QC, I didn't know Mitch McConnell was a progressive?
âA precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime,â McConnell, a Republican senator for Kentucky, said in a statement. [ https://tinyurl.com/y28qpjnu ] âAnd it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.â---Mitch McConnell
You might pay attention to Hilary on this one, she's probably keeping track of the candidates, and if there's one person that Putin hates it's her â
Matt Bevan wrote: ....
She left the State Department in 2013, but continued to criticise Mr Putin.
Over the years she has said that Mr Putin "doesn't have a soul", she called him a "tough guy with a thin skin", and she compared his annexation of Crimea in 2014 to the actions of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s....
She also supported the crippling economic sanctions slapped on Russia in the wake of that annexation.
For the last 10 years, just about every foreign policy Mr Putin has tried to enact, from Europe to the Middle-East, Ms Clinton has vocally opposed.
She was a thorn in his side, who looked likely to become the most powerful person in the world if she was elected US president in 2016.
Since then, he has been more and more inclined to again establish Russia as a dominant world power, and decrease the amount of influence the United States and European Union have over global geopolitics
excerpt from, "Why does Vladimir Putin hate Hillary Clinton?"
I'll give you some of what Russell Moore said, I hope that he is rightâđ
Nina Burleigh wrote: .... Moore said evangelical youth is different from its eldersâbut not so different that it won't return to the pews someday. "With Generation X, millennial and Generation Z evangelicals, there is a deep suspicion of any cynical use of religion for worldly purpose," Moore said. "So one has to motivate them differently than one would, say, the kind of television evangelist demographic that many secular people think of when they think of evangelicalism. When I am in a group of older evangelicals my message is typically 'Seek first the kingdom of God, political idolatry will kill us, let's remember what is transcendently important.' But when I talk to younger evangelicals, I am dealing with the opposite problem and saying one cannot simply withdraw from political life in overreaction to some dispiriting actions that have taken place."
"Young evangelicals do not feel as if they are losing anything in terms of American culture," he said. "They came of age at a time when following Christ seemed counter-cultural to them anyway."...
excerpt from,"... White Christian Voting Bloc Is Shrinking"
No, it doesn't make them government churches, but it should be remembered especially with the Orthodox Church, it's their nature to be closely allied with the government. This of course before even before the Muslims were around.
Youth in Asia, from what I read from other sources , these would be functional churches. Apparently the UAE is the exception that proves the rule about, https://tinyurl.com/3kjl3 (Islam: The Religion of Peace)â I doubt if they are westernized yet, but it does appear there are a few churches in the UAEâ
Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote: .... In different places over the years I have had to prove that socialism, which to many western thinkers is a sort of kingdom of justice, was in fact full of coercion, of bureaucratic greed and corruption and avarice, and consistent within itself that socialism cannot be implemented without the aid of coercion. Communist propaganda would sometimes include statements such as "we include almost all the commandments of the Gospel in our ideology". The difference is that the Gospel asks all this to be achieved through love, through self-limitation, but socialism only uses coercion. This is one point.
Untouched by the breath of God, unrestricted by human conscience, both capitalism and socialism are repulsive....
excerpts from, "An Interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn"
He wouldn't be any fan of Trumpvangelists, nor of Franklin Graham đ
Very simply, Neil, we don't have any military alliances with Christians on Mainland China. By the way the cmCommunist Chinese are irritated that our legislators may vote moral support for the protesters in Hong Kongâđ
We did have a military alliance with the Kurds and fought with them for years against Isis. So we have an obligation to the Kurds, one at the time that was costing us very little to fulfill besidesâ You can see what the House of Representatives supported and their reasons, at the URL that I gave.
Again I'm somewhat supportive of Billy Graham's speeches from the TV pulpit, the one can see why it is "like father like son" with the Grahams.
George Will wrote: Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many "miracles around us today, including television and airplanes." Graham was no theologian.
Neither was he a prophet. Jesus said "a prophet hath no honor in his own country." Prophets take adversarial stances toward their times, as did the 20th century's two greatest religious leaders, Martin Luther King and Pope John Paul II. Graham did not. Partly for that reason, his country showered him with honors....
https://tinyurl.com/y4q5uzwz (Billy Graham was no prophet; His dealings with presidents mixed vanity and naivete)
What they both had in common is that where they were/are money-hungry.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindlerânot even to eat with such a one.---ESV-2001
John 18:36-37 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world. Then Pilate said to him, So you are a king? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the worldâto bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice. ---ESV
https://tinyurl.com/y576t94tÂ (Should Christians try to force the kingdom on others?)
DF, you better look at the date again, the Newsweek article, is dated 10/16/19.
The day before I put it up.
The resolution can be found here,
https://tinyurl.com/y3uays2r (H.J.Res.77 - Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.)
Let's hope that the Senate will quickly endorse it â
Should be pointed out that some of the Kurds are actually Christian. Not a huge percentage of course but they are more tolerant than most of the people in that area when it comes to religion no matter what religion that particular Kurd has.
Ramsey Touchberry wrote: The move to cross party lines and vote with Democrats to condemn the overseas directive showed the overwhelming bipartisan opposition and frustration with Trump for wanting to remove personnel from the Middle Eastern region as Turkey takes military action against Syrian Kurdish forces. The Kurds are American allies who the U.S. has fought alongside for years in an effort to eradicate ISIS from Syria.
The final vote https://tinyurl.com/y59yuzy5Â was 354-60, with all of the no votes coming from Republicans. Top party members voted for the measure, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, GOP Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee who cosponsored the legislation with the panel's Democratic chairman.
excerpts from, "129 Republicans Rebuke Trump as House Votes to Condemn President's Syria Troop Withdrawal"
I'm glad to see my Republican Congressman voted for this resolution!
This liberal author has several things right about Franklin Graham.
Stephen Prothoro wrote: .... One of Billy Grahamâs few Christian rivals during his heyday in the 1950s and 1960s was the Union Theological Seminary professor Reinhold Niebuhr, who criticized Graham for his âpietistic individualismâ and his neglect of social sin. Graham read and reflected on Niebuhr, but stuck for the most part to his simpler message that the world would be saved only through individual regeneration. To his credit, however, Graham internalized some of the teachings of Niebuhr, including the tendency of mere mortals to mistake Godâs voice for their own, and to mistake the gospel of Christ for the gospel of American civilization. In short, Graham had a humility almost entirely lost among the public preachers of our day, his eldest son included.
....Thanks to Franklin Graham and his cronies on the Religious Right, American evangelicalism has now become first and foremost a political rather than a spiritual enterprise.
excerpt from, "Billy Graham Built a Movement. Now His Son Is Dismantling It."
Mel Lawrenz wrote: .... Untruth #6: Leaders are above the rules.
People would be shocked how many Christian leaders preach about humility, kindness, and respect, and behind the scenes mistreat, abuse, and shame ordinary people. Worse, such leaders really enjoy manipulating others. It makes them feel powerful and important. The only thing worse than worshiping an idol is to act like an idol....
excerpt from, "The Willow Creek Crisis â Time of Reckoning for All Leaders"