Thideology news of the day

Top Story: Congressman Ron Paul may run for president

typewriter.jpgIncorporation papers were recently filed in Texas for a Ron Paul 2008 presidential exploratory committee. Paul is a congressman from Texas and often the lone voice for constitutional responsibility in the United States House of Representatives. In fact, his practice of refusing to vote for any bill, which exceeds the specifically enumerated powers outlined in the constitution, has earned him the nickname “Dr. No.”

More news on the potential candidacy of Ron Paul will be forthcoming as events warrant. In the meantime, you may familiarize yourself with the convictions of this champion of limited government here.

On the minimum wage debate

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour. Any minimum wage is a bad idea, as it restricts the freedom of employers and employees to negotiate among themselves a fair price for labor (Henry Hazlitt lays out the case against the minimum wage far better than I ever could), but this didn’t prevent the House from passing it.

Interestingly enough, the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, apparently understands the detrimental effects of the minimum wage (either that or her principles aren’t as important to her as campaign contributions) because she made exceptions for companies in her home district. I guess it’s a good thing those corrupt Republicans were ousted in the November elections so that the Democrats could demonstrate for us all the proper ethical standards for congressmen.

Gun control

Gun control advocates often site news stories about crimes committed with guns as a means of justifying their desire to disarm Americans. What they never tell you is how law-abiding citizens have used guns to defend themselves, their families, and their property against criminals — stories like this one … oh, and this one.

Navy Chaplain bows to God alone, and pays the price

According to worldnetdaily.com a Navy Chaplain who refused to cease praying in the name of Jesus (according to the dictates of his faith) fought the Navy in court and won. The Navy then discharged him. Read his story here.

The Church out of focus

Former presidents Clinton and Carter — both of whom profess to be Southern Baptists — are working to establish a “true Baptist witness” in North America. Apparently the most prominent Baptist witness in North America — the Southern Baptist Convention — is too “narrow-minded.” According to a story in The Christian Post entitled, “Carter, Clinton join to reshape Baptist image,” leaders of a movement to establish this “true Baptist witness” think Baptists need to be known for “feeding the hungry, healing the sick and working for justice.”

Baptists in North America already do those things. Of course when they perform these acts of charity they do it in the name of Jesus, which is how Scripture instructs us to perform good works to the glory of the Father.
The Church following politicians into secular acts of charity is just one more example of what happens when we forget we were saved by God’s grace for God’s glory. I pray the believers in this movement will fall under conviction and refuse to omit the name of Jesus when they help those in need.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

One Response to Thideology news of the day

  1. Mary Johnson says:

    Bill Clinton has done more than enough to ruin the name of moral men, much less
    Baptist! What’s Jimmy Carter thinking?!?!?

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