Thursday, September 17, 2020

30 Good Things President Trump Has Done for America


Excellent article by my favorite modern theologian, Wayne Grudem:

"President Trump receives non-stop criticism in the press. I agree that criticism is necessary when a president makes mistakes, but where are the voices expressing appreciation for the good things Trump has done? It’s unfair to always criticize and never recognize any of the good things a president has done.

It might be a refreshing change to recall some of the remarkable, nation-changing good things that Trump has accomplished for America. Here is my personal list. 

Because of space limitations, I have not given extensive arguments explaining why I think these actions are good for the United States. But more extensive arguments can be found in my books Christian EthicsPolitics According to the Bible, and The Poverty of Nations.

1. Judges: Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices, 53 federal appellate judges, and 146 District Court judges (as well as two judges for the Court of International Trade) who have been confirmed by the Senate so far. In addition, 64 more have been appointed and are awaiting Senate confirmation. All of them are committed to interpreting the Constitution and laws according to the original meaning of the words, rather than according to what a modern liberal judge thinks the law should have said."

Read the entire article here at Townhall. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What is an Evangelical?


Evangelicals take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The term “evangelical” comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning “the good news” or the “gospel.” Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ.

Evangelicals are a vibrant and diverse group, including believers found in many churches, denominations and nations. Our community brings together Reformed, Holiness, Anabaptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic and other traditions. As noted in the statement “Evangelicals — Shared Faith in Broad Diversity,” our core theological convictions provide unity in the midst of our diversity. The NAE Statement of Faith offers a standard for these evangelical convictions.

Historian David Bebbington also provides a helpful summary of evangelical distinctives, identifying four primary characteristics of evangelicalism:

  • Conversionism: the belief that lives need to be transformed through      a “born-again” experience and a life long process of following Jesus

    Read the entire article here at the NAE.

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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Society Can't Fix Your Problems


    Character development was a primary focus in education until the 1960s. But now, with the ascent of left-wing ideas in schools, children are taught to blame America or "society" for their problems. The great tragedy of this, of course, is that if you think society is to blame, why would you take any action to help yourself?

    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Trump's Religious Freedom Record Is a Stubborn Fact


    "A litany of statements on the record and positions taken by both Biden and Harris clearly indicate they will block such religious freedom efforts if allowed to take office. While California Attorney General, Kamala Harris filed a brief against Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court. As a senator, Harris was an original cosponsor of legislation that would block religious freedom for adoption providers, and introduced legislation gutting Religious Freedom Restoration Act claims. Harris was also an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which would be horrific for religious freedom, but which a Biden/Harris administration has pledged to make a priority in the first 100 days in office. As a senator, Harris also openly questioned judicial nominees about their religious beliefs. Add to this Senator Biden's votes against a constitutional amendment allowing voluntary prayer in school and barring federal courts from taking cases involving prayer in public schools, and we have a clear picture of the alternatives this November when it comes to religious freedom.

    The work of President Trump's DOJ on religious freedom is only one part of his policy accomplishments, but it's an important one. And it's one that certainly won't be around if he's not reelected in November."

    Read the entire article here by Travis Weber & Kaitlyn Shepherd of the Family Research Council's FRCAction.

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    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

    A Demagogue Named Barack Obama: His DNC Speech


    Obama: “This administration has shown it will tear our democracy down if that’s what it takes to win.”

    How has this administration shown that? Why didn’t Obama provide a single example to sustain this extraordinary charge? Anyway, it seems to many Americans that those who lie to the country for two years about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, impeach a president solely for political reasons, dedicate all news reporting to the removal of a president, smear and lie about a decent man nominated for the Supreme Court, corrupt the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act system for political ends, and politicize the CIA and FBI are the ones who “will tear our democracy down if that’s what it takes to win.”

    Obama’s speech offered very little of substance about the man it was directed against, but it said much about the man who delivered it.

    Read the entire excellent article here by Dennis Prager.

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    Police Go Where the Crime Is


    Are the police friend or foe? Are they necessary to preserve order, or are they unnecessarily intrusive? Do they have society’s best interest in mind, or are they racist and violent? Heather Mac Donald, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, analyzes the numbers behind these hot-topic questions.

    President Trump Sets the Stage for the Big Choice


    "The GOP convention prime time speakers were almost a decade younger on average than the Democrats’ a week earlier. The range of ethnic diversity was beyond anything any prior Republican convention had achieved. The number of everyday Americans – from lobstermen, farmers, industrial workers, small business owners, and police officials – was dramatically larger than any former Republican convention.

    The number of African American speakers who repudiated Democratic attacks alleging the president is a racist  — and championed his policies as having helped minority communities – was compelling. I think we will see significant support for the president in November because of it.

    Throughout the convention, the Trump children did a great job of personalizing their father and recognizing his accomplishments. Ivanka Trump perfectly set the stage for his acceptance speech.

    Finally, the President’s speech was more like a State of the Union than a traditional rah-rah convention speech. I think this made it more effective in the long run.

    This was an incumbent president sharing with the American people his understanding of what had been accomplished, what was worth fighting for, and what he would accomplish if re-elected. It was a serious, adult speech. What some reporters thought was flat or uninspiring I thought was Eisenhower-like in its calm, common sense language.

    This was a controlled, serious, thoughtful, and eminently presidential Trump – exactly what his critics had called for over the last three-and-a-half years. It confused them when they actually experienced it."

    Read the entire analysis by Newt Gingrich here.

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