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As a long-time student of history (especially American history) as well as God's word, I blog about current events, cultural trends. and historical interests from a Biblical worldview.
Posted 3/12/14 at 12:06 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
I turned fifty today. I was thinking this morning about why that people dread getting old. Obviously, the older you get, the more difficult life becomes, and I don't especially look forward to that part. I'm trying to do a few things health-wise now that I hope will cushion that blow. Eating better and more exercise. For most folks, though, I think the reason they dread getting old is the way they look at life. Most see life kind of like an hourglass. You know, it starts out with all the sand in the top. At the end of the hour, it's all trickled down to the bottom. According to this analogy, it's likely that there is a lot more sand in the bottom of my hourglass than in the top
However, I like to use a different analogy for life. I look at life like a race--not a sprint race, but more like a marathon. You see, life shouldn't be spent waiting around for all the sand to run out of the hourglass. God has given each of us a race to run, a marathon to complete. Like an actual race, the runners start out strong. Maybe they cruise through the first few miles, but as they get to the middle of the race and push towards the end, more and more runners just drop out. It just gets too rough. But the few that remain are so focused on the goal line, that they don't worry about the pain they're experiencing in the present. They just know that there is a goal out there to push for that will make it worth it all. The good runners (I'm not one, so I'm only writing from what I've heard from others) learn to ignore the pain. Even to embrace the pain. As the old adage is-no pain, no gain! FULL POST
Posted 3/3/14 at 8:40 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
I continue my series here in support of traditional marriage. To start at the first post, click this link to "What Is Marriage?"
In my post last week, I began outlining five secular (or non-biblical) reasons to support traditional marriage and to not support the new revisionist "same-sex" version of marriage. I covered the first two reasons "Redefining marriage is harmful to children" and "Redefining marriage will bring great harm to society as a whole". I cover the last three reasons here: FULL POST
Posted 2/23/14 at 5:13 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
I continue my series here in support of the traditional view of marriage. Here are links to the first article “What Is Marriage?” and to the second article “Five Biblical Reasons to Support Traditional Marriage.”
While I am a Christian and I get my values largely from my understanding of the Christian scriptures, I certainly realize that I live in a pluralistic society. There was a time in American history when the vast majority of U.S. citizens held these views, but that is no longer true. Because of this, I understand that an argument for the traditional view of marriage and against the revisionist view of marriage (as defined in my earlier article, “What Is Marriage?”) based solely on the Bible won't go very far with a lot of people in this increasing secular society. But is there a secular argument to be made for traditional marriage that all of us, no matter what our religious (or non-religious) affiliation may be? I certainly think so. FULL POST
Posted 2/13/14 at 10:16 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
I continue my series here in support of the traditional view of marriage. Here's a link to my first post: "What Is Marriage?"
As a Christian, I look at the Bible as the final authority on issues that might affect my life and the society around me. It is the bedrock of my belief, and of countless millions around the world. Though this holiest of books has been subject to scorn and ridicule through the ages, it's truths have stood the test of time for millennia, while those who disparaged it have died and faded into obscurity.
Unfortunately, many who profess the name of Christ don't know what the book that was written of Him even says. Because of this, they are wide open to misinformation about the truths of God's word, and they often fall pray to erroneous interpretations of it in order to fit better into the society around them. This is never more true than the issue of marriage. FULL POST
Posted 2/9/14 at 10:36 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
If you had told me twenty or even ten years ago that the most controversial issue in America in 2014 would concern the nature of marriage, I'm not sure that I would have believed you. However, I recently found out how controversial this is when a local TV station asked for comments concerned a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution which would define marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. I noticed that almost all the comments were against the proposed amendment and for "same-sex marriage." Holding a different view and wanting to express it in a factual manner, I simply commented by giving three reasons that I believe in holding to the traditional view of marriage. To my surprise, I was repeatedly attacked as some kind of miscreant by those on the other side. The kindest thing that was said about me was that I was ignorant. One person wished that I would never be able to procreate! So much for tolerance.
This highlights the fact that almost all the information that the average person gets through the media on the issue of "same-sex marriage" is totally one-sided. Once President Obama finally "evolved" in his views in 2012 (in an election year-imagine that!) to embrace "same-sex marriage", politicians in his party have almost exclusively lined up with him. Increasingly, even many conservatives and Republicans have embraced this new definition of marriage. And when the Supreme Court last year struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the momentum for "marriage equality" picked up even more steam. In 2013 alone, seven states saw fit to recognize "same-sex marriage", making the total number of states recognizing these unions as of this moment to seventeen. Each one of these steps is covered glowingly by most mainstream media sources, and "marriage equality", as proponents cast the issue, is the civil rights issue of our time. Or so we are told. Militant opponents of traditional marriage would like to see those who oppose "same-sex marriage" as stigmatized as those who oppose racial equality. Increasingly, traditional marriage advocates such as myself are being lumped together with the KKK and the southern segregationists of the past. FULL POST
Posted 12/24/13 at 4:39 PM | Wayne Nall Jr
"Put It On My Account"
It was three days before Christmas.
