It’s been a few weeks, and Phil feels bad about that. Sorry, guys. Oh well…

Moving on, today, Phil addresses the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into Indiana law by the Head Hoosier himself, Governor Mike Pence. The act purports to preserve/restore individual religious freedom by allowing them to refuse to provide services, etc. to others whom they don’t agree with on moral/religious grounds (i.e. a baker shouldn’t have to back a cake for a gay wedding).

Let’s see what Phil has to say about it. If you don’t agree with him, let him know, @phillip320!

Welcome back! Phil took a few weeks off for some voice issues/head cold…which has only become worse. So here’s the audio of Phil speaking to his church about having a Christian perspective on politics. If you have to read his thoughts on the topic, you can find his notes turned into a blog post over on his website.

In this episode, Phil speeds through an explanation of the rights vs. responsibilities debate, specifically with regard for Christians.

This week, Phil talks about our need to respect the government because its authority comes from God. This doesn’t mean that we follow the government to the point of disobeying God. Furthermore, we risk so much when we conflate politics with religion.

But more about that on this episode of The Monarchist.

If you have thoughts or comments, hit Phil up @phillip320 or message the show @MonarchistPcast.

We’re back! After a long hiatus and a lot of soul-searching, we’re back at it! This week, Phil takes some time to define what he means when he says, “I am a Monarchist.”

If you have any kind (or unkind) words for Phil, you can reach him @phillip320 on Twitter. If you have any technical issues with the show, please tweet to @MonarchistPCast. (Phil said @monpod in this episode, but we’ll try to forgive him.)

Reboot

July 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Back after a long break, Phil takes some time to go back over what he means when he calls himself a “monarchist.” He also looks at the brotherhood of all Christians and briefly discusses how this should trump national pride.

If you want to contact Phil, you can reach him on Twitter @phillip320 or you can send your comments directly to the show @MonarchistPcast. Or you can comment on the episode page at MonarchistPodcast.com.

Gay Marriage

August 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Church seems to be really freaked out about gay marriage, but Phil wants to ask a question, “Is gay marriage any more sinful than a straight marriage that doesn’t glorify God?”

Here’s more from Phil:

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“Marriage is used by God as a living illustration of our relationship with Him, so in that sense, gay marriage is offensive since God describes Himself as the husband and the Church as His wife. That being said, a ‘God-less’ straight marriage can’t be that much less holy, right? How can a non-Christian, straight marriage be any more holy went it, too, profanes God’s use of marriage when both parties are fulfilling their role by God’s grace and for His glory?”

Those are Phil’s thoughts. What are yours? Feel free to let him know on Twitter.

Finally, Phil’s about to get a lot of hate mail because here comes his take on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. To Phil, this is a non-issue: two guys had a fight, and it ended badly. The real issue is the rampant, unchecked violence of the inner city that no one really seems to be that upset about. Why? Because it’s easy to cast one guy in a two-guy-fight as a bad guy. It makes for a compelling story, which makes for high ratings and higher advertising dollars.

Here’s note from Phil:
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This whole thing is so sad because the real problems like violence and poverty in the inner city get ignored. Trayvon’s death was a tragedy. Zimmerman’s tainted life is a tragedy. No one walks away from this a winner; no one walks away clean. We need to stop letting the media tell us what’s important, and instead, learn to look behind the hype to the real issues.

Error: Phil referred to Zimmerman as “Glen” at one point. His first name is actually “George.” That’s what happens when you talk faster than your brain thinks.

The Kingdom

July 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

Phil takes Christians to task for bringing politics into religion instead of forcing their politics to align with their faith. He alludes to some of these verses:

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Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. John 6:15

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8

Phil’s point in this episode, in case you don’t catch on, is that the Church (in the US) should focus on being witnesses of the Gospel through love rather than self-appointed royal emissaries obsessed with establishing God’s Kingdom now.

For more of Phil’s thoughts on this topic, check out this blog post from a few years ago.

LogoPhil rambles on for longer than he should about Superman, the NSA spying scandal, and where all of this could lead. With regard to the the episode’s title, Phil wasn’t too far off on the date; it was in the Cold War era, thought we couldn’t find an exact date. This NYT article does add that it was mostly likely first used on the old black and white TV show.

From Phil:
“The point of this episode really boils down to this:
We’ve lost “truth” in a society where the government hides huge portions of what it does form the people. We’ve lost “justice” when those who expose our loss of “truth” are charged with crimes and hunted like animals. When we lose the first two, the third, the American Way, becomes the very monster of oppression and autocracy that it first rebelled against.”