Leadership is lonely business and Christian leaders must stand and speak truth and engage the mania of our current cultural moment with the confidence that we are not alone even when, to all the world, it sure looks like we're all alone.
People at the extremes do not talk to or with each other but they often talk about one another in openly hostile, demeaning and pejorative terms. But note, together they only constitute 14% of the American electorate. That means that the majority – the vast majority, 67% – are not extreme, not highly polarized politically and basically stuck in the middle.
College football season has kicked off but for many Christian kids on college campuses this is open season on their faith.
Three headlines in quick succession over the past few days got me thinking about how my fellow Americans are thinking about animals and personhood.
"Is the hot weather and political climate getting you down? It's time to eat more ice cream!" NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon wrote on its Facebook page advertising Rocky Roe v Wade ice cream to support abortion. Even as we grieve the point at which we have arrived in our common life, let us never forget the words the Pro-life Psalmist wrote in Psalm 34:8, "O taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed are those who take refuge in Him."
In the ongoing political conversation about whether or not the President of the United States will sit down with Robert Mueller for an interview related to the question of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election, one of the President's lawyers, Rudy Giuliani said "truth is in the eye of the beholder."
Now, before you allow yourself to be lured into a debate about whether or not the Pope is infallible and whether or not the Pope can make pronouncements over nations and people groups who in no way acknowledge God, the Scriptures nor the Church, let us celebrate on three fronts:
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.