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!

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Tuskegee Airmen

From Bill Bennett's American Patriot's Almanac:

During World War II, the U.S. military had a policy of racial segregation. Blacks trained and fought in separate units from whites. Before 1941 blacks weren’t allowed to serve as pilots. Many people said they weren’t smart or disciplined enough to fly combat aircraft. But that year, under pressure from black leaders and Congress, the Army Air Corps opened an air base in Tuskegee, Alabama, and began to train black airmen.

The Tuskegee Army Air Base trained not only pilots but navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, and all the other personnel needed to keep planes in the air. Soon the Tuskegee Airmen were proving that they could fly aircraft as well as anyone else. Still, some people asked, “How will they do in combat?”

Beginning in 1943, the Army sent 450 Tuskegee pilots to North Africa and Europe to fight in the war. They flew fighters that escorted bombers over enemy territory. The Tuskegee Airmen painted the tails of their fighters red, and as their reputation for protecting planes grew, bomber crews started asking for the “Red Tail Angels” as escorts.

The Tuskegee Airmen flew hundreds of missions and rarely lost a bomber they were assigned to protect from enemy fire. Many became decorated war heroes. About 150 Tuskegee pilots lost their lives in combat or in accidents.

In 1946, after the war was over, training at Tuskegee ended. By then 992 pilots had graduated from the program. They had shown the world they could fly with the best, and their superb record paved the way for ending racial discrimination in the military.

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