Archive for February, 2014

Margaret Sanger would be proud of this story.

72 Percent of Aborted Mississippi Babies Aborted are Black

This follows a story out about New York.

De Blasi Pushes More Abortion Clinics as More Black Babies Are Aborted than Born in NYC

It is an undeniable, indisputable FACT that Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger.  It is also an undeniable, indisputable FACT that Margaret Sanger was a proponent of eugenics.  She believed, that in order for society to survive and thrive, it had to limit and restrict the “unwanted” castes of people from having children that would put a strain on society.  In her eyes, it was the “compassionate” thing to do.  Who were these “unwanted?”  Blacks, and the poor. There has been an attempt to whitewash Sanger’s history, and pretend she was not a racist.  All one has to do is actually read some of what she wrote.  I challenge you, who doubt what I say, to actually read what she wrote.  Go read The Pivot of Civilization, or Women and the New Race. Go read her writing I DARE YOU!  Margaret Sanger is just the same as Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and every other mass murdering monster in history.

The difference between Sanger, and the others, is Sanger’s evil is active in this world today.  Just look at the numbers from these stories.  Black children overwhelmingly bear the burden of abortion in America today.  This is sick, this is revolting.  THIS HAS TO STOP.


Somebody’s Daughter

For those who have known me for a while, you have heard of my struggles with pornography.  It is something I have fought with since I was about 12 years old, encompassing now the majority of my life.

It may surprise people to hear that my faith in Christ Jesus is not what gives me the most pause in my struggles with pornography.  I know I am saved by Christ Jesus, and no matter how much I look at pornography and lust in my heart that will never change.  All my sins, past, present, and future are forgiven.  Yes I am adding sins to that cross, but nothing can take me out of the arms of Christ Jesus.  Indeed, this situation, my continued state of struggle in my saved state is one reason why I react so negatively against antinomianism, and why one of my greater theological interests is in the theology of sanctification.

But when it comes down to that, when I am depressed against my continued sin as it relates to my struggles with pornography, what helps me the most to turn away from that evil in my life is to remember that there is a person there behind that image.   Some say that pornography is a victimless vice.  Unlike drugs or alcohol, a person sitting at home looking at a magazine or a computer screen is not bothering anyone. Lets set aside the effect that person’s action has on the people around them, especially if they are married, have kids, are in a relationship, or frankly anyone in their live.  Rather let’s look at the person on the other side of the screen.

Statistics have regularly shown that significant portions of those involved in pornography (in particular the women involved), have some kind of traumatic experience in their past.  Emotional abuse yes, but more so physical abuse at the hands of someone, whether a family member or a stranger.  This trauma sends them into a self-deprecating spiral and into a “career” which only enforces those feelings of guilt they have for something that was never their fault to begin with.

Other women get involved, at least initially, to “pay the bills”, such as struggling actresses or models trying to make ends meet.  Once in, the very structure of the industry makes it almost impossible to leave voluntarily.  They become consumable objects based on the demand of those looking at the images in magazines or online.

It is a feel good lie that those who look at pornography sometimes tell themselves, that everything is always consensual.  There even are statements by the sites and magazines that tell us this is true.  Yet how do we know?  We don’t!  Indeed there are prostitutes in this country that are all but slaves to their “pimps”, who work the streets at the command of someone else, who have no say in the matter.  In many cases all pornography is, is the filming of these prostitute encounters.

But lets say that we can guarantee beyond a shadow of a doubt that a particular website or magazine only has 100% consensual acts, that no women are coerced in anyway, and all are checked out by a psychiatrist to make sure they are not driven to this because of abuse in their past; that we can prove that that woman is doing this because they genuinely like doing pornography.  What then?

For me this comes down to one undeniable fact.  That woman is someone’s daughter; she is someone’s sister, someone’s mother, someone’s cousin, someone’s wife, and someone’s best friend.  I think how I would feel if 30 or so years in the future, after I have a family and the kids leave the house if I were to be looking at porn online and suddenly find myself looking at my own daughter!  The disgust at myself would be unbearable!  Even now, there have been times where women that I have seen on these websites have looked very much like girls I know.  Schoolmates, friends, even family.  And it bothers me!  It sickens me!  And I get worried, wondering if it really is them!  If everything is all right, or if there is some pain in their past that is driving them too this.

And then I think, does it really make a difference if I know the person or don’t?  I mean, why should my reaction be any different if I see someone I think I know (assuming it is just someone who looks like them), when those women actually have fathers, brothers, sons, cousins, friends, ect of their own!  Is it ok to look at images of other peoples daughters but not my own?  Indeed, I would not want people lusting after images of my daughter, sister, cousin, friend, even if I am not!  So why do I do it to the woman in other peoples lives?

They say that pornography is a victimless vice, but that could not be further from the truth.

Faith and Baseball

A recent interview was posted on The Gospel Coalition’s website.

Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny on Baseball, Manhood, and Faith

I admit, part of the reason I want to mention this interview is to try to goad some of my Cardinal hating friends to say or think (cause they never would actually say it) something nice about the Cardinals.  😀   However, this interview does make me think about a certain topic regarding “celebrities”, Christianity, and how we should deal with them as believers.

It is a common practice among many Christians (especially conservative Christians), to “look” for celebrities who are also Christian (and conservative).  We get some kind of giddy glee when we find one, wanting to watch their movies, listen to their music, or support their sports team.  And then that celebrity fails and falls into public sin.  Now what do we do!?  We place these people on such pedestals that when they fall, they not only hurt themselves terribly, but the shockwave of their impact destroys everything around them, including many of their “fans”.   So what should we do?

There is nothing wrong with liking and supporting celebrities who profess Christ Jesus as their savior.  What we must avoid is idol worshiping those people.  We also have to remember this when we “follow” pastors, whether they are our own or are “popular”.  The fact is we all fail at some point or another.  Some fail in big ways, some in small ways, but we all fail. And when you are on a pedestal, all your failure are “big” as they are there for everyone to see.  Hearing Coach Mike Matheny’s testimony is wonderful, but whether you are a Cardinals fan or not, we must be avoid idol worship of someone who in the end, is a flawed, sinful human just like everyone else.

What we as Christians should do, is prayerfully support “celebrity” Christians, just as we pray and support believers in our own families, churches, and communities.  Many of us don’t know what it is like to live under a microscope.  For good or bad, these celebrities are under constant observation.  Believers do this in their idol worship.  Unbelievers do this to try and find something to tarnish the testimony of these men and women.  When that something is found, believers then jump ship out of fear of what those unbelievers would say about supporters of that “fallen” celebrity.

It is great that Coach Matheny is a believer and trying to live his live for Christ.  But as believers we cannot fall into the trap of making this man something more than he is.  He, just like us, is a flawed, sinful human being.  Our praise should not be on him, but rather God.  We should be thankful that the Lord has placed a believer in that position, and pray that the Lord will use that person to glorify His Holy name.  That is prayer we should be saying about all those who accept Christ Jesus as their savior.  Soli Deo Gloria!  To God alone be the glory!

Consider this recent story.

Gun Control Proponent Arrested for Carrying Concealed Weapon on School Property

I carry a weapon nearly everywhere I go.  The only time I do not carry a weapon on my person is when I enter church, or when have to go onto campus.  Every other time I leave my apartment, I am armed.  I have three firearms that I carry on a regular basis, usually dependent on what I am wearing (i.e. light clothes I carry my smaller Ruger LCP w/an IWB (Inside the Waist Belt holster), heavy clothes my larger Ruger SR1911, if I need to tuck in a shirt I wear my Glock 26 with a tuckable IWB.  I have and carry pretty much the largest and smallest styles of firearms that 95% of CCW holders usually carry (there are always outliers who like to carry a small .22 double shot pistol or a large .50 cal Desert Eagle).

So when I say that I ALWAYS know when I am carrying I hope you understand that I speak form true experience.  For a person to say they did not know they were carrying, they are simply put, a liar.  Leaving a firearm in your bag, ok that may happen.  Putting on your gun, leaving the home, and them remembering you are actually going someplace you can’t carry it?  Happens to me all the time.  Putting on my firearm when I leave is as second nature as putting on socks, shoes, and underwear!  But to say you “forgot” you had a gun on is just down right false.  It does not happen, HE IS A LIAR!  I cannot think of a single style of holstering a weapon on your body in which this could even be plausible.

Hey clearly is lying to try and excuse his own hypocrisy.  To advocate so strongly in favor of totalitarian gun control laws such as the SAFE Act in New York, and to be caught carrying a firearm into a school when he does not have the legal right to do so, is nothing else but hypocrisy.  Apparently the law is good enough for everyone else, BUT for him.  I believe he thinks this to be true, because again, his excuse “I forgot” just is not possible.

