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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.

1-21-19 What is Truth?

Pontius Pilate cynically asked the question of the ages: “What is truth?” The irony of the ages was that the very embodiment of Truth stood before him.

Ever since our first parents ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil we have had difficulty discerning good from evil. In fact, sometimes we get it completely wrong. The Old Testament prophets repeatedly warned, “Woe to those who call good evil and evil good.” That problem is still with us today. Those who promote and celebrate all manner of deviant sexual behavior today, as well as the gruesome dismembering of innocent little babies in the womb, are called good, and those who believe in the soul-saving power of the Gospel and the righteousness of Jesus Christ are called evil.

Jesus came to clear up the confusion over good and evil. The truth of the matter is that we all are worse sinners than we ever imagined. If you don’t believe it, read Matt. 5:21-48. Even so, God still loves us enough to die for us on a cruel cross and make the perfect sacrifice for our sin. That, my friend, is the Truth of the ages. There is a catch, however; believing means you must stop calling evil good and fully embrace the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

To my unbelieving friend I would say, “Thanks for your opinion on good and evil; it’s novel and interesting, but I think I’ll stick with the timeless truths of the Word of God.”

I’m afraid there are many Pilates today who cynically ask, “What is truth?” when the Truth is right before them in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. The final irony is that you and I must judge Jesus on this side of eternity, and He in turn will judge us on the other side. I think we need His offer of mercy and grace.

Check out: Isa. 5:20, I John 1:5-10, Matt. 16:13-17, II Cor. 5:10-11

1-14-19 Political Hypocrisy

No one is surprised by hypocritical politicians anymore, but the Democrats have taken it to another level.

Democrats used to be concerned about the abuse of government agencies like the DOJ, FBI, and CIA until President Obama weaponized them for political purposes, something that’s not supposed to be done. Now, when Republicans rightly investigate this wrong doing, they get charged with trying to undermine the government. If a Republican administration had pulled the same shenanigans, there would be no end to the outcry from the left.

Democrats used to downplay any threat from Russia; remember Obama whispering in the ear of President Medvedev. Now, after the 2016 election loss, they want to revive the cold war and view Russia as a major threat to democracy.

Democrats used to be anti-war and oppose military intervention in foreign lands (something I basically agree with them on). Now, when President Trump announces the withdrawal of our troops from Syria, they oppose it.

Democrats used to be champions of “innocent until proven guilty” until the Kavanaugh hearings, where they were willing to destroy a man’s reputation and career over a single unverifiable allegation from 30 years ago.

Democrats used to be for border security. Now, they want no border wall and do want sanctuary cities. Some even want ICE abolished.

What accounts for all this major flip-flopping? I think we all know the answer. It’s Donald J. Trump. One of President Trump’s major accomplishments is to expose the sheer hypocrisy of the Democrats and their lapdog media.

1-7-19 The Jews

Why is it that the Jews are the most persecuted people in this country and the world? They are hated by everyone from neo-Nazis to the Nation of Islam. If it wasn’t for Bible-believing Christians, things would be even worse for the Jews. That fact should cause them to look more closely at the claims of Christ in the New Testament, but with rare exception, they don’t.

Hitler’s hatred was personal. As a young man, he felt that wealthy and successful Jews looked down on him as a struggling artist. For Muslims, it’s religious. They believe that Mohammed was the last and greatest prophet and that both Christians and Jews are major obstacles to their goal of world domination. The modern state of Israel especially stirs the militant (kill the infidel) instincts of Islam.

There are also those in the Church who believe that the Jews are simply getting what they deserve for crucifying Christ. This view is a little short on compassion. Jesus laments in Matt. 23: 37-38, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate.” This is the correct attitude toward the Jews.

As you read the Old Testament, you get the distinct impression that God, for the most part, was not pleased with His own people. They were an especially proud, stubborn, and rebellious people, not amenable to God’s instruction. Jesus said to His own people in Matt. 11:21, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” God nevertheless used the sinful pride of the Jews to crucify the Messiah (Pilate sure didn’t want to do it) so He could make the perfect sacrifice for sin and bring salvation to all people. For that we should thank the Jews and have compassion on them.

It should be pointed out that there has always been a believing remnant of Jews, men like the Apostle Paul. There are no more dynamic Christians than born again Jews. Let’s pray that more will be saved and added to the Church.

12-31-18 Free Speech

The first issue of John Peter Zenger’s The New York Weekly Journal was published back in 1733. He was later arrested for libel for criticizing the governor of New York. His acquittal helped establish freedom of the press in America.

Thankfully, we still have a free press (sort of). The press is free to criticize political leaders, and they in turn are free to criticize the press, which this president does on a regular basis. Some people don’t like his tweets, but he’s only trying to balance the 90% negative coverage from the mainstream media. The idea that freedom of the press is threatened because he calls their coverage “fake news” is nonsense. After 8 years of coddling Obama, they’re finally doing their job, although it would be nice if they could be fair about it.

The greatest threat to free speech comes from the far left. Unlike traditional liberals, these radicals seek to shut down conservative/evangelical speech by labeling it racists, homophobic, xenophobic, hate speech. The result is a one-sided indoctrination much like Pravda in the old Soviet Union. Thankfully, there is alternative media like Fox News, talk radio, and some conservative websites.

Social media, where people can be as nasty as they want to be, has certainly coarsened the debate. There’s probably no such thing as truly fair and balanced. News and opinion inevitably run together to one degree or another. I do think, however, that we can all make a better effort toward civility. Honest and respectful debate on the issues with a willingness to consider pragmatic solutions is what we need. It also wouldn’t hurt to admit every once in a while that we don’t have perfect understanding on every issue and that we can learn from the perspective of another.

Free speech is a wonderful thing. Let’s use it and not abuse it, lest we lose it.

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