Global Christians Perspectives – September 4, 2015

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Here are the proposed topics. Remember that topics can change up to show time as the news marches on!


Here are the proposed topics for this week.

 

The Poor

Lead Quote: “By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries.

The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-surging-ranks-of-americas-ultrapoor/

We probably agree that this is a real tragedy.

Here is a somewhat long view that somewhat counters the above.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/the-unfinished-work-of-welfare-reform

My view is that the 1996 reforms were initially a positive first step, but with the initial success, and the war on terror, the issue dropped out of sight.  For me the key problem is that the move to work requires that there be jobs and the current recovery under Obama has been the worse in modern history.  While Government unemployment number as dropped, this has actually been because more people have given up even looking than have found jobs and many who have found “employment” have been part time and poor paying jobs.  (exactly one of the problems pointed out the first article).   Real unemployment it still well above 10%, and under employment much higher.

Inclusive vs thought control

University of Tennessee has told staff and employees to stop using he, she and instead use xe, zir, xyr.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3214567/University-Tennessee-tells-staff-students-stop-using-switch-xe-zir-xyr-instead.html

                While at one level, just another story about political correctness to laugh at.  Yet while many laugh, these is become more ingrained in out society.  At a deeper lever I see it as a much broader attack on gender.  One thing that has amazed me is how many Biblical statement I used to take as blinding obvious to the point I wondered why they were even stated, but have in recent years become important injunctions.    One was Deuteronomy 30:19 and the admonition to choose life.  Now we have Hamas who proclaims they love death, more than the Jews love life.   I now add Genesis 1:27 declaration that he created us male and female, though at the University of Tennessee that could get you in trouble.

News Segment:  30  mins

Would Jesus choose Democracy?

I see this as somewhat of a trick question, as Jesus would/has picked monarchy with him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   So with your permission I would like to modify this to “Would Jesus have us choose Democracy?”   Though we could keep the question the same and explain this at the start.

I would clearly answer yes.  For as Churchill said, democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all the rest.  However, there are many types of democracy, and I would argue that the best democracy is the one that keeps power closest to the individual, with lots of checks and balances.  I believe that the system of government set up in the constitution was the best so far, and worked very well for the first 150 years, but has largely been dismantled starting with the progressives in the early part of the 20th century, at this point is largely gone. We are seeing the results and are rapidly approaching, and in some respects have already passed the point of no return.  I detail the reasoning for this in my books Preserving Democracy and to some extent in What is Wrong with Social Justice.

 

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