Trust in our government was a mere 19 percent in 2013 according to Pew Research Center. Not surprisingly, 56 per cent of Americans think it is not the government's responsibility to provide a healthcare system. Waivers, favors, off-the-cuff rule changes, and the bungled launch of the Affordable Care Act website validate that distrust. Bureaucratic incompetence and cronyism are not the only reasons we should be wary of government involvement in our medical care.
The federal government has a checkered history when it comes to medical judgments. We now cringe at the words of the revered Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the 1927 case, Buck v Bell upholding Virginia's sterilization law for the institutionalized "feeble-minded." "[Carrie Bell's] welfare and that of society will be promoted by her sterilization. It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. . .Three generations of imbeciles are enough." In fact, Carrie's mother was a prostitute, but not feeble-minded. After Carrie's release she maintained a job as a domestic worker and became an avid reader. Her "feeble-minded" daughter was on her school's honor roll.
Let's recall the appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Study lasting from 1932 to 1972. The U.S. Public Health Service used 400 hundred mainly poor, illiterate black sharecroppers with syphilis as lab animals. They were told they had "bad blood," but not that they were actually suffering from a serious but treatable disease. All subjects succumbed to untreated syphilis so our government could track the natural progression of the disease. more >>
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "finger licking good?" Or how about "fly the friendly skies" or "the ultimate driving machine?" These phrases are corporate branding slogans for Kentucky Fried Chicken, United Airlines, and BMW the automobile company. I could go on listing slogans, some of which would likely be your favorite brands.
Have you wondered why these slogans linger in your mind so vividly? I call them mental lint. "Family branding" has long existed and has been used to earn our loyalty by corporate marketers. Many of us exhibit possessive extremes by refusing to wear or drive competing brands. We also utter statements like "We are a ______ family."
Family branding allows a corporation to maximize unity in numbers while promoting a vast array of products. more >>
A petition to ask Amazon to stop selling a Christian parenting book has closed in on nearly 100,000 signatures.
As of press time, a Change.org petition asking the Internet giant to remove Michael and Debi Pearl's To Train Up a Child had 98,900 signatories.
The book, which was released in 1994, has drawn criticism after being linked to the deaths of several children, whose parents claimed that they had been influenced by its teachings. more >>
If you have personally experienced the incredible power of God to transform your life you naturally want to see others have the same experience.
Transformation is a visible process.
For example, you can see the light or the sparkle restored to the eyes through hope. You can see shame lose its grip as people look in your eyes when talking to you instead of looking down. You can see their smile and hear the laughter where once only mourning and tears existed. We desire to help people experience the blessing of a transformed life. But what happens when someone you care about rejects God's invitation to live a different life through his power? more >>
A Pastor fell from grace many years ago. His behavior was dark and despicable. Deservedly, he lost everything. After a long season away from the Lord, just like the Prodigal son, he repented. He received forgiveness from God and eventually experienced restoration from Christian leaders and Christian counselors.
His is a story of God's grace and the hope of a fresh start with God through Christ. This man is once again serving his Savior in a church. It's a 'win' for the kingdom.
Recently, this Pastor approached a minister he believed to be a friend – a minister who said he had forgiven this Pastor – and the Pastor asked the man if he might accept an invitation to be a guest speaker at the Pastor's church. What the fellow minister said next was as surprising as it was devastating. more >>
One week after the anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping pro-life bill.
Known as HR 7 or the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act", the House voted 227 to 188 in favor of the proposed legislation.