MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

The Changing Face of a Nation

April 27th, 2018 Viewed 503 times, 2 so far today

Check out this animation that shows the sources of immigration to America over a 200 year period.  It’s fascinating in both character and quantity.

How Our Entire Court System Became More Liberal

September 8th, 2016 Viewed 1394 times, 2 so far today

What America was, it no longer is.  When people start to lose faith or believe their founding documents to be in error, it leads to a revolution.  Not all revolutions are bloody, but in order for it not to be there has to be a plan.  Right now, what we’re seeing is a takeover by the one faction that believes in something different than the small government, for the posterity of the Founders and the bigger government, one nation a part of many nation of the globalists:

When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent.

How Liberal Judges Took Control of 70 Percent of US Appeals Courts

The Biggest Problem Facing America Today

August 16th, 2016 Viewed 1470 times, 1 so far today

America is a country in crisis.  Not a week goes by that we do not hear about some atrocity committed in different places within our borders.  People are dying from acts of nature and acts of other individuals, and one wonders how much more this nation can take.

But this country’s biggest problem isn’t the character of the individuals running for office, immigration, or any of the other issues of the day.  The biggest problem is that its people need a Savior.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful thing in the world.  Stronger than any man, more powerful than any nuclear device.  The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power available to the believer.  It’s the power that is available to every believe, and it is a transformational power.

It is this power that changed Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus from a persecutor of the church to one of its greatest proclaimers.  It allowed many men and women to endure fierce persecution, more brutal than anything that ISIS has done, and one day it will be triumphant over the whole world.

It is the duty of every believer not to force Christianity upon a nation or people, but to proclaim the Gospel.  That is part of what makes Christianity so different.  It is a free gift– something that’s offered but should not be forced– though some down the years have tried.  There’s never a command for a believer to kill those that do not believe, only to walk away– sometimes knocking the dust off their feet to let God decide what to do with that place.

This is something that we should do, regardless of who is in the government or who is running for government.  If we would do that, and the Spirit would work, we would see serious change in this nation.  Without, we seem destined for fracture.

What is a Christian’s Responsibility in a Democratic-Republic?

July 23rd, 2015 Viewed 1578 times, 2 so far today

 


Things were easier for believers under a king, in some ways.  Romans 13 and a lot of other Scriptures fit right into what a believer’s responsibility is in that type of government– God says that He directs the heart of the king, that our job is to submit to them, and that they reward righteousness.  We’re to pray for them and give them the taxes they put forth.

Setting aside the question of whether the Revolutionary War was just according to the Bible, the system that the founders of this nation set forth for our national government require involvement and regular, bloodless revolutions.

So believers are both the ones that are to submit and the ones to vote for the rulers to submit to, which leaves them in an awkward spot.

Obama Set Expectations Too High

May 8th, 2015 Viewed 903 times, 1 so far today
English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you promise the world, and don’t deliver, don’t expect them to support you.

This is a key to understanding where our elections are going.  It seems that today we’re having a popularity contest instead of an election, and to get that degree of popularity we are having people sign up to run for election hoping to bank of the promises they can make to certain groups.

Candidates are touting their ability to be “the first female President” or hoping that a male running against a female will have a difficult time because of their sex, just like many had trouble running against Pres. Obama because of the color of his skin.

Then we have people that continue to make promises that you know that they won’t or can’t keep, but that doesn’t stop them from making them to get people to vote for them!

When Pres. Obama’s approval ratings were way down low, it was in part to the fact that the economy was not where he said it would be.  Now that it looks like it’s improving and he’s not able to do as much, they are coming back up.

In any case, be careful candidates– don’t set expectations so high you cannot reach them!

 

Government and Morality

May 8th, 2015 Viewed 1467 times, 2 so far today

George Washington once commented that in order for a society to survive it needed to have a strong moral character.  This character existed outside of the government at the founding of the United States– as can be seen by the fact that many came to this land for religious freedom, many of the Founding Fathers were religious leaders in various denominations, and the pulpits of the land had a lot of sway in what happened.  This moral foundation did not have to be codified because there was a common, Judeo-Christian framework by which all people of the land held common mores and values.

One of the biggest problems of a multicultural society that cherishes different religions, viewpoints and traditions instead of melting them all together and adopting the common framework is that eventually there will be disagreements between people groups on issues of morality.

We see this front-and-center in the culture wars of the past few years– abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, profanity, drunkenness, etc.

What Is Your Definition of Beauty?

July 6th, 2014 Viewed 1133 times, 1 so far today

I agree with Ann Althouse’s assessment:

An interesting project, with fascinating results, somewhat skewed by the time and skill the different photo editors put into it, but you do get some interesting variations, and not just the different levels of makeup that are deemed “beautiful.”

Strangely, the most alien image is the one from…
… the United States.

Philippines and Argentina are laughable. Germany continues to scare me. The nicest one is from Romania.

Our Modern Reality is Not All That Great

July 3rd, 2014 Viewed 1294 times, 1 so far today

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Our Form of Government Is Not The Best

In Daniel 2, we read the vision that God sent to King Nebuchadnezzar.  In that dream, we find that God called all governments after this King as inferior– and we see that He had a point.  Whatever Nebuchadnezzar said was law of the land.  When Darius the Persian conquered Babylon, the laws of the Meades and the Persians prohibited the king from changing what was signed into law (remember Daniel and the Lion’s Den).

The prophecy said that each form of government, even democratic republics, were inferior to King Nebuchadnezzar’s form of government– which is also the type of government that Jesus will have during the Millennial reign.

What Would Happen if Christians Took Over a State and Tried to Create a State Church?

December 19th, 2012 Viewed 2658 times, 3 so far today

churchSo I got to thinking the other day… Since after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution there were multiple states that still had established churches (and some current constitutions still mention God and have qualifications for people holding office—which are mostly not observed), what would happen if Christians of a certain denomination (pick one) all moved to a certain state (again, pick one) enough that they could pass a law or State Constitutional Amendment to establish a state church of their denomination.

Would they be allowed to do it?  If not, what reason could opponents use to justify not letting a bunch of people from establishing whatever they wanted, since this is what the state of the States were after the Constitution?


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Fundamentalist Atheists—America’s Taliban

December 18th, 2012 Viewed 3336 times, 1 so far today

cross2There are many Atheists that are content to live peaceably with their neighbors.  They live and work within this country, and seek no ill will– they just do not believe in the supernatural or any deity.  These are probably your friends, coworkers, and others that many would consider good people.  However, there is a vocal minority of Atheists (I term them Fundamentalist Atheists) that seek to eradicate all religion, and these are the focus of this article.

It doesn’t take long reading Fundamentalist Atheist’s thoughts to find that they believe that Christians are the American version of the Taliban.  They trot out the ideas that Christians are behind unequal rights for gays and telling women what to do with their bodies, and compare that to the Taliban telling women that they are of no worth and that they must veil themselves from head to toe.

What they miss is the fact that on a larger scale, they are actually America’s Taliban.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.