Smoke Test

I knew there was some easy way to embed a YouTube (or GodTube) video in the blog.  People not that much smarter than me have been doing all along!  So I just got the bright idea to Google "How to insert YouTube video in blogger" and got a link entitled "How to insert YouTube video in blogger."  Brilliant!  Simply Brilliant!  See yesterday's post for my "smoke test."  (That term is from my Dad's days as a typewriter and calculator repairman; if you plug the newly repaired machine in and it doesn't smoke, it's fixed!) 

Speaking of a smoke test... Jon Wilson sent me an article by Cal Thomas entitled "Religious Right RIP" from the conservative political website  Thomas argues that it is time for Evangelicals to lay down the sword and pick up the cross.  Those aren't his words, but that is the gist of what he is saying.  The smoke test for advancing the kingdom of God isn't political power but living out God's power in the lives of individual believers.  Let me quote a section of the article and encourage you to read the whole thing.  Good stuff.

Too many conservative Evangelicals have put too much faith in the power of government to transform culture. The futility inherent in such misplaced faith can be demonstrated by asking these activists a simple question: Does the secular left, when it holds power, persuade conservatives to live by their standards? Of course they do not. Why, then, would conservative Evangelicals expect people who do not share their worldview and view of God to accept their beliefs when they control government?

Too many conservative Evangelicals mistake political power for influence. Politicians who struggle with imposing a moral code on themselves are unlikely to succeed in their attempts to impose it on others. What is the answer, then, for conservative Evangelicals who are rightly concerned about the corrosion of culture, the indifference to the value of human life and the living arrangements of same- and opposite-sex couples?

The answer depends on the response to another question: do conservative Evangelicals want to feel good, or do they want to adopt a strategy that actually produces results? Clearly partisan politics have not achieved their objectives. Do they think they can succeed by committing themselves to 30 more years of the same?

If results are what conservative Evangelicals want, they already have a model. It is contained in the life and commands of Jesus of Nazareth. Suppose millions of conservative Evangelicals engaged in an old and proven type of radical behavior. Suppose they followed the admonition of Jesus to "love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison and care for widows and orphans," not as ends, as so many liberals do by using government, but as a means of demonstrating God's love for the whole person in order that people might seek Him?