So What's This All About?

In case you didn't know, I'm in the multi-year-long process of posting a Christian devotional at the TAWG Blog. The TAWG Blog is, and always will be, mostly apolitical. For the most part, Bible-believing Christians will find little to disagree with there. But I also firmly believe that God's word can--and should--inform everything in life, and this should include politics and popular culture. How should we vote? How should we respond to hot topics such as abortion, capital punishment, taxes, and other issues? Which party, if either, is closer to the Biblical ideal? Tony Campolo and Ron Sider, Evangelicals whose political leanings are on the Left, have made the case in several of their writings that God wants his followers to vote politically on the Left more than on the Right. At times, some of them have gone so far as to equate voting on the Left with obedience to Christ, either subtly or not-so-subtly contending that the converse is true as well: If you vote Republican, you're sinning against the Savior.
I don't agree. I think that to the degree they actually resort to the Bible, they're misinterpreting it. With a whole bunch of caveats, I think politically conservative positions are a lot more compatible with the Scriptures than the Leftist positions.
Just to clarify, I would never accuse people who disagree with me--especially siblings in Christ--of what they accuse me of. I don't judge my own heart, much less anyone else's, and I don't equate political disagreement with theological fidelity to God. I have no reason to doubt their love for the Lord and "for the least of these," but I believe that they're sincerely wrong.
So there are two main purposes for this blog. One is to make a case for my political beliefs based on Scripture. The other is a bit more vague, basically to work out my political beliefs and figure out what's based on Scripture and what's based on my own biases. I certainly don't have all the answers. Some of this stuff I'm still figuring out. And I'm certainly open to correction. As long as you make your case civilly and based on Scripture, feel free to make a comment, and I promise I'll post it and consider your arguments thoughtfully and prayerfully. Who knows? Maybe we'll learn a little something from each other.
May God bless our common striving together towards both the "little t" truth and "Big T" Truth. Our watchword here is a line from C. S. Lewis's The Last Battle: "Further up and further in!"

P.S. -- Below on the left is "Topics I've Covered" which lists everything I've posted topically. It's come to my attention that some people would like to see everything just listed for them. If that's you, you can get it here. Thanks to my friend Stephen Young for the tip!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lafayette and the Sentry

From Bill Bennett's American Patriot's Almanac:

One of this country’s greatest patriots was a French nobleman. Born to immense wealth, the Marquis de Lafayette disliked court life and longed to fight for liberty. When he was nineteen years old, he bought a ship and set sail from France to join the American Revolution, arriving in South Carolina on June 13, 1777.

Declaring that “the welfare of America is intimately connected with the happiness of all mankind,” Lafayette volunteered to serve in the Patriot army without pay. He fought beside the American troops and suffered with them at Valley Forge. George Washington became like a father to Lafayette, and Lafayette named his son for Washington.

After the Revolution, Lafayette sailed back to France. Twice he returned to America to see his old comrades. The second trip came in 1824, when he was an old, bent man. He traveled from town to town, and everywhere crowds welcomed him as a hero.

At one reception, a story goes, an old soldier in a faded uniform approached the Frenchman. Over his shoulder he carried a tattered blanket. He drew himself up, gave a salute, and asked if Lafayette remembered the snows of Valley Forge.

“I shall never forget them,” answered Lafayette. “One bitter night,” continued the soldier, “you came upon a shivering sentry. His clothes were thin, and he was near frozen. You took his musket and said, ‘Go to my hut and get my blanket. Bring it to me while I keep guard.’

“The soldier obeyed your directions. When he returned to his post, you took out your sword and cut your blanket in two. One half you kept. The other you gave to the sentry. Here, General Lafayette, is half of the blanket, for I am the soldier whose life you saved.”

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