A middle-aged lady came into the tire store where I work to get her free tire rotation, which comes with a vehicle inspection.
The tech gave me the completed ticket so that I could check her out.
"Be sure to notice the inspection report," he said.
The inspection report is very detailed.
This vehicle needs a lot of work.
Tires and alignment.
Front brakes and rotors.
Rear brakes and rotors.
"Your vehicle needs some work," I explained to the lady.
Her eyes got big.
"What kind of work?"
I started with the wipers, thinking I need to break it to her gently.
As I went through the list with her, I could see her shoulders start to sag. The more I read, the more she slumped down.
"Can you tell me how much?" I give her a rough estimate. She slumped further.
I'm thinking, "Am I going to have to call the paramedics?" I'm worried. FULL POST
Posted 10/29/13 at 9:53 PM | Wayne Nall Jr
Want to read more? Here's links to other posts from my personal blog: FULL POST
Posted 9/14/13 at 9:29 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
The Birmingham Church Bombing
50 Years Ago
My parents were living in Birmingham, Alabama, my mother's hometown, during the fall of 1963. My mother, Trina Nall, was expecting her first child (I would be born the following March.) She was working at the time as a secretary for the city of Homewood, one of the outlying suburbs. I remember her telling me as a child of the awful events of that day.
Those conversations I had with my mom came back to my mind recently as I was reading the excellent book entitled "While The World Watched" by Carolyn McKinstry. In her book, Mrs. McKinstry describes her life growing up as a black child in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1960's, culminating in the terrible bombing of her church, 16th Street Baptist, which took place that Sunday in September, 1963. She narrowly missed death in the bombing, but four of her young friends, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14), were killed in the attack. The explosion blew a hole in the church's rear wall, destroyed the back steps and all but one stained-glass window, which showed Christ leading a group of little children. FULL POST
Posted 5/7/13 at 8:55 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
I've been reading Eric Metaxas' masterful biography of William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace. Wilberforce was the late 18th century/early 19th century British Member of Parliament who almost single-handedly brought an end to the British slave trade. As a Christian MP, he devoted his life to this cause, and pursued it doggedly for almost twenty years until the abolition of the pernicious trade in 1807. During those years, he actually feared for his life on a number of occasions as those who opposed him and other abolitionists would go to no end to defend something that was actually indefensible. Wilberforce and others courageously exposed the evils of the slave trade year after year. They shined a light before the British public on the stomach-crawling conditions that the Africans were subjected to on the Middle Passage between Africa and the West Indies, as well as the horrific conditions that West Indian slaves were subjected to which actually made American slavery seem tame in comparison. FULL POST
Posted 4/28/13 at 4:42 PM | Wayne Nall Jr |
I recently came across a short essay that Theodore Roosevelt wrote about Abraham Lincoln while Roosevelt was still president. He wrote these words when "politician" and "statesman" were synonymous and when neither word carried an onerous connotation. Below are excerpts from this essay with my comments following:
"...Lincoln's deeds and words, are not only of consuming interest to the historian, but should be intimately known to every man engaged in the hard practical work of American political life. It is difficult to overstate how much it means to a nation to have as the two foremost figures in its history men like Washington and Lincoln. It is good for every man in any way concerned in public life to feel that the highest ambition any American can possibly have will be gratified just in proportion as he raises himself toward the standards set by these two men...Such a study of Lincoln's life will enable us to avoid the twin gulfs of immorality and inefficiency--the gulfs which always lie one on each side of the careers alike of man and of nation. It helps nothing to have avoided one if shipwreck is encountered in the other. The fanatic, the well-meaning moralist of unbalanced mind, the parlor critic who condemns others but has no power himself to do good and but little power to do ill--all these were as alien to Lincoln as the vicious and unpatriotic themselves. His life teaches our people that they must act with wisdom, because otherwise adherence to right will be mere sound and fury without substance; and that they must also act high-mindedly, or else what seems to be wisdom will in the end turn out to be the most destructive kind of folly. Throughout his entire life, and especially after he rose to leadership in his party, Lincoln was stirred to his depths by the sense of fealty to a lofty ideal; but throughout his entire life, he also accepted human nature as it is, and worked with keen, practical good sense to achieve results with the instruments at hand. It is impossible to conceive of a man farther removed from baseness, farther removed from corruption, from mere self-seeking; but it is also impossible to conceive of a man of more sane and healthy mind--a man less under the influence of that fantastic and diseased morality (so fantastic and diseased as to be in reality profoundly immoral) which makes a man in this work-a-day world refuse to do what is possible because he cannot accomplish the impossible...