How little is a life worth? Donald Trump, U.S. President, is trying to force schools to open in the fall. This is in spite of the increasing number of people being infected with the Coronavirus. And while one can maybe argue that the number of positive cases is due to testing, it’s impossible to say testing is responsible for the corresponding increases in hospitalizations and ICU beds with COVID-19 afflicted people. And I dare say, with the increasing number of people that will be dying in the next week or so because of all those other increases.
Are we at the beginning of the end of Christianity in Hong Kong? A while back, I started to write about new religious regulations in China. Mainland China, with the atheist Communist government. But it got side-tracked by everything else going on in the world and here in the U.S. However, I think it’s time to not only bring it back, but to emphasize it even more. The new Hong Kong Security Law makes it imperative.
When I began to write about the Chinese religious regulations, I pointed out that they are essentially a blueprint for other countries to follow. Well, China may very well be following them, although in a somewhat hidden fashion, with the Hong Kong Security Law. Given the “one world religion” foretold in the Bible, I expect this kind of thing to spread literally world-wide. That’s why it’s so important for us – Christians – to understand.
When can we stop wearing masks in public? Judging from the news, a better question is when should we stop wearing masks in public? The answer, of course, is that it depends. I’m going to address my suggested answer to Christians. Others may want to do the same. However, I believe Christians really should take heed to what follows.
What is the conservative Christian view of DACA? DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. I don’t mean conservative Christians as a group. I mean each and every individual who considers themselves Christian, especially the conservatives. What is your stance? And, how do you feel about the leaders you support – both politically and within your church organization?
Jesus said, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. But where are the peacemakers? In Isaiah, God asked who He should send, and one person said, Here I am! Send me! Where is that person today? Is there really no one willing to be God’s messenger today? Are there really no sons of God left? It appears that the answer to both is a resounding NO! Jesus can ask, who will speak for me. But no one’s answering. Like an ostrich with its head in the sand, we can’t hear.
Would Jesus ever pander to the base? It’s a question that Christians really need to ask themselves. And I mean really stand in from of the mirror – look yourself in the eye – and ask, “Do you believe that Jesus would ever pander to the base?” Then, if you’re a Trump supporter, ask yourself how you reconcile his words and actions with what Jesus taught.
Last night, while more than 25 cities had riots raging over the police killing of George Floyd, the normally active Trump twitter account was largely silent. There were but two Tweets – neither of which was helpful. No calls for calm. No words of hope. Just lot’s of silence.
Is that really the kind of person Jesus wants us to support? Or does He actually want us to convert that kind of person to be more like Him?
Let the dead bury the dead.
Remember where we all came from. Maybe not to the extent Trump is, but we all came from a life where anger and hatred were the norm. Do we really want to go back there, now that we’ve learned about God’s kind of love? Is it really worth potentially giving up our inheritance from God just to get this kind of person elected? I don’t have children, but do you really want your children to have to grow up in a world where uncontrolled hatred and anger are the norm?
Trump shouldn’t decide when churches open! You may have seen the headline from CNBC, or something like it: Trump slams governors, demands they open houses of worship ‘right now’. But you know what? It’s not up to the governors to decide when churches open either. I’ve often argued that separation of church and state – if done correctly – is a good thing. The government should not dictate religion. If we learned anything from history, it should have been that many people came to “the new world” – eventually much of it to become the U.S. – to avoid the royal version of religion back in Europe. But we haven’t really learned much, have we?
China Pushes for New Hong Kong Security Law. Sure, it sounds like it’s got nothing to do with religion in general – or Christianity specifically. And yet, this is China. An atheist country trying to redo Christianity into something in the image of the atheist Communist Party. That should be cause for concern. Let’s see why.