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  • TFRStaff 6:02 am on 2016-11-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Post-Election Reflections) 

    POST-ELECTION REFLECTIONS

    Donald John Trump has stood the United States’ political establishment on its ear by being elected as the 45th President of our country. Trump, a New York City billionaire businessman, had never run for or held a political office of any kind. But he, of all the candidates in this year’s race for the White House—Republican, Democrat, or Independent—understood the times in which we are living and the mood of America. He “touched” and resonated with a broad and vital vein of political discontent running throughout the country and capitalized on it, resulting in his election to the highest office in the land. (More …)

     
    • Bernard Barton -Preacher for the Pleasant Hill church of Christ in Tennessee 7:18 am on 2016-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      AMEN brother

  • J. Randal Matheny 2:24 am on 2016-11-09 Permalink | Reply
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    US elects Trump as president. My reactions. 

    Some folks are calling the election for Trump. Amazing.

    My reaction, two things.

    I am grateful that Hillary Clinton will not be president of the United States of America.

    I will pray that Donald Trump listens to good advisors, Prov 11.14.

     
    • James McFerrin 5:16 pm on 2016-11-09 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe possibly there is a path to a future repeal of Roe v Wade.

      • J. Randal Matheny 6:56 pm on 2016-11-09 Permalink | Reply

        That would be wonderful.

  • TFRStaff 5:53 pm on 2016-10-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Your opinion is wanted 

    House to House, Heart to Heart is taking an opinion poll on multiple issues affecting America that are most important to you.

    This poll is being advertised in the latest issue of House to House, Heart to Heart.

    Feel free to fill out the poll yourself, as well as share it with whomever you think would be interested.

    opinion-poll

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 11:08 am on 2016-07-05 Permalink | Reply
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    FBI doesn’t know crime when it sees it 

    I wrote briefly about FBI Director Comey’s statement in which he declined to recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton over the private email server.

    My main interest is about how Christians react to this announcement, now that the U.S. is no longer a country of laws. (In such a country, everyone is equally subject to the law of the land, regardless of their position. That is not now true of the U.S.) I gave three quick points on how Christians ought to react.

    How do you as a Christian regard this decision? Does it portend the breakdown of justice in the U.S.? Or is it a mere blip on the greater scene? And how do you see the Christian’s role at this moment?

    #USA #politics #world

     
    • Eugene Adkins 10:20 am on 2016-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Nature of the beast that’s showing its teeth with a growing wicked smile ever day.

      At least that’s how I see it.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:45 am on 2016-06-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Dolly’s coat of many colors obviously includes the rainbow flag 

    Due to several quotes that I was already familiar with, I’ve known for quite a while that Mrs. Parton’s “coat of many colors” included the rainbow flag of the warped sex pride movement. But here’s another story that makes her position (which is given under the almost guise of a non-position) quite clear when it came to her stance toward the “bigotry” of the North Carolina law that requires men to use the men’s bathroom and women to use the women’s bathroom…that sounds so hateful doesn’t it?

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:49 am on 2016-05-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Influence upstream 

    forest-stream

    I’ve never read this quote from A. Breitbart, but then again, I’m not a voracious reader of political content:

    Andrew Breitbart was fond of saying, “Politics is downstream from culture.”

    It’s true. Brazilians say all the time that a people have the government they deserve. (It probably comes from some ancient Roman philosopher.) Government is a reflection of the values, beliefs, and standards of the society.

    It’s always said in desperation, however, rather than hope.

    But let us take it in a positive sense, as a motivator to action. Let us change the people, thereby changing the politics.

    The author at the link above is right about where to invest our energies. Further, it is time to invest in faith, in evangelism, in building up the church of God, in making an impact in society through the proclamation of the gospel. Let us throw all we have into saving souls, and we may then see a change in society and in government.

    The quotes above assume something of a static set of values. They do not take into account that the evil one constantly seeks to degrade them. So that many people in government and potential office-holders look for ways to concentrate power, create dependency, erode rights and responsibilities, undermine ethics and morality.

    The battle is constant to preserve decency and faith. It is a battle with spiritual armaments, not military or political ones. That battle is best waged, not in politics itself, but upstream, among the people. Purify the source.

