Why We Sing Songs Other Than the Psalms?

Up until about 150 years ago, most Protestant churches in America that came through the arrival of the Puritans on the continent, would sing exclusively from the Psalter. (The Psalter is the book that is put together with all the psalms put to meter to make them easier to sing). This view was called exclusive psalmody. There are still churches today that are exclusive psalmody churches and feel that they have a biblical reason for being this way.

It’s not my point here to detract from our brothers and sisters who hold to this view. In fact, I commend them in light of the worship wars that have taken place over the past 25 years concerning music. They have a very excellent solution to this problem.

But alas, I am not an exclusive psalmist, nor is Grace Presbyterian Church. We believe in the use of songs that have been written since the closing of the canon some 2,000 years ago, just as long as those songs are biblically accurate, of decent quality and able to sing by a congregation. Many songs done today by Christian Contemporary artist may be biblically accurate, and done well. But often times they fall short because those songs are designed to be sung by one or two people who are gifted in the area of singing. They fail in the latter category, in that they are not easy for a congregation to sing. Since this is the case we do not use them.

However, this is not the point of the article. The point of this section of the article is to show that we do have the freedom to sing songs other than Psalms from the Old Testament.

Paul writes in Colossians: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

By looking at these three terms, we can see that what Paul means is to include more than just the psalms. Here in our passage we have three terms in the text that are used: the first is term that we get for Psalms and indicates those songs which are found in the Old Testament. This we hold to be right on when it comes to Scripture. We are to learn the psalms and sing them to God’s glory.

The second term is what we have translated for hymns. This word can overlap with the first one, meaning that it could be also referring to Psalms, where they are being sung. So when Paul and Silas were signing Psalms in prison, they were actually “hymning to God.”

But it cold also mean the songs found in the New Testament and expand that which we sing to the Magnificat and the Benedictus found in the Gospel of Luke.

It helps to understand that according to Augustine, the hymn has three essential elements. First, it must be sung; secondly, it must be praise, thirdly it must be to God. I would add fourthly, it must be true to Scripture (not just mildly, some way, sort of kind of refer to Scripture in an esoteric sort of way).

That is a good working definition to a hymn and those songs found in the NT. If it meets those qualifications, then it’s hymn. I’m trusting that whatever is sung is theologically accurate.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching…

That assumes sound doctrine. We cannot allow the word of Christ dwell richly in our hearts if that which we sing is not theologically accurate, or sound doctrine.

The final term, which is translated: spiritual songs, is where the door opens up to what we sing. The Greek word there can be translated as an ode, which is a poem that is meant to be sung. It can be any poem. But we are not given that much freedom. Because of the term we get the word “spiritual” for, it means a spiritual ode.

This word occurs in Ephesians 5:19, the sister passage to this one, and Revelation 15:3, where the term “new song” is indicated.

Here, we see that we can see songs that are spiritually true, but not necessarily found in the Bible. Of course, there is where we get into dangers as I have said before. Many people believe that it means if we come up with a song in the spirit, or a spirit, that it even remotely alludes to Jesus in some distance, esoteric sort of way, that it must be good and we must sing it.

No, lets makes sure that what we sing is true, accurate and sound. The point of Paul here is that these songs we sing are to help the word dwell richly in us. This means that it should be settled in us, or be God’s truth that is a settled abode.

This is what we want with God’s word, to dwell in us richly.

In view of that, I believe that we can open the door to songs not found in Scripture, but written since the closing of the canon. But those songs must be singable, true, and well done

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Why Do We Sing the Psalms — Part 1

I love what Martin Luther says about music. He has some very strong statements concerning the gift.

He writes the following: “If any man despises music, as all fanatics do, for him I have no liking; for music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity and other devices.”

I have to appreciate Martin Luther. You knew where he stood concerning a topic. While I don’t know if music truly drives out the devil, I will say that music is a gift from God, and does aid in our worship. This is why Luther will also write: “I wish to compose sacred hymns so that the Word of God may dwell among the people also by means of songs.”

