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Political Philosophies & the Gospel

The following is an account of a parable that I thought of recently.
The Hospital, the Patients and the Nurses
There is a hospital with sickly and dying patients. There are nurses running around and caring for the patients, in every way they can, as best as they can. The prognosis of death is certain -- the patients know it and so do the nurses. However, the nurses are animated and intense and intentional in their activity. For they have heard a rumor -- that a doctor who has the cure is on his way. And, when he arrives, all will be well with the patients....and, with themselves as well?!?! For, on closer inspection, one learns that the nurses were themselves patients in this hospital. They still carry with them the marks of the same wasting disease. However, at some point, they believed in the rumor and in the hope it afforded, they found sufficient energy to get up, join the nurses and continue the work of caring for the patients and telling them of the rumor. They spend their days …

On God's Sovereignty and Providence and on the origins and nature of evil

The sermon today was based on a passage from Acts 4, esp. v 24 - 31 (copied below), that brought to the fore the age old question,
 "If God is good and powerful, what is evil, where does it come from and why does it exist and must it, necessarily, be?".

Acts 4 : 24 - 31 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,     and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves,     and the rulers were gathered together,     against the Lord and against his Anointed’— 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, …

2016 GOP Dream Team -- a little of bit of this, a little bit of that

The current GOP primary field is exciting and diverse, with respect to life experience, cultural/regional background and ideology:
Rand Paul (opthalmologist, Presbyterian, Libertarian)Ted Cruz (lawyer, Southern Baptist, Tea Party, Cuban-Canadian)Ben Carson (neurosurgeon, Seventh Day Adventist, Constitutional Conservative, Detroit, MI)Allen West (US Army Lt. Col. retd., Tea Party, Georgia)Mitt Romney (Private equity/venture capital, Mormon, Moderate, Michigan)Jeb Bush (Real estate, Roman Catholic, Moderate, Texan)Chris Christie (Lawyer, Roman Catholic, Moderate, New Jersey)Scott Walker (Politico, Nondenominational Evangelical, Moderate)Nikki Haley (Accounting, Methodism, Indian-American from South Carolina)Bobby Jindal (Roman Catholic, Indian-American from Louisiana)Mike Huckabee (pastor, Southern Baptist, Arkansas)Mike Pence (Attorney, Evangelical, Indiana)Rick Perry (Air Force capt., Nondenominational Evangelical, Texas)Susana Martinez (Attorney, Roman Catholic, Mexican-American from…

Two factions of the Democratic party

This is my crude and evolving understanding of two factions within the Democratic party:

old corrupt machine politicos
Chicago, New York and the Southbelieve in absolutely nothingeasily switch between leftist and moderate agendaswill say anything to get electedable campaignersuses classism, racism, sexism, etc. (i.e. "War on Women", "War on minorities", etc.) to keep the electorate dividedSome major sub-factions: Unions, Jewish lobbyExamples: Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Elijah Cummings

idealistic progressive left
the West Coastradical leftist technocrats & community organizersseeking to push their agendas, either by winning elections, or otherwise (judicial activism, executive orders, municipal ordinance and statute, etc.)truly believe that classism, racism, sexism, etc. are real (i.e. believe in "War on Women", "War on minorities", etc.) and works to end themSome major sub-factions: greens, civil libertariansExamples: Cory Booker, Barack Obam…