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Mike’s World View

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 regularly writes a 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.

2-25-19 Governor Northam

Jesus humorously described in Matt 23:24 those who “strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.” In other words, people who make a big deal over something small and completely ignore the larger issue. Case in point: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Perhaps the governor should explain more fully how and why the Klan/blackface photo was on his yearbook page. I assume that he placed it there and thought it was funny. There’s nothing funny about the Klan’s treatment of blacks. Whether or not he’s in the photo is irrelevant. I also find it incredible that he never saw the yearbook page. Nevertheless, he has apologized, and that should be accepted. I don’t think it should disqualify him from office.

We must understand that some things socially acceptable years ago are not today. As I recall, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton opposed same-sex marriage until it became politically safe to do so.

I do think Governor Northam should go, however, not because of the photo, but over his unbelievable comments on late-term abortion and infanticide. The liberal media made little or no mention of the issue. What kind of doctor finds it just as easy to take a life as save a life? One in a class with Nazi Dr. Mengele.

1st and 2nd trimester abortion is not enough for these people; they want late-term abortion with the option of infanticide. Many of us warned of this slippery slope. Once you start playing God (deciding who lives and who dies), where do you stop?

2-18-19 Football

Football season ended a little flat with the Patriots winning their 6th Super Bowl in rather boring fashion. It was the lowest rated Super Bowl in years; I know I didn’t watch. Hopefully, Gladys Knight put an end to the National Anthem controversy. The Anthem is a time for unity and respect for our nation, regardless of one’s political views.

The NFL resolves one controversy only to face another, namely the blown call late in the Saints/Rams game. In all fairness to the refs, the play in question happened so fast that I didn’t see a penalty at the time. Under slow motion review, however, it was clearly interference. A penalty that if called would almost certainly have changed the outcome of the game.

I know that referees don’t want a penalty to decide the game, especially a championship game, but when it’s obvious you have to make the call. We get enough bias and cowardice in politics; we don’t want it in sports. Perhaps the league could allow one pass interference challenge per game, but coaches would probably use it on something stupid and then not have it for the crucial call.

And then there’s the Chiefs, who lost in overtime without a possession after losing the coin toss. The NFL should adopt college rules for overtime where both teams have an equal opportunity.

Except for a blown call and a coin toss, it would have been the Saints and the Chiefs in a super exciting Super Bowl featuring the two best quarterbacks in the league. Oh well, that’s life; cheaters (the Patriots) sometimes prosper. Maybe next year.

2-11-19 America First

Flight attendants always instruct passengers in the event of an emergency to first secure their own oxygen mask before helping others. On the surface that seems selfish, but a little logic reveals that you won’t be able to help others if you are impaired.

Some are critical of President Trump’s America First policy, believing that it’s greedy and uncompassionate. That may be true, depending on one’s motives, but it’s also true that a severely weakened America will not be able to help other countries around the world like we have for the last hundred years.

America First ensures that we will continue to be the world’s premier superpower and source for good in the world. Do you want China or Russia to hold that position? I don’t think so.

America has made many mistakes in world affairs, but our motives have always been to restrain evil and promote good, or the lesser of evils. We need, however, to be wiser in how we go about it.

President Trump’s unconventional, nonpolitical, businessman’s approach to trade, immigration, climate change, foreign affairs, etc. is a breath of fresh air. His success continues to frustrate the Trump-hating left. These delusional Democrats are now advocating for pure socialism (government control of everything). They should go live in Cuba or Venezuela for a while. I doubt even that would convince them.

Sir Winston Churchill said it well, “Capitalism is the uneven distribution of wealth; socialism is the even distribution of poverty.” I know which one I prefer.

2-4-19 Likeability

Likeability, like it or not, is a huge factor in politics and in life. I think it’s safe to say that Hilary Clinton lost the presidential election because (although she tried) she was not very likeable. If the Democrats can put up a likeable candidate in 2020, Trump (who’s not very likeable himself) could be in serious trouble.

I’ll never forget watching Crossfire on CNN years ago when liberal Bill Press said that he would vote for conservative Pat Buchanan, who was running for president at the time. Why? Well, he liked Pat. They had worked well together on Crossfire and developed a friendship. Likeability can get people to vote contrary to their political views.

I must confess that there are some liberals that I find likeable, and some conservatives that I don’t. Probably not enough, however, to make me change my vote.

Jesus experienced this when He encountered the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-22. The Bible records that Jesus loved this man even though he decided not to become a disciple. He was the only person recorded in Scripture to leave Jesus’ presence sorrowful.

What goes into being likeable? Well, beyond one’s own unique personality, I think it’s things like appearance, wit, wisdom, humor, integrity, honesty, courage, humility, and grace. Hopefully as Christians we can display enough of these qualities that people, even if they disagree with us, can find us somewhat likeable.

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