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October 9, 2012

Feast And Famine

The following article was written by Dr. Don Schazenbach in 2009. Dr. Schazenbach will be the guest speaker at the Advancing the Kingdom Conference to be held at the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy’s education facility. For more information about this event, visit the conference’s  facebook event page.

Though written in 2009, Dr. Schazenbach’s sound advice  may be even more applicable today, considering the damage done by the current administration’s policies (and the impending damage by what may be a future administration), with the latest quantitative easement and continued recession.

By Don Schazenbach April 2009

When I received the assignment for this column – Why the State Cannot Rescue Us – I was put in a place of having to choose which of many good ways to fulfill this assignment. Sometimes I have to think through what might be one, or the best, way to approach whatever subject RC asks me to address. What Scripture applies? How can I avoid stretching a passage just to fill the necessary word count? What did God actually say and how should that word be applied? Writing about why the state cannot save us is not like that. The Bible is full of reasons why the state cannot save us. The problem is in our hearts not our heads.

But – just as a reminder — I knew that Proverbs has a lot to say about our responsibilities in this life and about how God blesses faithful living and work. Flopping my wife’s Bible open to early Proverbs it landed with the open leafs showing 12:13 through 15:14. Her Bible ends Revelation on page 1044. These two pages are two thousandths of that total. The snippet of Scripture at hand tells us that profit comes from labor “The sluggard lusteth, but his soul hath naught: but the soul of the diligent shall have plenty” (13:4) and that “…much increase cometh by the strength of the ox” (14:4), and “In all labor there is abundance: but the talk of the lips bringeth only want” (14:23). It also gives us some wisdom to help us figure out if more borrowing, taxing, and spending are likely to produce greater wealth, saying things like, “wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase” (13:11) and “In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble” (15:6).

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October 2, 2012

The Intolerant Nature of Worlviews

By Ben Murch

Ah, the wonderful land of worldviews. Such pervasiveness. Such diversity! There are a myriad of worldviews out there. There is also a predominant idea that says whatever your worldview is, it must be tolerant of all other worldviews. Let’s keep it simple and take only two as examples because they are the predominate views in our culture today: Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans.

I was listening to certain conservative radio talk-show host who is know to debate “with half his brain tied behind his back, just to make it fair” and he was ranting and raving (sometimes with some good points to make) against the Democrats. He brought up the point: “We are for freedom, while they are not. We believe in the freedom for individuals to be anything they want, even be a liberal” I‘ll give him credit, there was some hesitancy, but perhaps he should use his whole brain from now on because that is absolutely untenable.

Interestingly, the liberals say similar things: they’re for freedom, they are the tolerant ones, the world would be a much better place if they were in power. There is this great struggle between these two worldviews, not only about socio-political matters, but about who is the most tolerant. It seems the idea is if one can prove their view is the all inclusive, all accepting, all loving, and absolutely tolerant view, as opposed to the other, then their view is of necessity, right, and the other wrong.

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