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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.

10-22-18 Submission

Back in 1922 the word obey was removed from the marriage vows of a major U.S. church denomination. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it set a fateful precedent. Every time the culture conflicts with the Bible, they chose culture. That’s a sure way to end up apostate, which is what that mainline denomination did.

God has called us to peace, and submission is a necessary component of that peace. Children are to obey their parents, wives are to submit to their husbands, all believers are to submit to proper authority at home, school, work, church, and government. This is how we show our submission to God and promote peace. The only exception would be if we were commanded to do something against a clear commandment of the Lord.

A Christian world view helps us to understand that submission has nothing to do with a person’s value or worth. Sergeant Carter had rank and authority over Gomer Pyle, but that didn’t make him a better person. The greatest example, of course, is our Lord’s submission to the Jewish and Roman authorities in the face of the cross.

Chuck Swindoll tells of a wife who went to a lawyer seeking a vengeful divorce. The lawyer told her to go home and be extra sweet to her husband for the next 30 days. Fix his favorite meals, be sexy, compliment him, and then hit him with a divorce. It will tear his heart out. She did so, and after 30 days the lawyer called to see if she was ready for the divorce papers. She said, “Divorce, you’re crazy; I’m married to the most wonderful man in the world.”

Submission doesn’t mean that you can’t have your say. My wife is submissive, but she has her say, and I appreciate it (most of the time). Ask any Christian wife and they will tell you that they get a lot further with their husband by practicing the grace of submission than by being a rebel. Someone has well said, “anything with two heads is a freak.”

10-15-18 Sovereign and Good

Is God both sovereign and good? I say yes, but many today say no. They reason that God is either sovereign or good, but He can’t be both because of evil. Surely a sovereign (all powerful) God, they reason, would do something about all of the evil in the world.

Our answer from a Christian world view is that God has done something about evil in the world by sending a Savior, namely Jesus Christ, who alone has the power to deliver us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Which would you rather encounter walking alone at night, two men who just came from a crack house, or two men who just came from a Bible study?

Jesus Christ is the answer to the problem of evil and the greatest source of good on the earth. Those who reject Him as Savior simply go on in their sin and will one day face Him as Judge.

God is both good, because He offers so great a salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, and sovereign, because He will one day put an end to all evil in the final judgment.

What fun is it to be a God of love if you have no one special to love. A world full of fallen and sinful human beings gives God an extraordinary opportunity to show the depth of His love (the cross) and to gain a special people who can sing “Amazing Grace” for all eternity.

You may say, “I don’t believe that, Mike.” Fine, don’t believe it, but you can’t say, “No one ever told me,” on Judgment Day.

10-8-18 Delusional

It’s easy to be impressed with the sincerity of a person’s testimony. The problem is that people can be sincerely wrong. A judicious person will not be swayed by sincerity alone, but will take a hard look at the evidence. I’ve seen some pretty good liars in my day.

I would like to think that if Judge Kavanaugh was a liberal and Dr. Ford a conservative under the same circumstances, I would see it the same way. That is the true test of one’s honesty and integrity, of which there is precious little today.

What little evidence there is for this allegation from 36 years ago favors Kavanaugh, not Ford. In fact, supposed eyewitnesses say that it did not happen. There’s simply not enough evidence to even make this a credible charge, let alone destroy this man’s sterling reputation over his entire career.

I think that the timing and circumstance of this allegation clue us in to the answer. This smear is straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. If you have to lie, cheat, or steal in order to achieve your goal, do it. These people have no conscience or shame. They laugh at the Holy Commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”

Ms. Ford apparently deleted all of social media accounts before coming forward. I wonder why? I would like to know more about her and her political activity, and don’t tell me that political motivations are not part of all this. I suspect that, more than a victim, she’s a brave soldier of the resistance, commissioned to take down this fine judge.

For many on the left, truth is whatever you imagine it to be, regardless of the facts. Transgenderism is a perfect example of this. This type of thinking is dishonest, delusional, and dangerous, but it’s where we’re at in culture today. I agree with Senator Lindsey Graham: I hope these people never get power.

10-1-18 The Smear

This attempt to smear Judge Kavanaugh with a sketchy 36-year allegation from his high schools days is a new low even for the Democrats. We don’t know if the charge is true, half true, or false, but I do know that the timing of it stinks to high heaven and gives us every reason to question motives.

Did you ever attend a high school drinking party? If so, you know that the behavior there was not Sunday School approved. I went once, and the sight of people drunk, acting like fools, didn’t really appeal to me. I do know that there is inappropriate contact at such parties. Anyone could make it into a sexual abuse charge later if they were politically motivated to do so. If this is now the new standard and disqualifier for public service, we had better start cleaning the House and Senate.

Democrats have used the courts for years to advance much of their agenda, and they know that with the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh that will come to an end. In fact, some things might even be reversed. This confirmation depends on who you believe, or who you want to believe. I think I’ll go with the 65 women who vouch for his character, as opposed to the one or two who don’t.

Judge Kavanaugh should, and I believe will, be approved in the end. I want to say, “Nice try,” to the Democrats, but it wasn’t very nice, and I hope they pay a price for their shenanigans at the midterms. It’s true that the Republicans played politics with the Merrick Garland nomination, but they never sought to destroy his character.

9-24-18 Extraordinary

How is it that President Trump not only survives, but has major accomplishments despite the constant barrage of attacks against him? According to CNN, he does nothing right. Amazingly, he took on his own party, the Democrats, the liberal media, Hollywood, academia, and won. How did he do it?

One thing is his extraordinary energy level. He simply outworked Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. At age 71, how does he do it? Well, he doesn’t smoke, drink, or use drugs. Playing golf regularly probably gives him enough exercise. He’s a little overweight, but that doesn’t hurt; most of us are at that age. Plus, he likes McDonald’s, a great source of energy.

Another thing is this: instead of guarded political speech, he just says what he thinks, which is what most of us do. People want transparency in government. Well, like it or not, we have the most transparent president in history. He tweets every day what’s on his mind. He’s clearly not racist, or sexist, because he name-calls everyone equally.

There is also the power of personality. Most of us are taken back by criticism and controversy, but Trump thrives on it and uses it as fuel to counterattack. No one can do a political rally like Donald J. Trump. He is facing nothing less than a soft coup from the deep state and the media, cheered on by Trump haters in both parties. There’s your collusion, Robert Mueller, but you won’t even look at it. Trump simply tweets out his criticism in the morning, and then goes to the oval office and gets things done.

Finally, the issues. Trump clearly has the winning hand on the issues. Perhaps not on the west coast, or in the Northeast, but for the rest of the country. The Electoral College is still slightly center-right. Liberal Bill Maher is hoping for a major recession in 2020. He knows that’s probably the only way they can defeat this extraordinary President.

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