    All else is bound to fail. You can’t push water.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:59 pm on 2016-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Is that a boundary composed of walls? 

    So building a wall to establish national boundaries equates to one not being a Christian?

    Well, maybe if Trump drew a map of America and Mexico and then labeled the wall as a divider of “state territory” in the legend then all would be well.

    Eh, when it comes to settling the question, I guess it’s as Jorge himself said, when he was asked whether he thought he was being used as a political pawn, “I’ll leave that up to your judgment….”

     

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:03 am on 2016-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Details do matter. Just ask Jeb Bush. 

    Seems someone over at the (American 2016 Republican primary) Bush campaign made a boo-boo. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:48 am on 2015-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Now I get the whole separation of church and state thing…or is it the other way around? 

    This song must be from the latest “Desperation Theopolitics” hymnal.

     
    • James 12:17 pm on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply

      What they really mean is the domination of church by the state.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2015-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Scripture, Thought and a Prayer on Political Haughtiness 

    Scripture: “Say to the king and to the queen mother, “Humble yourselves; sit down, for your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.”” (Jeremiah 13:18)

    Thought: Politicians may enjoy playing games with political power, but many forget that their power is on loan (John 19:10-11). Those who lift themselves up through pride will fall, whether through internal political failure, external forces or mortality itself. From the book of Genesis right into the book of Revelation, the scriptures are replete with these examples that have been recorded not only for those who are reigned over but also for those who are reigning. The books of Judges, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Proverbs, Jeremiah and Daniel are so politically and governmental based that one must be blind with pride to not see it (I mean come one, there’s not hardly a book in the Bible that doesn’t say something to political leaders)…and when any politician becomes too blind see the handwriting on the wall, their crown of haughty glory will give way to a crown of lowly corrosion.

    Prayer: Father, please be patient with our political leaders as you are with us. Help them to see your righteousness and to be willing to lead with the scepter of your son (Hebrews 1:8). Help us to set the proper example as your people as we lean upon your arm and trust in your providence. Strengthen those who stand for what’s right and help those who stand for the wrong to sit in humility before you so that political strife and haughtiness would give way to humility and rest.

     
    • Michael Summers 11:25 am on 2015-02-20 Permalink | Reply

      Thank for the thoughtful prayer for our politicians. The prophets and New Testament writers did indeed address politicians and political issues. They did so face to face on many occasions, armed with truth rather the misinformed speculation that frequently robs our critique of society of any power. Good post, especially the reminder that God is the one to whom leaders owe their authority, something that both they and we should remember.

      • Eugene Adkins 1:21 pm on 2015-02-22 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Michael. I appreciate the kind words and what you added to the trio yourself.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:08 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply
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    They want to see their papers 

    In a disturbing move, a group of “pastors” have been given subpoenas that demand that any sermon or other shared forms of communication dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker (who is the city of Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor) be turned in to authorities or face contempt of court charges.

    Is it just me or does anybody else hear someone with a German accent saying, “Let me see your papers.”

    On a “related” note, the Catholic Church (i.e. the Vatican, from where no wrong can come I’ve been told) isn’t worried about such news at all since it sounds like they may soon be requesting their own “pastors” to do the same.

    Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15)

     

     
    • Randal 6:09 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

      There is none so dictatorial and oppressive as a progressive in power.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:19 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

        For every created right there must be a wrong, and those in power are only beginning to think of how much wrong they can create with all their warped rights.

    • Loy Pressley 6:53 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

      If you can’t see it coming, you have to be blind!!!

    • Jack 7:47 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

      “Is it just me or does anybody else hear someone with a German accent saying, “Let me see your papers.”

      Thankfully the German thing ended seven decades ago, the Russian thing five decades ago, while the Canadian thing is right next door, speaks the Queen’s English, where anything outside of the Church building is hate speach. And of course the hundreds of years of Sharia Law is raging where they execute Moslem converts. Bibles are banned in Saudi Arabia as well as anything and everything that refers to Israel.

      This is not the first openly homosexual Houston has elected. They have the largest block of homosexual voters in the Country_ over 100,000 every election.

      Albuquerque tried to make us pay for an annual permit 14 years ago, we were backed by the Rutherford Foundation and let them know we would take it all of the way to the Supreme Court, and they withdrew.

      • Eugene Adkins 9:07 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

        “We want to be like the nations around us.”

        Didn’t work out too good for Israel, and America won’t be any different – expect our nation doesn’t enjoy the luxury of having a personal covenant with God like Israel of old did…we’re more akin to Nineveh, Babylon and Rome.

        • John Henson 1:41 pm on 2014-10-15 Permalink | Reply

          Actually, the “German thing” is alive and well. In Russia, a traveler must present his passport and visa to the local police within 24 hours of arrival. Police will want to see the passports of anyone they don’t recognize, and that includes people traveling out of their province.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:03 am on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s Amazing What the Government Can Fast-Track When They Want To! 

    So the Supreme Court decided last week that employers can’t be forced to provide employees with “birth-control” (i.e. abortion causing medication) that violates its religious convictions. Sounds like that would settle it, right? Wrong!

    In a government that is notorious for gridlock, somehow one of the political parties has managed to get it all together in only a few days to produce a bill that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision and force businesses (including certain schools, hospitals and churches) to provide whatever form of birth-control is covered (i.e. mandated) by the Affordable Care Act.

    And their reasoning? Well as senator Patty Murray, of Washington state, said, ““Your health care decisions are not your boss’ business….”

    So here’s my response to that statement:

    • if it’s not the boss’ business then why is the boss being forced to provide it!?
    • why is the boss being told it’s not their business when it is their business that’s being targeted?
    • if it’s not the boss’ business then why don’t you go take care of the situation privately without forcing someone else to participate against their will?
    • if it’s not the boss’ business, or anyone else’s business for that matter, then why is it the government’s business?
    • and since when does someone’s “right” require the revenue of someone else?

    It’s a veiled issue that forces intrusion on the basis of preventing intrusion, and it sure is amazing what riles up the dander of some politicians while other issues seem to float on down the river of moral apathy, hypocrisy and relativism.

     
    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 7:12 am on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      I think that you must be born again to have such wisdom. Thank you, brother.

    • eyeontheuniverse 7:21 am on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      “if it’s not the boss’ business then why is the boss being forced to provide it!?”

      This is an alternative to state run national health on the grounds that privatization is more efficient. It is simply quasi-privatization of a public service.

      “why is the boss being told it’s not their business when it is their business that’s being targeted?”

      Companies are already required to abide by laws that impact their employees. They have to supply wheelchair ramps, helmets for construction workers…all sorts of things. People just don’t whine about requirements they agree with.

      “if it’s not the boss’ business then why don’t you go take care of the situation privately without forcing someone else to participate against their will?”

      As mentioned, requirements have existed for over 100 years. If we took your argument seriously it would extend to everything, including cancer treatment and fair hiring labor laws.

      “if it’s not the boss’ business, or anyone else’s business for that matter, then why is it the government’s business?”

      Because we live in a representative democracy and the government is elected.

      “and since when does someone’s “right” require the revenue of someone else?”

      First off, contraception and abortion actually save insurance companies, and those who pay for policies, money, so this “paying for it” argument is pretty silly here. But even if we were to assume birth control and abortion were a cost, this argument ignores the fact we already accept this. You are essentially arguing against things like public schools here…we all pay for rights we have decided to provide. Some more and some less than others. For instance, due to tax breaks for those with children, the childless pay more for parents’ “rights” to public schools than do those with kids. We suck it up and move on because that’s how a society works.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:35 pm on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply

        Comparing pregnancy to disabilities and job dangers, as well as arguing for the cost-effectiveness of abortion? Hmmm…don’t think you could’ve made my point any better for me.

        • eyeontheuniverse 6:17 am on 2014-07-10 Permalink | Reply

          “Comparing pregnancy to disabilities and job dangers, as well as arguing for the cost-effectiveness of abortion?”

          Misleading much? I neither compared pregnancy to disabilities and job dangers nor argued for the cost-effectiveness of abortion. I provided examples of laws that were already in place and would serve as legal precedent and pointed out the irrelevance of the “paying for it” argument…nowhere in there did I state that it should be a policy based on those grounds.

          If you can’t make your point without lying about that of your opponent, maybe you should reconsider whether you really have a point.

