As recent events in the Gulf of Mexico dominate the nation's headlines, we once again are reminded of how the world economy continues to be driven by oil. The West is dependent upon oil for its manufacturing (heavy crude) and for its transportation (lighter crude and refined oils, including gasoline). The United States is the world’s largest importer of foreign oil. As much as some American economists might like to deny it, the U.S. has become dependent on a system that, to a great degree, can bring the world’s strongest economy to its knees.
On November 2, 2010, Americans will face a crucial decision: should we vote for the candidates of the liberal, secular media or the candidates envisioned by our Founding Fathers? Long ago, there were two political parties in America. While they differed in their politics, they were united and in agreement regarding “the fundamentals of the nation’s godly heritage, biblical morality and a desire to serve the American people.” These two parties are becoming as extinct as the mainline Christian denominations.
“The myth of Anglican unity” is a concept that was introduced to me by a teacher at the Anglican seminary I attended in Australia in 1972. At that time, he was referring to the existence of two distinct churches within the Anglican community. “High Church” has a low view of the Scripture and, conversely, “Low Church” has a high view of the Scripture. This, he said, has been a battlefield ever since Henry the 8th.
When we talk about glorifying God, worship is usually what we have in mind. Singing, praising the Lord, and telling others about Him are all things that glorify God. We may also think about evangelism and giving to the poor or to God’s work in general. These things also glorify God. Living by faith and not by sight is glorifying to God (2 Cor. 5:7). Certainly depending on and trusting in Him is glorifying God. Daily recommitment to believing in, trusting in, and taking Him at His word—regardless of how dark it may get—are all glorifying to God.