Think About IT: Bristol Is with Child; Therefore, Abstinence Doesn’t Work. REALLY?

The pro-abortionists were ever so quick to capitalize upon the pregnancy of seventeen-year-old Bristol Palin in order to demonstrate the failure of teaching abstinence in schools, a program which the now Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sara Palin strongly advocates.

As is discouragingly all too frequent, the demagogues were so quick in their attack that they spoke devoid of compassion, logic, or common sense. They quite gleefully concluded, “Governor Palin’s seventeen-year-old daughter is pregnant…so much for the effectiveness of teaching abstinence.”

By their logic, public education must be an undeniable failure since some politician’s children have not done well or even flunked out; laws against drunk driving have failed since some politician’s children have been arrested for DWI, etc., etc. If we apply their logic to anything in this life, it will be deemed a failure since nothing works perfectly, which by the way is the logical fallacy of the tyranny of the perfect.

The fact is, they would not apply the same standard to anything they support, nor should they. One may argue the merits of public education, abstinence programs…but as a Christian we should do so based upon biblical truth, research, and good old common sense. Further, we should not let pundits, political operatives, and demagogues get away with such inane shenanigans. They should be ashamed, and if not, shamed by those who listen.

Velvet Elvis: Not Worth Having!

Years ago when Gina and I were first married, I passed by an art display—I use that term loosely—on the side of the road. All of the renderings were pictures on an imitation or cheap velvet. One of them that I was particularly enthralled with was the King of Rock, Elvis Presley.

Immediately I envisioned “Velvet Elvis” prominently displayed in our living room; however, when I told Gina about my rare find, she responded with a look that shouted, “Did I really marry him?” Consequently, Elvis never found lodging in our home and my first encounter with “Velvet Elvis” ended in disappointment. The message was clear; “Velvet Elvis” is not worth having. For those of you who are wondering whether I would still decorate with such works of “art”, the answer is no, I have seen the light and “Elvis has left the…”

However, once again I have encountered a “Velvet Elvis”, but this time it is not a painting but a book written by Rob Bell. This encounter with “Velvet Elvis” has not left me disappointed but appalled and alarmed.

Rob Bell’s book “Velvet Elvis” is an example of some of the dangerously unbiblical leanings and musings of the “Emergent Church”.

A friend of mine, Mark Park, has written an excellent brief theological critique of the book, which I include here so that you will not be taken in by a creative title or the musings of a postmodernist masquerading as biblical truth. The simple truth is that, “Velvet Elvis” never was nor never will be worth having.velvet-elvis-critique-by-mark-park-8-07.pdf

War or Peace?

Christians’ opinions about war cover the continuum from pacifism to patriotism—from no war to any war for the homeland. I think both positions are based upon selective use of biblical teaching.

It is true that God’s perfect world did not have war; however, it is incorrect to conclude from that truth that God is therefore against all war—e.g. a pacifist. We know that God is not a pacifist since He actually led Israel into war e.g. Jericho, Joshua 6; Ai, Joshua 8.

It is true that war is a dreadfully horrid situation. It is the most dreadful of conditions one can imagine except for tyranny and hell; unfortunately, the reality is that in a fallen world it is, at times, the only way to prevent would-be despots from imposing totalitarianism upon every man woman and child. Tyrants view humans as a means rather than an end; consequently, it is perilous indeed to believe that such a malevolent mind could value humane agreements or treaties beyond what is self-serving. Continue reading →

Tragedy at Virginia Tech: A Standard too High

The Virginia Tech Massacre last Monday has once again shocked the nation. Here in civilized America, the most technologically advanced society, where man dwells far above the mire of barbarism, a young man commits a most uncivilized act, a heinous betrayal of humanity even by barbaric standards.

Pundits seek someone to blame for not stopping Cho Seung-Hui before he unleashed his nefariousness upon the innocent. All the nation grieves and rightly so. For these young people did not sign up to serve on the front lines of combat. What can a Christian say about this iniquitous rampage: here are a few thoughts. Continue reading →

The High Cost of Reading

In today’s Crimson, the deans at Harvard urge professors to work at lowering the cost of required reading for classes. The per student average spent on reading materials at Harvard last year was $1300.00.

What makes this article so interesting to me is when I consider it in light of the simple and oft repeated mantra that “reading is diminishing as both a pastime and a primary source of learning and evaluating”. The argument against emphasizing reading goes something like this; since we are an image driven culture, and there seems to be no foreseeable abatement to this trend; we should stop resisting the zeitgeist with our antiquated ideas about the value of reading. The avant-gardist is indefatigably reminding us it is really all about image and perceptions.

Particularly, and most alarming to me, Continue reading →