          • Eugene Adkins 6:30 am on 2014-07-10 Permalink | Reply

            Lying? Your justifying points were made based on comparing someone’s “right” to an abortion causing pill (which is the crux of the Hobby Lobby/Private Business and Affordable Care Act issue) at the cost of their employer to dangerous job situations (a helmet) and disabilities (wheel chair ramps) and the “cost savings” of an abortion over having a child. That was you. Not me.

            Those laws that you refer to have nothing to do with forcing an employer to pay a benefit on behalf on their employee that they morally disagree with. You’re comparing apples to oranges.

            Further more, if it’s not the boss’ business then it’s not the boss’ business. So I think you missed your own point as well mine, but thanks for commenting anyways.

    • Jack 3:40 pm on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      The Democrats Bill is mere window dressing in an election year to pacify and appeal to the Feminists and hedonists voters. They have succeeded with the free media coverage, but they cannot overturn a Supreme Court decision with terms that have been held unconstitutional. Hypothetically, if they could write such a Bill, it would never pass in the House anyway.

    • Sandi Rog 10:15 pm on 2014-07-10 Permalink | Reply

      Amen, Amen, AMEN!!!

  • Eugene Adkins 6:42 am on 2014-07-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Since when does a “right” require the revenue of others? 

    The world is in an uproar this morning; at least certain in segments of America. And why?

    Because Boko Haram continues to terrorize the innocent? No.

    Because 80,000+ people die every year in America because of alcohol related issues? No.

    Because “The View” seems to be heading in an unavoidable downward direction? No.

    It’s because the Supreme Court has said that employers are under no obligation to pay for, wait for it … birth-control!!!

    Besides the fact (according to my knowledge – but I’m no Constitutional scholar mind you) that the Constitution in no way guarantees the “right” to health-care, with or without birth-control, let’s pretend that it does. How would that require someone else (the employer in this case) to pay for it even if it comes in the form, or more appropriately the “guise”, of a tax?

    We are guaranteed the right to free speech – but who says that our employer or government must pay for the bullhorn so we are heard?

    We are guaranteed the right to lawfully assemble – but who says that our employer or government must pay for our day off of work to do so?

    We are guaranteed the right of the press’ freedom – but who says that our employer or government must pay for us to print a newspaper?

    We are guaranteed the right to bear arms – but who says that our employer or the government must pay for the B.B. Gun, much the most expensive and up-to-date form of firearms?

    Get the point? On and on one could go showing how the political “right” of a person does not require (a.k.a. demand) the revenue of another person, any person, much less one’s employer.

    Contrary to the opinion that most would have of me by simply reading my words on this “Christian-based” website, I don’t like to paint with too broad of a brush on most issues. But I believe this issue, especially if one considers the comments that can be read on Internet news sites and blogs, seems to revolve more around whether or not certain irresponsible behaviors should be underwritten at the expense of others.

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    • John T. Polk II 7:00 am on 2014-07-01 Permalink | Reply

      A cogent point, Eugene. It behooves all of us to remind a “king” or “governor” of the laws they are to be under, as well. God clearly defined their place in 1 Peter 2:13-16. A government ordained by God should seek “justice:” “You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous” (Deuteronomy 16:19). What had become wrong with God’s physical people? “Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds” (Habakkuk 1:3-4). “Preach the word.”

      • Eugene Adkins 7:21 am on 2014-07-01 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks brother. You bring up a point that I’ve been rolling around in my head for several years. Appreciate you chiming in.

    • Bernad Barton 7:42 am on 2014-07-01 Permalink | Reply

      Amen brother-Politically correctness is most of the time anti-God & Christianity
      WE as Christians need to take a stand for the truth-Word of God-the Bible more so than ever today
      We are becoming the minority in America a country that was established on Christian principles

    • Jack 1:39 pm on 2014-07-04 Permalink | Reply

      An aside, if you will, the word Christian now paints such a broad stroke that it has become truly “without meaning”. Anyone may meet, organize, incorporate, advertise, demonstrate, postulate or for any purpose of as many minds as there are people who adopt the name Christian_ giving to it their own and varied meaning.

