STRICTLY PERSONALBy Chuck BaldwinMay 3, 2002NewsWithViews.com
Today marks my fiftieth birthday. Therefore, my column today will be strictly personal. I think it only fair that readers should have an opportunity to learn a little something about the person who writes the words they read. Today's column is designed with that goal in mind.
I was born in a little town in northern Indiana. My father and mother were dedicated Christians. Dad was a welder by trade and a lay jailhouse preacher. The Lord had delivered him from a terrible life of alcoholism (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/edbald.html), which made him a red-hot witness for Christ.
Dad was the only Baldwin in my clan to leave the South. All the rest of my kin, including my paternal and maternal grandparents, lived most, if not all, of their lives in Arkansas. I moved South after my sophomore year of college and have never left.
The Baldwins were all Democrats, and so was I until 1980 when I registered as a Republican. Now, however, I am an Independent. I believe the two major parties are two peas in the same pod. Both of them are selling out our constitutional liberties and independence. I can no longer in good conscience support either of them.
Outside of my decision to trust Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, the decision to marry my wife, Connie, is the greatest decision I ever made. She is marvelous! She has borne me three wonderful children, of whom I could not be prouder.
My oldest child, Sarah, is married to a structural engineer. She and Allen are the youth leaders in our church. They have three children. Our oldest son, Chris, owns his own plumbing business. He and his wife, Jana, are also dedicated Christians. They have one child. Our youngest son, Tim, is attending law school. He, too, is a committed Christian. He is still single.
My personal philosophy regarding social/political issues is quite simple. I believe abortion is murder. It is the deliberate killing of innocent human life. I believe homosexuality (and other forms of sexual deviancy) is a threat to Western Civilization. On the other hand, I believe sex between a man and his wife is normal and healthy.
I believe the U.S. Constitution (as originally written) was the greatest civil document ever devised by man. I steadfastly support the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence. I further believe that America 's founding generation was the greatest generation of Christians to live since the First Century.
I believe there is a conspiracy to steal America's independence. I believe most pastors today have become little more than glorified politicians, and I am very disappointed in the way today's Christian leaders have sold out to corrupt secular powers.
Regarding personal interests, I love to hunt and fish. Football is about the only sport I watch on television anymore. My favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. I prefer owning vehicles made by General Motors. (I suppose that stems from having worked for G.M. for two years as I worked my way through college.) My favorite meal would probably be a thick T-bone steak with corn on the cob. I do not drink or smoke (although I love the smell of pipe tobacco). I cannot imagine life without a good dog or a good rifle.
There it is; that is me in a nutshell. All of the above directly influences everything I write. Now you know.
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Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.