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Coffee with Mike: Mike’s World View Articles

Coffee with Mike airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on KREJ and KSNS at 8:30 AM and re-airs on KREJ at 5 PM. Station manager Mike Henry shares Scripture, community birthdays, announcements, trivia, and station news, and discusses current events. He writes a biweekly column “Mike’s World View” for The Gyp Hill Premiere; these are the most recent articles. Comments are welcome; please email us using our contact us form.

3-26-18 It Must End

I heard someone say concerning the latest school shooting, “It must end.” I’ve got news for you, it’s not going to end until we deal effectively with the following issues.

1. The breakdown of the family. These shooters had no father to guide and direct them. Both church and state must promote marriage (not anything goes) for the sake of our children.

2. Bullying at school. This poor kid (Nikolas Cruz) was bullied every day of his life at school. Instead of protesting the NRA, these kids should be apologizing for the way they treated their classmate.

3. Violence in the culture. Gratuitous violence depicted in films, video games, and gangster rap can’t help but have a negative influence on our young men. Plus, the abortion culture teaches: if someone (like a little baby in the womb) gets in your way, kill them!

4. Notoriety given mass shooters. I cringe every time there’s a mass shooting and the media goes into nonstop coverage. They are only inspiring the next copycat killer. Actually, more kids are shot and killed in south Chicago, but the media barely covers it because it exposes the failure of liberal policies.

5. Failure of government employees to do their job. We see something and say something and then officials do nothing. Why do we need more laws and regulations when we can’t enforce the ones we already have?

6. The availability of guns. Yes, I concede this is a problem. The 2nd amendment has resulted in 300 million guns in America. How do we keep those guns out of the hands of criminals and crazies? Private owners must properly secure their guns and the ATF must keep up to date records on those disqualified from possessing firearms.

7. No foundation for morality. We have misinterpreted the separation of church and state to mean that God must be kicked out of everything public. We then teach our children that life is simply the result of random mutation and natural selection over millions of years with no God required. If that be true, then what difference does it make if I shoot the place up or not?

School shootings will not stop until we make some progress in these areas. Let’s get to work. God loves you and I’m trying.

3-19-18 Israel

In spite of his many flaws (you and I have them too) you have to admit that President Trump is an extraordinary leader. He can’t be a politician, because he actually follows through on his campaign promises.

One such was the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Former Presidents talked about it, but Trump had the guts to do it. Critics claim that it will destroy the prospects for peace. What Peace? There’s not going to be any peace until the Prince of Peace comes. The Palestinians are more likely to negotiate with a strong American policy than past appeasements.

Personally, I believe the Church has replaced Israel in God’s plan and program. In other words, the nation of Israel was only the means to an end and not the end itself. Read the book of Hebrews. If the New Testament teaches anything, it teaches us that it’s not physical seed, but spiritual seed (being born of the Spirit), that’s important to God. My dispensational friends need reminding of this.

Nevertheless I still support the modern nation of Israel, largely because they are God’s ancient people through which our Savior came. They have suffered terribly through the centuries, and it’s great to see them back in the Holy Land. They clearly have a superior claim to the land.

The Apostle Paul gives us the right perspective on the Jews. He warns us Gentile believers not to become puffed up over our newfound standing as the people of God, or the same thing will happen to us. He further reminds us that there is coming a day when God will remove the veil and open the eyes of the Jews to see the glory of Jesus Christ. That will be something to see. I don’t think that I’ll live to see it, but some here today might. God’s ways are indeed mysterious and awesome.

3-5-18 Shootings

I’m not surprised at school shootings; I’m surprised that there’s not more, given the broken condition of our culture and how many hurting and angry people are out there. I think that God mercifully restrains most of it, but not all.

One positive thing to come from this shooting is that we must take all threats seriously. We can’t afford not to. A threat alone should be an actionable offense with mandatory counseling, forfeiture of any weapons, and the information promptly sent to the ATF to block any future gun purchases.

The problem with banning the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from all 18- to 20-year olds is that you’re punishing all for the actions of one. This same age group handles far more dangerous automatic weapons in the military, yet when they come home they are banned from having a semi-automatic rifle. That doesn’t make sense.

One more thing, men young and old, if we ever find ourselves in an active shooter situation we must ban together (at least 4 or 5) and charge the shooter. He may get one or two of us, but that’s better than allowing him free rein to shoot dozens at will. Todd Beamer and the men on Flight 93 understood this, and so did Spencer Stone and his two friends on that French train. We need heroes, not cowards.

Even better would be armed security in our schools, either paid professionals or trained volunteer teachers. Sorry, but that’s the kind of world we live in. God loves you and I’m trying.

2-19-18 Compassion

The sight of Nancy Pelosi preaching for over 8 hours on the House floor the other day was a bit much. She believes that Christian compassion requires one to support full amnesty for illegal immigrant children, their parents, aunts, uncles, and 3rd cousins. I would like to challenge that notion.

First of all, the Bible teaches that we should obey the laws of the land, even laws that we don’t like. I don’t like paying taxes. Our nation’s immigration laws are not immoral; therefore, I don’t think that Christian conscience can be used as an excuse for disobeying them. In fact, I would argue that it’s unchristian to support and encourage those who presumptuously break the law.

How do you then show compassion to the illegal immigrant and help him? I believe that you teach him the Christian principles of repentance, confession, and restitution. He should be counseled to go to his employer and local immigration official and confess that he did wrong by coming here illegally. He should then ask what he should do to make it right. It’s possible that grace would be shown under such circumstances. If not, you willingly accept the consequences of your actions.

Beware of Christian compassion devoid of truth. If you looked outwardly at our Lord’s disciples you would think that Judas Iscariot was the most compassionate of the twelve. He asked, “Why wasn’t this ointment [that was poured on Jesus] sold and given to the poor?” Compassion can sometimes be used as a cover for greed, power, and control.

By the way, there’s no illegal entry into Heaven. We must all come by way of the cross. God loves you and I’m trying.

1-29-18 Immigration

What’s your opinion of those who cheat by cutting ahead of others waiting patiently in line? That’s how I feel about illegal immigrants. What’s worse, many then demand and are given a full complement of government welfare benefits designed to help the poor of our own country. It’s little wonder why many of us have had enough. Deport them like any other country would do and secure the border.

Does that mean that I’m against immigration? No. I’m for immigration, only make it legal and according to our needs as a nation. Also, being a compassionate nation, that should include a manageable number of persecuted refugees that have waited in camps for years to come here legally. They tend to appreciate America and make good citizens. It’s simple; we should welcome legal immigrants, and tell the illegals to go to the end of the line.

As long as we keep granting amnesty to those here illegally, the problem will never be solved. DACA may sound like the right thing to do, but it simply means that the next batch of illegals will come believing that they too, in time, will get amnesty.

It seems to me that enforcement of the E-Verify system for employment would go a long way toward solving the problem. I know some don’t want more government regulation, but sometimes it’s necessary. Make it illegal and subject to penalty for employers to hire people without a verifiable SS number, or green card. Without employment, illegals would have little incentive to be here.

Democrats are disingenuous on this issue and here’s why. If illegal immigrants voted 3 to 1 Republican instead of 3 to 1 Democrat, I guarantee you the Dems would be doing all they could to stop it. Their goal, as Ann Coulter has rightly pointed out, is to make every swing state like California, where conservatives have no chance. That would be very unhealthy for the nation. Much is at stake in the immigration debate; that’s why compromise is difficult. You could be compromising away the future.

God loves you and I’m trying.

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