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!

Random Thoughts

Quotes on gun control

Beating Swords Into Plowshares

Best. Article. Ever. (on gay marriage)

Thoughts from Thomas Sowell

The Bible vs. The Heart

Thoughts on Holocaust Day

Margaret Thatcher, R.I.P.

A Lesson In Economics From Calvin

Ayn Rand Quote

Timely Quote About Our Attitude Towards Government. . .

The Best (Conservative) Case AGAINST impeachment

The Only Truly Revolutionary (Political) Idea 

A Public Service Announcement From Brewster Rockit Space Guy

Living Like Kings

Video illustration: Two Lemonade Stands

Dr. Williams on why government planning doesn't work 

The Compassionate Case Against the Minimum Wage

A Primer on "Income Inequality"

Anti-Israel vs. Antisemitism

A Fantasy Nomination Speech

Another Homerun by Dr. Williams

"Progressive" vs. "Liberal" by Thomas Sowell

"Race and sex issues that need addressing" by Dr. Williams

Pro-Business or Pro-Free Market? by Jonah Goldberg

Why do we need America to have a strong military?

"Ich bin ein Berliner!"

Do you pass the Israel test?

“Boys, the old flag never touched the ground”

What creates wealth? 

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

"Blacks must confront reality"

"I have a dream. . ."

The Youngest Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Lincoln's Bumpy Road

September 11, 2001

The Signing of the Constitution

"I have not yet begun to fight!"

Sergeant York

James Forten, Freedom Fighter

Reagan at Reykjavik

The World Turned Upside Down

Who are the racists: Conservatives or Liberals?

The Rescue of the Lost Batallion

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people”

“They have no right to say they do not care. They must care!”

Benjamin Banneker

The Day It Finally Fell Down

An Illustration From A Space Heater Warning

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial 

The Case of John Peter Zenger And The Freedom Of The Press

The Gettysburg Address

Puts it very succinctly...

George Washington's Thanksgiving Prayer

Great wisdom from Hobbes

Rosie The Riveter

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

The First Flight

"These are the times that try men's souls"

American Exceptionalism at its finest

Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation

Haym Salomon: The Revolution Hero You've Never Heard Of

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”

John Hancock

Valley Forge

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Abigail Adams

Audie Murphy


“The day had passed forever when I could be a slave.”

Ronald Reagan

Lincoln's Birthday

Iwo Jima

Old Man Eloquent and the Amistad

Why the Flag Is Called Old Glory

No shortage of heroes

Sam Houston

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Remember the Alamo!

Bloody Sunday

“Mr. Watson, come here! I want you!”

St. Patrick's Day

The Book That Helped End Slavery

"Give me liberty, or give me death!"

"Honey, I forgot to duck"

“I’ve been to the mountaintop”

Mount Vernon

Join or Die

Arlington National Cemetery

Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis

The Angel of the Battlefield

Saying No To A Crown

Should America be the world's policeman?

Martha Washington

Lafayette and the sentry

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

The Pied Piper of Saipan

We are all descendants of 1776

America the Beautiful

The Purple Heart

Father of the Constitution

"To bigotry no sanction"

Washington's Farewell Address

Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

The Marine Corps Birthday and Flag

What is an American?

The President pardons a turkey

From ARPAnet to the internet

The Tuskegee Airmen

A Revolution Begins

Samuel Morse Starts a Communications Revolution

Israel Putnam

Alexander Hamilton

The Truman Doctrine

The Great Locomotive Chase (along w/ the 1st Congressional Medal of Honor)

The Shot Heard 'round the World

Butch O’Hare Saves the Lexington

"If any blame. . . "

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

They risked all

Jesse Owens at Berlin

Phillis Wheatley

The Star-Spangled Banner

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country"

“All the ladies like whiskers”

The Federalist Papers

The Statue of Liberty

“It was this faith that maintained our hope”

Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense

The Freedom Riders

The Patriot who burned her home

“Our Constitution is color-blind”

From Punch Cards to Microchips

John Witherspoon, Parson and Patriot

“The things of the spirit come first”

Elvis Hits the Air Waves

"The Eagle has landed"


Invented in America

Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve Broadcast

Washington Crosses the Delaware

Parliament repeals the Stamp Act


“The only thing to do was keep swinging”

President Washington’s First Official Act

Bob Hope, Honorary Veteran

The Battle of Long Island

The Air Force Birthday and Flag

The Great Awakening

The Navy Birthday and Flag

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