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!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis

From Bill Bennett's American Patriot's Almanac:

On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, twenty-five-year-old Charles Lindbergh snapped on his helmet and climbed into a tiny one-seat plane at Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York. Minutes later the aircraft was heading down the unpaved runway. Lindbergh was about to try what no one else had been able to do: fly nonstop from New York to Paris.

He had named his plane Spirit of St. Louis because several St. Louis businessmen had helped pay for it. To cut down on weight, he was going without a radio or parachute. Yet the plane was so loaded with fuel it barely cleared the telephone wires at the end of the runway as it headed toward the shifting airs of the northern Atlantic.

For the next 33½ hours, the young pilot bounced through rain squalls and crossed frozen deserts of ice. In the blackness of night, he flew into a cloud that threatened to encrust his wings with ice and drag him into the sea.

As the hours mounted, he battled fatigue. To stay awake, he held his eyelids open with his fingers. The sun finally rose. A few hours later, Lindbergh saw specks on the water—fishing boats. He had reached the coast of Ireland.

On he flew, over England. Another night fell as he crossed the English Channel to France. “I almost hated to see the lights of Paris,” he said, “because the night was clear and I still had gas in my tanks.”

Lindbergh’s courage and determination thrilled people the world over. Today his Spirit of St. Louis hangs in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. It is still hard to believe he managed to cross the Atlantic alone in such a fragile craft. It may have been the most daring flight ever.

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