Friday, December 20, 2013

Arkansas Renewal Project Conference in Little Rock

Mrs. I enjoyed meeting LCMS Pastor Laurence White, Our Savior, Houston,
who was the best of many good speakers the first day.

White mentioned reading my articles to Chris.

We were invited to the Arkansas Renewal Project meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. The sponsors paid for the hotel, excellent meals, and a number of national speakers, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, historian David Barton, and - surprise - a Lutheran pastor, Laurence White.

This was a typical Evangelical-Pentecostal group of ministers, which means that a professional group sang modern songs for everyone. The assembly did not sing on Friday, when we were there.

I wonder if the next generation will even be aware of classical Christian hymns. White's line about not needing entertainment did not get the applause of the rest of his speech.

The conference was 100% pro-life and challenged the ministers to be consistent in their pro-life support rather than get-along go-along guys. Although there was a regular urging of people to get out the Evangelical vote, most of the conference was about spiritual values and spiritual renewal.

Huckabee was asked about running for president in 2016. He switched the topic to the Senate race of 2014. He questioned the wisdom of ObamaCare and offered one possible alternative.

White impressed the audience with his comparison of Hitler seducing the Christian Church with security and privileges while he subordinating them to his Nazi cause.

The most dramatic line was about the beautiful Berlin churches that are now restaurants, art galleries, and museums. When the family traveled from the concentration camp outside of Berlin and saw the skyline of the great city, with spires of dead churches, he argued the direct connection between surrender to Hitler and the secularized buildings today.

Mike Huckabee is a regular on Fox News.
I am optimistic about what can be done, if voters take action in 2014. Only half the registered voters actually vote in national elections.

Special interest voters have almost 100% turn-outs (often fake, but there they are). The traditional Constitutional voters have to act this election or we are doomed to live in a permanent Bosnia.
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