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Mike’s World View

Station manager Mike Henry writes a weekly 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.

9-20-21 20 Years Later

I am writing this article on the 20th anniversary of 9-11. What have we learned?

We learned that there are people motivated by hate willing to carry out unthinkable acts of violence against America. In the case of 9-11 it was religious hate, the most dangerous kind. You can argue that it was a perversion of Islam, but the fact remands that it was done in the name of Allah. What a contrast from, “Love your enemies, and do good to those who persecute you.”

We learned that our intelligence agencies weren’t so intelligent. One major problem was that they were prohibited from sharing information with each other. What a great example of liberal stupidity. That has since been corrected.

We learned (hopefully) not to overreact by invading not one, but two, sovereign Arab nations thinking that we could convert them to western values, one of which had nothing to do with 9-11. Sadly, after 20 years in Afghanistan the terrorists are back in control.

I’m afraid with a wide open southern border and now tens of thousands of unvetted Afghan refugees coming to America the threat of another terror attack has greatly increased.

The price for freedom is constant vigilance against those who would destroy it. Radical Islam isn’t our only threat. The radical left is more subtle, but just as dangerous a threat to freedom.

9-13-21 God to Moses

Here’s another great question from the Bible. It’s from God to Moses: “Who has made man’s mouth?” The text is from Ex. 4:10-12, “Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’ So the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? … Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.’ ”

Did you know that the greatest fear people have is public speaking? Moses had it big time; some believe he may have had a speech impediment. He was sure trying to persuade God that he was the wrong man for the job, but God reminds him with this question that as Creator of all things, He has the power to help Moses overcome his fear and fulfill his calling.

Maybe you can identify with Moses; I certainly can. I don’t especially like public speaking, but I’ll do it if the Lord wants me to. I remember as a youngster waiting outside the Sunday School classroom until after the opening prayer, because I didn’t want to be called on to pray. Look where that got me: the Lord called me to preach.

Here’s an amazing truth that we learn from Scripture. God told Paul in II Cor. 12:9 after refusing to remove his thorn in the flesh, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” In other words, that weakness, or handicap, was a good thing, because it kept Paul humble and dependent upon the Lord for his strength. The wisdom of God is simply off the charts; hopefully we can catch on to it.

Moses went on, despite his fears and doubts, to speak to the children of Israel when God commanded him to. We don’t know if Moses spoke eloquently, but that’s not the point; the message was heard, and He’ll do the same for you and me.

9-6-21 Jill Biden

First Lady Jill Biden was all upset and demanding an apology (through her press secretary) from Rachel Campos-Duffy for what she said in a recent interview on Fox News. Campos-Duffy suggested that Jill Biden, knowing her husband’s cognitive decline, should have stepped in and prevented him from running for president. Even former President Barack Obama said, “Joe, you don’t have to do this.” But, ego is a powerful thing and can easily cloud one’s judgment.

I know it was painful for Jill Biden to hear, but I think Rachel made a valid point. Aging couples do have a responsibility to watch out for each other. My wife recently told me, “No more climbing towers.” I agree; I’m too old for that. I told her that her driving was dangerous, and she agreed to only drive when necessary.

Joe Biden should be in a nice retirement home somewhere and not in the White House dealing with the demands of the presidency. We used to think that others were calling the shots in his administration, but I’m not so sure. An even scarier thought is that Joe is making the decisions.

It’s probably unfair to blame Jill Biden; the Democrat Party leaders share in the blame. The 2020 field of presidential candidates was so weak (and that’s being polite) that it compelled “Slow Joe” to run. Let’s have no talk of impeachment, however; Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi are in the line of succession.

8-30-21 Afghanistan

I’m not saying that America should withdraw into isolation, but hopefully we’ve learned not to invade Muslim countries thinking that we can establish western style democracies there.

The vast majority of Americans believe that it was time to get out of Afghanistan, but like everything else, Joe Biden botched the exit. This president of ours is an embarrassment. He should be removed (25th Amendment) from office, or impeached, but Kamala Harris might even be worse. This mess would never have happened under President Trump.

Those who served in Afghanistan should be proud; they gave it their best. We did get Bin Laden, restrained terrorism for 20 years, and gave the Afghan people a taste of freedom. The war wasn’t completely in vain. Our forefathers said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” The Afghan army surrendered without a fight.

The Taliban may find it more difficult to impose Sharia Law on a people that have had a taste of freedom, but they will no doubt try. I don’t see many reformers among the Taliban leadership. We’ll see; the world is watching, to the extent it matters.

I hope we get all Americans out and that the Afghan refugees coming to America are freedom-loving and practice reformed Islam. We do have an obligation to them. I wish we had as much concern for the Christian refugees.

8-23-21 Satan to Eve

I recently preached a pair of messages on Great Questions of the Bible. I thought from now until the end of the year we would consider one of those question each month. Lord knows we need a break from politics.

The first question is from the serpent (Satan) to Eve in the Garden of Eden concerning the forbidden fruit, “Has God indeed said?” The root of all sin begins with doubting God’s word. Satan goes on to outright deny God’s word in Gen. 3:4, “You shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Eve was tricked; instead of being like God, she along with Adam became like Satan, rebels against God, with one important difference: Adam and Eve would be redeemable, and Satan not.

Let me illustrate how this tactic works today on a contemporary issue. “Did God indeed say that marriage is only between a man and a woman? That’s not true; God knows that when you accept LGBT you’ll become enlightened and fulfilled as a person.” Sad to say, many fall for that line (lie) today.

This is why Evangelicals are such sticklers on the inerrancy of Scripture. Once you say the Bible is wrong on an important issue like marriage in order to be culturally acceptable, you’ll go down the same road again on the next issue. You then make the Word of God null and void by subjecting it to your own opinions, when it should be the other way around.

Imagine fallen, finite, sinful man telling the All-wise, Eternal, Creator God how it is? “The Lord laughs at him …” Psalm 37:13. It’s completely insane, but that’s the world we live in, save those who are born again and know and love the Truth. Paul wrote in Romans 3:4, “Let God be true but every man a liar.”

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