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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.

6-25-18 So Mad

I think one reason the left is so mad over the 2016 election is that they thought for sure the leaking of the Access Hollywood tape would end any chance Trump had to win, but they were wrong. Why?

Many felt that it was clearly a political dirty trick, and those who perpetrated it were no better than Trump. You could secretly record almost anyone and use it to publicly embarrass them.

Christians were rightly appalled by the vulgar language, but realized that it occurred over a decade ago when Trump was still a Democrat. Unlike the left, we believe in conversion and change. These hypocritical liberals reminded us a lot of the Pharisees in John 8:4-11, who brought the woman taken in adultery to Jesus for judgment. Jesus turned the tables on them with, “He who is without sin cast the first stone,” and to the woman, “Go and sin no more.” Their plan failed.

Liberals likewise brought a sinning Donald Trump before evangelicals for judgment, and their plan also failed. Trump is now flying under the grace banner of “go and sin no more.” If he was to fail morally now as president (like Bill Clinton did), I think many evangelicals would turn against him. He’s clearly not doing that, and it’s either because he’s truly changed or too busy for such.

Finally, it was a Democrat who famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That seemed to hold true in 2016 and may very well in 2018. Advantage: Republicans.

6-18-18 America First

My daughter Danae works for World Relief as a refugee resettlement specialists. She asked one of her co-workers, a refugee himself from Uganda, what he thought of the presidential election. He was amazed that the people could elect someone so different from the previous president and thought it was great that in America the people truly decide who their leader will be, unlike his native country in Africa. I think he’s being assimilated.

It’s true, Obama and Trump are nearly polar opposites. Under President Trump our country is going an entirely different direction. Michelle Obama gave it away when she said during the 2008 campaign that for the first time she was truly proud of her country. She clearly embraced the victim mentality of the left with the notion that America should be punished for past sins. I think she exerted a tremendous amount of influence over her husband. It wasn’t “America first” under the Obamas; it was the elitist/global agenda that was first. In every deal, America seemed to get the short end of the stick.

Trump has a completely different view. “America first” means no more bad deals. We must use our strength to negotiate what’s best for our country and then enforce it. He believes that a strong American military and economy is what’s best for the world. I agree. So far, it seems to be getting results. Stay tuned. Quite honestly, it doesn’t take much to improve on past administrations.

6-11-18 Tweets

Yes, Roseanne Barr tweeted something racist and offensive for which she rightly apologized. I’m not going to defend her, but as I recall in the movie she referenced, the apes had outsmarted the humans. I’m not sure her comments are any worse than the vile things that are said about conservatives and evangelicals. Everyone should think before they tweet.

A wise old Quaker once said, “You are the master of what you think, the servant of what you say, and the slave of what you write.” So far I have not had to retract or apologize for anything that I have written in this column, and it’s not because I’m so smart. After I write an article, I let it simmer for a couple of days. I then read it to my wife, who will often point out where I’m not making myself clear. After revision, I send it to Nancy, who patiently corrects my grammatical errors. I then email it to about a dozen family and friends for their criticism. It then goes to Kevin at The Premiere. There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors (Prov. 24:6).

Back to Roseanne’s tweet. A little history is in order. Evolutionists of the 19th and early 20th centuries believed that Negroes were less evolved and inferior to Caucasians. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist and believed that abortion was an acceptable way to curb the growth of inferior races. Modern evolutionists simply steal their morality (what little they have) from Christianity; they sure can’t get it from their ugly racist theory.

The Bible teaches that we are all fully human and descendants of our first parents (Adam and Eve), who unfortunately fell into sin and passed it on to us. Thankfully, the second Adam, Jesus Christ, made a way for us to be saved and reconciled to God. The answer to all this racism is what we sang in Sunday School: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

6-4-18 Faith

There are some things hard to understand even from a Christian world view.

I remember hearing about a young Christian wife and mother who came upon an accident and, in the process of rendering aid, was electrocuted by a downed power line. That’s tough. She wasn’t doing something foolish like texting and driving; she was trying to help someone in need, for crying out loud. Why didn’t a loving and sovereign God intervene?

Admittedly, I’m in over my head here, but let’s try to look at it from God’s perspective. If God were to supernaturally keep all Christians from having accidents or getting cancer, He would have people coming to Him for the wrong reasons and completely destroy the faith component of salvation. Jesus clearly understood this as He performed miracles (John 2:23-24).

So, God must of necessity allow His own dear children to suffer accidents and cancer (in spite of good, clean living) at close to the same rate as unbelievers, in order to preserve the faith requirement. After all, Jesus never promised to keep us from tribulation, but to help us through tribulation. He’s looking for persevering faith (1 Peter 2:19-20).

The more we come to know and understand the ways of God through Bible study, meditation, prayer, fellowship with other believers, Christian radio, etc., the more we can trust Him with what we don’t understand.

What’s the alternative? The world sure doesn’t have the answer. Unless you call “curse God and die” an answer.

God loves you and I’m trying.

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