Monthly Archives: December 2012

Frank Pastore, 1957-2012

Frank Pastore, host of the most popular Christian talk show in the nation on KKLA Los Angeles has died at the age of 55. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Frank a year and a half ago at the Glendale radio station, as the result of my wife winning a tuition discount to a local Christian school through KKLA. I got to meet a number of other people at the station, who were all friendly and enthusiastic. Frank was blessed to have work with such a nice group of Christians.

Having listened to the KKLA talk show for years, I was somewhat apprehensive at having this ex-jock taking over the show 8 years ago. However, Frank was bright and articulate and really on fire for Jesus. He won over a lot of fans, including yours truly, in a very short period of time. Although the show always included its fair share of politics, Frank brought his love of the Lord to the table, including a fair amount of Christian apologetics, in wanting to lead others to faith in Jesus. Frank was always interested in the best evidence for the Christian faith and recently had featured speakers from Reasons To Believe, a Christian apologetics ministry for which I serve as a volunteer apologist.

As much as Frank will be missed by all of his loyal fans, he will be missed even more by hiss wife Gina and their two children. Please pray for them during this difficult time. Having a wife who is nearing the end of her battle with a brain tumor, I know that losing a long-time spouse is a heart-wrenching experience. May the Lord be with the Pastore family.

Newtown Massacre and Gun Control

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” I don’t buy it!

You might expect a conservative Christian to be in favor of an American’s right to own a semiautomatic machine gun. Sorry. I am a traitor to the right. I don’t own a gun and I never will. I trust in Jesus, not guns.

When America’s founding fathers provided for “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” it was in regard to the keeping of “a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State.” Soon after, military security was taken over by the federal government, instead of being relegated to the states. When the right to bear arms was given, it took about a full minute to load a musket. An individual could do more damage with a knife. Now it takes a couple seconds to load a clip of 30 bullets. The founding fathers would be horrified by how we are presently exercising our rights.

The problem with our right to own a semiautomatic machine gun is that we are all sinners. A sinner with a musket is one thing. A sinner with a machine gun is quite another. However, the shooter was more than just an ordinary sinner. He purposely sought out children who could not defend themselves. He shot them multiple times (up to 11), until they stopped moving. Such evil is not the result of evolution gone bad or mutated genes. Such evil is of a spiritual nature and comes from the author of evil himself. As the nation becomes more secular and less Christian, the kinds of massacres that happened at Newton’s Sandy Hook Elementary will be happening more often.

Increasing security at our schools isn’t really an option. Sandy Hook Elementary had more security than any of the six schools my three children attended. The shooter broke through the security, using his rifle. Making it more difficult to obtain a gun didn’t work, since the shooter borrowed his mother’s guns. How can you deny a gun to a harmless mother?

The ultimate solution to the problem is to make all personal gun ownership illegal. You don’t need to hunt game to provide food for your family. Go to the store. You don’t need a gun to protect your family. That is why we pay the police. “If guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns.” There is a way to solve that one, too. The use of a gun in the commission of any crime adds an automatic life sentence (remember, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” Eliminate the people using guns).

Jesus always had a special place for children in His ministry. His heart is broken that we value our “right” to own a semiautomatic machine gun over the lives of His children. Shame on us, the Church, for not speaking up before. Forgive me, Jesus.