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Israel & The US: About Building Walls

In both Israel and the United States, the issue about building walls to protect their borders is very much in the news today. Both countries feel they are being besieged by neighbors who take advantage of “unwalled” borders to in effect destroy their culture and nationality. In Israel, it is the continuing problem of suicide bombers, who routinely enter Israel and blow themselves up along with Israeli citizens as they go about their daily lives. In the US, it is the stream of illegal immigrants and who knows whom else, who stream primarily across the US/Mexican border. Socially, these illegals puts a strain on US social services. Militarily, other illegals whose intents are far more malevolent, may one day attempt to destroy one or more American cities.

As I thought about writing this post, my thoughts focused on the routine character of “fortified” cities described throughout the Bible, therefore reinforcing the position of those in favor of building these walls to protect their count…

The Radical Muslim Deception

Since the turn of the century, we have seen a dramatic increase in Muslim inspired terrorism throughout the world, highlighted (or should I say low lighted) by the attacks of September 11th, 2001. One of terrorist's primary tactic is the suicide bombing, where again September 11th was perhaps the most spectacular example. However, we have seen this insidious act hundreds of times in places such as the Palestinian attacks on Israel, the Al Qaeda attacks throughout the Iraq war, the subway bombings in London, the hotel bombings in Bali, Indonesia, the theater attacks in Russia and the hotel bombings in Jordan.

The insanity of the notion (evidently taught by radical Muslim philosophy), that one will enhance their standing before God by killing themselves and others in the process, is the kind of lie and deception that comes only from the master deceiver himself: Satan. The Bible calls Satan out in this way:…He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is n…

Duke Case: An American Cliché

The issue of the alleged rape of a black woman among a crowd of white college jocks at Duke University this month is simply the latest object lesson of the moral wasteland that is 2006 America. The aspects of this incident is classically indicative of what this nation has become throughout the past 100 years:

On one side you have the majority media and college culture emblematic of Duke, instantly blaming the woman in knee-jerk fashion primarily because in their eyes, her color gives her no credibility. On the other side, you have the African American community defending her in knee-jerk fashion because her alleged attackers are white.

True in keeping with their political scripts, those who lean right (and generally conservative) gives deference to the upper-class boys. Those who lean left (and automatically liberal) gives deference to the woman because she is a minority.

I have not heard much from the religious community with respect to the incident, however predicta…

A&E’s God or the Girl

I happened to come across the new ‘reality’ series “God or the Girl” on the A&E Network today and watched a brief portion. I had seen some advanced discussion about the series, including in-depth interviews with the young men featured in the program, each of whom ostensibly facing the dilemma of choosing the Catholic priesthood or life with their girlfriends, which would be an automatic disqualifier against the priesthood.

The portion of the program that I saw was I would presume quite indicative of the series at large. The young men appeared quite earnest in their desire to conform to the presets of the priesthood as practiced in Roman Catholiscm with a particular emphasis on the rules requiring celibacy. It is here where the series focuses much on the anguish of the young men as they face the realities of girlfriends who (understandably) want to have the young men’s primary attention. As is common regarding much in today’s television and the culture at large, there are numerous s…

Not A Matter of Eating and Drinking

Today is Good Friday (the day of general public acknowledgement that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for the sins of all people), and I happen to be sitting with someone who was Jewish and another who was Catholic when the topic of what we had for lunch came up. The Catholic person remarked in mocked horror that she had pork and exclaimed that her mother would be horrified given that she was raised “Catholic”. The Jewish man responded that he had a kosher snack in honor of Passover. As I observed the exchange, the thought of the God’s scripture in the New Testament came to my mind: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anyth…

The Fathers & The Championship

While watching the NCAA College Basketball Championships won by the University of Florida the other night, it was very gratifying to see so many shots of the father’s of the players in the stands cheering on their sons to victory. As a sports fan, it is sadly unusual to see so many of the dads of players present to share in the achievements of their children. The absence of fathers as much as anything else is leading to the demise of the social fabric of the United States.

As a dad of perhaps a 5 year old in kindergarten, just walk into the school at the end of the day to pick-up your child, and watch the countenance and faces of the ‘fatherless’ children staring at you as you walk away with your child. These are the kids, who generally grow up with incredible anger raging inside of them, which produces the carnage described in this blog, which I wrote several months ago.

God knew what was coming, when He wrote this in the Bible: Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides…