Elijah’s Blog Posts

#ProgressiveContradictions

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I’ve been interacting and studying modern American liberalism/progressivism for a few years, and I’ve been writing down some of their contradicting viewpoints. I’ve tweeted them out with the hashtag #ProgressiveContradictions, and feel free to add to the list. I have a feeling this will be an ever-growing list. I didn’t start the hashtag, but I did help expand it.

If you are not a “progressive”, I think you’ll find many of them amusing. If you are, consider this a bit of encouragement to be more consistent in your views.

 

Please help me add to this list by tweeting something with the #ProgressiveContradictions hashtag. I’ll check back now and again to add it to this list.

Happy Apologetics Day!

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There seems to be an “international day of” everything, so what better day could there be for an apologetics day, other than 3.15?

As 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”

Yes I know it’s also the ides of march, but the rational defense of the Christian faith is way cooler than the day Julius Caesar was stabbed in a Shakespearean play.

If you’re interested in the rational defense of the Christian faith, there are a ton of resources I can point you to. My own personal work on this subject can be found over at TheologyMix, but there are a ton of other great resources for your apologetics needs. Here are only a handful:

Do you have a favorite apologetics speaker/organization that I didn’t mention here? Toss it in the comments! 🙂

My Racially Focused Conversation with a Black Woman at Court

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I was paying a ticket during yesterday’s particularly windy day and a black woman was at the court paying her ticket too. I overheard her talking to the clerk behind the glass and saying, “yeah let’s just pay the whole thing. I don’t wanna have to come back here again. I like to avoid this place as much as I can”
*points at her face*… and in a playful, bantery tone, she says:
“My name is Jessica, which sounds like a white girl’s name, nobody expects to see skin this dark when they see Jessica on a job application! And we tend to steer clear of the police, if you know what I mean!”

So I laugh a bit and say, “yea, my name is Elijah. People don’t typically expect to see a pasty white dude when they see that name”

She laughs heartily and says, “ELIJAH? Yeah I would expect some darker Muslim man or something hahahahaha”

(I should have told her that one of my son Micah’s middle names is Ravi. She would have loved that!)

I should probably include a photo of the wind-proof poof

As our cards were being processed, she looks over at me and says, “were you surviving outside today in that wind?”
– yeah, I was outside at work. I survived I think.
– “Really? You were outside today? And your hair still looks like that?”
– hahaha yea, although I did straighten it out after walking inside.
– “are you serious? what do you put in there? It doesn’t look crispy or anything”
– just some Axe stuff I found at target
– “can I touch it?”
– haha ok, sure
– *lightly touching the top* “oh that’s nice. Mind if I run my fingers through it?”
– nope, not at all. Be my guest!
– *running fingers through my hair* “ooooohhhh…. ya’ll white people’s hair is nice. I can’t ever get this springy mess to do anything like that. Look at this!” *points at her hair*
– well I would never be able to do anything like that either. I like it. Looks fun!
– “yea well all I want today is something that won’t look crazy when I go outside in this hurricane”

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I say all of this for a couple reasons. The first is to point out a funny story with a funny woman. The second is to show that it is possible to have conversations where race is the central focus and people not to get offended.

Let’s realize that races and cultures are different, but avoid making it a point of contention. There’s no reason for it.
People are different.
Embrace it. And if you really can’t embrace it, deal with it.

Guest Appearance on Thinking It Through w/ Jerome Danner

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Hello my friends!
So… I’ve failed you! I was on a couple of podcasts and totally forgot to promote them here.

But hey! You know what?
Better late than never I suppose. I’ve never questioned that saying because it helps me. Lol

Anyway, I was on Thinking It Through with my buddy Jerome Danner at the end of December, and you can find that episode… HERE!

Jerome has all of the links to the things we discussed on his page, so head on over there and listen to us tear apart an article, and then address some silly pro-choice memes 🙂

Enjoy!

Here’s How Progressives Can Prove They’re Pro-Life Too

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I am the father of 2 handsome young boys, Micah and Cole. During a routine ultrasound, the technician was unable to locate a particular flap of skin in Cole’s developing heart. Because my wife and I weren’t sure what that meant, I had to ask. The technician said that she would need to have someone else take a look, but that there’s a possibility that our unborn son’s heart wasn’t developing according to schedule. She reassured us that it’s likely that she just can’t see it due to the angle, but even the thought that our son’s heart might not develop properly was enough to humble us immediately.