Martin Luther certainly understood the need for music. It helps us learn the great truths of Scripture.

In this second edition of the Why Series, my goal is to answer the questions: Why do we sing Psalms? And Why do we sing other music?

The reason for this series is so that we know why we do what we do. Part of mainline churches problem is that many have forgotten why they do what they do. They have become traditionalists. I’m not a traditionalist. A traditionalist is someone who exalts tradition, or the way we do things, above Biblical mandate.
In doing so, the things we do as believers become empty symbols because we forget why we perform the ritual. In answering these questions, it helps to see what has gone on in the past and for what reasons.

Now why would I say we should consult history? Isn’t the Bible the only rule of faith we have? Yes it is. But throughout history, God has worked in the church to help us settle what it is that we believe. Therefore history of doctrine is vital. Otherwise, what we are saying is that the elders who have gone before us, have nothing to do with the church of today. This would be true if the church were merely our local congregation, beginning in 1953.

The true universal church has existed since Adam and continues today, with God’s Spirit moving through that church to help purify the body, and purify our understanding of Scripture. In fact, when you study church history you will find that many of the truths we hold dear were forged in the face of controversy and heresy. We should not fight those battles over again. To keep from doing that, we need to know what it is that we believe.

Now, why do we sing Psalms and why should we sing Psalms? Three reasons:
First, we sign Psalms to bring truth back to God and to one another.
Secondly, we sing the Psalms to learn Scripture.
Thirdly, we sing the Psalms out of a sense of unity in the body.
Finally, we need to ask if singing other songs that are not directly from Scripture is sinful or helpful (See next post).

First, by singing the Psalms, we are singing spiritual truth back to God and to one another. When we sing the psalms, we don’t have to worry about any of the verses being theologically correct. We may not understand how verses fit into Scripture, but we can know that since they are inspired words, they are theologically correct.

This is a real problem with much of the contemporary music and some of the older hymns. Most songs are written by people who have a deep love for Christ, but not necessarily a deep understanding of theology or Scripture. They are well meaning, but often times they end up saying things that are not theologically accurate.

This is serious. Our songs are like prayers to God. We are not just singing for the sake of singing or because it makes us feel good. We are singing to express our thanks to God for what He had done in our lives, and what we should sing should be true.

We are singing as a response to the gospel. Paul writes in Colossians:
Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Paul is writing on the character of the new man in salvation. Of all the people on earth, Christians have the most to be thankful for. That is why it’s so frustrating to enter into a church and hear singing that is lifeless. I know, there are a lot more factors than this, but of all people we should rejoice that we have been saved.

Paul is telling us to let God’s peace rule in our hearts because of the redemption that we have in Christ. We have so much to be thankful for and should not let the boredom of life rob us of this principle. We are special to God, and He loves us deeply. While the world my rejoice in their wickedness, God has redeemed us from that iniquity.

In view of that, Paul adds: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

This clearly shows that singing is to be a part of worship. So we lift our voices in unison, expressing God’s truth back to Him and to one another.

Now, notice that Paul says part of this will lead to teaching, and another part will lead to admonishing one another. How are we to admonish one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs? Do we sing about how are neighbor is a stinker for cheating on his wife? Is that what Paul wants?

No, not at all. He wants us singing Biblical truth like the psalms, which will naturally admonish us of our sins. The Psalms are the word of God which is fully capable of being profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The best way to discipline in the church is to accomplish it through God’s word. His Spirit is far more effective at discipline than we are. This function of the word of God and His Spirit will naturally take place while singing the Psalms.

This brings us to the second reason we sing Psalms. Paul writes: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. One way to learn God’s word is to sing God’s word.
Studies have shown that our ability to learn increases every time we add another element to the truth we are attempting to learn. For instance, many learn by hearing the truth. This is the primary means by which we are to convey the truth of God, by the proclamation of that truth (Romans 10:14-17).

But when we add another element of that, i.e., seeing the truth as well, our ability to learn the truth increases. For instance, when you hear a quote in a sermon and see it, you are more likely to retain the truth before you. This is why it is so important that you bring your Bibles to worship and follow along during the sermon. It helps you to see what is there, and understand it.

