Many of these have been printed in the papers throughout America, including the Delaware State News, but we would like to share them all here in one place for reading convenience.
A Response to Ms. Jacobs (Oct. 2014)
In response to Fay Jacobs’ words in the October 29th Public Forum (“Lopez behind the times”), I would like to share these thoughts.
No one is immune from bringing their “personal religious convictions” to the public square. Ms. Jacobs thinks she does not bring her personal religious convictions to the table—but she clearly does when she publicly endorses homosexual behavior. She is operating based on what she thinks is right and wrong—she is appealing to her ultimate standard. The problem is that Ms. Jacobs’ standard is not the Word of God.
God clearly condemns homosexual practice as evil (1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10)—just as He condemns adultery, fornication, and lust. Ms. Jacobs obviously rejects God’s Law, as do many; but let’s not be naïve and claim that only the “conservative bigots” bring their “personal religious convictions” to the public square. Ms. Jacobs does the same thing. I want the best for all Delawareans, including Ms. Jacobs, but blessing does not come through disobeying God’s Law and calling good that which God calls an abomination.
All people bring their “personal religious convictions” to the public square—it is unavoidable. The answer is to make sure your personal convictions line up with God’s Word. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2). I am thankful that Sen. Lopez did not capitulate to those in his district who would exalt sinful behavior.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Smink Will Legislate According to Bible (Oct. 2014)
Forget the Two-Party Mindset and “Write-in” Carl Smink for U.S. Senator. Carl Smink has declared himself an official “write-in candidate” for the United States Senator position. On his website (www.carlsminkforussenate.com), Carl Smink provides a detailed platform. Many politicians do not even run based on policies and platform, but on personality. If you only put a few, broad statements on your site, no one can really question you (or get offended). However, Carl Smink is not afraid to put it all out there. If a man won’t be open at the beginning, why would he be later on, when the rubber meets the road? Some of Smink’s positions include: getting the U.S. out of the United Nations, protecting the dignity of life and marriage, stopping bank bailouts, introducing legislation denying the application of foreign laws in our courtrooms, and stopping socialist legislation. Now these are the kind of things, based on a biblical understanding of the state, which would really cause ideological conflict in Washington.
However, the key to Smink’s platform, and the main reason he earned my vote is found in the following statement from his website:“[Ensure] that the Bible and the Constitution of the United States are used as the primary sources for governance of this country.” This is an explicitly Christian platform. The true church in Delaware should vote for politicians who will govern according to God’s Law, not man’s autonomous theories. After all, the civil magistrate “is God’s servant for your good” (Romans 13:4). Thus, the magistrates are to govern and legislate according to God’s Word.
I know many people will simply vote for who they think “has the best chance of beating” the opposition party. But this sort of compromise is a self-fulfilling prophecy. We only get the status quo because we continue to vote for thestatus quo. If there were truly only two options, I could understand choosing the person who will legislate closer to biblical standards. But there are not simply two options for the United States Senator position. There are at least four now that Carl Smink is an official write-in candidate.
We need to break out of this two-party mentality. The state should make every vote a write-in. This would force voters to do some research and not simply vote based solely on party. Unfortunately, most people who show up on November 4th will only see three names—Wade, Coons, and Groff—and they will not realize that there are other options. I will be voting for the candidate who will legislate according to God’s truth and the Constitution, not the one I “think can win.” You may call it naïve; you may call it a wasted vote. But I am convinced that no vote is wasted if it is done based on convictions. Go ahead and vote for the status quo (Republican or Democrat), but do not complain about a lack of true reform in Washington.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Thanks to Midwives (Oct. 2014)
My wife and I have been blessed by having a midwife help deliver our last two children. Unfortunately, Delaware legislators have made it virtually impossible for citizens of the state to have a homebirth with the assistance of a midwife. The bill to facilitate homebirths with midwives almost passed this past summer, but was conveniently left on the table as the legislators closed up shop for the year. As it stands now, midwives cannot legally assist the vast majority of the population in Delaware. This is an injustice.
