Who Are We?

Who Are We? is the title of a recent book by Samuel P. Huntington which has the subtitle The Challenges To America's National Identity. As you might surmise Huntington examines America's identity crisis. Students of current events are familiar with this discussion. We are told by our oh-so-wise media that the United States of America is divided into polarized bodies, one made up of the red states and one of the blue. I hate to sound like Isaiah or Jeremiah about this (I don't really hate it I like it very much), but our problems as a nation increase in proportion to the distance we move away from God-given principles of right living. Too many in our nation refuse to see that this country is a blessed and well-prepared vineyard. These intelligent and arrogant folk turn away from the fresh water of God's truth to broken cisterns full of the bitter water of secularism.

Understand the Bible?

One might say about the Bible that it has a lot in it. This is the truth. The Bible contains a massive amount of information. Sometimes the size and complexity of the Book discourages people. It is so big in terms of words and ideas that folks don't even feel like trying to understand it.

Flying Blind

I have read and admired the work of Thomas Sowell for many years now. His new book, controversially titled Black Rednecks and White Liberals, is a fascinating study of how history is used by people who have hidden (and not so hidden) agendas. Sowell is an economist and historian of logical habits. In this recent book he said this: Where beliefs are not checked against facts, but instead facts must meet the test of consonance with the prevailing vision, we are in the process of sealing ourselves off from feedback from reality. Heedless of the past, we are flying blind into the future (page 291). The proverbial nail has not only been hit on the head, it has been obliterated.

Popularity and Perspective

Not a few people have been bemused at the public reaction to the trial of Mr. Jackson of pop music fame. I am amazed that people get so caught up in these things, though I know that it is because a popular (in some circles) celebrity is involved. There is, however, an underlying problem with spiritual implications.

Spiritual Fatigue

We know that for the child of God Christian service is a "given." We attend the services of the church and we worship God according to the pattern revealed in the Text. But we know that there is more. And as James said, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17). The faithful Christian serves God.


Though at times onerous, work is a good thing. Proverbs 12:24 has "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor." In Proverbs 13:4 we find, "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." Again, in Proverbs 19:15: "Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger." It is good to work even if sometimes it is hard. Laziness is a reprehensible waste of the blessings of God.

History, Religion, and The Present Struggle

History is a tricky business, particularly religious history. The present struggle between elements of the Islamic religion and the rest of the world is an important example. Most of the media folks who inform (and I use the term loosely) us about the conflict seem to have little understanding of the history of Islam and its interaction with the west. This is harmful stupidity. Ignorance of history invariably leads to disaster.

Mama Cindy

"Mama Cindy" was the name many of us used to describe sister Cinderella Bullington Reynolds, who went home last week. She and brother Royce Reynolds served the cause of Christ as missionaries to Africa (and other places) for many years. The work they began in Yendi in the northern region of Ghana in West Africa continues with many baptisms and new congregations established.

Defeating Ignorance

Human beings come to know things through their senses. The things we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch leave impressions in our minds which we process into knowledge. The information that we gain through reading (whether it is printed material or from a screen) comes into our minds through our senses. There is then a sense in which we are all sponges, soaking up the raw materials of knowledge all our waking hours.

Turning From God

If you have been paying attention to the news lately you have noticed that the culture war is expressing itself mightily in the United States Senate. The liberals there want to block some of President Bush's appointments to the Federal bench. They deem some of his nominees too conservative. The primary problem seems to be that these nominees are openly religious. The left in this country is afraid that something will happen to their beloved right to abort unborn children should a judge with principles informed by Judeo-Christian heritage ascend to the Supreme Court. It looks like the President is about determined to see that just that happens and I hope he is successful.