Our ability to learn also increases when we add the element of saying that truth. This is where singing a Psalm really helps us in what we know and believe. These factors of the senses help us learn and believe. The primary way we believe, of course, is through hearing, but saying the truth, and seeing it written down add to that learning.

A third reason we sing the Psalms is out of a sense of the unity of the body.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body.

The Psalms ties us together with all the saints that have gone on before us, and will come after us. Realize that these were the songs that Jesus sung in the synagogues.

Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

This is when they left the upper room. The hymn, or Psalm was probably from 115 to 118. Why would we not want to sing the same songs that Christ sang?
All the body is brought together by the same songs. While we don’t have the same tunes they used, we do have the same lyrics. This is another unifying factor for us in the body of Christ. Singing Psalms ties us to all the believers that have gone on before us.

This is important because it reminds us that our faith is not one that is limited to our times and our lives. It is much bigger than our worlds and much more comprehensive. Often times you will hear of people who join movements because those movements represent something bigger than themselves. This is much more true with Christianity, because when we believe in Christ, we join something that will last for eternity, namely, the body of Christ. Our faith is what unifies us together, so too, should the songs we sing.

Hyper Smiles!

Joey gets so excited about the simplest things. Here he is enjoying a chocolate chip cookie. What is special is that he gets just as excited when I come home from work. Makes going home all that much more enjoyable!

BBQ Southern Style

On behalf of Wade… I’m posting this video by Rhett & Link on southern barbecue. I think they get it right. Barbecue varies by the state you are in the south. Barbecue in the north, isn’t barbecue. That’s called a grill! Anyway, we are sticklers when it comes to barbecue. I love Texas barbecue, along with Memphis barbecue. Texas because it’s beef, Memphis because it is either slathered, or has a rub on it. Both are great. We’ve had this chat before, so you new comers, tell us what your favorite barbecue is.

The Pay-backs have started…

Joey has a new trick.
Andy takes out the toys in the toy box and climbs in, then closes the lid.
At that moment, Joey climbs on top shutting Andy in.
Andy can’t get out with Joey on top.
Joey knock-knock-knocks on the lid to Andy inside.

He also loves to turn the lights on and off, on and off, on and off, while standing on top of the toy box.

“Weeve me a-wone. Tank you.” Is the response when Joey comes off the top to play peek-a-boo with Andy in the box.

Today, Andy has started to keep his hand on the lid of the box so he can at least attempt to open if should Joey climb back on top.
I see squished fingers in Andy’s future.

Real Bad Preacher Man of Genius, Rhett & Link

Bad Preachers
OK, I know I’ve been dipping into the Youtube well a bit much lately. A lot of that is because I’m really have to do some extra reading and studying and writing for my sermon series through Hebrews. Because of that, it leaves only a few brain cells left to write other things… Therefore, the blog gets the short end of the stick. Hope you don’t mind the cliche. But also, I’ve found some really good Youtube videos.

Today’s example: Real Bad Preachers from the Man of Genius genre. I love it! I give it a solid category 3.5 in terms of humor.

Rhett & Link
More Rhett & Link. This one taken from a rejected contestant from American Idol. Yes, it’s at least a category 4 humor storm.

Joey, Brushing His Teeth


Not quite yet. He still hasn’t learned the hang of it, but he is trying. He has learned to climb up on the stool and play in the water, which is what he is doing in this picture.

Facebook!

HT: Gunny.
I dedicate this video to Fred the Intern! He has a Facebook account. I think! Anyway, when I saw this I thought of Fred, the Intern. Here’s to you double job working, school going, Facebook reading, Gamecock supporting… Fred the Intern…

Calvinism Cleared: Dispelling the Misunderstandings of the Faith

New commenter Brooks writes:

I cannot accept Calvinism simply because, then its not mans fault if one rejects God but God’s fault, thus he condemns man to hell verses man condemning himself to hell.