The government should not be involved in telling families whether or not they can choose homebirths/midwives as an option for cherishing the life of their children. Something is seriously wrong in a state when a woman can legally murder her baby at the abortion mill and yet a midwife is considered a felon when she helps to bring a baby into this world.
I want to say “Thank You” to all the midwives in America who are doing good and helping families cherish life. You are not the criminals. Those who murder babies in the womb and pedantically prevent midwives from being a blessing to others are the criminals.
My fellow Delawareans: I hope you will consider the midwife issue in the upcoming elections in our state. Our freedoms are being eroded fast—as evidenced by the state preventing mothers from utilizing the help of midwives. We need to restore true freedom to Delaware.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Chimps’ Rights? (Oct. 2014)
I was saddened, but not surprised when I read about the state appeals court in New York that will determine whether chimpanzees are entitled to “legal personhood” (Delaware State News, October 9). Americans are murdering babies in the womb at astronomical rates via abortion, and yet our judicial leaders are wasting time discussing whether or not a chimpanzee is a human. Talk about having things backwards. Enter the absurdity that ensues when Jesus Christ is rejected as King.
The Bible says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The silent holocaust of unborn babies is a curse upon our land. The bloodguilt for the thousands of babies that are murdered every month in our nation will not go unpunished. Be not deceived, the Lord hates “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17) and “whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). The issue of abortion is hardly discussed honestly and openly in legislative halls, communities, or even churches. We have come to accept the legalextermination of millions of children in America. We do not want to talk about it, discuss it, or speak out against it. Our legislators who are complicit with this holocaust dare not think they are any better than those who went along with Nazi Germany. Where were the people who spoke out against the slaughter of the Jews? Where are those who are speaking out against the slaughter of America’s babies? Where are the lawmakers who will truly protect the innocent? “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).
A mother, with the aid of an abortionist, can ruthlessly murder her baby in what should be the safest place on earth—the womb—and yet we are pedantically discussing whether or not a chimpanzee is a person. America is suppressing the truth. The command to repent of this sin reaches all people: women, men, mothers, fathers, legislators, judges, abortion “doctors” and “nurses.” Americans need to rise up and “rescue those who are being taken away to death” (Proverbs 24:11). The wages of sin is death and ours is certainly a culture of death—but at least chimps might be safe.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
What Happens Without Government Schools? (Aug. 2014)
Dr. Michael Hurd’s article in the Public Forum on August 16th was refreshing (“Common Core and school thuggery”). For years I have been playing the same tune: the civil government should not be involved in the education of our children. As Dr. Hurd wrote, at a bare minimum we need to abolish the Department of Education. That would be a baby step in the right direction. Unfortunately, many people cannot fathom education as anything other than government-run. But this one-size-fits-all model was not how it used to be.
First of all, the foundation of this discussion must be God’s Word. When we are talking about the government school system, we are talking about the civil government doing something which it has no role doing. Any statistic, emotional appeal, or anecdotal account must be subjected to God’s Word. The Bible makes it clear that the role of the civil government is to punish evildoers—“for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well” (1 Peter 2:10)—not education. As Dr. Joel McDurmon says, “In no place in Scripture is it even intimated that civil government should have any hand in this [education] process.”
The fact that many people find it so difficult to envision a society in which the civil government is not in charge of education is proof positive that the government school system has failed to teach the true history of this land and the principles of freedom found in the Bible. In a free society education would be managed and directed first and foremost by the family, and then the church (and anyone whom the family freely chooses to hire). This is the model that we find in the Bible and in the Christian foundation of our nation—in fact, up until the 1830’s this was the norm. “As late as 1860, throughout all the states, there were only about 300 public schools…compared to over 6,000 private institutions—and that’s not including the vast majority, by the way, who were homeschooled” (McDurmon).
