Recently, I had the privilege to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Someone asked me, "What were you doing there?" My response: "Worshiping Jesus Christ."
Some skeptics today like to argue that the founding fathers purposefully left God out of the Constitution. They say that a "Godless Constitution" was the intended design of the document---and they're wrong.
Many elitists today interpret the First Amendment in such a way as to turn it into a "search and destroy mission for any sneaky vestiges of religion left in the public square," as one Christian law professor put it. That's what separation of church and state means nowadays.
In polite society, you're not supposed to talk about politics, sex, or religion. Sorry, but this column will discuss all three, directly or indirectly.
This culture is obsessed with sex. Even burger ads sometimes use sex to sell their product. Pornography is rampant. Gender confusion rules the day. Some even want laws to let men use the ladies' room. And if you are a pastor and don't agree, they may subpoena your sermons.
Recent events have brought the debate on so-called "death with dignity" and assisted suicide into the spotlight again. And yet, the argument is not really a new one. No less a light than William Shakespeare extensively dealt with the subject in his writing.
Just days ago, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to replace Columbus Day, a federal holiday, with "Indigenous Peoples' Day" to be celebrated on the same day in support of the people allegedly plundered and wiped out by Columbus and his heirs.
I opened a recent TIME Magazine and saw in big bold words a quote from British Prime Minister David Cameron on ISIS: "They are not Muslims. They are murderers." With all due respect to the Prime Minister---they are Muslims, and they are murderers.
The man who co-created PayPal helped solve a big problem, how to make trustworthy payments on the Internet. This successful solution has enriched the lives of everyone---himself included. Now, he wants to think outside the box to solve another problem: Death.
A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California's 23 state universities. This begins with a process of "derecognizing" these as legitimate campus groups.
But there's another factor as well, and that deals with the personal motivation of the hijackers. 9/11 happened because of bad theology. Nineteen men believed the promise that if they died in a state of Jihad, they would go to Paradise and receive their 72 virgins. Nineteen men sought assurance of salvation in the wrong place and killed thousands of innocent people on the way.
What started World War I? An anarchist in Serbia shot and killed a visiting Austrian leader. But why would that shooting trigger the killing of millions, including one out of two young Frenchmen, in what we now know as World War I, which began a hundred years ago?
Earlier this year, an event happened that did not receive wide notice. The last of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the last of the children---the real ones---died.
When will the rioting in Ferguson, MO stop? There has been much mayhem---including the police using tear gas---and much looting in the St. Louis suburb. The media covers this story heavily. Some estimate there may be as many media members as there are protesters.
Some have reported this is a Christian girl in Iraq deliberately beheaded by ISIS. Others report a different scenario for her death. I can't verify it. But either way radical Islam killed her.
Americans are accepting pot in seemingly unprecedented ways. Even as it is becoming legal in more places, such as Colorado by an act of the voters a couple years ago, there are still consequences to face with the widespread use of marijuana. We still reap what we sow.
It has been about three weeks now since the Hobby Lobby decision, and based on all the brouhaha from the left against the decision, you would think that the Supreme Court had virtually overruled the Constitution. It hasn't.
During this administration, there has been a decrease in enforcing the borders; and therefore, people from south of the border have been encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity.
In our culture, we do just about everything we can to push death away from our thoughts. Often we don't even use the words. We'll say things like, "He passed away" or just "he passed." But these are just euphemisms for "he died."
Two hundred thirty eight years ago (July 4, 1776), our founding fathers voted to affirm a revolutionary document---the Declaration of Independence.
The Tenth Amendment says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." But Barrack Obama says, I've got a pen and I've got a phone, and I can do what I want. Not the states, not the people, but Me, Myself, and I.
June, long the most popular month of weddings, is a good time to ask: How strong is marriage today? In the pop culture, marriage is weak. Songs often extol illicit sex or denigrate marriage.
As the fallout from the Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners of war continues to reverberate, there's a fascinating statement from one MSNBC host on the subject.
George Washington envisioned an America where people of all faiths could enjoy peace. He wrote to the synagogue in August of 1790 in Newport, Rhode Island : "May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants, while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid."
If you can control your anger, you're greater than being able to control a city. That's a paraphrase from Solomon the Wise, about a thousand years before Christ.