This is a common misconception about Calvinism. Those of us who hold to this truth understand that the choice for man is always man’s responsibility. The responsibility for trusting God, and obeying God are always upon man (even those who outright reject God, still have the responsibility to obey Him, for He is the Creator and all of mankind owes God it’s allegiance and obedience.)

The problem is that man never seeks after God (Romans 3:9-18). Because of what we call total depravity, man never desires God, nor seeks after Him, and man certainly will not believe in God for salvation UNLESS God first moves in man. This is the rub is for many believers. We all basically admit that God must move in a person’s heart for them to be saved. But when does God move? Does He move in someone’s heart before or after the someone has move towards God?

The Calvinist believe that no one moves towards God until after God has already moved in the heart of stone, and made it a heart of flesh (Jer. 31:31ff, Hebrews 8:7ff). Some say that this make it God’s responsibility for those who go to hell because He did not move in everyone’s heart. This is not true. God is never responsible for sin. Sin is man’s responsibility and it is the only thing we can claim when it comes to our salvation. We ARE SINNERS in need of being saved.

This is God’s grace. Grace is not something that He is bound to show everyone, then it would not be grace at all. Grace if favor shown towards someone who does not deserve that favor. Let me be clear, that because of our sin, and totally depraved nature, we don’t deserve anything but hell and God’s wrath for all of eternity. That being the case, who are we to question God if He decides to save some and let the other perish with the hell that they DESERVE?

Romans 9:14-18 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”[a]16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”[b]18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

It is clearly God’s choice on whom He saves and shows mercy to. Not our choice.

I know that many believe that God looked down through the corridors of time to see who would believe and who would not believe. The problem with this is that then God is no longer sovereign. He is dependent upon the creation for making His choice when it comes to election. If that is truly the God that we have, then there is no real hope of salvation because if we can choose to follow Him, and then choose not to follow Him, we loose our salvation. Not much of a God is He?

But He is an awesome God and most powerful. He will not lose a single one of His chosen children. John 10:26-27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

The point is that our salvation is secure in Him. When it comes to us being saved, God gets all the glory. He elects us, the Son redeems us, the Holy Spirit renews us and secures us. All of this happens for us and for His glory. Again, the only thing we bring to the table is our sin. If we are truly saved, we will want nothing to do with that sin at all.

Is God responsible for sending the anyone to hell? No, not at all. The choice is freely given to all, and all freely out of their own will, reject Christ. But out of His goodness, He changes their hearts, and they trust in Him. That is His grace. Who are we to question Him? If He chooses to save some and not others, our best response is to trust Him with HIS decisions and not question Him. He is our Creator and He can do with us as He sees fit.

Now that doesn’t mean that I sit on my laurels and not work towards the salvation of others. In His plan of salvation, He does use us in reaching others for Christ. So I pray for the lost, share with the lost, preach to the lost and hope that God sees fit to save them as well. It is true that He will not save them if they are not His elect. But alas, I don’t know who they are. So I will do what He commands us to do in bringing others to faith.

BTW, I’m not picking on Brooks. I’m just using his point of view to help discuss the matter.

Something Fun & Something Serious

Something Fun
I found this via Rivka’s site, where she has a similar video. This is just for fun, but remember, it was filmed using professionals, and kids should not try this at home.

Something Serious
I’ve been meaning to give to links to fellow bloggers because they are both worth looking at. The first is Edgar’s site and his post, Note to Pluralists — You’re Not Helping. He helps show how religious pluralism is bankrupt.

The other site is Neil’s and his article: Pro-lifers don’t care about kids after they are born? He helps dispel the nonsense that we should just snatch up every child that is born, and since we won’t, we shouldn’t have a say in the pro life debate. Again, another excellent and logical way of dealing with the arguments.

Even Heaven Was Cleansed By His Blood


The following is a portion of my sermon from Sunday morning. 

We can all live our lives in a fashion that outwardly, we seem to be very clean and very righteous. I think this is one of the reasons that Jesus was so hard on the Pharisees. They wrongly came to the conclusion that they only needed to be cleansed outwardly. We know this because of the way they used the Law, or perhaps I should say, abused the Law.

Remember what Christ said in Him warning to them.

Matthew 23:26-28 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

The flaw of the sacrificial system is that it could not cleanse the conscious. This doesn’t mean that the system did not lead some to salvation, for it did lead many to faith as it was intended to do. The just shall live by faith.

Just as we are confronted with our sin, and believe in the atoning work of Christ, so too was the OT believer confronted by his sin and believed in the promises of the Messiah.

There were many faithful Jews that came to this realization when they were confronted with the holiness required by the Law. That drove them back to the Father and helped them see their need for salvation from Him.

Yet, the system was prone to abuse by allowing many to think of themselves as righteous without dealing with their hearts, as Jesus makes clear in His pronouncement of doom, on the Pharisees.

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

The point is that what is on the outside, does not save us. We need a conversion of the heart for salvation to be real, and that can only come about through Christ. All the outward trappings are nothing but trappings… the key word being “trapped.”

We need a complete washing from head to toe, and from our heart to our spirit and soul, and our conscience. This washing only comes by faith in the sacrifice of Christ, and His shed blood. It is His blood that cleanses us and our conscience through faith.

AS Brown writes:

“When the truth on this subject is understood and believed by the sinner, … the conscience is pacified and purified—the terrors and jealousies of guilt are removed. He is sweetly constrained to love Him who ‘spared not His Son, but delivered Him up’ for his salvation.”

This means that all the demands for justice have been accomplished on our behalf. When the new believer realizes the freedom we have in Christ, our obedience becomes an obedience that springs forth from our hearts. Wrath is satisfied and we are reconciled to God.

All of this has been brought about by Christ’s blood, without which, there is no forgiveness of sins. A lot has been said about the blood of both sacrifices.

Under the Old Covenant, Moses sprinkled the blood over the Israelites to deal with their ceremonial guilt, so they could serve in the temple. Jesus deals with our real guilt, so we can offer true and real service.

Under the Old Covenant, Moses also sprinkled the blood on the book of the law in order to ratify it. Under the New, Jesus sheds His own blood to ratify our salvation and fulfill the law.

Big 12 Stronger than SEC and the Royal Seal of OT King

Big 12 Stronger than SEC

I love this report from the latest coaches poll on the Big 12. The coaches say that the Big 12 is the strongest conference in the nation. Living here, deep in the heart of the SEC, that is sweet music to my ears. Just yesterday, I had to endure the scorn of two Gamecock fans, and a Kentucky fan (both teams are bottom dwellers in football) because my team was in the Big 12. (All the scorn was done in brotherly love of course!) Why do the coaches say the Big 12 is stronger? Because it has five teams in the top 14!

Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas are ranked 14 or higher in the preseason poll. I would think that A&M would be up there, but since this is Mike Sherman’s first year as head coach… no one wants to jump to any conclusions.

Read the full story here.

Helmet Clash!!!
ESPN is having a competition, whereby voters can vote for the best helmet between two schools. Right now, A&M is in the quarter finals against Georgia. A&M has about a 13 percent lead against the bulldogs. Therefore, go and vote for A&M, especially all you SEC fans who can’t stand the Georgia Bulldogs. Remember, they “think” they invented the game and we should all just bow down and crown them national champs every year.

Go here to vote! I hope that link works. I had to get clever in order to find it because when I go back, it gives me the tally of the vote, and not the location to vote. So you can only vote once. If that one does work, go to Texas AGS site and look for the article: here.

Royal Seal Found
In a WND story, the royal seal from a prince that served under King Zedekiah. This is important because the prince, Gedaliah, had the prophet Jeremiah thrown into a well. He was later rescued before the Babylonians came in and reduced King Zedekiah’s kingdom to nothing.

This is something that is interesting. We don’t need things like this to validate our faith. The Holy Spirit does that along with God’s word. But it is good to see such items discovered. Read the rest of the story here.

