November has been a long month, and I feel compelled to state a few things now as the month closes.

It’s now been over three weeks since Joe Biden won the 2020 United States Presidential election. Once Pennsylvania and Nevada were largely finished counting their votes, it was clear that Biden would receive the electoral votes in these two states. Results in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alaska were finalized in the following week, with the final electoral tally chosen by voters in the 50 states plus D.C.: Biden 306, Trump 232.

Everything that has occurred since Pennsylvania was projected…


As my final entry in this series about the 2020 Presidential election, I will cover some topics that have not received a standalone discourse. Any of these topics could be discussed at more length, and I might do so in the future. For now, here are snippets about 8 topics, followed by my conclusion.

· Systemic Racism

One of the two more important stories of 2020 has been the recognition and reckoning of systemic racism. I have learned a lot during 2020 about this subject. And I have a lot yet to learn.

Many Republicans, including President Trump, downplay or…


Immigration is a complicated subject. We will examine this in four sections: anti-immigration, legal immigration, illegal immigration, and what the Bible teaches us about immigration.

Unless you are Native American, if you live in the United States either you or your ancestors came from somewhere else. Maybe they voluntarily immigrated in the 1600s as colonists and settlers, maybe they were involuntarily brought here as slaves, maybe they immigrated in the 1800s like some of my ancestors, or maybe there are more recent immigrants in your family. …


I have heard many people say that abortion rights is their top issue in politics. Some people primarily support Republicans because of their opposition to abortion rights. If you have been following along in my writings, you may be thinking that you do not support Republican policies as much as you thought you did. But they do oppose abortion rights. In general, the economy and healthcare tend to be the top issues to a plurality of voters. But there are staunch supporters and opponents of abortion rights.

You may ask why I am using the phrase ‘abortion rights’ instead of…


The environment is a policy issue that continues to increase in prominence. A growing number of people recognize that our planet has resources that should be stewarded rather than exploited. And that the planet as a whole is affected by our decisions and policies.

I will say at the outset that in 2000 I thought that Vice-President Gore was proposing to go too far in his environmental policies, and that was a major factor in my voting for Governor Bush. Now, when I take a political policy ‘quiz’, my views line up more with the Green Party platform that any…


In this discourse we turn our attention to foreign policy. While most policy topics are understandably focused on domestic issues, our foreign policy is an extremely important part of presidential and party politics.

I have stated in an earlier entry that I am a pacifist. This is not a mainstream view in the United States. It is more common to have a discussion about whether or not a particular armed conflict meets a definition of a ‘just war’ than it is to start from a position of war is evil and at best is a measure of last resort. My…


Luke 7:36–50

This is my second time preaching at Summit View. The first time was almost two years ago and I worked on that sermon for four or five weeks. This time I was asked to preach forty-five hours ago. Dave called the lefty out of the bullpen so here I am! I had offered to assist Dave during Todd’s sabbatical in any way he needed. I did not imagine it would be because of illness nor in week two!

Dave and I chatted about what I would talk about today. Should I pick up Dave’s sermon that he intended…


As a follower of Jesus, freedom of religion is important to me. Religious freedom is an important underlying principle of our country. Some of the original immigrants to what would become the United States were fleeing religious persecution and the principle of freedom of religion seems to be ingrained in our country.

The United States has not always carried freedom of religion well. There are many times that either we as a country or different groups within our country have persecuted or oppressed people because of their religion. The burning and bombing of Black churches in the South is one…


Healthcare is very important to everyone. That makes sense. We typically receive medical services when we are born and continue to receive medical services all through our life to our last days on this earth. Many regulations surround healthcare in the United States, from licensing of providers to standards of care to coverage requirements. These types of regulations have been in place for decades, and we collectively rely on them. No one wants someone without training to perform surgery on them or fail to use sanitized equipment. …


Financial policy and taxation is at the root of all political ideology. We can see where priorities lay by following the money. There are two different broad areas involving money: income and expenditures. In the case of the United States government, income means taxation. Both taxation and expenditures are discussed below, but before that we should examine the idea of limited government and fiscal conservatism.

Many people, both those who are socially conservative and socially liberal, are fiscally conservative and advocate for limited government. To a fiscal conservative, we should have lower taxes, reduced governmental spending, and minimal governmental debt…

Jeremy Wiker

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