We like to blame the snake. Didn’t the snake trick Eve into biting into the forbidden fruit? But Eve knew better, and Adam most certainly knew what God had said.

Genesis 2:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

So what happened? Instead of humbling themselves before God, Adam and Eve decided to be gods. Read at Genesis 3. Chuckle at a familiar story. We have seen people behave like this before. When God showed Himself — when Daddy showed up — Adam and Eve ran for cover. When God tracked them down, Adam and Eve started making excuses and finger-pointing. Eventually, God lost patience and punished them. Because Adam and Eve would not trust and obey God, God would not trust them to care for His garden. Adam and Eve had fatally failed an important moral test.

Have things changed? Have the children of Adam and Eve learned how to behave? Well, this generation is certainly misbehaving.

Consider a typical discussion between a Conservative and a Liberal Democrat. What does the Liberal Democrat want to talk about? Look at the comments that follow ARE YOU PRO-ABORTION? — PART 3. Here is a sample.


So let’s borrow 15 or 20 more million dollars from our grandkids and have a parade for Donald Trump to celebrate, exactly what?

wants to talk about what is wrong with President Donald Trump. From there the discussion with  went downhill. Trump’s policies don’t much matter. Nope! Trump abuses women. Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election. What makes such charges absurd?

  • Why are we suppose to believe the party that nominated H. Clinton takes sexual harassment seriously? Consider the absurdity of “pound MeToo” (#MeToo). #MeToo is the symbol of women against sexual harassment? Wasn’t it ironic that the #MeToo “movement” immediately resulted in accusation against Liberal Democrats in Hollywood and in the news media?
  • Why are we suppose to believe Liberal Democrats when they suddenly perceive Russia as a threat? After all these years?  Remember this.

Are Conservatives somehow morally superior? No. Conservatives are not any better than Liberal Democrats. Sometimes our intentions may even be as selfish and vile as they say. The difference is that Conservatives don’t believe morality comes from government. Instead, Conservatives think when we refuse to exercise SELF restraint we get the government we deserve.

If we use the power of government to force our beliefs upon each other, a clear abuse of power, the worst among us will inevitably use that power to force their personal vision of Utopia upon the rest of us. What does that mean in practice? When we give our leaders more power than necessary, the powerful will use that power to enslave some people.

Consider the Gun Control debate.  In Now What?, Tricia does a great job of laying out the issues. Her complaint is that we are not having a rational debate. Consider how her post ends.

Stop Demonizing Others

And for God’s sake stop demonizing those who are skeptical about its effectiveness as “not caring about dead children.” That’s so needlessly divisive and just makes moving towards a successful solution less likely.

The problem of mass shootings is complex and requires more than just looking at gun control.  Mental health issues, effective red flag response methods, enforcing existing gun laws already on the books,  new ideas on school security and having better channels of support for parents dealing with extremely problematic kids all need to be a part of the discussion. (from here)

What is happening instead of a rational debate? Instead of letting people cool off and consider the problem rationally, we are taking our cues from “student survivors”. Here is an example: Florida school shooting survivors demand tougher gun laws ( This news article features an emotional speech by a student survivor. Here is a sample.

We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. In Florida, to buy a gun you do not need a permit, you do not need a gun license, and once you buy it you do not need to register it. You do not need a permit to carry a concealed rifle or shotgun. You can buy as many guns as you want at one time.

I read something very powerful to me today. It was from the point of view of a teacher. And I quote: When adults tell me I have the right to own a gun, all I can hear is my right to own a gun outweighs your student’s right to live. All I hear is mine, mine, mine, mine. (from here)

Isn’t great to have public school teachers who are so willing to provide political indoctrination? Don’t you remember being that age? Problems were simple then. Make a rule against the problem, and the problem goes away. Wasn’t the world so much simpler when everything is black and white? Someone doesn’t agree with your perfect solution? That someone must be evil. If “I” don’t want a gun – if “I” think guns are bad and dangerous — what right does anyone else have to own such a thing and make “me” feel unsafe? Yep! When we are young, the world is so much easier. Daddy government will make everything good. The government just has to deprive some people of their rights.

As we grow older, we are supposed to become wiser. What does wisdom mean in practice? Wisdom usually comes with the realization that things are not as simple as we thought, that what other people think does have some relevance.

Consider something seemingly as simple as begging: Panhandling: A Fat Beggar’s Perspective (H/T to Hard Times Ministries). As he comes to the end his post, Agent X eventually deals with this question: is it wrong to give alms to a panhandler? Does that question have a simple answer? No, but some think otherwise.