Clearly, the idea that we need the government school system is erroneous at best. Not only does God’s Word give no basis for it, but our nation was not founded upon it.
What happens without government schools? Ultimately, if we seek to honor God’s Word and limit the civil government to its proper place, the answer is blessing. We cannot continually expect God to bless a system that is doing what He never intended it to do. Are there many more questions that need to be addressed? Yes. Will it take a long time to get rid of the government school system? Most likely. But, for starters, let’s seek to understand our nation’s history and what God’s Word says about this. As for me and my family, we will homeschool, refusing to legitimize the government-run school system.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Tobacco and Personal Responsibility (July 2014)
Should the government be assuming the role of our health advisor? There have been thousands of cases in which people have sued tobacco companies because of health problems. Overwhelmingly, these are cases in which individuals are trying to pass the responsibility for their actions on to someone else. However, God calls us to take responsibility for our actions (cf. Ezekiel 18:19-20). Unhealthy habits, such as smoking, are destructive to your body. The responsibility rests with the individual to make wise choices. Americans need to once again take a little responsibility and do their own research, instead of relying on the FDA to “approve” everything for them. We need to stop whining to our government “mama” and grow up.
Americans, it is your responsibility to make healthy choices. We need to refuse to blame others for our poor decisions—in this way we will stop legitimizing a “cradle to grave” dependence on the civil government. By continuing to whine and pout about our poor decisions, we are simply giving our welfare state more ammunition to “warn us” of the danger of unregulated industries. Warnings that inevitably turn into government takeover.
Parents: It is your responsibility to teach your children how to be God-fearing, self-controlled citizens. Stop blaming tobacco companies. Just as the Scripture demonstrates how a father is to warn his son about the dangers of abusing alcohol (Proverbs 23:29-35), we are also called to teach and train our children about all of life.
I don’t want the FDA making decisions for me. Let’s stop worshipping the state as if it were a god, able to care for us and provide for us and grant us wisdom. There is one God, and he doesn’t dwell in an FDA building made with human hands.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Why I Will Forfeit My VA Health Benefits (July 2014)
In the July 12th edition of the Delaware State News an article entitled “Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets’ care” ran on page 3. The article called attention to the fact that lawmakers are trying to lower the price tag for the latest “improvements” to the Veterans Affairs Department health care network. As it stands, the bill could run anywhere from $35 to $44 billion. This is a good time to call attention to the fruit of socialism in America. The modern debacle of the VA health care system is an example of what happens when the civil government overreaches its God-given authority. God instituted civil government to “execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:4)—in other words, punish evildoers—not provide its citizens with education, healthcare, or retirement.
It may surprise many people to learn that our modern welfare state started in earnest with the expansion of veteran benefits following the War Between the States in the 1860’s. At first, it was only those Union soldiers who had been wounded in battle who were provided with benefits—eventually the benefits were granted to the families and extended families of all Union veterans. We are now dealing with the exorbitant costs of paying for an oversized civil government that is acting outside of its God-given role. The article cited Mr. Lorenzen of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget as saying, “Once a benefit is provided to a large group of people it is hard to take it away.” He is correct. Sidney Webb, a famous socialist from England, wrote, “No nation having once nationalized or municipalized any industry has ever retraced its steps or reversed its action.” I pray that America can break that pattern.
