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The Great Communicator

I was eight years old when an assassination attempt was made on President Ronald Reagan. I sent him a card and a bag of jellybeans to wish him a speedy recovery. I still have the thank you card he sent in return. As we toured the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Semi Valley, CA last week I learned that he ate jelly beans to help him break his habit of smoking, I was also reminded why he was the greatest president of my lifetime.

The library is not only a repository of presidential records for Reagan’s administration but also an exhibit featuring a full-sized replica of the Oval Office from his two terms, a one-foot-to-one-inch recreation of the White House, the Air Force One pavilion, a number of his quotes and chronology of his significant achievements in foreign relations as president, a piece of the Berlin Wall, as well as his gravesite.

President Reagan had a contagious optimism that helped restore America’s confidence as a nation. His impressive powers of persuasion convinced a Democratic controlled Congress to pass his economic proposals. His direct and honest approach in dealing with America’s adversaries reestablished our nation as a world power to be reckoned with and led to the collapse of communism. His skill at talking evocatively, using anecdotes that a child could understand, and his gift of wit and warm humor caused others to dub him “The Great Communicator.”

The book Reagan In His Own Hand is a collection of essays Ronald Reagan wrote for radio commentaries he delivered between 1976 and 1980. Reagan covered foreign and defense policy, economic policy, energy, individual liberty, and social issues in the essays. I found one particular entry interesting on Reagan’s thoughts about the Bible…

President Reagan wrote, “What would you say if someone decided Shakespeare’s plays, Charles Dickens novels or the music of Beethoven could be rewritten & improved?

Writing in the journal ‘The Alternative’ Richard Hanser author of ‘The Law & The Prophets’ and ‘Jesus: What Manner of Man is This?’ has called attention to something that is more than a little mind boggling. It is my understanding that the Bible (both the old & new testaments) has been the best selling book in the entire history of printing. Now another attempt has been made to improve it. I say another because there have been several fairly recent efforts to quote ‘make the bible more readable & understandable’ unquote. But as Mr. Hanser so eloquently says, ‘For more than 3½ centuries its language and its images have penetrated more deeply into the general culture of the English speaking world, and been more dearly treasured, than anything else ever put on paper.’ He then quotes the irreverent H.L. Mencken who spoke of it as purely a literary work and said it was, ‘probably the most beautiful piece of writing in any language.’

They were, of course, speaking of the authorized version, the one that came into being when the England of King James was scoured for translators & scholars. It was a time when the English language had reached its peak of richness & beauty.

Now we are to have ‘The Good News Bible’ which will be in, ‘the natural English of everyday adult conversation.’ I’m sure the scholars and clergymen supervised by the American Bible Society were sincerely imbued with the thought that they were taking religion to the people with their ‘Good News Bible’ but I can’t help feeling we should instead be taking the people to religion and lifting them with the beauty of language that has outlived the centuries.

Mr. Hanser has quoted both the St. James version & the ‘Good news Bible’ some well known passages for us to compare. A few thousand years ago Job said ‘How forcible are right words!’ The new translators have him saying ‘Honest words are convincing.’ That’s only for openers. There is the passage, ‘For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.’ Is it really an improvement to say instead, ‘The wiser you are, the more worries you have; the more you know the more it hurts.’

In the New Testament – Matthew, we read ‘The voice of the one crying in the wilderness. Prepare ye the way.’ The Good News version translates that, ‘Someone is shouting in the desert. Get the road ready.’ It sounds like a straw boss announcing lunch hour is over.

The hautingly beautiful 23rd Psalm is the same in both versions, for a few words ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ but instead of continuing ‘I shall not want’ we are supposed to say ‘I have everything I need.’

The Christmas story has undergone some modernizing but one can hardly call it improved. The wondrous words ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy’ has become, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you.’

The sponsors of the ‘Good News’ version boast that their bible is as readable as the daily paper – and so it is. But do readers of the daily news find themselves moved to wonder, ‘at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth’? Mr. Hanser suggests that sadly ‘tinkering & general horsing around with the sacred texts will no doubt continue’ as pious drudges try to get it right. ‘It will not dawn on them that it has already been gotten right.’”

I don’t think we will see another president like Ronald Reagan – not only a true conservative that intelligently communicated his position but also a president that had a genuine respect for the word of God.

Reagan is my favorite president of the modern era. Who is yours?

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2

Mike Huckabee for President

There has been much in the news lately about the economic crisis facing America. Both presidential candidates have proposed their solutions to get America back on track while warning us the policies espoused by their opponent will drive us further from prosperity and economic security. To be honest the inner workings of the economy is beyond me; all I know is I want Uncle Sam to keep his hands out of my wallet as much as possible.

I am convinced that the solution to America’s woes (economic and otherwise) will not be found in the writings of Adam Smith, the oversight of the Federal Reserve, or the Democratic and Republican parties. The answer for America is to be found in the Bible.

The Bible reveals where economic prosperity is to be found… “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth” (Deut. 8:18). If America is to prosper then our leaders should govern based upon what will bring the blessings of God to our nation. Those blessings are not contingent on who does or does not receive tax cuts. I believe the Lord will bless or judge a nation based upon three primary issues…

1. Abortion

“So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.” – Num. 35:33

“That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.” – Deut. 19:10

The Lord considers that which grows within the mother to be a child (2 Sam. 11:5; Ex. 21:22,23; Lk. 1:44; etc.) – an innocent human life. Our land is polluted with the innocent blood of the unborn that have been savagely murdered in the womb. Does this evoke God’s blessing or judgment? How does your candidate stand on abortion?

2. Homosexuality

“But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly… Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven” – Gen. 13:13; 19:24

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination” – Lev. 20:13

“And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD… And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel” – 1 Ki. 14:22,24

The Lord sees homosexuality (sodomy) as an abomination. This sin brought judgment upon the city of Sodom; it was also one of the abominations practiced by the nations that the Lord removed from the Promised Land. The promotion of the homosexual agenda brings judgment from God. Does your candidate support the advancement of the homosexual agenda in redefining marriage and giving homosexuals special privileges and rights?

3. Israel

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” – Gen. 12:3

“They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance… So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish” – Ps. 83:3,4,15,17

“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel… And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” – Amos 9:14,15

God described the nation of Israel as “the apple of his eye” (Deut. 32:10). After twenty centuries of displacement the Jews are finally back in their own land. Trying to take the land back from Israel now and give it to the Palestinians is national suicide. Dr. Grady in his book “How Satan Turned America Against God” describes in detail how America’s true destiny cannot be discerned apart from her unique relationship to Israel. I will not take the time to repeat his words here but it is certainly worth the read. It boils down to this – when a president tries to broker land for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, America is on dangerous ground. Does your candidate support taking land from Israel to establish a Palestinian state?

There was only one candidate that stood firm on all three issues and that was Gov. Mike Huckabee. We had the privilege of meeting him at an event and I had opportunity to ask him a question. My question was in regards to his position on Israel. He basically said that Israel should not forfeit one square inch of land. He said that several of Israel’s Islamic neighbors, such as Saudia Arabia, had plenty of land where the Palestinians could establish a state without Israel being forced to give up her land. I was very satisfied and impressed with his answer.

I will be voting my conscience on Tuesday November 4, 2008, and all three of the above issues will determine for whom my vote is cast. I would venture to say, the future of America is most uniquely tied with our treatment of Israel.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” – Ps. 122:6

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