I ask Lubbock Christians to instead search your souls and humble yourselves before the Lord. There is nothing wrong with almsgiving. In fact, it is a directive straight from Jesus. There is NOTHING wrong with presenting a humble image, not even as a town. If our town is “Christian”, humility is our image, and we need not chafe at the sight of it on our street corners. And if this is a “Christian” town, then actually the cops are presuming too much authority when discouraging almsgiving to panhandlers since Jesus, our LORD, authorizes it. (from here)

Are we going throw people in jail for begging? Are we going to punish people for giving money to panhandlers? Then how do we stop panhandling? Isn’t panhandling dangerous, unnecessary and therefore evil? Who do we demonize and punish? The NRA? Republicans? Democrats? The ACLU? There has to be somebody. Is it all President Trump’s fault?

In spite of all the trillions we spend on health, education, and welfare programs, we still have people who would rather stand on street corners at stop lights and beg from waiting motorists. Why? Don’t exactly know. I just know some problems are not easily solved, but it is always easy to find someone to blame and demonize.

So what is the answer? That is really not the point of this blog. I only have a suggestion. When God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, He promised a Savior. That savior has come. His name is Jesus. When our heart aches, mostly from problems of our own creation, perhaps that’s a sign we need to turn to Him for answers.

Because government is about making other people do something, government is about eliminating choices. Jesus is about making the most important choice. Who or what will “I” choose as my Savior?


This article is disgustingly biased: These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the National Rifle Association ( Note the video and the way CNN uses children to promote their own agenda.

Wyldkat mentioned this post in her comment (below): Questionable Roots in the Grass: Parkland Students Anti-Gun Protests [VIDEO] ( by . ‘s post contains a good summary of how the Liberal Democrat news media is using Parkland students to stage anti-gun protests.


  1. Well said, again, Tom. As with so much in our nation, many, too many want to fuel everything by our emotions, “how we feel”. What we need is wisdom, and you and I know the source of that wisdom. It comes from the Father of all Lights who gives abundantly to anyone who asks and seeks for it. Blessings, My Brother!

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  2. I don’t know if you’ve ever run across the site, but Victory Girls have been on this (FL shooting) and the current fallout. Today, they were pointing out that the so called grassroots movement probably isn’t a student lead movement.

    I tried to point out on FB that most people don’t know the existing gun laws and that the laws weren’t being enforces, and was promptly told that if people don’t know about the laws that they should be replaced with new laws.

    One person said the solution was to eliminate the guns. When I asked how he purposed to do that, I was told that he would simply make guns illegal – That way anyone owning a gun after a grace period would be breaking the law. I think he failed to grasp just how difficult that would be.

    I’m currently reading the novel “1984” and am almost dumbfounded at how much in the book has come to pass.

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    1. Thanks for the link to that post. i included in mine.

      What Liberal Democrats are looking for is an issue that they can take into the 2018 elections. They are not trying to solve any problems. They are just genning up hatred of the NRA and gun owners.

      This is the same kind of behavior the Nazis promoted against the Jews. The NRA and ordinary gun owners have nothing to do with school shootings. We have had powerful, repeating rifles all over this country since the Civil War. Now there a problem? What has changed? Guns or the way we raise our children?

      George Orwell was a political prophet. It has been awhile since I read 1984. I suppose I ought to do it again. Here is why =>,100279.

      The lady who wrote that used 1984 to complain about Donald Trump. Can you believe that? Since when is trying to limit the size and power of government is Orwellian? Unfortunately, Trump has lots of opposition in both the Democrat and Republican Parties as well as the news media. And the people of this nation? With rare exceptions, most are apathetic. When the apathetic and can be aroused, they usually don’t take the time to figure out what they should be doing. Instead, they let the news media manipulate their feelings. Hence, this school shooting thing has become a “crisis” Democrats don’t want to waste.

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  3. I love the conclusion you draw especially! And sadly, because we as a nation have essentially “booted God out of our lives,” our culture as a whole is now seeking to replace God with government. And the government just isn’t up to God’s job… it’s above the government’s pay grade. 😉 More than anything, our country needs to turn to God. God bless you big time!

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  4. Such an excellent post Tom, thanks for linking in mine with it. There is just so much wrong in our society of which the symptoms are made abundantly clear in the political issues being fought over. Well today that means just about any issue because EVERYTHING is political and if you don’t follow the “correct moral position” on them you are not just wrong, but evil incarnate.

    Reason has been shoved out of the way in place of feelings and emotions. Thus you see the despicable way the networks are manipulating the debate by putting kids on camera to discuss gun policy. Talk about exploitation.

    I’m glad you touched on the spiritual part because that’s really what this all stems from. I neglected to mention that in my post unfortunately.

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    1. @Tricia

      I linked to your post because it was well done. Please don’t apologize. If you think I made some improvements, then I am happy to accept the compliment. However, I just think of it as adding a contribution and hope that the whole is greater than the sum of the contributions.

      Meanwhile I hope my readers consider your comment. The way the networks are using those children and abusing people’s sympathy for them is sickening.

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  5. This is good Tom. The reason I enjoy your blog so much is that it gives me a sense of the real grievances of at least one side of a very polarized debate.

    People are indeed complex, and the problems they generate in technologically and economically rapidly changing societies are also very complex. Regrettably, we rarely get to rationally discussing these complex and seemingly intractable problems before each side gets defensive, trots out a list of grievances, and then ends up just demonizing their opposition. Naturally, therefore, both sides then withdraw behind the ideological walls and tend to stereotype the opposition. We never actually get to rationally discussing the problem. And how the problem gets solved ends up being a matter of raw political power rather than mutually shared wisdom and expertise.

    We never get beyond the name calling with blues unfairly labeling reds as bigots and reds dismissing blues as snowflakes.

    Seattle, my home until recently, is a fine example unbridled liberal ideological optimism. Seattle is a booming city and people are moving there in droves. This for two decades has been driving up housing costs. Thus Seattle has a severe homelessness problem.

    Being what my fellow pilots like to call, “the Soviet Socialist Republic of Seattle”, the liberal city council naturally thought every problem has a governmental solution. The mayor of Seattle declared war on homelessness and vowed to end homelessness in Seattle within 10 years. That was 15 years ago and the homelessness problem has only gotten worse.

    Why? That is a long discussion that, as you say, has much to do with simple human sinfulness. It also has to do with the well intentioned elimination of negative incentives that might otherwise force many homelessness to hit rock bottom so that they finally deal with their own drug and alcohol problems.

    On the other hand, there are economic drivers here that are forcing working people (mostly women) and their kids out of their homes and into cars, vans tents and campers. Those drivers were exasperated by government policy and can be mitigated by government policy. Many of the street homeless have severe mental health issues that go untreated and that, even if treated, may never be completely resolved.

    Everybody has an opinion. If you are inclined blue then you might have one sweeping set of solutions and if you are red then you might have another set, but most of us lack any real knowledge and expertise. And even if we did, there is a reason why they call certain problems “intractable”. We have scarce resources that, even if spent wisely will probably not solve the problem, but only mitigate it. Even so, a perfect solution should never be the enemy of better.

    Unfortunately, we never get far past the name calling to realize the both sides have part of the answer, both sided share a part of the truth.

    When you recognize this on your blog here, and you at least let the opposition speak without dismissing them, then we are at least one small step closer to recognizing that our shared humanity and basic values are really the same, if we can just see beyond each our own ideological blind spots and grievances, if we can all just humbly accept the fact that we actually know far less than we think we know about everything.

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    1. I don’t think there is magic solution that completely solves every problem. We can approach reaching an optimum solution, but perfect? No.

      The United States has an advantage over most nations. Because we are a federation, we can let the states deal with most issues. We have almost stopped doing that. That is one reason why the Federal Budget is exploding. The Federal Government can print money, but states have to balance their budgets…..

      Anyway, thanks for reading my post and offering such a kind comment.


  6. “Because government is about making other people do something, government is about eliminating choices. Jesus is about making the most important choice. Who or what will “I” choose as my Savior?”

    In my opinion, the above statement can be broken down into two simple choices just as every decision ever made since the beginning of time.

    Wise or Foolish

    Unfortunately, in our modern world, our billions of dollars being spent on the secular education system, very few students are ever challenged to understand or obtain the knowledge to discern their actions in the context of wise or foolish.

    Instead, they are taught the inspiration of choices made by a Government of the People by the People, For the People.

    Also, unfortunately, the record of Adam and Eve begins with a foolish choice and for the most part, is still being emulated generation after generation in every Nation ever since.

    Why, because the people choose a lot of fools to follow and run their Government of, by, and for them, the people my not contain one vital element.

    The reason for the missing element, again in my opinion, is based on what I discern in the news every day.

    That reason is contained in the choice of your above statement. We choose to follow human rather than Spiritual Inspired Wisdom.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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