Memory, writing, politics, moderation, etc.

People forget as a matter of routine. We need reminders. So we use agendas, calendars, to-do lists, and, like me, I married Mrs. Memory. And we establish Memorial Days. Except that leisure and entertainment trump the task of honoring the members of the military who served to preserve peace. Such is our society of soft bodies and lazy minds which leaches Memorial Day of its meaning.

• Mike Brooks has just written his 400th article for Forthright Magazine. Richard Mansel will have written 374 consecutive articles, also, as of next Tuesday. I should be so dedicated. Thanks to brothers like Mike and Richard, Forthright carries on in a marvelous way.

• I’m thankful that the American president came out last week fully in favor of same-sex marriages. Not that we agree with him on the issue, by any stretch of the imagination. But his statement makes clear that morality is at the center of politics, at least, in the upcoming presidential election, and that the incumbent has taken, both publicly and in policy, the position to undermine biblical teaching.

• Thomas Paine wrote, “Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.” That’s an important distinction, valid also in matters of faith. Principle requires zeal and full devotion, else it becomes a principle of convenience.

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