So we went back for a much more in-depth ultrasound a week or so later. We waited in the waiting room for what seemed like forever, hoping and praying that there wasn’t anything wrong with Cole’s heart. The ultrasound wasn’t considered “medically necessary”, so it was considerably more expensive than the first one, but we didn’t care. We just wanted to know that our son was ok, and if he wasn’t… well… we just wanted to know that our son was ok. The more advanced screening was much longer, and the technician pressed much harder on my wife’s belly in order to try and see the heart more clearly. He pushed Cole around a bit, and was having a visibly difficult time trying to locate the small line on the monitor.
The small line that would indicate whether or not our child would be born free of heart complications. A small shadow that might indicate a lifetime of expenses, doctor visits, medications, and time.

Cole celebrating Christmas with the youth group at church

He was finally able to locate what he was looking for. It was because of the angle (Cole was not very active during the day).
Our son is currently 7 months old with no heart defects. Happy, healthy, and pudgy. Just like how babies are supposed to be.

But the incident got me thinking. Imagine if he had a heart defect. I would have wanted the best possible medical care for my son, just like any parent. And I’m just a regular dude with a 9am to 5pm job. My wife is a lularoe consultant. We’re not millionaires. So, more than likely, we would have had to make sacrifices in order to get Cole’s medical care.

And for this reason, I completely reject the reasoning behind increased government regulation in the healthcare marketplace. Not only is the federal government overstepping its bounds by intruding in on the healthcare market, but the intervention into the market constantly drives up costs. The meaningless regulation, the constantly increasing bureaucratic nightmare of the insurance industry, the failure of the government-run healthcare marketplaces… it’s just chaos. I can’t believe that anyone who pretends to believe in the right to healthcare would want it to be so difficult to receive proper care. The goal of anyone who actually cares about the health of his friends and family should reject anything but a free market in healthcare. The only way to make sure that families like mine are able to receive the healthcare that they need is to get the government out of the way, and allow the market to decrease the cost while increasing the quality. We should have real choices in healthcare! Who wouldn’t want real choices, increased quality, and decreased cost?

Have you noticed that medical prices are constantly increasing, but the cost of super fast computers, TVs, and drones with HD cameras are becoming better and better while the prices keep shrinking and shrinking? The laws of economics don’t change just because we’re dealing with healthcare.

So please, progressives/liberals/democrats/socialists. I beg of you.
Examine the options and realize that all of this increased regulation, bureaucracy, and government intervention into the marketplace is hurting those who you think you’re trying to help. We need to repeal the ACA. We need a free market replacement. Don’t be obstructionists. Your socialized solution has not worked, and will not work. We shouldn’t have to be dependent on the [largely incompetent] government for something as important as the health of our families.

And this doesn’t just for health insurance.

  • Get the government out of our education system. I want a high quality education for my children. The government is getting in the way.
  • No more government regulations in our loans and banking systems. I want to be able to afford a good house in a good area and not have to worry about you manipulating the interest rates and taxing a significant portion of my hard-earned income paying a whole variety of taxes. I want my money to go to my family and my needs.
  • We need to encourage free trade with other countries. Why are so many people against high quality goods and services from other countries? Please allow me to purchase high quality goods for my children. Stop getting in the way.
  • When you advocate for an increase in the minimum wage, you’re advocating for an increase in cost for unskilled labor. This should be an agreement between the employer and employee. When you force an employer to pay unskilled workers more, the cost of goods and services increases. In order to alleviate the cost, the price of goods and services go up. Why don’t you want me to be able to afford things for my family?

And how can you call yourself pro-life when you supported the Obama administration dropping over 20,000 bombs in the middle east in 2016? How can you call yourself pro-life when you support a government-run prison system that puts people to death, and only about 25% of those on death row are actually guilty?

So I have to ask… if the progressive policymakers won’t consult a basic economics textbook in their proposals (resulting in a more difficult life for everyone), can we really call them pro-life?

 


Ps.
Dear progressives who assume (without arguing for it) that their political system is the most “pro-life”; isn’t it annoying when someone attaches extra stuff to the pro-life label? Isn’t it annoying when someone who disagrees with you on a non-abortion related issue calls you “not really pro-life” when you disagree on something other than abortion?
Great. Now you know how we feel when you do the same. Like here. And here. And so many other places.

Please subscribe to my pro-life (meaning anti-abortion because that’s the definition of pro-life) podcast, The Fetal Position 🙂