The Weight of the Sermon

Sometimes I feel like the weight of the sermon is more than I can handle. This is probably a good thing and the best place to be, because when we are dealing with spiritual truths, who can handle such things?

That is why I love listening to men like John Piper and Alistair Begg. They get it. The burden of preaching is heavy. It is an overwhelming responsibility to stand in a pulpit on the behalf of God, and preach His word. It is not some trivial thing and it always boggles my mind when men treat it as such. I want to say to those who treat it lightly: “You are standing their for God, not Johnny Carson, or Dr. Phil, or Oprah, but for the awesome, powerful, supreme and infinitely holy God of all creation. Why would you treat what you do with such a low view. You are not trying to win friends, or be liked. Your goal is to preach the most awesome truth to ever be given to mankind.”

I think that is why I treat it the way I do. I would love to be a comedian. But God has not called me to make people laugh. I would love to be liked. But He has not called me to be liked. I would love to adored, but again, He has not called me for those purposes. He has called me to preach His truth, from His word. Those other things may happen, but that is not the goal. The goal is to proclaim His truth, faithfully and with the respect that it is due.

That is why the weight of the sermon is too much at times. It is a heavy responsibility. I’m so grateful, He has not left me alone in these endeavors. I’m grateful He has given us His Spirit to work in me during the process of preparation, and delivering the sermon. I’m grateful that He buffets me throughout the week, letting me know that I am NOT worthy to be in this position. I’m only here in this position because He called me to it. He is the One that makes me worthy. He is the One that holds me upright. He is the One that keeps me on the straight and narrow path. Otherwise, I’m no different than Dr. Phil, Oprah, or Joel Osteen.

Romans 7:24-25b O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Chick-Fil-A Shows Christ Like Love — and other tidbits from the Web

It was so refreshing to see that Chick-Fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy living out his faith one more time. Remember Cathy? He is the one that started the alternative to the hamburger joint, and did the unmentionable: applied his faith to the business by closing down on the Lord’s Day. He took a stand for doing what is right. Not in the self-righteous manner of some, but because he believes that is what the Lord would have us do because it’s God’s expressed will for our lives.

Now we are seeing that faith once again. Cathy’s home was vandalized by two teenage girls to the tune of $30,000. The girls broke in and trashed the place. Instead of pressing charges, Cathy wants the girls to have to write “I will not vandalize other people’s property” 1,000 times. He also wants them to be banned from television, video games and to read one good book during that time. That is the punishment he wants for the girls because he feels it is better than having them given a criminal record for the rest of their lives. I like this man. I don’t know whether he is Baptist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, or whatever. But the man is living out his faith in a real way, both professionally and privately. This is truly refreshing.

Read article here.


Then there is this from IBD. Apparently John McCain developed an ad against Obama showing that he was nothing more than a pop star and not worth voting for. Something a lot of us have been saying for months now, only because it is true. This has the left all up in arms, and now Obama is using the race card again.

As McCain’s commercial was being released, Obama was in Springfield, Mo., telling voters that Republicans will try to “make you scared of me — you know, ‘he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name,’ you know, ‘he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.’ “

If this sounds familiar, it echoes remarks Obama made in Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this year. “We know what campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid,” Obama said at a fundraiser. “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced, and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

Obama is young and inexperienced. There will be no adoring crowds chanting his name at 3 a.m. in the White House. The real issue is not the color of Barack Obama’s skin, but the thickness of it. If you can’t stand the heat, put down the arugula and get out of the kitchen.

The rest of the article is priceless. Read it here.

As for the political cartoon, I love it. It shows the idiocy of his energy plan for America. Instead of drilling for more oil, thereby increasing supply and sending prices down, he wants us to make sure our tires are properly inflated. That shows Obama’s arrogance. He is such an elitist that he thinks we don’t know this, and thinks that is all we have to do to solve the energy crisis.

I think another quote from the IBD article is in order here.

The Obama camp has gone bonkers at the suggestion that he’s an elitist in an empty Armani suit who can take time to shoot three-pointers but is too busy to visit vets in a German hospital.

Hit them with the truth and it drives them bonkers!