I think Chris and I would agree that we are not very sanguine about the future of the United States. There are many troubling signs, all of them hard to overlook, that point to the further decline and eventual death of the "great experiment" of Constitutional Republicanism. True, there are heartening signs as well. At least on the conservative side of the nation anger at the behavior in Washington has risen to the point that the two strongest contenders for the Republican nomination are both consistent critics of the actions of both parties. Predicting elections is very difficult to do, and I believe this one will be even more difficult to predict. We are not in a period of politics as usual. Something very profound is occuring in the country. What its impact will be is hard to predict. Have enough Americans awakened that this election will throw out the bums on both sides of the aisle? Or will the status quo continue to erode what little remains of America?
This is a brief essay in followup to another I wrote previously HERE. There are some who would say that Jesus in fact did rebuke Peter for carrying a sword, using Matthew 26:52 as their justification. There are 4 gospel accounts of this scene, and Matthew 26:52 is the only one which mentions anything close to a rebuke. Here are the 4 versions for your own view, using the ESV version:
I began this essay as a response to a "progressive" with whom I exchanged tweets, who throught that Holly Fisher's posing with a Bible in one hand and an AR15 in the other was hypocritical of her. More about Ms. Fisher at the end of this essay, but you can see a little bit of her story HERE.
What motivated this essay was this: this very website contains the word “Virtue” in its name. To me, the classic virtues are incredibly important standards to live by. They make our world better, and to the extent that people are evil to one another, it is often because they lack these virtues. Here’s how Wikipedia lists them (CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAGE):