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In the wake of (continuing) political & societal shift…

I posted my initial root thoughts of this on a friend’s facebook recently. In light of recent political events, people are vowing to begin listening to Limbaugh, Ingraham, Hannity, etc. in an increasing fashion, or for the first time. There is a certain sense that I congratulate them for wanting to know more and desiring to feel like they are somehow participating in some fashion.

But Christians would do well to do some reading also. Most worthwhile thought is not something spouted in the midst of a stormy, passionate ad-lib or quickly scripted broadcast portion. Rather, there is greater value in something that is systematically argued based on facts, and stated premises, with a traceable rhetorical stream. This is rare in radio/TV land. [It is hard enough to find in written work.] As much as I hearken with some of Glenn Beck’s sentiments, it is not hard sometimes to go back and show that he wasn’t thinking clearly or arguing logically. (I know, I know critiquing Glenn Beck is like saying “Sarah Palin may not be the best thing for America” to fans of Palin, or “the KJV is not the only true Bible in English” to a King James Only proponent. But, I’ll trust that you all can handle my thinking that Beck’s ideas and methods shouldn’t simply be accepted whole cloth, without thinking I am “a hater.”) I hope we can all learn the notion of  separating an attack on ideas & methodology from a personal attack.

Although in the list below,  I have not posted writers with whom I differ greatly, there is a need for us to read them too. If Christians would learn to come to all of these issues with some level of dispassionate involvement–ready to read both concurring and opposing viewpoints, we could add true value to the “national (and local) conversation” about all of these matters. However, Christians often tend to take a “thus saith the Lord” attitude about our personal viewpoints, and when someone drills a few levels in, we find ourselves stammering and sounding like the talking heads on “the View” or worse yet, Keith Olbermann.

At the end of the list below, you will find two web references to articles from Phil Johnson (John MacArthur’s book editor), and a blog post from Steve Camp. I include them because,  yes, we should engage in the political and social discussions, and maybe even do more than vote, write political letters, and volunteer somehow. But, whatever goes on here in this fallen world, as slaves of Jesus Christ and sons & daughters of the Father, we have a higher citizenship, and are pilgrims and strangers. This truth is revealed in us through placing the forward progress of the Gospel as our highest priority–over abortion, liberty, free speech, etc. The articles from Phil Johnson help argue for this, and Camp’s “Christian Bill of Rights” points to this Gospel-centered theme also. Hope you will look into some of these authors, those from opposing views, and weigh the priority of our political/social involvement against the priority of the Great Commission and the Good News.

I guess I have to say this: I do not agree with all of these people, nor is my posting their names here an endorsement of their philosophy, ministry or organization. If you decide to think ill of me because of some who appear on this list, well, I guess I have to live with that…

Writers (some are TV commentators also):

Charles Krauthammer,

George Will,

Jonah Goldberg,

Rich Lowry,

Kathryn Jean Lopez,

John Stossel,

Thomas Sowell,

Newt Gingrich,

Hugh Hewitt,

Michelle Malkin,

William Kristol,

Steve Forbes,

Milton Friedman (deceased–“Capitalism & Freedom,” “Free to Choose”),

William F. Buckley (deceased–archived columns at NationalReview.com),

reason.com,

Ross Douthat (archived at http://rossdouthat.theatlantic.com/; currently here: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/rossdouthat/index.html),

Friedrich von Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom”…

just to name a few… 😀

Some Christian authors to consider…

http://stevenjcamp.blogspot.com/2005/07/christians-bill-of-rightswe-have-one.html

Biblical responsibilities for Christian citizens in light of the priority of the Gospel: [Phil Johnson is John MacArthur’s book editor] I linked to them from our church’s website:
http://www.faithwebsites.com/sysfiles/member/dyna/dyna_popup.cfm?memberid=143&listingid=2976

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