Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Start Of The Universe – How It All Began

Galaxy NGC 4414-WikiCAstrophysics says the universe began with a never-to-be-repeated Big Bang. What caused it? Science and theology both point toward the same causal factor.

Four key astrophysical discoveries point directly to the conclusion that the universe must have had a Creator:

  • The universe is expanding.
  • The universe had a beginning at a specific point in space and time.
  • The universe will never collapse back on itself (it will expand forever).
  • The universe began with a one-time, never to be repeated event.

Together, those four facts make a strong case for the universe having been created rather than just happening.

It’s a much more reasonable case than the one atheism presents. Atheists say they don’t believe in miracles. Yet they want us to accept the biggest miracle imaginable: the God-less miracle of the universe creating itself one and only one time in all eternity for no discernible reason. Nobody even has a scientifically respectable theory of how and why this could have happened.

Actually, it takes a lot more faith to believe what atheists assert than to simply accept what the scientific evidence suggests:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

You can read my article about how the four factors mentioned above point directly to a Creator here:

How did the universe begin? Science and Faith agree

– Ron Franklin

 

The Minimum Wage Is A Spiritual Issue

Coins in hand-865432, sxc@hu, sufinawazThis morning, as I was reading in the book of Amos, I was struck by the depths of God’s concern for the poor, and His disdain for those who disregard or exploit them.

Amos 8:4-7 (NIV)   Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with
the poor of the land, 5
saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”– skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, 6  buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat. 7  The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done.”

Here’s what I wrote in my journal after reading this:

The ultimate “me-ism.” Is this not a good picture of where we are in America today? Taking note of the poor only to find better ways to exploit them. Utterly cynical. Their only value was making money. How we treat the poor matters greatly to God. It is part of the measure by which He judges the land.

One of the places I think this attitude shows up is in the debate surrounding raising the minimum wage. Many people strenuously object to doing so, asserting that raising the minimum wage costs jobs and retards the growth of the economy. Even if that were so, it would not automatically be a reason to not even consider ensuring that the working poor can earn a living wage.

But it’s not true. History shows that these dire predictions of the harm raising the minimum wage would do to the economy have always proved false. I address that history in the article below.

It seems to me that those who dismiss any thought of raising the minimum wage, but take no thought for ameliorating the condition of people who are hard-working, but earning too little to provide even a minimal standard of living for their families, are taking a moral and spiritual stand, not just an economic one.

You can read my article on what history teaches us about the wisdom of raising the minimum wage here:

We Should Raise the Minimum Wage

– Ron Franklin

Second Grader Nibbles Pastry to Gun Shape and is Suspended

According to the Washington Post, A 7-year-old schoolboy has been suspended in Anne Arundel County, Maryland for nibbling his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. The son of William Welch was suspended for two days in early March after he aimed his production at other children, and cried out, “Look, I made a gun.”

The boy’s father has filed an appeal with the Anne Arundel school superintendent, asking that his son’s record be cleared. So far, the superintendent has refused. Welch has now hired a lawyer to pursue the matter.

In his appeal Welch argues that the chewed pastry could not possibly hurt anybody, even if his son had thrown it at another child, which he did not. “It was harmless,” the Post quotes Welch as saying. “It was a danish.” The appeal also points out that the shape the child created is very similar to states such as Idaho, Florida and Oklahoma, which it says are available in every classroom in the state.

A spokesman for the school system characterizes the boy’s offense as a “Level 3 violation,” which is the lowest level in their six-tier system that can trigger suspension.

Does this make any sense? We have all been sensitized to the glorification of gun violence, and the fact that immediate action is required if a student threatens another with violence of any sort is not in dispute. But when a second-grade child who has done nothing more that chew on a pastry and notice that it looked like a gun is suspended, with a presumably permanent negative mark on his record — to me that makes no sense at all.

Children have imaginations, and they love to play. Does anyone actually believe this child was intending to harm or even to threaten harm to anybody? I seriously doubt that even those who suspended him believe that. Since he intended no harm, did no harm, and didn’t even threaten anyone with harm, why was he punished? What actual offense is he guilty of?

To my mind this type of overreaction is far more dangerous than a 7-year-old’s imaginary gun. This child has been subjected to real trauma for doing nothing more than acting like a child. In a very real sense, he is the victim of child abuse by those whose job it is to protect him.

I wonder if the Anne Arundel school superintendent would like to be judged by the same standard. What would he say if some innocent action of his was said to run afoul of some invisible standard (I doubt the school has posted any rules against chewing pastry into the wrong shape), and he was thrown in jail for several days?

If that happened, I think he’d quickly see the point of the boy’s appeal.

– Ron Franklin