Most weeks I begin with links to politically oriented stories and then move to more “spiritual” ones. This time let’s reverse the process. I probably have some serious doctrinal differences with Billy Graham, but he’s spot-on with


As I approached my 95th birthday, I was burdened to write a book that addressed the epidemic of “easy believism.” There is a mindset today that if people believe in God and do good works they are going to Heaven. But there are many questions that must be answered. There are two basic needs that all people have: the need for hope and the need for salvation. It should not be surprising if people believe easily in a God who makes no demands, but this is not the God of the Bible. Satan has cleverly misled people by whispering that they can believe in Jesus Christ without being changed, but this is the Devil’s lie. To those who say you can have Christ without giving anything up, Satan is deceiving you.

Amen. Along those same lines (really), I recommend this article on the

. Dan Edelen has written an insightful little essay on experience, Scripture and the Spirit, and Jeff Weddle discusses

. On the political news front, NBC reports that President Obama knew three years ago that his  “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” promise was untrue. CBS’s 60 Minutes has broadcast a devastaging report on the Benghazi attack. Although 60 Minutes doesn’t actively address the ensuing cover-up, the connection is clear enough. You can see the video

and read the transcript here. At the same time, Victor Davis Hanson wonders if scandals still exist:

Is there still a notion of scandal? If EPA director Lisa Jackson’s fake email con and the Pigford payouts were small beer, what were the scandals about Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, and the NSA? Does anyone care that every presidential pronouncement about the Affordable Care Act was false? We have reached a new point where either the media is an appendage of government, or the public is too weary to care about the conduct of its government — to the degree that this administration could do pretty much anything.

I fear Dr. Hanson is correct on both counts. As reports of presidential cluelessness expand in the face of adminisration scandals, Paul Roy at the Las Vegas Guardian asks, Does Barack Obama Know Anything? Roger Simon at PJ Media is even more blunt when he asks, What exactly does our president do for a living? Finally, Angelo M. Codevilla gives very compelling evidence that increasing police militarization is resulting in a War on Us.  

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