As an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces, I do not write from an ivory tower. I understand that our civil government has propped up a generation of veterans with promises of care. I do not think our civil government should add sin upon sin by neglecting to fulfill what it promised. Let’s provide care for those who are dependent upon the system, but let’s stop promising any VA benefits to new enlistees of the United States Armed Forces. It is immoral for us to shackle our grandchildren with the debt of healthcare for people they don’t even know. I am willing to forfeit my VA benefits as well. We need to end this massive socialistic machine while we still can by opting out of this system. Dr. Joel McDurmon sums it up: “The immediate personal effort that we can do now is to plan and save and change lifestyles in order to meet our own needs for our own old age security.” Jesus Christ, the true Lord of all nations, never called on people to steal from the rich to provide for the poor. Let’s not be deceived, we are reaping the unbiblical, socialistic seeds our fathers have sown for us.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Democracy is “Mob Rule” (July 2014)
Mr. David Pleasanton wrote in the Public Forum on July 10 that our nation was not founded as a democracy. I agree—democracy is “mob rule.” Pleasanton went on to assert that all laws enacted must not violate that “Supreme Law of the Land.” I would like to push this further. Every society is based upon some standard—an ultimate rule. This could be called the governing presupposition of the nation. It is immaterial. It is not based on scientific observation. It is thus metaphysical. It is, dare I say, religious. If, as the secular humanists assert, man is the ultimate authority, then man can simply decide (via personal preference or majority consensus or legal positivism or whatever) what isright and what is wrong. (And, after all, all laws are inherently moral, decreeing things to be right or wrong.) If this is the case, there is no “Supreme Law of the Land,” no ultimate standard which man must appeal to—all becomes arbitrary. However, there is an ultimate Lawgiver, and thus there is an ultimate Law. As the1689 Confession puts it, God is “the supreme Lord and King of all the world” and he “hath ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, for his own glory and the public good.” The Word of God makes it clear: the civil magistrate is “the minister of God” (Romans 13:4). Therefore, the magistrate is responsible to govern according to God’s revealed law in his Word, not man’s arbitrary opinion. It is only when this occurs that the magistrate is in fact an “encouragement of them that do good” and a means of “punishment of evil doers” (1689 Confession). When God’s ultimate standard is rejected, man will arbitrarily decide what is good and what is evil.
Chris M. Hume, Dover
Minimum Wage (Dec. 2013)
In the Wednesday, December 11 issue, State Representative Andria Bennett wrote about the benefits of raising the minimum wage. While I appreciate her concern to see families “make ends meet,” raising the minimum wage is a false panacea. Minimum wage earners who receive an extra buck per hour may think it is a good thing (for a time). However, artificially raising the minimum wage (instead of allowing the market to dictate wage prices), will simply cause employers to artificially raise their prices as well. This price increase will end up hurting the lower income person the most. After all, as the Representative wisely pointed out, most minimum wage earners work in retail or food service. What prices will be the first to increase with a minimum wage spike? Retail and food—necessities for all people, but the bulk of expenses for lower income families. If an employer will not raise prices to offset the increase in wage expenses, only two options remain: (1) Hire illegal labor at cheaper prices; (2) Refuse any new hires. Additionally, small to medium sized businesses are a main source of jobs and by increasing regulations on these business owners the government will only be making matters worse. Business owners take great risk in starting a business. To dictate what they have to pay their employees may in fact put them out of a job—or at least stymie the prospect of new hires.
Of course, the President is in favor of a minimum wage increase as well. The same logic seems to be operating in his mind: if we raise minimum wage, then all those who are making minimum wage will get a boost to their income. In fact, by raising the minimum wage, we will put certain people out of a job. As Doug Wilson comments, “Whenever you raise the price of something, you are pricing somebody, in this case employers, out of the market…If you raise it to ten dollars an hour, the only people you price out of a job are black teenagers.” Minimum wage laws are just one small part of the much larger problem of government interference and regulation. The Representative mentioned the “Christmas season” as an impetus for such legislation. However, having a spirit of generosity and sacrifice is not the same thing as raising minimum wage. Mandatory generosity is an oxymoron—and it simply does not work. Instead of trying to cajole people into voting to raise the minimum wage by appealing to some twisted sense of morality, the government should apply a far simpler standard to itself: you shall not steal. By forcing people to dish out money (money that belongs to the business owners, not the government), the government has not only nullified generosity, but has taken what does not belong to it.
Chris M. Hume, Dover DE