Dr. Richard D. Land

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Donald Sterling, Racism and the Power of Forgiveness

As a Christian, I have to ask myself, how do I respond to Donald Sterling the man, as opposed to his racist bigotry? Jesus had a lot to say about forgiveness. And the forgiveness Christ called us to extend to others was not dependant on whether the person we were commanded to forgive was repentant or apologetic.

Electronic Devices: Servants or Masters?

Sometimes things come across your desk that stop you dead in your tracks, and you say, "That just can't be." And then you find out, "Yes, it can." This happened to me the other day when I read a news release that said that at least 40% of Americans (and 90% of under 30 millennials) are afflicted with "nomophobia"—the fear of not having, or losing, their smartphones.

The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years On

I believe the vast majority of Americans are disappointed in the degree of racial division, mistrust, and misunderstanding that still plagues American society. And I further believe that disappointment and discontent stretches through all ethnic groups and generations in American society.

The Gay Thought Police and Freedom of Speech

The virulent spirit of the lynch mob has been unleashed in American society. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, was forced to resign last week from the company he helped found. What was his crime? In 2008, he gave a $1,000 donation in support of California's ban on same-sex marriage. Homosexual activists apparently never intended to abide by the "live-and-let-live" toleration they pretended to support while campaigning for same-sex marriage.

Nuclear Proliferation, Ukraine, and Cops on the Beat

Since the end of World War II, America has been the reluctant, but necessary, chief of police, making sure there are cops on the beat who prevent bigger countries from brutalizing and conquering weaker ones. This policy function kept a significant portion of the world free from Soviet and Communist domination until the Soviet Union's demise in 1991, an event lamented by Vladimir Putin (the former KGB colonel) as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century."

Same-Sex Marriage: A 'Truth Serum' for Evangelicals

In less than a week, as the result of much prayer and importuning by Christian brothers and sisters World Vision has reversed its original decision. World Vision's board has discovered an essential truth: the same-sex marriage issue is a truth serum for Evangelical Christianity. Same-sex marriage cannot be squared with the traditional, historic, Evangelical view of biblical authority.

Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom: A Modest Proposal

The efforts by several states to pass laws protecting the consciences of people with deeply-held religious convictions against same-sex marriage have ignited a debate that has generated far more heat than light. Charges of state-sanctioned discrimination harkening back to the dark days of Jim Crow have been leveled at the proponents of such laws.

Thanksgiving: Its Origins and Its Lessons

This is the week that Americans from coast to coast cease their work-a-day activities and gather with friends and loved ones for "Thanksgiving." This is a time-honored ritual, observed by the overwhelming majority of the American population. What are the origins of this celebration and what meaning should it have for Americans today?

Adoption: The Best Option

Saturday, November 23, is National Adoption Day. This observance gives Americans the opportunity to focus on this neglected, multi-faceted issue that impacts our national future in significant ways.

Christian Apologetics: The Evangelistic Wave of the Future?

In becoming president of a seminary that specializes and focuses on apologetics, I am just moving from front-line combat to a training command, helping to prepare the next generation of green berets and paratroopers for the Lord's army. I fervently believe apologetics is the way we will spell Christian evangelism, missions, and discipleship in the 21st century.

An Appeal to Christian Authenticity

As an Evangelical Christian, I believe American Evangelicals have to confess that too often in the past half-century we have been more like that North Dallas church than we should have been. Too often we have been too closely identified with a rampant materialism and have confused rapid growth in numbers with spiritual success. Too often Christians have been seduced by the pursuit of even greater material success or the blandishments of a "prosperity gospel."

Christians Entering a New Dark Age? (Pt.2)

Are Christians in America entering a new dark age? To many, it may seem so. Certainly the forces of secularism seem to be flexing their muscles in contemporary American culture. It often feels as if traditional Christian morality is retreating in disarray on an ever increasing number of fronts.

Christians Entering a New Dark Age? (Pt. 1)

In the wake of the 2012 presidential elections, some Evangelical leaders declared the election results a "catastrophe" and a "disaster." Followed soon after by the United States Supreme Court's dismal decisions on same-sex unions and the Boy Scouts' pathetic surrender of their founding beliefs, even more voices were raised in both the Evangelical and wider conservative Christian community, declaring defeat in the "culture wars." Many even perceived a dark, looming secular age of persecution directed against people of orthodox, historic Christian faith and witness.

Dr. King's Dream: The Golden Anniversary

It should be remembered that on August 28, 1963 it was not Dr. King's march, and he was not even the featured speaker, but one of many. In a few remarkable minutes, Dr. King's speech permanently changed the Civil Rights Movement and altered the course of history.

The Trayvon Martin Controversy: Where Do We Go From Here?

Whatever one's views on the Trayvon Martin controversy and jury verdict, two things are crystal clear. First, the racial divide in America, despite undisputed progress over the last decades, remains deep, wide, and extremely sensitive. Clearly, Americans of different ethnicities often view events through very different prisms. Second, the controversy exposes the limitations of the legal system in healing American's racial wounds. While the law can, and should, do many things, it cannot do what matters most: changing hearts and minds.

Fourth of July, Gettysburg, and the US

As we approach this Fourth of July, we also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the greatest blood sacrifice on the altar of freedom that ever took place on American soil, the battle of Gettysburg. For three days, July 1-3, 1863, the Army in Northern Virginia (70,000 men) and the Army of the Potomac (94,000 men) collided in a three-day struggle that haunts and captivates us to this day.

The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage (Part 2)

Having acknowledged that the Court is always notoriously unpredictable, I am prepared to take the plunge and make a prediction. Given Chief Justice Robert's aversion to judicial activism, shared by a crucial number of his fellow justices, I believe the Supreme Court will take the path of least judicial activism and most judicial restraint.

The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage (Part 1)

Just like in Roe v Wade, a case widely discredited by legal scholars as poor law and credited by conservatives as the spark that ignited Christian activism, the court has a massive challenge ahead of it – threading the needle between state's rights and the press of coastal public opinion.

Boy Scouts Flirt With Calamity

In backing away from the proposed membership change, the Boy Scouts at least temporarily averted calamity. If the committee had rammed through the change in membership policy, it would have dealt a serious blow to the Boy Scouts of America on several fronts.