Race Baiters

August 30, 2015

Sixty years ago today, Emmett Till, a 14 year-old black teenager from Chicago whistled at a white woman in Mississippi while on vacation with his family. The woman was 21 year-old Carolyn Bryant. At the time she was working behind the counter of her family’s grocery store.
Till’s family understood what the young man did not: that in 1955 Mississippi this perfectly innocent whistle was a potential death sentence. They rushed Emmett out of there but three days later Carolyn Bryant’s husband and his brother found Emmett asleep, took him from his bed in the middle of the night, and later brutally murdered him.
A few months later, both men were acquitted by an all-white jury.
To those of us who didn’t come of age during this time, this America is unimaginable today, especially now that we live in a country where our shrill media shrieks “Hate Crime!” after Donald Trump dares put the words “silent” and “majority” together; especially in a country where Barack Obama is just finishing up his second failed term as President of the United States.
Nevertheless it is important to remember America’s past. It is important to take pride in how far we’ve come in such a short time. It is also important to remember that the same Democrats who created the segregated South that denied justice to Emmett Till and his family are the same Democrats who today balkanize blacks in a different way but for the same mercenary purposes.
Thanks to Till’s brave family and a once-righteous Civil Rights Movement, Emmett Till’s murder was not in vain and will hopefully never be forgotten.
What should also never be forgotten is how our mainstream media and activist Democrats (like Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder) have desecrated the memory of Emmett Till by raising his name to perpetuate one shameless national race hoax after another.
A Hispanic man shooting Trayvon Martin in self defense has as much to do with the racist murder of Emmett Till as a ham sandwich.
A police officer in Ferguson shooting and killing strong-arm robber Michael Brown in self-defense has as much to do with Emmett Till as a lawnmower.
There is a special place in Hell for race hoaxers, but most especially these race hoaxers.
 
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Critique 

August 24, 2015

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3 THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE SOMEONE’S THEOLOGY

August 21, 2015

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Critique—done well—is a gift to the one being criticized. (“Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” Prov. 27:6a). We should welcome the opportunity to have our thinking corrected and clarified. We see see in a mirror dimly and we know only in part (1 Cor. 13:12), but God has gifted the church with teachers who often see things more clearly than we do at present. In God’s providence and through the gift of common grace he may also use unbelievers to critique our views, showing our logical mistakes or lack of clarity.
Critique done poorly—whether through overstatement, misunderstanding, caricature—is a losing proposition for all. It undermines the credibility of the critic and deprives the one being criticized from the opportunity to improve his or her position.
It’s impossible in a blog post to set forth a comprehensive methodology of critique—if such a thing can even be done. But there are at least three exhortations worth remembering about criticism: (1) understand before you critique; (2) be self-critical in how you critique; (3) consider the alternatives of what you are critiquing.
1. UNDERSTAND BEFORE YOU CRITIQUE
Mortimer Adler makes the important point in How to Read a Book:
Every author has had the experience of suffering book reviews by critic who did not feel obligated to do the work of the first two stages first. The critic too often thinks he does not have to be a reader as well as a judge. Every lecturer has also had the experience of having critical questions asked that were not based on any understanding of what he had said. You yourself may remember an occasion where someone said to a speaker, in one breath or at most two, “I don’t know what you mean, but I think you’re wrong.”
There is actually no point in answering critics of this sort. The only polite thing to do is to ask them to state your position for you, the position they claim to be challenging. If they cannot do it satisfactorily, if they cannot repeat what you have said in their own words, you know that they do not understand, and you are entirely justified in ignoring their criticisms. They are irrelevant, as all criticism must be that is not based on understanding. When you find the rare person who shows that he understands what you are saying as well as you do, then you can delight in his agreement or be seriously disturbed by his dissent. (pp. 144-145)
I do think we have to add at least one caveat to Adler’s perspective here. He is assuming goodwill upon the part of the one being criticized. In the last decade or so I’ve noticed theologians with novel interpretations or positions who perpetually protest that they are being misunderstood. At some point, we might judge that the theologian doth protest too much. If not even the most careful and considerate critiques can understand one’s point, it may be that there is some incoherence to the point itself. The idea that understanding and critiquing the theology of some folks is “like trying to nail jello to a wall” has now become a cliche—but the metaphor is apt and exists for a reason.
Nevertheless, Alder’s perspective is one we need to hear and to heed in so far as it depends on us. Viewed from a biblical perspective, there are moral imperatives bound up with the act of reading and critiquing. Jesus tells me to do unto others as I would have done unto me, and he tells me to love my neighbor as I love myself—and this includes how I interact and critique.
2. BE SELF-CRITICAL
John Frame, in a piece on “How to Write a Theological Paper,” makes the second point:
Be self-critical.
Before and during your writing, anticipate objections. If you are criticizing Barth, imagine Barth looking over your shoulder, reading your manuscript, giving his reactions. This point is crucial. A truly self-critical attitude can save you from unclarity and unsound arguments. It will also keep you from arrogance and unwarranted dogmatism—faults common to all theology (liberal as well as conservative).
Don’t hesitate to say “probably” or even “I don’t know” when the circumstances warrant. Self-criticism will also make you more “profound.” For often—perhaps usually—it is objections that force us to rethink our positions, to get beyond our superficial ideas, to wrestle with the really deep theological issues.
As you anticipate objections to your replies to objections to your replies, and so forth, you will find yourself being pushed irresistibly into the realm of the “difficult questions,” the theological profundities.
In self-criticism the creative use of the theological imagination is tremendously important. Keep asking such questions as these.
(a) Can I take my source’s idea in a more favorable sense? A less favorable one?
(b) Does my idea provide the only escape from the difficulty, or are there others?
(c) In trying to escape from one bad extreme, am I in danger of falling into a different evil on the other side?
(d) Can I think of some counter-examples to my generalizations?
(e) Must I clarify my concepts, lest they be misunderstood?
(f) Will my conclusion be controversial and thus require more argument than I had planned?
3. OFFER YOUR ALTERNATIVE
Millard Erickson, in an earlier edition of his Christian Theology (p. 61 in the 2nd edition) emphasizes an additional point:
In criticism it is not sufficient to find flaws in a given view. One must always ask, “What is the alternative?” and, “Does the alternative have fewer difficulties?” John Baillie tells of writing a paper in which he severely criticized a particular view. His professor commented, “Every theory has its difficulties, but you have not considered whether any other theory has less difficulties than the one you have criticized.”
Good criticism is hard work, and it’s necessary work until Christ returns. The above three points won’t prevent us from making every mistake, but they will help us be better critics and therefore better servants of God and truth.

No Deal

August 17, 2015

These people…
are absolutely out of their minds’!
So the Left says either agree to the deal (where Iran gets everything and will still get their nuclear b) or if you don’t support the deal we’ll all be dead. 
How asinine is that?!?!
Iran says death to America. 
Call your senator to say DON’T support the Iran deal. 
Do it today!

Watch this ridiculous video…
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/morgan-freeman-with-no-iran-deal-well-be-super-dead/
And while you’re at it, tell them to stop supporting this terrorist who calls himself our prez. 
And finally, pray for that man, our govt, and this country. 
They need the gospel.