The First Fists Open Up Friday Linkage

Three-fourths of the First Family hard at play on the Gulf Coast:

“What coast?  GULF COAST!”

The other fourth? She’s probably too busy focusing on her future presidency (a preview here) and has no time for such trivialities as putt-putt.

Here are the week’s links:


Residents of Sac-town, hide your kids, hide your wife, there are zebras on the loose… Mark Driscoll’s helpful  thoughts on Anne Rice’s departure from the shores of Christianity…  You gotta use Starbucks’ designated size names (Tall, Grande, Venti) or face getting the boot like this prof did…  Ann Coulter?  She’s complicated…  Chicharito made his Man U home debut last Monday and was greeted with “rapturous applause”… A Houston teenager is slain by a tag team consisting of a permanent resident and an undocumented alien, her uncle “would like to see what they’re doing in Arizona done here” so clearly, he must clearly be a racist…This week’s entry into the “Best Illustration of Romans 1:21-24”  sweepstakes.  A contest which unfortunately we have all submitted an entry to…

Powerful Video from Catholic Vote

I’ve had conversations with people who wholeheartedly support a mother’s right to hire a doctor to kill her child, and in these conversations I like to get a feel for the “reasoning” behind such a view.

One of the reasons that keeps popping up is economics. A typical scenario is laid out: Single mother who can’t take care of child, so why burden society? What kind of life will this child have?

So abort it, off with its head! Save us all the trouble of supporting this foolish woman’s “mistake”.  It was even deemed a good deed to do this.

Even when it is pointed out (and agreed upon) that the unborn child is a human being, that is viewed as an irrelevancy.  The woman’s right to choose and our pocketbook are inviolable and sacrosanct.

So with that, the following video asks us to imagine the case of an unborn child who will enter this world into a broken home (father leaves mother and child to fend for themselves), and to realize the possibility of what could be if abortion isn’t viewed as an option.

Also, check out this John Piper article,  Lincoln’s Logic on Slavery Applied to Abortion.

H/t: Justin Taylor

The Next President Obama

Just because it is never too early to start planning for 2036…

president-obamaTaken from AP photo.

The Bush twins wrote a letter to Malia (above) and Sasha Obama giving them advice on living in the White House.

The twins saved their best advice for last,

And finally, although it’s an honor and full of so many extraordinary opportunities, it isn’t always easy being a member of the club you are about to join. Our dad, like yours, is a man of great integrity and love; a man who always put us first.

We still see him now as we did when we were seven: as our loving daddy. Our Dad, who read to us nightly, taught us how to score tedious baseball games. He is our father, not the sketch in a paper or part of a skit on TV.

Many people will think they know him, but they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much you both love being his daughters.

So here is our most important piece of advice: remember who your dad really is.

Read the whole letter here.

Martin Luther and the Inauguration

On this historic day (as is every other day that transpires), I think that words from a man who undoubtedly altered the course of Western civilization are appropriate.

No, I do not refer to our current president, Barack Obama, but rather to a foul-mouthed, hard-headed, recovering monk, one Martin Luther (1483-1546, below).

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It can be safely said that Luther can be grouped with Paul in the category of men “who have upset the world.”

Luther’s commentary of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a classic which I am currently reading and enjoying immensely. Not coincidentally, I read these words today:

In matters of politics, God wishes us to honor and respect those outward veils or persons as His instruments by whom He governs and preserves the world.

But when the question concerns religion, conscience, the fear of God, faith, and the service of God, we must not fear these outward persons; we must not put our trust in them or look for comfort from them or hope for deliverance from them, either physically or spiritually.

I should neither fear nor trust the judge but God alone, who is the true judge.

Yes, as followers of Christ we are commanded to pray for our leaders, but this in no way gives us leeway to descend into a mindless and idolatrous treatment of our political leaders.

Exhibit A comes from someone who commented on today’s events as described in a story from the Daily Mail,

Today’s momentous occasion is a time for celebration for all world citizens. It perhaps marks the rights of passage into a more tolerant and mature phase in humanity and highlights further evolution of our species into a less barbaric and hopefully more egalitarian society.

Exhibit B can be seen in stories like this one.

So, pray and pray hard for President Obama (see Dr. Mohler’s prayer), but let us not fool ourselves into thinking that perhaps today’s inauguration wasn’t complete because of the absence of a donkey, her colt, palm branches and the crowds laying down their coats before the presidential limo.