Douglas, Geo. McClellan), who largely resisted emancipation, let them start the ball rolling by paying for their ancestors' sins. And to be consistent with Progressive Taxation, the greater the net worth, the more that is owed. Though I now suspect the Reparations crowd really want to enslave or kill White Men, not merely take their money, as the Final Solution to "reparations." I would've dismissed this thought not long ago, but not anymore.
Not, really, Neil, you can't get money out of dead people. but the first part of your comment was very interesting to me since I'm only of Northern extraction anyway, in fact a great...uncle of mine fought for the Union. so Southern reparations sounds great
I would suggest you read the article by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- https://tinyurl.com/y6j2pskl --I think I might have to warn you there might be a rough word or two when he quotes somebody--- it's so long I'm not sure I remember rightâ Also it has some of the most fun graphs before the covid-19 ones became prevalent since the article. Mr. Coates would probably want Northerners to pay something alsoâđ
Quiet Christian, redlining for housing is not that old