The Kuyperian Commentary

Politics, Economics, Culture, and Theology with a Biblical Viewpoint

Archive for the month “January, 2012”

Where will Iowa Delegates go?

Assuming Santorum will not make the long journey to the White House, where will his delegates go? Influential nationally syndicated Talk show host, Steve Deace, writes this on twitter:

If I had to guess…Iowa’s delegates in June will eventually be rewarded to either Mitt Romney or Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s Odd Strategy

Paul does well in caucus states, where superior organization and passionate supporters play to his strengths and could allow the Texas congressman to pick up more delegates than Gingrich and Santorum combined this week.

Ron Paul may win more delegates this week than Gingrich and Santorum

Yes, it is possible, says Christian Science Monitor.

Lawmakers Should Lead by Example

Politico reports that Sen. Rand Paul is not the only frugal senator. We need more like him. Senator Barbara Boxer is the least frugal.

Adam McIntosh Responds to Doug Wilson’s Article

In a recent post, Doug Wilson, someone I deeply respect argued–in some ways persuasively–that Paul’s rhetoric in last night’s debate proves that Ron Paul’s formal position is…secularist. The article makes some good points, and I have argued elsewhere that Ron Paul is a product of Lutheran pietism, and Baptist privatization worldview thinking. At the same time, Paul’s rhetoric, though flawed, and though not what Kuyperians like us would prefer is still to be preferred over the false and statist rhetoric of other candidates. In this sense, Adam McIntosh’s comments add a helpful caution:

Sure, it would be great if Paul was a Van-Tillian presuppositionalist and went all Bahnsen-y on that stage, but it would also be great for him to win the presidency. (Not saying a Van-Tillian can’t win the presidency, but we sometimes have to be wise like serpents in this immoral age, right?)

It’s hard for me to take this isolated incident as something to criticize Paul for. If anyone has ever read his books, he is unashamedly a Christian. He frequently quotes the Bible & Church history to support his platform. Sure, he buys into the whole natural law thing, but who doesn’t nowadays? Let’s remember to not adopt the purist attitude.

Paul has frequently defended his Christianity in interviews and on TV. He specifically said that he “gets to God through Christ.” The difference between Paul and Santorum is that Paul admits that he doesn’t want to use his faith as a tool for political gain. He references Matthew 6:5-6 as an example of what he tries to avoid. And for anyone who has seen his 2011 Values Voter speech, it couldn’t be clearer! What other candidate openly talks about Biblical stories and theology? Only Paul.

I certainly don’t understand praising someone for using better rhetoric, when that rhetoric is empty and irrelevant to the person’s agenda and voting record. Who is being more consistent with his stated worldview? Paul, by a long shot. There is a huge difference between using yourself to promote Christianity, and using Christianity to promote yourself.

Abraham Kuyper and the Secularization of Society

Kuyper did not believe in the churchification of the Dutch society. He believed that the various spheres are independent of one another, though all spheres submit to the authority of Christ. He did not attempt to form an ecclesiastical bureaucracy, but he strove to obey God in whatever capacity he was in. Kuyper believed in a voluntary society of Christ’s followers who revolutionized society through example.

Rand Paul on John Stossel discussing State of the Union address

Provoking Cuba to War in the 1960’s

A 2001 report by David Ruppe reveals this fascinatingly evil report.

Isolationism, Non-Interventionism, Policing the World?

John Stossel’s great report is an excellent summary of Kuyperian Commentary:

Open Relations with Cuba

Mulshine is at it again arguing that Ron Paul is correct on the Cuba question. But to me, I confess I no longer wish to smoke fake Cubans, I want the same thing Fidel smokes.

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