1. Aking – an up and coming South African band. Interesting sound. What do you think?
HT: Stephen Murray
2. Joe Carter wrote “Being on God’s Side” as a letter to the religious right. He reminded me and others like me eleven lessons learned that we would be remiss to overlook.
We must keep in mind that term “religious right” encompasses two unique spectrums. Because of our commitment to the faith, we will often find ourselves in agreement with the religious left. And because our conservatism is informed by our religion, we will also find ourselves in disagreement with the secular right.
Our political alliances, therefore, will often be tenuous and shift based on particular issues. Adherence to our priciples trumps loyalty to those who simply share our religious identity. Several years ago at Family Research Councils’ Values Voter Summit, the Southern Baptist leader Richard Land said he’d vote for a Jewish pro-life politician who promised to raise his taxes before he’d vote a Christian pro-choice candidate who promised to cut them. The rousing applause he received would be as disturbing to most Republicans as it would to most Democrats. But Land knew how the issues should be prioritized. We should too.
We are to be Christian first and conservative second.HT: Matt Proctor3. You know I can’t believe this guy is being charged. As far as he knows the kid was an intruder.4. Democrats can’t stop talking about Sarah Palin, David at the A-Team Blog explains why.5. This is a powerful video of an abortion survivor.
6. This made me laugh out loud, the RNC gets BarackRolled.
HT: Kim Seberg
6. Adrian Warnock asks, “does multiculturalism mean I have to eat blood?” I’d say no. I can’t say that is a question I’ve asked or have been asked.
Matt Damon is scared. Last week his e-mail runneth over with nasty Sarah Palin rumors. And before he could get his facts straight, the “Bourne” film series star and Barack Obama supporter spread false fears in a hysterical video that immediately went viral on the Internet.
“I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago or if she banned books or tried to ban books,” Mr. Damon raged to the Associated Press. “I mean – you know, we can’t – we can’t have that.”
Mrs. Palin has neither pushed for creationism in Alaska schools nor moved to ban a single book in Wasilla. Yet the “Ocean’s 14” ensemble is currently unable to get through another smarmy scene for fear that a John McCain presidency will lead to an evangelical Christian theocracy and catastrophic artistic oppression.
The sad fact is that actual artistic oppression – book banning in its many modern forms – is a matter of course in the entertainment industry, especially when the underlying product is declared politically incorrect or runs contrary to the interests of Hollywood’s political altar, the Democratic Party.
8. What do you think about this quote from Mahatma Gandi?
In my judgment the Christian faith does not lend itself to much preaching or talking. It is best propagated by living and speaking it. When will you Christians really crown Jesus Christ as Prince of Peace and proclaim Him through your deeds as the champion of the poor and oppressed?
HT: Two Institutions
We literally feel our readers’ pain for today’s 504 point drop in the DJIA because of Lehman Brothers’ impending collapse on the stock market, because it impacts our own investments. However, we will shed no tears for Lehman Brothers itself, and we are not particularly surprised that it is going south. Furthermore, even if Lehman Brothers disappears tomorrow, it will in no way affect the United States’ remaining ability to create genuine wealth.
10. Justin Wise asks, “does your church depend too much on it’s leaders?”
People in the church, myself included, depend entirely too much on their leaders to spoon feed them morsels of spiritual truth. The office of the pastor and preacher, to my conviction, is much less “spoon-feeder” and much more “spoon-teacher” – as in, “teach you how to hold the spoon!”
11. John Piper remembers the Birmingham Church Bombing that happened 45 years ago yesterday.
12. A whole new low even for the rabid left that Five Feet of Fury pointed out with the blog title being, “Stay classy, liberal America!” Well said. I hope that there isn’t a conservative counterpart to this.
This new anti-Palin baby sized t-shirt from T-Shirt Hell (Yes that is their name. They have a logo that says, “where all the bad shirts go.”) that reads, “Retarded Republican Babies for Palin” Disgusting!
HT: Michelle Malkin
13. Nick Reddin shares that political correctness does hurt retention.
14. Tim Challies shares a lesson in worldview stating there are two ways that humans understand the world:
There are essentially two ways that humans can understand the world. The first way is the way we all understand the world until the Holy Spirit intervenes in our lives and gives us new eyes to see. This worldview is I-centered. I am the center of my own universe and the arbiter of all truth. I may not vocalize things in just this way and may not even think them quite like this, but it is ultimately what I believe. I believe that I am capable of looking at the world and understanding the way it works–who God is, who I am, the relationship between us, and so on.
The other way of seeing the world is God-centered. Here I acknowledge God as the center of all that exists and the arbiter of all truth. Everything that is true and everything that is knowable has its source in Him. Thus I can only interpret the world properly by rightly acknowledging God. This is, obviously, the biblical worldview. It is God who tells me who He is, God who tells me who I am and God who declares the terms of the relationship between us.
15. Abortion agnostics err on the side of death. You would think that if you are not sure you’d err on the side of life.
17. If you ever plan to run for office and want to learn how to sound smart in politics, check out a ten step tutorial to the academic bluff that John Mark Reynolds shares.
18. This is awesome. Made me laugh out loud!
You can view the best animated gif that I’ve ever seen here. I had it pasted on my blog, but made my blog take forever to load.
19. Why I’m voting Democrat:
I’m voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
I’m voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
I’m voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust that the bad guys will stop what they’re doing because they now think we’re good people.
I’m voting Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.
I’m voting Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
I’m voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for their stockholders. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.
I’m voting Democrat because I believe three or four pointy headed elitist liberals need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters.
I’m voting Democrat because I believe that when the terrorists don’t have to hide from us over there, when they come over here I don’t want to have any guns in the house to fight them off with.
I’m voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my horse
20. Senator Biden has a worldview dilemma. He believes that life begins at conception, but still favors keeping abortion legal. Having a personal conviction doesn’t mean one iota if you lack the courage to act on it.