      Note, in Acts 11: 26, “the disciples were first called Christians” by the world; not that the disciples/saints began to call themselves Christians. It is further noted that the apostles never addressed their messages to that name, ergo; “to all who are beloved of GOD in Rome, called [as] saints: (Rom. 1:7); “to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling,” (1 Co. 1:7); “with all the saints” (2 Co. 1:1); “To the saints” (Eph. 1:1); &c. brethren, churches, of like belief…

      The net result now that there are 10,000 doctrines held among the approx. 300,000 congregations in the U.S._ all called Christians_ plus all of the para-church organizations , ad infinities, among whom and which we are so known, having lost our identity among the masses, known only to those who hate us for holding to the ancient doctrine preached by those inspired evangelists. (Stats: Hartford Institute For Religion Research)

      Be thankful always in our prayers for the bountiful freedom to worship. For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GOD prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Eph.2:10). So let us not be anxious, for YHWH, our GOD assures us that HE will take care of the governments of the world. We have our own pressing business to which we have been called.

      • Eugene Adkins 8:04 am on 2014-07-05 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment, Jack.

        I’ll have to disagree with you about the name Christian. Agrippa referred to the name, and I don’t believe he did so with sarcasm or any other backhanded intention. I also see the same thing in Peter’s use (who was an apostle) of the word in his own letter.

        I don’t think it was a coincidence that the name began to be used after the gentiles were brought into the body of Christ. I believe, though some may disagree, that the name Christian had deep-seeded roots, that can be found in Isaiah 62, which were ready to sprout once the gentiles entered the fellowship thus creating the one new body which Paul talks about in Ephesians.

        Regardless of how people treat the name it should not be a reflection on how we strive to wear the name. I was raised a Baptist and I decided to leave the baptist faith. But just because I use the word faith to describe the baptist belief, as many other people do in different ways for other groups, this doesn’t mean I can’t or shouldn’t use it in reference to the life that I desire to live now in the way that the word was used so often in the New Testament. Surely you don’t believe that we should quit using the word faith to decribe the system of Christianity that’s found in the New Testament just because others have abused it so badly do you? I desire to be a Christian, and a Christian alone. Not CoC, not church of Christ, not Church-of-Christer; but a Christian, and I see nothing wrong that regardless of how others treat, or mis-treat, the word.

        Furthermore, God used individuals, His own people, in the past to work within government (Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah, etc.) and I see no reason why it can’t be done today with us when decided to take a stand for righteous causes, which was, in-part, one of the reasons why I wrote what I wrote….consider the very last in the post.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:59 am on 2014-06-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Tennessee residents and “Yes on 1” 

    This is quite a ways out (although we’re talking months and not years) but I wanted to mention something for any of our Tennessee based readers in case you’re not familiar with the upcoming November 4th, 2014, election that will include an amendment identified at the top of the list with the number 1. Hence, there is an effort being made on behalf of this amendment to get people to “Vote YES on 1” due to the lack of awareness about it.

    The short of the long is that the amendment will further strengthen the law against “optional” abortions highlighted by some stats such as, “Nearly 25% of abortions in Tennessee are sought by out-of-state women and girls.”

    Apparently the state of Tennessee has fewer restrictions than our eight surrounding neighbor states and “YES on 1” is seeking to help close the convenient loop-holes through amendment #1 and end the practice of Tennessee being a “destination state” for those seeking an abortion with fewer guidelines.

    If you would like to read for yourself a little more about the amendment’s goal along with an example of how the “ballot language” will read you can visit http://www.voteYEStn.org.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:41 am on 2014-04-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Can Enough Money be Spent to do Away with Poverty? 

    The following post is going to refer to words that may refer to politics, to politicians, to money, to poverty and to government programs, but this is not a post with a political agenda!

    Phew, now that that’s out of the way…I received a survey in the mail yesterday from my U.S. Representative that asked questions about several random “hot topic” issues politically speaking. There was one in particular that grabbed my attention. It was, and I quote:

    In Fiscal year 2012, the federal government spent $799 billion on 92 different programs aimed at helping low-income individuals and families. Yet, to date, 15% of the U.S. population remains in poverty….”

    Now, I don’t enjoy numbers per say, but they do interest me when it comes to breaking down numbers that are provided to prove a point. So taking it for granted that the numbers are real, here’s the breakdown: (More …)

     
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