Unfortunately, many on the left, especially those who have no hands on knowledge of firearms (including but not limited to actually firing and carrying these weapons) will tend to want to excuse this man’s actions.  The media will either run many stories on how he really is a “great” pillar and leader of the community and this should be forgiven, OR they will bury this story trying to avoid it every seeing the light of day.

I know not everyone who might read this is a “fan” of firearms or concealed carry.  But I hope at least you are intelligent enough not to believe this bogus excuse.  At least then we might be able to have a rational conversation.

God knows I have not always been good at this in the past.  If you were to poll those who knew me about my attributes, I would wager most would have some form of “hot blooded” near the top.  One of my favorite quotes is from Braveheart where Wallace says, “I’m going to go pick a fight!”  Yea, you get the picture.  That, is the (occasionally not so) old me.  I endeavor to get better.  Not getting rid of the passions that I have, but rather I strive to demonstrate civility, even with tough issues, in a manner similar to Christ.  As should we all.
For indeed it is hard to accomplish.  There are many issues of various natures that are very important.  Some of which others would judge us as hate filled for simply believing, beyond any of our actions.  I personally believe that homosexuality is a sin.  I a complementarian, and believe that women should not serve as pastor/elder in a church.  I believe what is known as the Word of Faith movement is directly inspired by and lead by Satan.  I also believe state sponsored socialism (aka Communism) is demonic as well.  There are many more that I could list.  And in most of these, when I say that I believe in them, those listening quickly label me as someone who hates.

Indeed a post-modernism breeds this response.  If everyone is right in their own way, than it is wrong to judge other’s for their beliefs and actions.  Never mind that the whole construction of that argument is hypocritical, it is a reality that we deal with today anytime we open our mouths.  Someone usually will not like what we say, regardless of the issue.

Jesus and the New Testament warn us that this will be the case.  That no matter how nice we are, people will hate us for presenting Christ Jesus as savior.  That is a reality we cannot avoid.  It is a reality that transfers in to other areas and issues that we may express our opinion on.  However, and here is the key, we should not throw out civility just because there are some who will always reject us.

I believe that we can express certain opinions, some of which may be exclude other views (like the belief homosexuality is a sin), yet be civil about it.  Again, we know that some views may not be received with civility, but that should not change the way we act.  For everything we do and say should be flowing out of Christ’s love in us.  Christ Jesus ate with the sinners; He regularly interacted with those who were completely and spectacularly wrong about everything.  The same goes for Paul going and interacting with pagans and unbelieving Jews.  We should strive to demonstrate the same love, care, and compassion in our actions, in our speech, that Christ Jesus our savior did.  Of course we will never reach that level of responsibility for our words/actions, so long as we are tied to this sinful flesh, but that still should be our goal.

Now you might say, “What about Jesus’s words calling Pharisees vipers! Or Paul’s use of garbage/refuge!”  Indeed, I do not deny that even Jesus and Paul used strong aggressive language against others.  But here are some things to consider.  First, we are not Jesus and Paul.  They had (have) authority that we never will.  Jesus walked on water, but we never will.  Second, looking at all of the words of Jesus and Paul, their “aggressive” statements against others are infrequent.  Indeed, there are appropriate times when such statements are necessary against those who oppose us and our views.  But those times are few and far between.  They should be reserved for the most dire of situations, in places where they would have the most effect.  If not, than they become nothing more than a intellectual version of Chicken Little.  If we are always being aggressively confrontational with others, we risk alienating the larger pool of listeners, so when something of clear and great importance arises, no body will still be listening.  Aggressive confrontations are sometimes necessary but should be kept rare.

But again, that does not mean we stop with what we are saying in the first place.  That does not mean we stop calling sin for what it is, sin!  It comes back to how we handle ourselves, our actions, and our speech.  One can call out a sinner in a civil matter.  One does not need to be aggressive with everything.

Once again, I know, more than maybe anyone else under God, that I have not always achieved what I speak of here.  I usually am good at the “Do as I say, not as I do!”  But I do strive to be better, to conduct myself better, to do it in a manner worthy of Christ Jesus who is the Lord of my life.  I will not always succeed, indeed not one of us will, but that does not excuse our lack of trying.

