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Certainly these are sad times for American politics. But is we love our nation and our neighbors, this American sadness should only redouble our resolve. Our nation needs us. So let’s put our Christian faith to work.

41pitzwfqzl-_ac_us218_We do live in turbulent times – perhaps the most in my lifetime. There is no part of our lives, regardless of political persuasion, race/gender issues, religious identity, or moral and family values, that is not under attack. This is what Bruce Ashford addresses in Letters to An American Christianwritten to a hypothetical college student named Christian who attends a liberal university and majors in, of all things, political science and also interns for a cable network. Ashford coaches Christian to steer clear of both the secular progressivism of his professors and the secular and often radical of conservatism of his family, especially ‘Uncle John.’

Ashford’s hopes to remind readers of two important truths: we cannot afford to shrink away from our earthly citizenship, and we cannot afford to lose sight of our heavenly citizenship.

He accomplishes this by honestly and straightforwardly assessing where:

  1. Conservative Christians often are 1) misunderstood because they present their case clumsily or forcefully, or 2) disregarded because they are overzealous or come off as ignorant.
  2. Liberal and progressive secularists are, well, liberal and progressive secularists.

Ashford addresses the following topics and hot-button issues of our time with Christian:

religious liberty, free speech, women’s rights, social injustice, political correctness, big vs. small government, Constitutional interpretation, gun control/ownership, marriage/family, immigration reform, nationalism, just war theory, gender identity, environmentalism, fake news, and Christian political involvement.

Each letter to Christian offers an excellent introduction to and overview of each topic and will serve the reader well in that fashion, prompting further study on each issue. I found this to be an easy and simple read, one that I would recommend passing along to other Christians to inform and educate – and perhaps humble as well. It will also be useful in sharing with liberals/progressives who often misunderstand what we are trying to portray on social media outlets and 30 second sound bytes – and sometimes harshly. This book will help the Christian to live an earthly citizenship in a heavenly way.

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A Thought for Father’s Day

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Gender Issues, Marriage

Psa 128:1  Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!

Psa 128:2  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Psa 128:3  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

Psa 128:4  Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.

Psa 128:5  The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!

Psa 128:6  May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel!

The image does not mean simply that the wife will produce lots of children, though children are a blessing. In the Bible the vine with its grapes and the wine that is produced from them is often a symbol of the refreshment and enjoyment to be gained from an abundant harvest at the end of a long, dry summer. Psalm 104:15 states that wine makes a man’s heart glad. That is the picture of the wife that Psalm 128 portrays. However hard the day’s work is to a laboring man, to come home to a good wife is like coming home to a bountiful harvest at the end of a long summer. He finds satisfaction in his wife!

He then describes children “like olive plants around your table.” Olive trees take a long time to mature and become profitable. When cultivated patiently, and the key here is patiently, they become valuable and continue to produce a profitable crop for many years. When one’s children are rightly nurtured over time, they will become productive as well and experience the blessing of God. This does not mean that no properly reared child will ever rebel against their upbringing. The children of godly parents have and often do rebel. But as a rule godly training produces godly lives by the grace of God. An apple does not fall far from the tree.