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Should I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag?

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Should I pledge allegiance to the flag?

I Pledge Allegiance to…what? It’s not like I really thought about it, but from time-to-time I wondered how a union of States could be indivisible. I guess I thought it was more of an encouraging sentiment, an exhortation. Kind of like Sonny and Cher’s United We Stand: “United, we stand/ divided, we fall/ And if our backs should ever be against the wall/ we’ll be together.” And we know how long that lasted. So, how did we get to be “one nation (under God, thanks Ike!), indivisible?” And can we be so and boast “liberty and justice for all?” That. . .
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Is There Hope for a Culture in Decline?

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Evidence of a Culture in Decline With Western culture in decline, it’s easy to lose sight of the progress of Christianity. In our near-sightedness, we look at the downward turn of our culture and run around like dispensational Chicken Littles screaming “The Rapture is coming! The Rapture is coming!” We forget that just 500 years ago, the “ancient” Aztecs and Mayans were slaughtering their own people and those they captured by the millions. Even 400 years ago at what became Jamestown, the Powhatan empire was a murderous, heathen, idolatrous, hedonistic, polygamist culture. And yet, God was pleased to bring forth. . .
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Relativism — America’s Idol

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Relativism in Narnia In C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, an ape named Shift tried to convince the free animals of Narnia to embrace Calormene culture and serve their king, the Tisroc. Pretending to be Aslan’s prophet, the Ape told the animals that Aslan had sold them into the service of the Tisroc in order to bring all the “benefits” of Calormene culture to the backward land of Narnia. “Please,” said the Lamb, “I can’t understand. What have we to do with the Calormenes? We belong to Aslan. They belong to Tash. They say Tash has four arms and the head. . .
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Love Your Neighbor, Fear Your Government

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Love Your Neighbor, Fear Your Government

Does the Government Love Your Neighbor? Author R.J. Rummel has calculated that the twentieth century was the deadliest in history, with war casualties more than twice the murders perpetrated by civilian criminals. As shocking as that number is, it is eclipsed by the number of citizens who died at the hands of their own government, an estimated 262 million. Wait, let’s look at the actual number: 262,000,000 victims of democide in one hundred years. We don’t have actual numbers because it was illegal in the US until the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, but shall we add the 39,430,800. . .
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Immigration—New Basement Tape

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Basement Tapes #146: Aliens & Strangers

Our newest Basement Tapes conversation is Aliens and Strangers. Immigration continues to be a hot political issue, but what does the Bible have to teach us on this topic? Often, we entrench ourselves in political opinions without ever asking that question. This conversation asks some deeper questions about the issue of immigration: Is it biblical to keep people out? How does God want us to treat aliens and strangers? How can we “love our neighbor as ourselves” in this context? What do work and laziness in citizens and immigrants have to do with this question? Does racism play into our. . .
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Against All Enemies—Voting Your Conscience

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Against All Enemies

Lying Politicians Year after year our senators and congressmen in Washington solemnly swear before God and men to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” but only a handful of these men pay any attention to their constitutional limits. Our leaders regularly violate their oaths of office and we do nothing about it. We expect politicians to break their promises, and we even vote for them the next time around. We may grunt and grumble about having no other choice, but in the end we pull the lever for a known liar. . .
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Slave Culture

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Slave Culture

Loving Slavery We are a nation of slaves and we love it. We have pursued our masters with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our minds. And now we are fully content in our serfdom. We don’t feel the stripes on our back, the chafing of the chains, the loss of movement, the indignity. We don’t feel any of that. What we feel is jumpiness I guess, a nervous energy that never seems to go away, an addict’s itch. All we ask for in exchange for the chains is all the stuff. . .
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Babies Are Murdered Here—41 Years of Roe v. Wade

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Babies Are Murdered Here movie

Roe v. Wade—41 Years of Abortion Today is the 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in this country. Also today, Crown Rights Media, released their long-awaited film, Babies Are Murdered Here (watch it below) in which Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is interviewed extensively as one of those who has been a tireless voice for the unborn. This film is a journey into the darkest corners of our culture where Babies Are Murdered . . . Here. Few are willing to go to these dark corners to do anything, to say anything, to even. . .
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Busted

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I have been reading about the many states that are in the red on their budgets. The number is now at 46 states that are borrowing money every day just to keep doing what they do. There are only four states living within their means (Alaska, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana). Along with all this accumulating debt there is also an endless list of counties and cities that are wheezing  financially. The county in which I live was in debt over $140,000,000 last I heard. Besides all this there are scores of municipalities that have spent away the retirement funds. . .
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Hope in Difficult Times

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There is a lot of fear out there over what our government will do next. Will we be taxed insensible? Will our guns and gold be seized? Will homeschooling remain legal? Must we obtain more registrations and numbers from the central government? Are the banks going bankrupt? Will the dollar devalue into uselessness? Things have never looked so grim. But wait—we are already taxed insensible, gold was already seized once (in 1933), homeschooling has often been treated as illegal, we already have a universal government registration number, the banks have been essentially bankrupt for decades (although they have been keeping. . .
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Idolatrous Patriotism

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Idolatrous Patriotism

What is Patriotism? Patriotism seems to have a distinctive meaning. It is difficult to think of a synonym. For instance, ‘loyalty’ does not exactly capture the heart of what patriotism is. Love of country is closer, but, ‘love of country’ is not one word and so cannot be a synonym for anything (Do I have my English correct here? I think I do). Patriotism may be better understood by living among the people of a land, loving what they love and hating what they hate. Nobody believes their country is right all the time but almost everybody thinks themselves patriotic. . .
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The Return of Christendom

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The Return of Christendom

Waiting for the End There is a lot of wailing right now about the coming crash, the mid-east spoiling for war, Israel at battle stations, and the general unwinding of the American system. There are a whole lot of my evangelical brethren who believe we are at the end of the age. Not just the end of politics as we know them but the end of the entire book of history. There is a sense of desperation on the nerve as of those without hope, or of men who believe their end is branded in time with prophetic surety. Churchmen. . .
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Christian Liberty and The Unmanned Drone

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“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings” Psalm 17:8 Rand Paul’s grand filibuster speech this week pointed up the concerns many of us have about the growing fleets of drones being operated by agencies of government at every level. It seems the governments find it almost impossible to understand why citizens are worried. For the people who operate these machines these are simply a natural extension of their existing practices and philosophy. To the citizens, these new spy tools are another extension of an already over-grown state enterprise that seeks to. . .
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Apocalypse Now?

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While recently enjoying the company of another family in our home, the conversation segued from the possible benefits of a college education to post-apocalyptic survival (Maybe I put too many chilies in the beans). As you can imagine, the discussion was stimulating and we had plenty of chips and salsa to munch on so a good time was had by all even though, hanging over our lower/middle-class heads is the threat of a national, maybe global economic collapse. Both of us (the other guy and I) grew up during the Cold War; a time and life overshadowed with the anxiety. . .
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