In my opinion, failure to recognize diverse gifts may explain why many people are divided on the issue of religion and politics. For instance, John MacArthur, James Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins, Jim Garlow, and D. James Kennedy have/had different ministries, but all fall under the umbrella of Christian service. God creates, within each of us, varying desires, talents, and levels of interests. If God has called a man to preach and teach His Word, that will be his passion. If God has called a Christian to pursue politics, that will be his or her passion, and so on.
Problems arise when we become judgmental and fail to respect our differences. Activists should not expect everyone to share their passion for politics, and those who believe Christians should stay out of politics must understand that God clearly calls some Christians to the political arena. God established the concept of government, why would He not desire godly leadership?
The top five comments I've heard that prevent involvement are: more >>
Many of our fellow conservatives are saying that President Obama's deal with Iran is a "nuclear Munich." That is, they are comparing the Iranian settlement negotiated over these many months by Secretary John Kerry in that Austrian capital with the Munich capitulation negotiated over mere days in September, 1938, by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
Chamberlain's failed appeasement of Hitler—as bad as it was—arguably is not as harmful as President Obama's Vienna concession is. This deal is worse than Chamberlain's Munich sellout because its implications are immeasurable.
Once Chamberlain had given away Czechoslovakia's German-speaking Sudetenland region to the Nazi Führer, the umbrella-toting Prime Minister could at least show Hitler's signature on a joint statement. All the world could see that Hitler said he had no further territorial ambitions in Europe. Chamberlain had a measurable, comprehensible, signed on the dotted line commitment from Adolf Hitler. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against legislation proposed by Democrats in California seeking the remove and replace the words "husband" and "wife" from federal law.
"Where will the assault on biblical marriage end?" Graham asked in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"They say these are 'gendered terms' that discriminate against homosexuals. You're absolutely right they are gendered terms— because marriage was created to be gendered! The One who created marriage defined it as between a man and a woman," he continued. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice and Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, have urged Congress to reject Tuesday's nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran, which lifts economic sanctions from the Islamic Republic. The ACLJ noted that Obama had promised the Abedini family face-to-face that he would not forget the pastor and will bring him home.
"It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would sign a deal with Iran without securing the freedom of pastor Saeed who has been imprisoned for nearly three years simply because of his Christian faith," Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, said in a statement when asked to comment on the deal by The Christian Post.
"President Obama told the Abedini family face-to-face that he considered the release of pastor Saeed a 'top priority.' How could that be a 'top priority' when a deal is reached and pastor Saeed is left behind? What happened today makes a bad deal even worse. We will now focus our attention on convincing Congress to reject this deal." more >>
An irony of American politics today is that conservative policies have helped lift the most people out of poverty, but most Americans don't know that because conservatives have been horrible at communicating the success of their own policies, Arthur Brooks writes in his new book, The Conservative Heart: How To Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.
In a July 7 interview with The Christian Post, Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, added that Christians are especially well poised to deliver the message that public policy should aim for the benefit of people, especially the poor and powerless.
"This could really be the true Christian moment," Brooks said. more >>
The Christian Post will be sending the following 12 questions to the presidential candidates. The responses will be published as they become available.
1. Why do you want to be president and what does your personal faith have to do with your decision?
2. What is marriage, and what should be the government's interest and role in marriage? more >>