So I decided that I will include some sports posts/observations here as well, to maybe lighten the mood of my blog a bit.  Then I thought about what my first sports based post would be, and I realized it might cause more vitriol than anything I have posted yet.  I know at least two people, who if they read this, will be up in arms!

So what is so contentious?  Simply this, hockey and “real” football (aka soccer) are quickly becoming my favorite sports, above even baseball.

Yes you heard me right.

There is something just beautiful about a team going down the ice/pitch, executing a series of perfect passes, dissecting the oppositions defense to bits, all leading to an amazing goal, or sometimes an even more amazing save.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love baseball, but it just isn’t the same.  The closest that baseball feels that way for me is in watching for a perfect game or a no hitter.  When it comes to offense, I am more a fan of solid station to station, batting for average, than I am of the long ball.  Yea, home runs are nice, but hit and runs and suicide squeezes are much better.

I have said before that were I to be presented with the choice of free season tickets to the St Louis Cardinals (Baseball) or to the St Louis Blues (Hockey), I would choose the hockey tickets in a heart beat.  And I’d choose Sporting KC (“real” football) over Royals (baseball) tickets as well.

Again, don’t get me wrong, I still love Baseball.  Give me tickets and I will be happy.  I’ll even spend my own money on occasional tickets eventually.  But it is becoming my 3rd favorite sport.

I liken it to my tastes in music.  I love Blues, Classic Rock, “Classical” music (Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach, ect), and some Christian Contemporary.  I like all of those types, but more times than not, if you check what I am listening to at any given moment, it is Blues or Classic Rock.

So there it is.  Call me what you will.  I like most sports, but truly, Hockey and “real” football are the best.

The current owner/CEO of Beretta, Ugo Gussalli Beretta, wrote this letter about his companies move to expand its United States operations to Tennessee.

Beretta: Maryland Disrespects Us and Gun Owners, so We Expand in Tennessee 

This letter is strong and powerful.  It is one part funny, nine parts sad that someone who is not an American citizen, gets the principles of this country better than citizens and elected officials of a state of this union.  If only Americans got and understood what is at stake.  If only Americans realized that “gun control” proponents are not as noble hearted as they seem to appear.

I was and am a huge Ruger fan, but my next firearm may have to be a Beretta.

Yesterday, there was a “Debate” between Ken Ham (CEO of Answers in Genesis) and Bill Nye (the Science Guy).  I really don’t want to hash out the debate itself, but rather make some statements on what Christians should/should not think in regards to Creation/evolution.

First, how God created the universe is NOT a first tier issue.  That is, a particular belief is not required for salvation, as compared to say correct doctrine on the Trinity.  It is not even a second tier issue in my opinion.  That is, a belief that is required for like fellowship, as compared to say baptism or church polity.  It is a third tier issue, one that is fun to debate, but not serious enough to divide over.

Now that said, the second thing we need to remember is that God created the universe.  Period, end of statement.  There is no room for any Christian to believe in a non-theistic cause of the development of the universe.  Whether God started everything then stepped back and let billions of years of development take place free from His hand, OR God was intricately involved over billions of years guiding everything Himself, OR God created everything in 6 solar days; whatever way you believe, God did it.  If you say that God was NEVER involved in making the universe, then you don’t believe in God, not in any way, shape, or form.  This is why I am dumbfounded by “Christians” who oppose the concept of Intelligent Design.  People, who profess to be people of faith, argue against the idea that everything we see, all of creation, has a designer behind it.  Unfortunately, part of that may be due to flat out LIES told about Intelligent Design, arguing that ID is “just” Young Earth Creationism in different clothes.  That is a flat out lie.

Third, regardless of how you believe they got there, I do believe that belief in a literal Adam and Eve is a primary tier issue.  Maybe not as it relates to actually salvation, but definitely as it relates to “right” theology and avoidance of heresy.  Look at Romans 5.  Paul clearly believes that Adam was a literal person.  Further, Paul demonstrates the functional effectual nature of Christ’s work on the Cross.  This illustration becomes meaningless if Adam was not a literal person.  Even further, Luke shows Jesus’ lineage back to Adam.  That is hard to do if there as not a real Adam.  If there was not a real Adam, than Luke is wrong.  If Luke is wrong, then the concepts of inerrancy and infallibility are out the window.  And then, there is no solid foundation to base any religion off of.  Some things in scripture leave room for interpretation between two groups that both believe in inerrancy.  Some things do not leave such room.  A literal Adam is one of the latter.