I loved the National Lampoon when I was in college / the wilderness. It was funny, irreverent, profane, and staffed by very talented humorists including P J O’Rourke. I’m sure I’d find much of what I laughed at uproariously back then pretty offensive now, but good humor has truth at its heart.
This year I’m reading through the Bible in chronological order. Today as I read in the Gospel of John, Chapter 9 the Pharisees were investigating the healing of a man who had been born blind. They couldn’t decide whether to condemn Jesus for healing a man on the Sabbath or to condemn him for having the power to bring sight to the blind just on general principle.
Their world-view made it impossible for them to think outside the box of their own religious traditions. They could not comprehend His role as The Good Shepherd. Some of them thought he was mad and possessed by demons, while some argued that a demon could not open the eyes of a blind man. The Pharisees despised Christ’s challenge to the status quo. His very existence was, to them, an act of rebellion.
I find that not to live as a free man is to live in spiritual blindness.
Like Amish Velcro, government solutions are all oxymorons. Whatever the so-called problem our permanent political class tries to solve, the end result is always the same– a new and worse problem created by the one size fits all “remedy”, along with diminished freedom and human dignity.
They say that there are so many laws on the books now– local, state, and federal– that each one of us commits about three felonies every day.
When the government is so huge that it can toss you in the slammer just for going about your daily life, they have you just where they want you.
Truth be told, is there ever a good reason to riot and burn down businesses? In the cities where all the race based violence has occurred because of police shooting young black men, leftists have been in solid control for at least four decades. Did it ever occur to the residents of these places to vote out their so called leaders? Perhaps the lure of “free” benefits is too enticing to overcome with mere truth and reason.
When a mob burns down a business, private citizens lose their livelihood. In most of these cities, a business owner would face severe criminal penalties should they choose to defend their place of business with force of arms. Ever wonder why the rioters don’t burn down city hall instead? Isn’t it the police, ergo local government they are upset with? The truth is that police would shoot them down like dogs if they attacked a seat of government. The greater truth is that all the “free” benefits come from the very businesses they are setting fire to.
How happy are you on this day, the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth? How do you think Jefferson would react if he learned that In 2011, the IRS’ own estimates revealed that individuals and businesses spent 6.1 billion hours a year just complying with the tax code? That’s just part of the burden. There are a lot more federal regulations to consider.
Happy birthday Mr. Jefferson! I’m so glad you did not live long enough to see America now.
Supporters say that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is needed to protect religious business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex weddings. Critics, shrilly squeal that the measure would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians, Muslims and Jews.
Does a business owner’s right to stand by their deeply held religious principles trump a Lesbian couple’s “right” to a wedding cake? I have to come down firmly on the side of freedom and the business owner.
Take the logic to an extreme. Suppose that a gay couple owned a bakery in Topeka, Kansas. Then suppose that a heterosexual couple who are active members of the Westboro Baptist Church walk in and order a cake for their upcoming nuptials. The bakers feel that it would violate their deeply held principles to serve these customers. Should the law force them to betray their beliefs and provide a service to people they don’t wish to serve? Isn’t it simpler and better for society for the Westboro haters to just go find another bakery instead of launching vast oceans of vitriol via social media then suing the bakery owner into bankruptcy?
The truth is that Christian doctrine only tolerates homosexuality. In today’s climate of political correctness, the gay mafia and the left leaning public education mafia have managed to redefine tolerance to mean advocacy, especially for millennials. While that new definition may have made its way into the popular culture, it has not and will not change the definition of tolerance for serious Bible studying Christians.
The adage “Hate the sin. Love the sinner.” is cold comfort for gays and lesbians. Mostly because many Christians do such a lousy job of living according to the rule. Most lesbians and gays can’t be expected to relish the idea that they are sinners. I don’t like the fact that I am a sinner, but the truth that we all fall short of the Glory of God and need a Savior, is the core of Christian belief.
I also don’t like the idea that some people will think I’m hateful toward others just because Scripture clearly describes the way they behave as sinful. I didn’t write the Bible. We all like to look for loopholes to justify our sins, but Christ calls us to righteousness, not denial about our very sin nature.
The truth in Indiana is the same as the truth everywhere. A handful of devout Christians will always stand up for what they believe God wants, no matter the cost. A smaller group of militant LGBT folks will never be satisfied. Redefining words does not change hearts and minds. Tolerance is a two-way street while advocacy only goes one direction. When you make tolerance meaningless, you make peace impossible.