By Editorial Staff
Published March 1, 1992
One year ago last month, President George Bush stood high above the political landscape surveying the spoils of victory from the Gulf War. At his feet stood an adoring multitude of American patriots thrilled by this long-waited demonstration of our nation’s strength and conviction, and awed by the man who had so skillfully orchestrated it. Under his feet lay a subservient Republican Party and a devastated Democratic Party cowed into silence by Bush’s 89% approval rating and the fear of being labeled unpatriotic for any opposition to the triumphant Commander-in-chief.
Bush’s post-Gulf War popularity was powerful enough to convince the most disillusioned Republican conservatives that any attempt to oppose his re-election would be ludicrous. It was powerful enough to frighten away all the major democratic presidential aspirants: Jackson, Gephardt, Gore, Bentsen, Nunn, Rockefeller and Cuomo. Bush’s international bravado was sufficient to send nearly all of his political opponents fleeing to their foxholes to lick their wounds for another four years.
But oh, how seasons change! Just one year later, despite the nearly comatose state of almost all his “loyal” opposition across the political spectrum, President Bush seems ready to snatch a dramatic defeat from the jaws of certain victory. The same George Bush who drew a line in the sands of Saudi Arabia in August 1990, betrayed his famous “read my lips” promise just weeks later by signing the largest tax increase in history.
And with every percentage drop in sales, salaries and home values, and every sharp increase in the unemployment rate, personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures, Bush’s once stratospheric approval rating has sunk lower and lower. This once unthinkable cave-in has inspired one irresistible Republican and five second-string Democrats to enter the presidential derby trumpeting the common theme that the emperor has no clothes.
As the sitting president, George Bush’s character and ideals are well known. We have all had ample opportunity to see him in action and evaluate his merits. Unfortunately, his six major opponents (Buchanan, Brown, Clinton, Harkin, Kerrey and Tsongas) are largely unknown quantities for most voters outside the candidates’ home states, or in Pat Buchanan’s case, for those who are not aficionados of Crossfire, The Capitol Gang, or the McLaughlin Group.
To bridge this early familiarity gap, The Forerunner will run a special Election 1992 series highlighting each one of the major party candidates. We’ll also take a look at one serious third party candidate, Howard Phillips of the U.S. Taxpayers Alliance, and one perhaps too well known fringe candidate, David Duke.
We will not to examine every item in the candidate’s laundry list of opinions and proposals. Rather, we will focus on the character of these men, and will attempt to distill and critique the quintessential principles that motivate them, comparing their worldviews against biblical standards.
This month the spotlight is on Pat Buchanan and Howard Phillips.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism
Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner
The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.
Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.
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That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:
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6. What about the separation of Church and State?
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