Miscellenies #2

It occurred to me last night that if you were a Christian pacifist, you should never vote for a Christian candidate for President.

If pacifism is taught in the Bible– that is, if war is always wrong in all circumstances– then a Christian should not, in good conscience, be able to take the presidential oath of office. That oath affirms that the President will “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The Constitution stipulates, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” It doesn’t seem like a pacifist should be willing to take on that role. And if you think all Christians should be pacifists, then it seems like you certainly would not want to put a brother (or sister) in that position.

There’s a reason I was thinking about this, but it’s not interesting enough to explain.


The radio show this morning was really fun. I’ll point you to the archived version when it’s up. We didn’t really get to much spiritual stuff, but the political topics were interesting. And of course, the whole spiritual/secular distinction isn’t legit, blah blah blah. I found out afterward that the host had really wanted to talk about evolution, but we ran out of time. Maybe they’ll have me back on.

My favorite Jake moment was a shout-out to Mike Kruger, as I blurted out while the host was trying to close up, “neutrality is a myth!” You’ll have to listen to get the context.

Listen Up!

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), your humble correspondent will be appearing as a member of the “Average Joe’s” panel for Charlotte Talks, a local show on our NPR station. Every month they have four people from the community on to talk about all kinds of things. Some of the potential topics for tomorrow include the war (of course), evolution vs. Intelligent Design, education, and religion. I don’t know anything about my fellow panelists other than what’s on the program’s website, so we’ll see.

If you’re in the Queen City, you can hear the show on 90.7 FM at both 9 AM and 9 PM. They’re doing a fundraising drive, so during the morning show they’ll cut away a couple of times, but the “uncut” version will air at 9 PM. For those outside Charlotte, you can listen live online, or check their archive later in the week.

Pray for me! The producers know that I’m a seminary grad, work at said seminary, and am preparing to be a missionary, and several of the topics have a spiritual angle (doesn’t everything!). So I have a feeling my Christian worldview will come up. My goal is to speak persuasively, but also kindly and winsomely, and maybe even mess with some stereotypes many NPR listeners might have about Christian conservatives. Above all, please pray for me that my words and attitude will honor Christ and draw attention to him and the Gospel.

Stuff White People Like

The find of the week.

Speaking of things white people like, Tim Keller is signing and discussing his new book The Reason for God tonight at the Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum. If you’re in Charlotte, could be a really interesting evening.

Review it, you say? Don’t worry, I’m on top of it. Tomorrow, if we’re lucky. I’m about halfway through it though, and it’s very good. Keller combines devastating arguments with a laid-back, intellectual approach– he doesn’t see the nonbeliever as an enemy, as some of us seem to sometimes.

Pray for Cohen McGowan

Some friends of friends of ours just had their second son, Cohen. While still in the womb Cohen was diagnosed with a fatal condition called thanatophoric dysplasia. He was not expected to be born alive, much less live any longer. By God’s grace, not only did he live, but he’s been breathing on his own for almost 24 hours!

From the McGowans’ blog:

Chris and Emily just met with the geneticist, genetic counselor and her OB. They just came out to the waiting room and shared the following with us all, “We need a nursery!” Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

All of the x-rays and tests still show the same “fatal” rib condition, but the doctors are amazed that he is surviving on his own. The geneticist told them to make an appointment with him in MAY!

Please pray that God will astound everyone and give Cohen a long, healthy life.