Sunday, November 28, 2004

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In reference to the Bush administration's stance on Iran's nuclear program; let me say this:
No one wants Iran to have nuclear weapons except perhaps Iran. However, we need to be careful we don't over-react in yet another confrontation in the mid-east. Iran has been banned from enriching uranium and yes they have continued some research in this area. While this may be a discrepancy and perhaps a violation, it is not a serious violation. Why? Because we are talking about the use of a couple of enrichment centrifuges. It takes more than a thousand centrifuges working for months to produce enough uranium for a warhead.

Certainly the activity of the Iranians should be observed in this area but it is highly premature for any further action or sanctions at this time. I believe that the dialogue which is already in progress should be continued to see where it leads. Once again, there is no "smoking gun" to suggest intervention; certainly not by the U.S. What is needed is a definite timeline to full compliance. Obviously, there is plenty of time between now and the time when nuclear weapons could be made since the infringement is only purported to envolve a couple of certrifuges. Otherwise, we look like warmongers again for forcing a confrontation again needlessly. This one needs to be watched more closely.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Want to know what is wrong with American society today? That's simple. No, it's not just too much selfishness; we've always had that. It is a fundamental failure of the leaders in this country to not only embrace the truth but to grasp it in the first place. We pride ourselves on the trust we have in our technology while technology creates more social problems than it solves. In politics, no explanation should be necessary. Suffice it to say that the leaders of government don't really know the people they're leading or if they do they ignore them. In the last election there was a substantial percent of fundamentalists participating which totally took the pollsters by surprise. It is quite likely that these fundamentalists have been ignored too long.

What about spiritual leadership. It is largely stagnant; not because pastors and evangelists aren't doing their jobs because most are. But that's all they tend to do. Even the most creative minds in evangelism today risk falling into a familiar pattern. While some are redefining the very fabric which holds the church in a collective whole; others are forcing the church to be defined as a collection of pews which it has been for some from the beginning.

Let me just say once again that these are dangerous times. If the church is to be effective it must break out of its four walls and redefine itself in the world. To do this it must draw from the examples of dynamic men and women who brought it about fully two thousand years ago. Especially of that evangelist and pastor who kept an appointment at Calvary on a day when there had been no meetings set. We know that this movement is well received just by the success of the film "The Passion of the Christ". So the question arises: "Can Christianity once again survive as a movement en masse with only Christ as its head?"

"Or will we just lose momentum waiting for another Billy Graham to act as an evangelical spearhead?"

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Now with the holidays approaching, what should we be thinking about? Well, just let me advise you not to get swept away thinking about the pleasures of the season or the monetary gain to be had at this time of year by businesses. Why? Because these are dangerous times. That is well known. But the most notable risk that we face is with our values. We need to get closer to the values of love of family, friends and neighbors; of service to our fellow man and a renewal of true worship of our Lord and Saviour for all He has done to increase the quality of our lives. There is an alternative and yes, it is filled with festivity and even some companionship. However, the choice I am speaking of does not lead to joy. You know what I am talking about.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Now that the election is over, fundamentalists have breathed a sigh of relief. However, those who are looking ahead to the next election know it is not over. Nearly half of the voters who were polled prior to the election were ready to vote for a candidate with undesirable values. Since it is the populace which not only elects the president but also mandates the popular policy mindset for that candidate; we can expect that another presidential candidate with a poor value system will run in 2008. One word of caution: don't assume it will be a democrat even if it is in all probability likely to be.

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