I know, catchy title. But there were two current events that rise to the level of interest for me today. There are actually quite a few over at Neil’s blog, so head over there when you get through here. Once I almost commented on was his link to Wintery Knight’s post on John Stossel’s commentary on the banning of DDT and how many people have died as a result of the ban.
Not sure if you have seen the news about Noah’s Ark, but there are several Chinese archaeologists who claim to have found Noah’s Ark upon on Mt. Ararat. This would be a wonderful find if it could be proven to be the ark, however, I’m not sure how you could prove something like that apart from a plaque somewhere stating in Hebrew “Noah’s Ark, launched by the Noah’s Boat Co., LLC, 6,462 B.C.” Even if there were such a statement, others would dispute the find as authentic. I probably would too.
I do love archaeology and understand that it can help us understand the ancient world, but I don’t put a lot of stock in it as far as informing our faith. We really need to resist the temptation to use such finds, be they true or fake, to support our faith. Yes, I did say that archaeology can help us understand the ancient world, but not our faith. Our faith is in a person, Jesus Christ, who did step into history. And while it is good to help us know the world He lived in, we do not rest any level of faith on the facts of that ancient world unless those facts come from Scripture. God’s word is His special revelation to His people for the purposes of believe in Him and salvation for our souls.
It is interesting to note that Jesus believed in Noah’s Ark and referred to it in His discourse about His Second Coming (Matthew 24:37-39). So too should we believe that Noah lived, build an ark, and survived a world-wide flood along with only his family and all the animals loaded onto the ark. To doubt that, is to doubt Christ as well. However finding the actual ark is not important to our faith. If your faith is so weak that you must depend upon such finds, then your faith will fail when those finds are proven to be false, and on judgment day. Jesus said we are to believe in Him and Him alone. Anything else that we put our faith into for salvation is wrong and blasphemous. Christ may have preserved the Ark for such a time as this. But He does not need to in order to be just and right. What is most important for Christians to understand is that our faith is built on Christ and informed by the Word of God as it is taught and preached to us by those He has given to the church to do so (Ephesians 4:6-17). To look to science, as so many do for others areas of life, is misguided. Science is never the answer to our problems. God may use science to help us, but we should turn to Him first for our needs, not science.
I’ve really enjoyed watching what has taken place over in Arizona with the passing and signing of their new immigration law. I believe this entire “debate” is senseless. In the words of Sonny Bono when asked why he would not debate illegal immigration, “It’s illegal, what’s the debate?”If we would follow the laws we already have on the books, then Arizona would not need to do what they are doing. But given that we don’t follow those laws, I’m glad Arizona is stepping up to the plate to do something about the problem.
I’ve invited a friend and Arizona resident to write a guest post for my blog. But until then, I will leave a few comments by Michelle Malkin, and by the political cartoonist on the subject. Read her entire column here.
Michelle shows that if we just adopted the laws of Mexico on the subject, all would be fair. She writes:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door “to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.” But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens.
As open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures in “Nazi-zona,” they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.
The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry an alien registration document and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they’re here legally.
If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, what about these rules and restrictions imposed on foreigners?
• If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories.
Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove that they can provide their own health care.
• Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment.
Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless bites at the litigation apple that illegal aliens are afforded in our country.
• Officials at all levels must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizen’s arrests of illegal aliens.
• Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizen’s identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.
Stan, over at Winging It has a great post on this law. Check it out here.