Like the other founders, Washington believed that for the Constitution to work, the people needed to be virtuous. As he himself put it in the Farewell Address, "virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government." Washington elaborated on the importance of "religion and morality" (again from his final public message). But so many now think we're so much smarter today.
America is at the crossroads. In a couple of weeks, we get to vote which path we will choose---toward bigger or more limited government. Lately I've been hearing from different people who fled Communist backgrounds, warning about what they see happening in modern America at the hands of politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Now that the dust has settled from last week's VP debate, we have a better chance to assess the long term effect of the performances. Though content should remain our focus, particularly as we edge closer to the election, civil discourse is a topic that should be revisited from time to time.
I've been talking to a few conservatives lately who claim they will vote for a third party candidate for president. They would be inclined to vote for a conservative, but because the most conservative majority party candidate is a Mormon, they say they will opt out and vote instead for Joe Shmoe of the True Blue Conservative Party or someone like that.
In a day where your bumper sticker might get you in trouble, we should remember that tolerance should apply to all—even to those who hold politically incorrect views. True tolerance, which means respect for those with whom we disagree, seems to be disappearing in our time.
It's one thing to have a social safety net. It's another thing when virtually half the country is in that safety net, when government-dependence is a way of life. The estimates are that 49 percent of Americans now receive substantial government assistance.
All politics aside, how could a good God allow hurricanes or other forms of natural disasters? This is a core question that keeps resurfacing. Presumably, it is part of what keeps some from believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Just this week, a politician got in trouble for his unfortunate remarks about rape and abortion. While the media has been piling on, enjoying a feeding frenzy over that which he himself has apologized for, there's another story (also out of St. Louis) I want to draw attention to.
Hopefully, Wednesday's shooting incident is not the beginning of some new trend. But historically, persecution often follows effective Gospel work. How are we to respond? Love is the key to overcoming hate.
In some ways, the culture wars are ultimately a conflict between a biblically-based worldview versus that of secular humanism. And the dominant media expresses the latter.
Belief in Hell doesn't seem to be taken too seriously these days. Millions of high school students have been taught about Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," as a supposed example of Puritan excess.
My first reaction to the Obamacare decision was: Well, it was a great country while it lasted. My second reaction to the Obamacare decision is to re-remember just how important elections are.
Fifty years ago this month, the Supreme Court declared an official school prayer unconstitutional. How have the schools fared since then? The facts speak for themselves.
If the administration (or any administration) gets away with denying the sacred right of conscience to any group, then all Americans should be concerned, regardless of your religious persuasion.
It was one thing for President Obama to call for the legalization of same-sex marriage. But it was quite another to say that it's Jesus who causes him to embrace this position. Today people sometimes say that Jesus never condemned homosexuality.
An outstanding man died this last weekend. Chuck Colson (1931-2012) was a great author, speaker, and prison reformer.
Earth Day is around the corner, and next week a religious group dedicated to the environment will be meeting in Washington , D.C.
Here's a trivia question for you to ask your friends and family. Who christened the Titanic? April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
In addition to the massive historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I believe there is scientific evidence for the resurrection
It is said that the high court has not heard as many oral arguments on any one case since the 1950s in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education.
Some fear that to preach on the moral issues of the day, like abortion or marriage, might be construed as "preaching on politics." But they are moral issues addressed in the Bible. But I recognize that elements of our culture may have turned them into political ones.
During this election season, the issue of religion has come up on many occasions. But for the most part, we haven't heard from many pastors
Well, it's happened again. Another school shooting. Lives shattered forever by a lone gunman who allegedly took his vengeance into his own hands.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is getting a lot of flack right now for some remarks that he made at a Catholic college in 2008. He said that Satan is out to get America.
When a comedian is forced to resort to his wit, he is much funnier by being clean.