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Mike Handy (mhandy)
From So Cal to Austin Tx... I sojourn on
From So Cal to Austin Tx... I sojourn on
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Protectionism is good and all except if you can't get your dollar to deflate. The dollar is far too strong for any meaningful movement on trade. Prime example, US slaps a tariff on Canadian softwood, the loonie falls against the dollar undoing and then some the purpose of the tariff. 

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Trump is no conservative... He is always playing the long game

Where would religious conservatives go, he is going to break the power center and make it so they have nowhere to go. The scapegoat is hard-line conservatives Trump can re-direct all the anger at him and point it at the far right.

Sessions and Pence need to watch out because I am pretty sure they are targets. Many already hate Sessions more than they hate Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-we-must-fight-hard-line-conservative-freedom-caucus-in-2018-midterm-elections/2017/03/30/56783e38-154e-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?utm_term=.338dfac88158



Landing- After much thought...
The Christian who is a patriot:
In America party to the lamb and will conflict with prevailing views for the Elephant, Donkey, and Eagle (should the eagle demand first allegiance)

The Christian who is a patriot is first a Christian, meaning christ is king and his kingdom has supremacy. There is no room for nation first because that is God's role and his policy. A Nation is not second because that belongs to others. A Nation cannot be third because that is the place for self our care for ourselves rightly powers our ability to love others.

Therefore the Christian who is a patriot values Nation far down a list. The Christian who is a Patriot wants and truly desires best things for their home nation. The Christian who is a Patriot will NOT want his land to succeed at cost to others. The Christian who is a Patriot will earnestly seek to love the neighbor by way of policy support.

On America:
The current line of America first is idolatry of the most direct sort. The current policy movement away from caring for the widow and orphan is not in tune with biblical views. The current policy movement away from caring for the poor is not in tune with Jesus. The current military policy is security above all else and not in line with biblical views. If America can do no wrong in the eyes of an individual then we have a patriot who claims to be a Christian, while that faith is possible it is not desirable.

Special note about Gay Marriage-
I think it is an open handed issue...

The Christian who is a patriot will quickly realize after just a few moments of thinking that the government does not define marriage. The current movement to define marriage as something different is a matter of semantics. I would be married if the government recognizes marriage or does not. The government view of Marriage is not the same thing as Covenant Marraige. It is possible to be a Christian who is a patriot, holding to the traditionally orthodox view of homosexuality as a distortion of the gift of sex and relationship, and support Gay Marriage.

It can even be celebrated that our system has decided to extend some level of Justice. The Christian who is a patriot may hope to go the full length and dump Marriage as a preferred status altogether. This is a policy position for the Christian who is a patriot to seriously consider. Paul even called Celibacy a preferred status, in America as a matter of policy it is not. The challenges facing Gay couples until a few years ago still face single people today. That denies Justice.

Almost assuredly we are not called to push a hard line, a protest, or a huge movement. The government of the is not supreme to the Christian who is a patriot it is a tool in which they have hope for their home country to do well.

Homosexuality as a theological debate is a totally different conversation. I personally hold the traditional orthodox biblical view. I do not like the gymnastics one most do with the text to have a different view.

What happend to liberty or security but not both?

Can we get a side that is pro-liberty at the expsnse of security please?

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The Christian response to a anti-Christian theology of nationalism.

As I was watching the Oscars... Here is the deal...

Conservatives and Evangelicals held their nose when they voted Trump. Liberals could get that vote, but not going about it the way they do. " I became an artist—and thank God I did—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life"

Middle America just shuts that off, walks out. Artists are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life? Really...

Here is the deal, you can win every battle on the path to losing a war.

Know your enemy... Liberals have no idea how to talk to conservatives to move them.

Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
1 He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
2 He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3 He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4 He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5 He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.


Bush is cementing his legacy as one of the greatest presidents in history. His comments are always so on point. History will correct itself and he will be seen as a top 10 POTUS

Conspiracy theory... Did the trump administration have something to do with the Oscar mix up?
We're not talking about politics.

Am I really to believe that Obama did no wrong and Trump has done nothing correct?
The media needs to give the man a few wins so they can legitimize their critiques.

"8.22 - 5. "Fear God. Honor the emperor." (1 Peter 2:17.)
Scripture tells us that, in the as yet unredeemed world in which the Church also exists, the State has by divine appointment the task of providing for justice and peace. [It fulfills this task] by means of the threat and exercise of force, according to the measure of human judgment and human ability. The Church acknowledges the benefit of this divine appointment in gratitude and reverence before him. It calls to mind the Kingdom of God, God's commandment and righteousness, and thereby the responsibility both of rulers and of the ruled. It trusts and obeys the power of the Word by which God upholds all things.
8.23 We reject the false doctrine, as though the State, over and beyond its special commision, should and could become the single and totalitarian order of human life, thus fulfilling the Church's vocation as well.
8.24 We reject the false doctrine, as though the Church, over and beyond its special commission, should and could appropriate the characteristics, the tasks, and the dignity of the State, thus itself becoming an organ of the State."

The Barman Declaration
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