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Potential

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Let’s posit a parent, who has a daughter who wants to go to college. For the purposes of this argument, there is only one college in the world, and only one chance to apply there. The daughter fills out her paperwork, writes an essay and a check for the application fee, and submits the package to the college.

Ecclesiastes 7:4

We made it.

Thousands around the globe held the belief that on December 21 of last year, the world would come to an end. The poles would shift; or the rogue Planet X would shove Earth off its orbit; or a hundred methane pockets under the sea would uncover themselves and begin an atmospheric recalibration that would suffocate us all.

But the earth’s crust did not erupt in a hail of rock and lava, and no tidal waves buried our greatest cities. As many knew, the Mayan calendar functions much like the Gregorian calendar: the years turn, and keep going indefinitely. The purported end was only the beginning of another cycle. January 1.

Now we enter a new year. Those who were waiting–perhaps even hoping–for the end are now faced with a new horror: the return of the mundane. They need to rise, put on a pot of coffee, return to work (assuming they didn’t quit their jobs to watch the sky), and return home to make dinner, sleep, and rise again. Humanity rolls on, and not even the United States’ “fiscal cliff” could change that (although if we don’t get our debt under control, we will certainly face an end of a different sort).

In a new year rife with hope and pledges toward self-actualization, however, we would be wise to remember the end.

Is Christianity a socialist religion?

The subject of socialism has quietly wafted into the public discourse in America over the last four years. When General Motors underwent Chapter 11 reorganization in 2009, our government bought a large stake in the company: 61 percent. It still owned about 26 percent of GM as of May 2012, and 73.8 percent of Ally Financial, a GM-owned banking and auto finance company. Everyone has heard of “too big to fail”: massive loans extended to various organizations such as AIG, in a government effort to avoid their failures’ consequences on markets, employment, and individual lives. President Obama speaks often of everyone “doing their fair share” or “getting a fair shake”. It’s quite evident he and many in the Democrat party value equality over nearly all other principles that steer this nation.

On a more individual level, President Obama has also invoked the Bible in his arguments for fairness in public policy. Most notably, with regard to raising taxes on the wealthy in order to balance the budget, he cited Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48b, NIV). At first glance, this seems like a reasonable assertion. The fact that Scripture makes this statement gives Obama’s words more authority, on their surface. And it makes one wonder: Does Christianity, via the Bible, preach socialism?

Touré’s misuse of Scripture

Recently MSNBC’s The Cycle roundtable of pundits discussed Mitt Romney’s just-released tax return for 2011 and the 20-year summary provided through PricewaterhouseCoopers. This article at The Blaze sums it up well, but one assertion by co-host Touré needs particular attention from a Biblical standpoint.

At the end of the video featured at that link, Touré makes a surprising and completely erroneous reference to the poor widow’s offering, found in Luke 21:1-4. He states of Romney’s charitable contributions, “The rich man who gave a bunch means less than the poor person who gave a penny.” S.E. Cupp called it a cheap shot. She was right, but it’s much more than that.