Yes, I do believe that Jim enjoys being an aggitator. Sometimes I wonder if he doesn't post what he posts just to get a rise out of folks.
It certainly isn't edifying. We'd love to read what he has to say if it's him saying it, and occasionally he'll make a salient Biblical point. But most of the time, it's his political positions and media links.
Joel, Jim has apparently been doing this for quite a while, much to the consternation of many from which he derives much delight. Your observation that he seems to be the Devil's advocate but took it too far is a good assessment. NeedHim has been tireless in his presentations of the Gospel to Jim.
He and I have battled wits a time or two. From what I've taken away from those discussions, Jim has a different view of the world and what it means to be a Christian in the world but not of the world than we do. Jim has an agenda, and that agenda is not the same as ours either.
I'm sure the media mogouls think little of the man. He's not Tim Kayne, willing to sacrifice his convictions to uphold the demands of the masses. No. Mr. Pence has typically stood for what is good and right - and he and his wife have been mightily impuned by the media who have said all sorts of evil things about them both.
Is he the "most persecuted man in America"? That's debatable. Has he been mistreated for his faith? The facts are indisputable that he has been mistreated.
Glad to see that many of our brethren in Christ see as much.
I think that is a valid point in that online degree programs will not complete the training and education required for a medical doctor. At some point, we must enter the world to dwell fully within it. The question is when is that transition best? Is that time when children are newborn or toddlers, as there are calls for universal pre-school. Is it at kindergarten, elementary, high school? College? These questions many parents wrestle with, even those within the homeschool community in which we are a part.
Back to the original story - any time a government entity wants to encourage some sort of religious expression, I get nervous. Despite the Christians in the school systems and the best of intentions, the government is not the entity I want teaching my child about the Lord. We do not have the same common faith through much of society as was enjoyed about 100 years ago.
Still, not stopping an expression of faith is at least a recognition that, as a free people, we can speak the name of the Lord and speak to the Lord in public, including those students in public schools. It would be wonderful if that extended into the realm of public universities, but the scope of this declaration is likely aimed at K-12.
Soumds like the homeschooled young men, BDF & JAG, ran headlong into the professional educator, YIA.
The whole concept of education in the US, perhaps worldwide, is a difficult one. Homeschooling is an incredibly viable option, and the number & variety of curriculum choices is huge. As homeschoolers ourselves, we very much approve and advocate for this approach. Fathers are command in multiple places in Scripture to raise their children. Ephesians 6:3 is my favorite verse.
But not every family can homeschool. A quarter of children in the US are in single parent homes. Many others do not have the resources. So there will be a public school option. Some parents even choose to put their children in public school forna variety of reasons from access to specific educational programs to the opportunity to teach them apologetics on the fly. Doing so means delegating that responsibility to raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Public schools are my last choice of options but are many people's only choice. Their quality often sets a tone in the community. They need to be as good as they can be.
Petey has a fundamental flaw that all of us share, Jim. He is utterly lost without Jesus Christ as his Savior.
This man is a second run of Jimmy Carter. He is cherry picking the concepts he wants and twisting Scripture to make up the rest of what he wants. He can say whatever he wants, but you can tell the quality of the tree by its fruit. And he shouldn't be fooling anyone.
Actually, Jim, I was going to point out that it's not Franklin Graham being homophobic but the LGBT+ crowd being Graham- and Gospel-phobic.
You can pick on the man all you want, but he's done more for the cause of Christ than most can even imagine. And, yes, our religious convictions do influence our political stances. Or, in other words, yes, the Bible does establish what is right and what is wrong both in our personal lives and in our public/civic/political lives as well, not your crowd-sourced system of morality. Our system of governance is derived from the consent of the governed, but the system is not the same as the substance of how that happens.
And you can keep your false flag cries of "Dominionism," a fake concept spread by liberals to accuse those standing by a Biblical standard.
"We Decide 2020," eh? Not the voting public. "We." Interesting choice of words.
No, the Lord has already decided 2020, before time began. No "we" or "them" is going to decide this coming election, may the Lord's will, not PP's or the Democrats or Jim Lincoln's or Quiet Christain's will. May the Lord's will be done.
I'm not sure what Bible any of those folks are reading, but mine shows the Lord Himself bringing about "geopolitical" changes thru things like seals, trumpets,and vials/bowls. Do people really think they can goad God the Father into sending His Son back? Wow. They need a bigger God.
Unitarians don't share anything other than their mistaken opinion that everyone is going to heaven, Jim. Why would they share the Gospel? In their opinion, it's senseless.
How is supporting the President a sin, except in your Progressive ideals, a sin?
No, you're just championing this false concept of Dominionism. Very few people actually believe in that. It's simple a rouse to try to taint those who look to the Lord and His word for what is right and wrong, not societal consensus.
Jim, I'm surprised at you, championing that different ideas of right and wrong are from the public consensus of what is right and wrong, as if people made themselves. In some places in this world, murdering an adult is acceptable, so we should abolish our murder statutes?
DF, Carl McIntire has been dead a good many years now. There are huge differences between him, a fighting fundamentalist, and Harold Camping, an outright heretic who recanted and repented on his deathbed. Not saying McIntire was perfect, but he certainly had something to say about this socialistic tendency in Western society, and I'm inclined to accept his views on these matters as valid.