In light of the Pokemon Go craze that's endangering the safety of some gamers, and the many violent-natured shoot 'em up games like the Call of Duty and Battlefield series, one can't help but wonder: should Christians play such video games?
In a July video blog, Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers whether or not it's godly for believers to play video games, and the pastor's first bit of advice is to pay attention to one's conscience.
"If your conscience is bothering you, then you've got to pay attention to that," says Driscoll. "The Bible talks a lot about our conscience in the opening chapters of Romans, places like Proverbs — that God has given us a conscience, and in addition to His Word and the Holy Spirit, God has given us a conscience to help us be sensitive to things that are ungodly or unwise. So, I would say if your conscience is bothering and burdening you, then you really need to pay attention to that." more >>
In a recent article for USA Today, political pundit Kirsten Powers argued that conservative white evangelicals support Trump "because they are mad that they can't impose their worldview on the rest of the country, whether it relates to gays and lesbians, transgender people and non-whites." Far from being an expression of fidelity to Christianity, such support is merely pragmatic and indeed wrongheaded. "This is not about God. It's about power."
My concern with Ms. Powers' article is that she offers a cynical, reductionist, and condescending generalization of white evangelical support for Trump.
First, the objectification of political intentions is always rather tricky. This is because of the enormous discrepancy between the intentions and experiences of different people and the political process itself. For example, I know Christians who are voting for Trump because of concerns over Supreme Court appointments, others are drawn to his business and managerial experience, still others are concerned about jobs, while others reply with the "anyone but Hillary" refrain, and on and on. When a single meaning or intention is superimposed on all political participants, the individual is left out of the theoretical explanation; not a very liberal thing to do. more >>
Prominent evangelical leader and Ted Cruz supporter James Dobson has officially endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president, the day after the Texas senator got booed off the GOP Convention stage for not issuing his endorsement of the Manhattan businessman and reality TV star.
The founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk radio issued his support of the billionaire real estate mogul in an official statement shared with The Christian Post Thursday.
"I have decided to endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States, not only because of my great concern about Hillary Clinton. I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour," the 80-year-old Dobson said in the statement. more >>
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is praising "rank-and-file" evangelicals for being "ahead of all the leadership" in supporting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and is questioning if leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, who has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump, is really a conservative.
Falwell, the son of late evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Sr., has been one of the first prominent evangelical leaders to endorse the billionaire real estate mogul for president. He was interviewed Thursday by NPR's Steve Inskeep this week and asked about the negative reaction he got from many evangelical leaders for supporting Trump "so strong and so early" in the election cycle.
As a LifeWay survey of over 1,000 American Protestant pastors in January found that only 4 percent of pastors favored Trump, Falwell applauded the rank-and-file evangelicals for their early support of the 2016 Republican nominee. more >>
With a contentious Republican National Convention now underway, an evangelical author is arguing that "evangelical Christianity in America as we have known it is on its way out."
John S. Dickerson, a pastor, author and speaker who wrote the 2013 book The Great Evangelical Recession, told The Christian Post conservative Christian leaders he knows who have had cultural influence in the past but still refuse to acknowledge the decline are "isolated from reality, because we are already past the tipping point."
Conservative political commentators in recent months have agreed. more >>
Is it at all possible to describe God in just one sentence?
That's the question recently posed by a reader of the Rev. Billy Graham's syndicated advice column published by the Kansas City Star. In his response, the renowned evangelist had this to say.
"In some ways it's not possible, of course, to put everything about God into one sentence," he wrote, explaining that since God is infinite human beings can't fully comprehend just how awesome He is. more >>