Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is set in 1642. Three hundred and seventy five years later, the political left is publicly shaming those who don't publicly align with the new Puritanism of the political left.
When I shared why, as a Christian, woman and member of a church in the Southern Baptist Convention, I'm not signing the letter calling for the resignation of Paige Patterson, the reaction of some was predictable contempt.
One of the lessons I hope we're all learning this week is that Christians must consider what we say before we say it, remembering that we represent Christ with every word.
The Irish are voting on a national referendum that would allow for elective abortions up to 12 weeks. Christian churches are weighing into the conversation as members seek advice and counsel on the morality and ethics of life.
Think for a moment about the words you've spoken in the last hour, the last day, the last week. Have the words of your mouth (those you've spoken out loud, those you've spoken on social media) and the meditations of your heart been acceptable in light of God's holiness and our holy calling?
If the following headlines had appeared in just my grandmother's generation, Christians would not have been the only people pointing to the erosion of legitimate values...
Jim Carrey's now viral caricatures of the White House Press Secretary and then the President are seen by some as political satire and by others as sacrilege.
It is right and good for children to grow up, individuate, and live independently, semi-autonomous from their parents. But when taken to post-modern extremes, autonomy produces individuals who have come to believe that the world literally revolves around them.
If we take them at their word that the kinds of things Weinstein did have "no place in our society," then should we expect the Academy to adjust how women are portrayed on screen? Will the over-sexualized images of women cease to be blockbusters and award winners? We won't hold our breath.
We should come to expect the unbelieving world will be hostile toward those who are aligned with a Lord it does not acknowledge and a God it rejects. But when people are taking pot shots at us, we recognize the real target of their rage is Jesus. They are really aiming at Him.
Some will immediately protest that Christians are not on the sidelines, but loudly engaged in cultural debates in ways that certainly don't honor the Christ whose name they bear. That drives other Christians away from engagement because they don't want to be associated with a presentation of the Truth that is ugly and mean. Then there is the sideline crowd.
"Mother!" is nothing short of a horrifying mockery of women, marriage and motherhood. That is no great surprise amidst the current trend of cultural matricide in America.
Free speech protects the kind of speech we don't like. It seems obvious, but popular speech doesn't need protection because it has the benefit of public or political support. Currently, as we find more and more speech offensive, the question is raised, "do we want to extend protections to that speech?"
What are the consequences of the idea that human beings define not only moral authority but the moral value of other human beings? Fringe thinking? Think again.
In all of this talk about supremacy: I want to be very clear. Christians believe in supremacy. In fact, Christians believe in exclusive absolute supremacy. Shocked? But I'm not talking about purple supremacy or green supremacy, black supremacy or white supremacy.
In order to answer the question, "Would Jesus bake the cake?" we have to know Jesus. Not just any Jesus or some genie-Jesus, but the real Jesus.
We must remain mindful in a fallen world, what is legal is not always just. And what is right is not always legal.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, First Lady Michelle Obama unmasked our national political problem.
There is a great need for reconciliation, a restoration of the United nature of these American states. That is an opportunity for Christians today.
The New York Times recently published a story titled, "Torn over Donald Trump and Cut Off by Culture Wars, Evangelicals Despair." We all need to read the article because the word "evangelicals" and the word "despair" should never appear together. An image of despair is not the public witness Christians should ever have in the world.
The altar of self idolatry, at which our culture openly and completely worships, has implications for areas of public debate we may have never previously imagined, including the meaning of childhood and the age of consent.
The outrage over the public school gender identity accommodation mandate is vociferous. But if it's all sound and fury that comes to nothing then a significant opportunity will have been missed.
Critics allege that this move is less common sense than nonsense by putting women and girls at risk of increased predation because sexually predatory men will use Target's policy to gain access to female victims. These are very serious concerns, and should not be minimized. So how can we act to protect the most vulnerable in our society and actually effect change?
Trump has said that he's winning support from Evangelical Christians who he describes as ""incredible people who are really smart, and they want to see our country thrive." But exactly who is he talking about? The Tea-vangelicals? The social-justice evangelicals?